101 prophecies (Interpretation)

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HE LIVES !

Fundamental Bible truths from Genesis 1 to Genesis 6.

("Foretelling" prophecies (predictions) are in red. "Forthtelling" prophecies (doctrines) are in black. Most foretelling prophecies, of course, are in books such as Isaiah, Daniel, and Revelation.)

Bible teaching 1: Jesus Christ lives!

Doesn't every church believe this? Apparently not - or at least, not in the way the Bible teaches. First and foremost, the Bible states (prophesies) that Jesus Christ lives. He rose from the dead. This is central to the "Mormon" faith. Surprisingly, this already sets the church apart from many churches.

Most Christian churches believe that Jesus Christ rose from the dead nearly 2000 years ago. But the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is unique. Like the New Testament Church it has first hand witnesses. The Lord is as active today as he was in New Testament times: he has appeared to man today as he did then, he has sent angels now as he did then, and he speaks from the heavens now as he did then. Most churches (including Mormons) believe that Jesus can guide individuals through the Holy Spirit, but only the Mormons have Jesus as the head of the church, giving day to day instruction through his prophets and apostles as in Bible times. It is ironic that, when the Lord appeared to Joseph Smith in 1820, Joseph was ridiculed and condemned for reporting this great event. He was attacked for simply telling the established churches that they were right - that Jesus Christ lives!

But who is Jesus? Some scholars rightly point out that Jesus was a Jew, and his followers were all Jewish. Many feel that Paul changed the church, and that Jesus would not recognise or approve of modern Christians of any denomination. This is a problem for most churches, but not for the Mormon Church. The Mormons base their faith on modern revelation. We believe in Jesus Christ because he has appeared in modern times, not because of what scholars tell us about 2000 years ago.

2. The Bible is what it says it is

Doesn't every church believe this? I wonder. "Bible" comes from the Greek, "ta biblia". "Biblia" is a neuter PLURAL. But in time, most Christian churches have come to see it as a feminine SINGULAR - as if the Bible is a single book. The word Bible means a library, but most people treat it as being a single book.

This is important. A library can be added to. The New Testament Church constantly added to the library. But after the deaths of the apostles the Church changed, and gave up this New Testament practice.

The word "Bible" did not change from the plural to the singular until the height of the Medieval period - the thirteenth century. (Wm Smith 1:210) This subtle twisting of the word was perhaps one of the greatest achievements of the Dark Ages - along with other triumphs such as the inquisition and torturing people for reading the Bible.

Today, the New Testament practice of accepting new books to the library has been restored - through the Mormon Church.

3. We believe in the gift of prophecy

Doesn't ever church? No, not in the way the Bible has prophecy. How many churches have received new prophecy since Bible times - and if they have, why don't they print it together with the rest of the Bible? Or is their prophecy some kind of inferior, second rate, unimportant prophecy?

In Bible times, the people of God had prophets whose words became the scriptures. Where are the people of God today? Where are the prophets whose words become scripture? There is only one church to choose from. End of story. case closed. The only possible Biblical church is the "Mormon" church. Or to give it its real name, the "Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints". In the Bible, Jesus taught "with authority, and not as the scribes." (Mark 1:22). The scribes were the scholars, who would only teach if they could base everything on past scripture. Jesus did not say that "everything I teach is based on the scriptures", even though he was in total harmony with the dead prophets. Where today is a church that teaches with authority and not as the scribes? Where today is a church that would dare to say that any of its leaders' teachings are scripture, in the same way that the Bible is scripture? Where is the church that openly states that it does not base its teachings on the Bible, but bases them on direct revelation from God? That was the claim of the New Testament church. Where is that church today if it is not the Mormon Church?

4. We believe in the name of Jesus Christ

Doesn't every church? Not like the Bible says. They say they do, but they call themselves "the church of this" or "the church of that". The Bible teaches us to do all things in Jesus' name (Acts 4:12, Colossians 3:17). "Mormon" is just a nick-name given by others. The true name of the church is The Church of Jesus Christ ("of Latter-day Saints" to distinguish us from the same church in Bible times). How many other churches are even named after the Lord? And the Bible refers to the members of Jesus' church as saints. How many churches today always refer to their members as saints? Only one major church fulfils both criteria.

