The Beginning and the End – 3 Nephi 9:1-22

1 And it came to pass that there was a voice heard among all the inhabitants of the earth, upon all the face of this land, crying: [the Spirit of God called out to all that were listening]

2 Wo, wo, wo [such sadness and suffering] unto this people; wo unto the inhabitants of the whole earth except they shall repent [come unto Me]; for the devil laugheth, and his angels rejoice, because of the slain of the fair sons and daughters of my people; and it is because of their iniquity and abominations that they are fallen! [This was not a metaphorical statement, for their was great rejoicing and celebration amongst the Adversary. Not because of Christ’s death, but because of the many souls that perished in wickedness.]

3 Behold, that great city Zarahemla have I burned with fire, and the inhabitants thereof. [God always destroys by fire those cities which have become completely corrupt in the dark oaths of Satan. Such was the fate of Sodom and Gomorrah.]

4 And behold, that great city Moroni have I caused to be sunkin the depths of the sea, and the inhabitants thereof to be drowned. [Much of the topography of the Great Lakes region is different today because of the destruction that occurred at this time.]

5 And behold, that great city Moronihah have I covered with earth, and the inhabitants thereof, to hide their iniquities and their abominations from before my face, that the blood of the prophets and the saints shall not come any more unto me against them.

6 And behold, the city of Gilgal have I caused to be sunk, and the inhabitants thereof to be buried up in the depths of the earth; [The collapse of the earth like a sinkhole, but larger.]

7 Yea, and the city of Onihah and the inhabitants thereof, and the city of Mocum and the inhabitants thereof, and the city of Jerusalem and the inhabitants thereof; and waters have I caused to come up in the stead thereof, to hide their wickedness and abominations from before my face, that the blood of the prophets and the saints shall not come up any more unto me against them. [Some of these cities were along the shores of the Great Lakes. Now they are hidden.]

8 And behold, the city of Gadiandi, and the city of Gadiomnah, and the city of Jacob, and the city of Gimgimno, all these have I caused to be sunk, and made hills and valleys in the places thereof; and the inhabitants thereof have I buried up in the depths of the earth, to hide their wickedness and abominations from before my face, that the blood of the prophets and the saints should not come up any more unto me against them.

9 And behold, that great city Jacobugath, which was inhabited by the people of king Jacob, have I caused to be burned with fire because of their sins and their wickedness, which was above all the wickedness of the whole earth, because of their secret murders and combinations; for it was they that did destroy the peace of my people and the government of the land; therefore I did cause them to be burned, to destroy them from before my face, that the blood of the prophets and the saints should not come up unto me any more against them. [Again, the most wicked, guilty of participating in the dark oaths and rejecting the prophets, the Lord destroys by fire.]

10 And behold, the city of Laman, and the city of Josh, and the city of Gad, and the city of Kishkumen, have I caused to be burned with fire, and the inhabitants thereof, because of their wickedness in casting out the prophets, and stoning those whom I did send to declare unto them concerning their wickedness and their abominations.

11 And because they did cast them all out, that there were none righteous among them, I did send down fire and destroy them, that their wickedness and abominations might be hid from before my face, that the blood of the prophets and the saints whom I sent among them might not cry unto me from the ground against them.

12 And many great destructions have I caused to come upon this land, and upon this people, because of their wickedness and their abominations.

13 O all ye that are spared because ye were more righteous than they, will ye not now return unto me, and repent of your sins, and be converted, that I may heal you? [The Lord did not say they were perfect, but that they were more righteous than those who were destroyed. If there is a chance for repentance the Lord refrains. Understand that this does not mean that the righteous will always be preserved from suffering or death. We must trust in the Lord in all things. When the last days are upon us the angels will have stewardship over all souls who are prepared to receive him, for “the field is white and ready to harvest.”]

14 Yea, verily I say unto you, if ye will come unto me ye shall have eternal life. Behold, mine arm of mercy is extended towards you, and whosoever will come, him will I receive; and blessed are those who come unto me. [repentance]

15 Behold, I am Jesus Christ the Son of God. I created the heavens and the earth, and all things that in them are. I was with the Father from the beginning. I am in the Father, and the Father in me; and in me hath the Father glorified his name. [This is a loaded verse of scripture. Jesus identifies himself as the Son of God. He created the heavens above and the earth beneath and all that is within that realm. He has been acting under the Father’s commandments from the beginning, and is ONE with Him in purpose and understanding. The last statement “in me hath the Father glorified his name” has special meaning. To “glorify” is to have light added upon. Jesus added light to the realm of Heaven by accomplishing the will of the Father and enabling the Sons and Daughters of God to have Eternal Life and a greater resurrection. All done in the name of the Father. This is the same example set for us as we too do all things in the name of our Father in whom we are spiritually begotten, even Jesus Christ!]

16 I came unto my own [His people the Jews], and my own received me not. And the scriptures concerning my coming are fulfilled.

