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1 Nephi 14

There are only two churches - the church of God (the Mormons) and the church of the devil (everyone else)
Gentiles will be blessed if they become Mormons--The Catholic church was founded by the devil to lead souls to hell--Gentiles must become Mormon to be saved--In 2423 years, Joseph Smith will find and translate the Book of Mormon, the best and most important book ever written--There are only two churches: the church of the Lamb of God (The Mormons), and the church of the devil--God (and Joseph Smith) will create a marvelous work when making the Book of Mormon--The wrath of God is upon the great and abominable church-- The LDS church is the church of the Lamb--The name of the apostle of the Lamb is John--The Bible proceedeth out of the mouth of the Jew-- God forbids Nephi from writing about any of the other things that he saw--Whatever Nephi has written is true. Amen.

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Nephi's angel finally stops talking in this chapter. But he saved his best stuff for last.

Once again it's important to keep in mind the historical context of the angel's revelations to Nephi. This was 600 BCE, before most of the books in the Hebrew scriptures were written, about 700 years before the Christian New Testament existed, nearly 1000 years before the canon of the Christian Bible was established, and 2423 years before Joseph Smith found his golden plates. Yet the angel refers to, and often quotes from, all of these sources. The angel starts off by giving all of you "gentiles" out there in "the promised land" a bit of hope. ("Gentiles" are non-Mormons and "the promised land" is the United States in Mormon-speak).

14:1 And it shall come to pass, that if the Gentiles shall hearken unto the Lamb of God in that day that he shall manifest himself unto them in word, and also in power, in very deed, unto the taking away of their stumbling blocks -- (14:1-2) They shall be a blessed people upon the promised land forever.
Good news for "gentiles" in "the promised land." ("Gentiles" are non-Mormons and "the promised land" is the United States in Mormon-speak). All you have to do is become a Mormon and then you will be blessed by God.
14:2 And harden not their hearts against the Lamb of God, they shall be numbered among the seed of thy father; yea, they shall be numbered among the house of Israel; and they shall be a blessed people upon the promised land forever; they shall be no more brought down into captivity; and the house of Israel shall no more be confounded.
14:3 And that great pit, which hath been digged for them by that great and abominable church, which was founded by the devil and his children, that he might lead away the souls of men down to hell -- yea, that great pit which hath been digged for the destruction of men shall be filled by those who digged it, unto their utter destruction, saith the Lamb of God; not the destruction of the soul, save it be the casting of it into that hell which hath no end. (14:3)
That great and abominable church ... was founded by the devil ... that he might lead ... souls ... to hell.
The Catholic church was founded by the devil to lead souls to hell.
14:4 For behold, this is according to the captivity of the devil, and also according to the justice of God, upon all those who will work wickedness and abomination before him.
14:5 And it came to pass that the angel spake unto me, Nephi, saying: Thou hast beheld that if the Gentiles repent it shall be well with them; and thou also knowest concerning the covenants of the Lord unto the house of Israel; and thou also hast heard that whoso repenteth not must perish. (14:5-6) If the Gentiles repent it shall be well with them ... [but] whoso repenteth not must perish.
If you're a gentile, you've only got two choices: become a Mormon or fall into the Catholic pit that leads to hell.
14:6 Therefore, wo be unto the Gentiles if it so be that they harden their hearts against the Lamb of God.
14:7 For the time cometh, saith the Lamb of God, that I will work a great and a marvelous work among the children of men; a work which shall be everlasting, either on the one hand or on the other -- either to the convincing of them unto peace and life eternal, or unto the deliverance of them to the hardness of their hearts and the blindness of their minds unto their being brought down into captivity, and also into destruction, both temporally and spiritually, according to the captivity of the devil, of which I have spoken. (14:7) I will work a great and a marvelous work
The angel tells Nephi that the lamb of God (Jesus) says that the time will come (2423 years later) when a 17 year old treasure digger from New York (Joseph Smith) will find some golden plates and translate them by staring into his hat at some magic rocks and thereby produce the "great and marvelous work" that we now know as the Book of Mormon. This book is, according to the angel, the best and most important book by far that you, me, or anyone else will ever read. And we'll be tortured forever after we die unless we believe it.

(14:9) Behold that great and abominable church, which is the mother of abominations, whose founder is the devil.
The angel shows Nephi the Catholic church again.

(14:10) Behold there are save two churches only.
There are only two churches: the church of the Lamb of God (The Mormons), and the church of the devil. You either belong to the good church or the bad church (the mother of abominations, the whore of all the earth, whose founder is the devil).