Now let us start going through the Bible, chapter by chapter.

I will skip those chapters (important though they are) where the Mormons and every other church are in agreement. I will focus on those chapters that allow the reader to identify the Mormon Church as the one true Church of Jesus Christ (i.e. where the Mormons agree with the Bible and almost every other church or philosophy does not)

5. We believe in the God of the Bible

Genesis 1:1: gives the nature of God. The very first verse of the whole Bible comes right to the central point that angers opponents of the church more than anything else. In the Hebrew, Genesis 1:1 says "in the beginning, the gods organized the earth". Gods, plural. This Bible verse is changed or rejected by almost every church. The Mormon Church is about the only one to accept it as it stands. We agree with Paul in the New Testament: "For though there be many that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there are gods many, and lords many), but to us there is but one God" (1 Corinthians 8:5-6) Once again, the Bible and the Mormons say the same thing. The rest of the Christian world says another.

How did God create the world?
While on the subject, how did God create the universe? Most Christians say "out of nothing" (ex-nihilo). But the Bible does not say that. The I looked up the Hebrew word for "create" in Strong's Hebrew lexicon:

1254 bara' {baw-raw'}
1) to create, shape, form
1a) (Qal) to shape, fashion, create (always with God as subject)
1a1) of heaven and earth
1a2) of individual man
1a3) of new conditions and circumstances
1a4) of transformations
1b) (Niph) to be created
1b1) of heaven and earth
1b2) of birth
1b3) of something new
1b4) of miracles
1c) (Piel)
1c1) to cut down
1c2) to cut out
2) to be fat
2a) (Hiph) to make yourselves fat

It seems plain that "create" does not mean "out of nothing," but simply to transform, arrange, or shape, just as an artist creates a statue from already existing materials. This is confirmed when we look athow God created man (discussed further down this page). Since Seth was created in the same way as Adam, we can conclude that we are created from existing materials (just as a baby's body is created from the food his mother eats).

Where did evil come from?
This also helps to solve the old problem of "where did Satan come from?" If God created everything out of nothing, then God must have created evil. But the Bible indicates that creation simply means organizing already existing materials. So God did not create evil.

6. We believe that God is God of the whole world

Genesis 1:1: God created the heavens and the earth. He did not just create the middle east. So why does every other church teach that God only gave scriptures to the middle east? The Mormons teach that God does not have favorites, and he also spoke to people on the other side of the world - hence the Book of Mormon. Only the Mormons have concrete evidence that God loves all men equally.

7. We believe in truth - wherever it comes from

Genesis 1-10: this is holy scripture. Many churches reject it as myth. Those that do accept it as literal truth generally reject scientific theories relating to dinosaurs, the age of the earth, evolution, etc. The Mormon Church is pretty much unique. We accept Genesis 1-10 as literally true, and also accept what the scientists tell us. We are able to do that because of a unique insight into how scripture comes to us. The subject is too big to explore here, but you might start with Hugh Nibley's essay "before Adam", available through FARMS. Only Mormonism is big enough to accept all truth, from whatever source. Science and revelation eventually harmonize through Mormonism and in no other way. For possible scientific evidence for Adam and Eve, click here. For more abour evolution, click here.

8. Families can be together forever

Genesis 2:24: Adam and Eve were married. But according to Romans 5:12, physical death was a result of the "sin" of Adam. So before Adam "sinned" (i.e. took the fruit), he was immortal. So marriage was given to mankind before death entered the world! Therefore it is not only extremely important, being only the second ever commandment given to mankind (after the one about the tree of knowledge), but also designed to last forever.

Eternal marriage is a distinguishing feature of the LDS church, but missing from just about every other church. The great truth, that we can be with our loved ones forever as families, is one of the greatest blessings of the restoration.

