CLICK HERE to ready 2 Nephi 27.
This chapter compares to Isaiah 29.
Nephi starts with a somber view of these latter days of the Latter-days: “… in the last days… they will be drunken with iniquity and all manner of abominations…” (verse 1).
But still, the Lord will try to reach them, as even the Earth testifies “with thunder and with earthquake, and with a great noise, and with storm, and with tempest, and with the flame of devouring fire” (verse 2).
People in these last days will be looking for nourishment, and not find it. They will dream of eating and drinking, but wake hungry and thirsty (verse 3). This is a fascinating prophesy, especially in light of our society today being over-fed but under-nourished. That’s a temporal application. The spiritual application would be the same: we are overfed (with false “enlightenment”) but under-nourished (with real truth and spiritual development).
Those not doing the work to nourish themselves spiritually will “have closed your eyes” and “rejected the prophets” (verse 5).
So the Lord will try to reach them by bringing “forth unto you the words of a book” (verse 6). But the book can only be delivered and revealed by the Lord. But then, that book (our Scriptures) “shall be read upon the house tops; and they shall be read by the power of Christ; and all things shall be revealed unto the children of men” (verse 11).
But in the revealing of the book (The Book of Mormon, specifically), “the book shall be hid from the eyes of the world, that the eyes of none shall behold it save it be that three witnesses shall behold it, by the power of God, besides him to whom the book shall be delivered; and they shall testify to the truth of the book and the things therein” (verse 12).
We know this happened!
No one saw the original plates except for Joseph Smith, other than the three witnesses – and they did testify of it, as you can read on the introduction page of “The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ”. See the introduction HERE, where the three witnesses testified.
I love the story in the next few verses, where it says “Take these words which are not sealed and deliver them to another, that he may show them unto the learned, saying: “Read this, I pray thee. And the learned shall say: Bring hither the book, and I will read them… And the man shall say: I cannot bring the book, for it is sealed. Then shall the learned say: I cannot read it.” (verses 15-18).
The story of this actually happening is HERE (scroll down to verse 63-65).
So whether we are talking about the bringing forth of the Book of Mormon, or our own Scripture studies everyday, the point is that it is the Lord (by the power of the Spirit) who does teach us (reveal to us) what it means.
“For behold, I am God; and I am a God of miracles; and I will show unto the world that I am the same yesterday, today, and forever;” (verse 23).
But our love for Him must be shown, must be demonstrated in action. We have to walk the talk. Just talking it is not enough: “Forasmuch as this people draw near to me with their mouth, and with their lips do honor me, but have removed their hearts far from me…” (verse 25).
Even when we try to hide our hearts from Him, He knows us. “For shall the work say of him that made it, he made me not? Or shall the thing framed of him that famed it, he had no understanding?” (verse 27).
But those who want to understand, will understand. Those who have faith, will receive evidence of what they believe. The impossible will be made possible.
“And in that day shall the deaf hear the words of the book” (verse 28).
That even counts as me, with cochlear implants, and it counts as the whole book being in ASL HERE.
“And the meek also shall increase, and their joy shall be in the Lord, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel…” (verse 30). He is hope, our joy, our fulfillment!
“Therefore, thus saith the Lord, who redeemed Abraham, concerning the house of Jacob: Jacob shall not now be ashamed, neither shall his face now wax pale…”
Anytime Abraham is mentioned, it is a renewing of covenants. We are being reminded of the covenants, because ours are an extension of what was promised him. In that way, it is his faithfulness, which binds the promises of the Lord, that has resulted in us being gathered – even when we ourselves did not deserve it. What mercy this is!
Also, this verse reminds me of Isaiah 54:4-14, which has been precious scripture promises for me the last two years. It is the promise that the Lord will compensate for what is sacrificed for (to) Him, and that the Lord will restore me – not just the restoration of the Gospel in this time, but also the restoration of Emily – to what is in Order – to the place (state of Being) that He promised I would inherit. That’s the miracle of the atonement.
“They also that erred in spirit shall come to understanding, and they that murmured shall learn doctrine” (verse 35).