Israel’s Salvation in the Face of Existential Threats

I have received considerable opposition to my translation efforts, but not from any Israeli or Jew.  Rather the opposition has come from another group of brethren.

I am writing this post not to cast aspersions upon these men but rather to explain why I carry on.

The nation of Israel faces an existential threat from many of its neighbors and assorted terrorist groups.   I will omit a catalog listing of terrorist groups and their weapon systems for brevity.  This information is readily available in news sources.

Ancient prophets truly saw our day…

And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.  

Zechariah 12:3

For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.

Zechariah 14:2

Israel possesses a strong military and an array of impressive weapon systems.  As necessary as these might be, military might alone cannot save Israel.  Only Jehovah can.

[3] Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.

[4] And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.

[5] And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with thee.
[6] And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark:
[7] But it shall be one day which shall be known to the LORD, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light.

Zechariah 14

Finally, the Jews will recognize that Yeshua is their Jehovah, their Messiah.

[6] And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.

Zechariah 13

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Cross references

Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.  Isaiah 49:16

[51] And then shall the Jews look upon me and say: What are these wounds in thine hands and in thy feet?
[52] Then shall they know that I am the Lord; for I will say unto them: These wounds are the wounds with which I was wounded in the house of my friends. I am he who was lifted up. I am Jesus that was crucified. I am the Son of God.
[53] And then shall they weep because of their iniquities; then shall they lament because they persecuted their king.

Doctrine and Covenants 45

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Ancient American prophets, such as Nephi, Mormon and Moroni, foresaw that the Book of Mormon would be a means by which the Jews would come to know Yeshua as their Messiah.

And also to the convincing of the Jew and Gentile that Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God, manifesting himself unto all nations.

Excerpt from Book of Mormon Title Page

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Though I may figuratively suffer the same fate as William Tyndale for my translation efforts, yet I will carry on.  My membership in the House of Israel compels me to do this.  And the Holy Spirit has witnessed to me that I must complete this task.

May God forgive those authorities who persecute and punish me.

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For the eternal purposes of the Lord shall roll on, until all his promises shall be fulfilled.

…and none can stay it…

Mormon 8:22,26

– Tom Irvine

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