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THE BOOK OF ETHER

CHAPTER 4

The brother of Jared writes about the things that he saw (Jesus's finger and spirit body)
In 2200 BCE, Jesus commands the brother of Jared to write the things that he saw--2600 years later, Moroni finds the plates written by the brother of of Jared and engraves the information on his plates--Moroni buries his plates--1420 years later, Joseph Smith digs up the plates--Whoever believes these things will be saved; whoever doesn't, will be damned.

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4:1 And the Lord commanded the brother of Jared to go down out of the mount from the presence of the Lord, and write the things which he had seen; and they were forbidden to come unto the children of men until after that he should be lifted up upon the cross; and for this cause did king *Mosiah keep them, that they should not come unto the world until after Christ should show himself unto his people. (4:1) The Lord commanded the brother of Jared to ... write the things which he had seen.
Jesus told Jared's brother to write about the things that he'd seen (Jesus's finger and spirit body), but Jesus told him not to tell anyone else. (It's a little secret just between him and Jesus.) 2200 years later, Jesus will be born and reveal his finger and body to the rest of the world. Then in another 1820 years or so, after the Lamanites kill all the Nephites and everyone has dwindled in unbelief, Joseph Smith will dig up the plates that will tell everyone all about what the brother of Jared saw.
4:2 And after Christ truly had showed himself unto his people he commanded that they should be made manifest.
4:3 And now, after that, they have all ddwindled in unbelief; and there is none save it be the Lamanites, and they have rejected the gospel of Christ; therefore I am commanded that I should hide them up again in the earth.
4:4 Behold, I have written upon these plates the very things which the brother of Jared saw; and there never were greater things made manifest than those which were made manifest unto the brother of Jared. (4:1-5) I have sealed up the interpreters.
In about 400 CE, about 2600 years after the brother of Jared saw the finger of Jesus, Moroni found the plates that the brother of Jared hid, along with the interpreters (a pair of magic stones) that Jesus provided. Moroni transcribed this information to his plates and hid them in a place (Joseph Smith's backyard) where Joseph Smith would find them about 1420 years later. And that's how we know what the brother of Jared saw 4210 years ago. Or something like that.
4:5 Wherefore the Lord hath commanded me to write them; and I have written them. And he commanded me that I should seal them up; and he also hath commanded that I should seal up the interpretation thereof; wherefore I have sealed up the interpreters, according to the commandment of the Lord.
4:6 For the Lord said unto me: They shall not go forth unto the Gentiles until the day that they shall repent of their iniquity, and become clean before the Lord. (4:6-7a) Then will I manifest unto them the things which the brother of Jared saw.
If the Gentiles (non-Mormons) become repent and become Mormons, Jesus will show them what he showed the brother of Jared. (Which, as you should know by now, was his own finger and spirit body.)

(4:7b) Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Father of the heavens and of the earth
Jesus is both the Son and the Father.

4:7 And in that day that they shall exercise faith in me, saith the Lord, even as the brother of Jared did, that they may become sanctified in me, then will I manifest unto them the things which the brother of Jared saw, even to the unfolding unto them all my revelations, saith Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Father of the heavens and of the earth, and all things that in them are.
4:8 And he that will contend against the word of the Lord, let him be accursed; and he that shall deny these things, let him be accursed; for unto them will I show no greater things, saith Jesus Christ; for I am he who speaketh. (4:8-19) He that shall deny these things, let him be accursed.
Jesus explains to the brother of Jared the significance of what he saw (Jesus's finger and spirit body). Whoever believes that the brother of Jared saw what he claimed to have seen in 2200 BCE will go to heaven; whoever disbelieves in that will be tormented forever in hell.

(4:9) At my command the inhabitants thereof shall pass away, even so as by fire.
If he feels like it, Jesus can burn to death everyone on earth.

4:9 And at my command the heavens are opened and are shut; and at my word the earth shall shake; and at my command the inhabitants thereof shall pass away, even so as by fire.
4:10 And he that believeth not my words believeth not my disciples; and if it so be that I do not speak, judge ye; for ye shall know that it is I that speaketh, at the last day.
4:11 But he that believeth these things which I have spoken, him will I visit with pthe manifestations of my Spirit, and he shall know and bear record. For because of my Spirit he shall know that these things are true; for it persuadeth men to do good.
4:12 And whatsoever thing persuadeth men to do good is of me; for good cometh of none save it be of me. I am the same that leadeth men to all good; he that will not believe my words will not believe me -- that I am; and he that will not believe me will not believe the Father who sent me. For behold, I am the Father, I am the light, and the life, and the truth of the world. (4:12a) Good cometh of none save it be of me.
Everything good comes from Jesus.

(4:12b) For behold, I am the Father.
Jesus is both the Father and the Son. (He is his own dad.)
Mitt Romney's Jesus: Father, Son, and Satan's older brother

(4:13) Come ... O ye Gentiles, and I will show unto you the greater things.
Jesus asks the Gentiles (non-Mormons) to believe the greater things in the Book of Mormon. (Don't let the greater things -- like Jesus showing his finger to the brother of Jared -- be hid by your disbelief.)

4:13 Come unto me, O ye Gentiles, and I will show unto you the greater things, the knowledge which is hid up because of unbelief.
4:14 Come unto me, O ye house of Israel, and it shall be made manifest unto you how great things the Father hath laid up for you, from the foundation of the world; and it hath not come unto you, because of unbelief.
4:15 Behold, when ye shall rend that veil of unbelief which doth cause you to remain in your awful state of wickedness, and hardness of heart, and blindness of mind, then shall the great and marvelous things which have been hid up from the foundation of the world from you -- yea, when ye shall call upon the Father in my name, with a broken heart and a contrite spirit, then shall ye know that the Father hath remembered the covenant which he made unto your fathers, O house of Israel. (4:15) That veil of unbelief which doth cause you to remain in your awful state of wickedness
Those who disbelieve in the Book of Mormon are in an "awful state of wickedness."
4:16 And then shall my revelations which I have caused to be written by my servant John be unfolded in the eyes of all the people. Remember, when ye see these things, ye shall know that the time is at hand that they shall be made manifest in very deed.
4:17 Therefore, when ye shall receive this record ye may know that the work of the Father has commenced upon all the face of the land. (4:17) When ye shall receive this record ye may know that the work of the Father has commenced.
When you read this in the Book of Mormon, you'll know the end of the world is near. (Well, within a few hundred years, anyway.)

(4:18a) He that believeth not shall be damned. All non-Mormons are going to hell.

(4:18b) Signs shall follow them that believe in my name.
Where are these promised signs? Modern-day Latter-day Saints seem to be really bad at miracles.

4:18 Therefore, repent all ye ends of the earth, and come unto me, and believe in my gospel, and be baptized in my name; for he that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but phe that believeth not shall be damned; and psigns shall follow them that believe in my name.
4:19 And blessed is he that is found faithful unto my name at the last day, for he shall be lifted up to dwell in pthe kingdom prepared for him from the foundation of the world. And behold it is I that hath spoken it. Amen.

* (4:1) The 1830 Edition says, "for this cause did king Benjamin keep them...."

Dwindling in unbelief (4:3)

(4:11) The manifestation of the Spirit -- 1 Corinthians 12:7

(4:18a) He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. Mark 16:16

(4:18b) And these signs shall follow them that believe... Mark 16:17

(4:19) inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world... Matthew 25:34


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