Some people claim that marriages end at death, and use Matthew 22:23-33 as evidence. Yet Jesus is simply saying that a marriage for eternity (and not "til death do us part") has to be done on this earth. It is too late to start such a marriage once dead. It is rather like repenting - if you had the chance when in this life, you cannot repent when in the next. But once started, an eternal marriage is just that - eternal. "Whatsoever God doeth, it shall be forever" (Ecclesiastes 3:14). Why is God so concerned that we do not divorce in this life (Matthew 5:31-32) if he intends to divorce us as soon as we die? Why did God give Peter the power to bind in heaven (Matthew 16:19) if God was just going to unbind as soon as we die? In the eternities, we are not neutered - men and women matter (1 Corinthians 11:11). Eternal marriage is a Biblical truth, taught only by the Mormon Church.

9. We believe in women!

Genesis 3: Eve was not evil, nor is she inferior to Adam. Yet that is exactly what most Christian churches teach - following Augustine - blaming Eve for "original sin". I have even seen it written, in reputable Bible commentaries, that God intended the garden of Eden to last forever. So either Adam and Eve destroyed God's plan, or God made some kind of mistake? But the Bible teaches that God does not make mistakes. So he therefore must have intended for Eve to eat that fruit. Furthermore, mankind would not have existed on this earth if it was not for what Eve did.

Eve did not "sin" in the sense that we "sin". Since Eve did not have the knowledge of good and evil at the time, she cannot be blamed. But since it allowed God's plan to progress, she should be thanked! Anyone who reads the Bible can see that God has more prepared for the faithful than just a return to the garden of Eden. But without the knowledge of good and evil, Adam and Eve could never chosen right from wrong and gain the blessings that are promised. Therefore the "Fall" of Adam was, in the long run, a step to greater things.

The Mormon church is probably unique in agreeing with the Bible on this. Every other church seems to take an anti-woman stance, or see this whole episode as an awful mistake. Of all Christian churches, only the Mormons are pro-women at root.

Several people had questions about this - click here for a further discussion

10. We believe that man is in the image of God

Genesis 5:1-3: Adam begat a son, Seth, "after his image, in his own likeness". This is the exact same language as Genesis 1:26, "And God said, let us make man in our image, after our likeness". There can only be one conclusion. Man is in the image of God in the same way that a son is in the image of his father. There is nothing symbolic about it. This is a literal likeness - eyes, nose, mouth, the whole form.

Does this mean just "spiritual" image?
There are many scriptures that deal with man being sinful, but that is a separate issue. The word "image" in Genesis chapters 1 and 5 is "tselem." It appears 15 times in the Bible and always refers to a physical image. The word for "likeness" in Genesis is "dmwuth." It appears over 20 times and is always used physically (though the physical use is sometimes extended to include a spiritual likeness as well). The scriptures are plain.

The Mormon church is about alone in teaching that God is not some kind of unknowable essence, but has a body of flesh and bones, albeit in an exalted and all-powerful form. As Paul said in Acts 17:28-29:

"For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device."

Every man and woman on this earth is a child of God! Think of it! When we pray "our Father which art in heaven" we should mean what we say! Yet almost every other Christian church disagrees with the Bible. Following the uninspired creeds of the fourth century, they teach that man is not literally in the image of God, and that God is an unknowable mystery. This is a serious matter. How can a man worship a God he does not know? The Lord said in John 17:3, "And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent". According to this scripture, it seems that only the Mormons have a hope of life eternal.

11. We accept the obvious!

Genesis 6:6: God repents?? Surely a mistranslation. How many churches believe in the Bible in a literal way (miracles, spirits, virgin birth, resurrection, etc.) yet openly accept that the Bible might have been mistranslated in parts? Only the Mormons can embrace both truths. (For more apparent contradictions, see the page on interpretation).

To be fair, most informed Christians today have finally accepted the Mormon position - that the Bible is true "as far as it is translated correctly." But have other churches thought through the implications? Today we do not have the original translations! We only have man-made reconstructions of what we think were the original texts. We are putting our faith in the scribes and scholars! In Bible times, Jesus condemned the scribes. The final living authority on Bible interpretation was not the scribes, but the living Prophet. Just as in the true church today.


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