17 And as many as have received me, to them have I given to become the sons [and daugthers] of God; and even so will I to as many as shall believe on my name, for behold, by me redemption cometh, and in me is the law of Moses fulfilled. [The purpose of the animal sacrifice and all the laws and ordinances of Moses were to point the Jews toward the coming of their Messiah, and to teach them the process toward salvation.]

When one receives the gift of the Holy Ghost they advance from their progression as a second estate being to a Son or Daughter of God. This is a literal designation given to those who join the Church of the Firstborn, which has great meaning in the Third Estate. To be promised Eternal Life and to dwell with God in the Eternities. However, it is only the third step in the process of our exaltation.

18 I am the light and the life of the world. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. [He began all things, and He will finish the work.]

19 And ye shall offer up unto me no more the shedding of blood; yea, your sacrifices and your burnt offerings shall be done away, for I will accept none of your sacrifices and your burnt offerings. [To continue this practice would be false, because Jesus already fulfilled the law. It would be like saying the Messiah has not yet come.]

20 And ye shall offer for a sacrifice unto me a broken heart and a contrite spirit. And whoso cometh unto me with a broken heart and a contrite spirit, him will I baptize with fire and with the Holy Ghost, even as the Lamanites, because of their faith in me at the time of their conversion, were baptized with fire and with the Holy Ghost, and they knew it not.

There is much in this scripture to consider. The Lord states directly that the requirement of Him is a “broken heart and a contrite spirit.” This is how we are worthy to receive the added glory to our spirits called “the gift of the Holy Ghost.”

The broken heart is the act of full submission to the Lord and turning your heart to Him without reservation. The opposite would be a “hard heart.” The heart is the source of all our desires. To lay all you have upon the altar of the Lord in full repentance is what is required.

The contrite spirit is the act of fully seeking the Lord’s will in all things. To seek after His commandments whether they be in scripture, or by the Voice of His Spirit. One with a contrite spirit will seek baptism of water as a witness to the Father that they have accepted His son. This ordinance usually occurs before baptism, but on occasion has come after the gift of the Holy Ghost is given (as was the case with the Lamanites who were converted with Nephi and Lehi in Helaman 5). These Lamanites still needed to receive the baptism of water in order to be worthy to stand in the presence of Father and complete all righteousness.

What does the Lord mean that they were baptized with fire and with the Holy Ghost? What is the distinction? I cover much of this in my writings called “Our Temporal Progression,” but to explain in short: The baptism of fire is to stand in the pillar of light or glory that comes down upon the person when they are made clean. This is the “remission of sins” that prepares the individual to stand in the presence of God. This can occur many times during one’s life, but the gift of the Holy Ghost is only given once. It is the day of judgment for each soul as they are changed and “reborn” as a Son or Daughter of God. The baptism of water is an earthly ordinance to point the mind toward the reception of this divine spiritual gift.

21 Behold, I have come unto the world to bring redemption unto the world, to save the world from sin. [To raise our souls out of a telestial state to a higher glory.]

22 Therefore, whoso repenteth and cometh unto me as a little child, him will I receive, for of such is the kingdom of God. Behold, for such I have laid down my life, and have taken it up again; therefore repent, and come unto me ye ends of the earth, and be saved. [The Lord uses the analogy of coming to Him as a little child often. A little child is a toddler, barely able to walk and talk. They trust in their parent to show them the way. Such is the broken heart and contrite spirit. If you wonder what more you need to do to receive this gift you should ask the Lord with all your heart and He will reveal that to you by revelation.]

 

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7 Responses to The Beginning and the End – 3 Nephi 9:1-22

  1. MRR says:

    “they were baptized with fire …and they knew it not”

    a LOT of people talk about this designation, PR, can you explain if this means more understand along the lines that something has happened but not knowing what to call it, or is it more along the lines of having a subtle baptism of fire that is undetectable? [Many people receive the quickening of the Spirit do not know what has happened to them. Nephi knew by revelation and recorded it as such. They knew they had a change of heart and that something miraculous had occurred, and saw things of the Spirit they could not understand. Not everyone experiences this the same; so, not seeing angels does not necessarily mean you have not received the gift. To truly know requires a revelatory confirmation. PR]

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  2. daniel Dylan says:

    [“Third Estate. To be promised Eternal Life and to dwell with God in the Eternities. However, it is only the third step in the process of our exaltation.“] I have wondered and pondered over this. When someone reaches a certain Estate are they literally required to continue to progress through the estates? Are there some beings who are content where they are in the estates and choose to remain there? I know you have said that there are those who are content to stay in the second estate. Is this true of the other estates? Are some beings content to be in the third or four estate? Are their marriages on this earth only sealed after the fourth estate? If someone chooses to be in the third estate are they always going to be sons and daughters of the Lord and not husbands and wives if they don’t progress to the next estate? I know you are not allowed to talk about higher estates. Thank you so much for this great work you are doing! I look forward to each posting. [There are many who stay in the 3rd estate. This is essentially the Terrestrial Kingdom, yet they are heirs of exaltation if they choose to progress. When they are ready to ascend to the 4th they are required to sacrifice to help save souls in the Father’s kingdom, like the Savior, but in a lesser degree. There is no compulsion to sacrifice and move forward, as it is in any kingdom. “In my Father’s house are many mansions.” As for marriage, these are not sealed up until the end of the 4th estate. The unions that are made in this life have the potential to be eternally sealed by the Savior if we are true to our covenants. Our children are sealed to the Savior and the Church of the Firstborn if they keep their covenants, and those relationships as a family endure long beyond the grave. This is my understanding as I have been shown. You will need to seek your own confirmation. PR]