14:8 And it came to pass that when the angel had spoken these words, he said unto me: Rememberest thou the covenants of the Father unto the house of Israel? I said unto him, Yea.
14:9 And it came to pass that he said unto me: Look, and behold that great and abominable church, which is the mother of abominations, whose founder is the devil.
14:10 And he said unto me: Behold there are save two churches only; the one is the church of the Lamb of God, and the other is the church of the devil; wherefore, whoso belongeth not to the church of the Lamb of God belongeth to that great church, which is the mother of abominations; and she is the whore of all the earth.
14:11 And it came to pass that I looked and beheld the whore of all the earth, and she sat upon many waters; and she had dominion over all the earth, among all nations, kindreds, tongues, and people.
14:12 And it came to pass that I beheld the church of the Lamb of God, and its numbers were few, because of the wickedness and abominations of the whore who sat upon many waters; nevertheless, I beheld that the church of the Lamb, who were the saints of God, were also upon all the face of the earth; and their dominions upon the face of the earth were small, because of the wickedness of the great whore whom I saw. (14:12)
I beheld the church of the Lamb of God.
The angel showed Nephi the Mormon church (the church of the Lamb of God). There weren't many Mormons, though, because of that fucking whore that sat on many waters (the Catholic Church).
14:13 And it came to pass that I beheld that the great mother of abominations did gather together multitudes upon the face of all the earth, among all the nations of the Gentiles, to fight against the Lamb of God.
14:14 And it came to pass that I, Nephi, beheld the power of the Lamb of God, that it descended upon the saints of the church of the Lamb, and upon the covenant people of the Lord, who were scattered upon all the face of the earth; and they were armed with righteousness and with the power of God in great glory.
14:15 And it came to pass that I beheld that the wrath of God was poured out upon that great and abominable church, insomuch that there were wars and rumors of wars among all the nations and kindreds of the earth. (14:15-17) I beheld that the wrath of God was poured out upon that great and abominable church.
God hated pretty much everyone on earth (they were all just a bunch of Catholics to him) until the Mormons showed up.
14:16 And as there began to be wars and rumors of wars among all the nations which belonged to the mother of abominations, the angel spake unto me, saying: Behold, the wrath of God is upon the mother of harlots; and behold, thou seest all these things --
14:17 And when the day cometh that the wrath of God is poured out upon the mother of harlots, which is the great and abominable church of all the earth, whose founder is the devil, then, at that day, the work of the Father shall commence, in preparing the way for the fulfilling of his covenants, which he hath made to his people who are of the house of Israel.
14:18 And it came to pass that the angel spake unto me, saying: Look!
14:19 And I looked and beheld a man, and he was dressed in a white robe.
14:20 And the angel said unto me: Behold one of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
14:21 Behold, he shall see and write the remainder of these things; yea, and also many things which have been.
14:22 And he shall also write concerning the end of the world.
14:23 Wherefore, the things which he shall write are just and true; and behold they are written in the book which thou beheld proceeding out of the mouth of the Jew; and at the time they proceeded out of the mouth of the Jew, or, at the time the book proceeded out of the mouth of the Jew, the things which were written were plain and pure, and most precious and easy to the understanding of all men. (14:23) They are written in the book which thou beheld proceeding out of the mouth of the Jew.
The white-robed guy will write things that are just and true just like everything else that is written in "the book that proceeded out of the mouth of the Jew." ("The book that proceeded out of the mouth of the Jew" is BoM-speak for the Bible.)
14:24 And behold, the things which this apostle of the Lamb shall write are many things which thou hast seen; and behold, the remainder shalt thou see.
14:25 But the things which thou shalt see hereafter thou shalt not write; for the Lord God hath ordained the apostle of the Lamb of God that he should write them. (14:27)
The name of the apostle of the Lamb was John.
The angel told Nephi to look over there. You see that guy in the white robe? That's the apostle John who will write the Book of Revelation about 700 years from now. (Which doesn't make a lot of sense since the apostle John didn't write Revelation, but oh well.)

(14:28-30) I, Nephi, am forbidden that I should write the remainder of the things which I saw and heard.
That's all Nephi is going to say about that. The angel won't let him say any more. So don't ask. But the angel showed Nephi lots of other cool stuff that he can't tell you about right now.

(14:30)
The things which I have written are true. And thus it is. Amen.
Finally the angel stopped talking and Nephi quit writing down the things that he saw while he got all carried away. But it's all true. And thus it is. Amen. 10-4 good buddy. Over and out.

(14:30) "The things which I have written are true."
Is the Book of Mormon true?

14:26 And also others who have been, to them hath he shown all things, and they have written them; and they are sealed up to come forth in their purity, according to the truth which is in the Lamb, in the own due time of the Lord, unto the house of Israel.
14:27 And I, Nephi, heard and bear record, that the name of the apostle of the Lamb was John, according to the word of the angel.
14:28 And behold, I, Nephi, am forbidden that I should write the remainder of the things which I saw and heard; wherefore the things which I have written sufficeth me; and I have written but a small part of the things which I saw.
14:29 And I bear record that I saw the things which my father saw, and the angel of the Lord did make them known unto me.
14:30 And now I make an end of speaking concerning the things which I saw while I was carried away in the spirit; and if allthe things which I saw are not written, the things which I have written are true. And thus it is. Amen.

And it came to pass (14:1, 5, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18)

(14:11) the great whore that sitteth upon many waters. -- Revelation 17:1 every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people -- Revelation 14:6

(14:15) wars and rumours of wars -- Matthew 24:6

(14:16-17) the Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the Earth. -- Rev.17:5

(14:20, 24, 25, 27) and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. -- Revelation 21:14


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