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  3. humblebg says:

    Thank you for all you do. To my understanding I thought the visit of the Savior took place immediately after His resurrection. From your writings A Witness of the Temporal Dispensations page 195 you saw that the Lord visited these people about a year after the destructions. Then studying 3 Nephi 10:18-19 helps clear it up!… This helps me to appreciate the Lord’s time frame and to not get so set on my own! Thank you again.

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  4. daniel Dylan says:

    [“Understand that this does not mean that the righteous will always be preserved from suffering or death. We must trust in the Lord in all things. When the last days are upon us the angels will have stewardship over all souls who are prepared to receive him, for “the field is white and ready to harvest.”] Do we pretty much know what will happen in our lives before we come here, like we are given a general preview of our life? Such as any infirmities we will have, who our family members will be , a mission we have agreed to perform and how long we will live ? Or is there always the chance occurrence that might take our life prematurely? I have witnessed a few miracles in the lives of certain people who were brought back from the dead. Is this possibly because this person had an important mission they had to perform in this world, so their life was preserved? Like 4th Estate beings, are their lives preserved till their mission is complete ? Thank you for all you share of the knowledge you have learned from the Lord. It bless my life immensely. It seems as we draw closer to the Lord the adversary makes it even more difficult to discern. Please forgive me for asking one more question, should we always expect the witness of the Holy Ghost to accompany a prompting or revelation from the Lord? If that doesn’t happen, then be cautious? I have a witness from the Lord you are telling the truth. Hence , all my questions I ask. God bless you PR!!! You are making a huge impact in my life and others I share your amazing blog with. [It was an act of faith coming into this world as much as living here. We did not know everything. We knew who would be our parents and likely most of our siblings. We knew whether we had a covenant mission, but how and every detail was not given. If we were under the care of the angels there was a promise associated with what we did that gave us a sense of confidence. A witness of the Holy Ghost is not always a powerful experience. Normally it is as soft as a whisper. When our minds are filled with virtue it is easy to discern the difference from a spiritually divine prompting or something that is not. In such case you just know, and if you’re smart you still check with the Lord. You just find that sweet spot of knowing, because the Lord is with you always. Until you get to that point, it is important to keep trying, even when you stumble, and you will gain confidence. Refer to D&C 121:45-46 PR]

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  5. MRR says:

    “because of their wickedness in casting out the prophets, and stoning those whom I did send to declare unto them concerning their wickedness and their abominations.”

    prophets plural! Do you think there were multiple prophets at the same time? [Yes. PR]

    and other non prophets who were calling the people to repentance, it seems, we’re also there. They were stoned.

    we’re these also prophets or a special type of martyr? or? [A prophet is anyone who the Lord anoints to speak His words. It is a gift of the Spirit that should be common amongst the believers of Christ. PR]

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  6. jaywez says:

    Could you please elaborate on why water baptism is still necessary even if the baptism of fire and the Holy Ghost came previous to it (as with the Lamanite in prison)? If one has ascended to the third estate, or awakened in the fourth estate, of what effect is the water baptism if it wasn’t completed? To simply keep the commandment or for some other reason? Some are claiming belief that water baptism is not necessary if the baptism of fire preceded it – that to simply be called to the work through inspired desire is sufficient Thanks so much and looking forward to commentary on Christ’s ministry in America! .

    When Christ came to the Nephites in Bountiful they were washed in fire by being in the Lord’s presence, and then baptized in water and given the Gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands. The baptism of fire is common and will occur many times to a servant of the Lord. Each time I come to the Lord I am washed and made clean, or bathed in fire and glory to stand in His presence. In the case of those Lamanites, they were made clean, but still required to fulfill all righteousness.

    I was also reminded that when Joseph Smith saw his vision in the grove he received the baptism of fire, but had not yet been baptized or had his Gift of the HG confirmed upon him. “They are required to have the baptism of water as a witness to the Father that they have accepted me.” He said. Receiving the ordinance out of order has happened before and will happen again in the future. There will be times when it will occur during the gathering, and they will receive it after.

    In the case of a servant of God, for them it is an awakening of light, a calling and election, that prepares them to fulfill their mission. We are required to be baptized in water as a sign and ordinance in a temporal world, and should not suppose that we do not need this ordinance. Refer to 2 Nephi 31:5-21

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  7. Nate says:

    17 And as many as have received me, to them have I given to become the sons [and daugthers] of God…

    What does it mean to be a son of God? [To be born again in Christ. PR]

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