Monday, November 23, 2015

D&C 124 - promised blessings, penalties, and what actually happened

  • Build a Temple in the allotted time:
    • 31 But I command you, all ye my saints, to build a house unto me; and I grant unto you a sufficient time to build a house unto me; and during this time your baptisms shall be acceptable unto me.
Promised Blessings:
  • God would restore the fulness of the Priesthood, which He had already taken away
    • 28 For there is not a place found on earth that he may come to and restore again that which was lost unto you, or which he hath taken away, even the fulness of the priesthood.
  • God would restore mysteries hidden from before the foundation of the world:
    •  41 For I deign to reveal unto my church things which have been kept hid from before the foundation of the world, things that pertain to the dispensation of the fulness of times.
  • If the Temple is completed in time the Saints will be able to stay there (in Nauvoo):
    •  45 And if my people will hearken unto my voice, and unto the voice of my servants whom I have appointed to lead my people, behold, verily I say unto you, they shall not be moved out of their place.
  • Ordinances would be revealed in the Temple
    •  40 And verily I say unto you, let this house be built unto my name, that I may reveal mine ordinances therein unto my people;
Promised Penalties:
  • Church would be rejected if the Temple is not completed in the allotted time:
    •  32 But behold, at the end of this appointment your baptisms for your dead shall not be acceptable unto me; and if you do not these things at the end of the appointment ye shall be rejected as a church, with your dead, saith the Lord your God.
  • Baptisms for the Dead would not be acceptable:
    •  35 And after this time, your baptisms for the dead, by those who are scattered abroad, are not acceptable unto me, saith the Lord.
  • Curse will last 3-4 generations (Eldred Smith just died - 4th generation from Hyrum Smith):
    • 50 And the iniquity and transgression of my holy laws and commandments I will visit upon the heads of those who hindered my work, unto the third and fourth generation, so long as they repent not, and hate me, saith the Lord God.
  • Promised blessings won't be given:
    •  47 And it shall come to pass that if you build a house unto my name, and do not do the things that I say, I will not perform the oath which I make unto you, neither fulfil the promises which ye expect at my hands, saith the Lord.

What happened:
  • Joseph Smith  died almost exactly 3 1/2 years after this revelation was received
    • January 19, 1841 - June 27, 1844
  • Joseph gave the endowment in the Red Brick Store, but it was a ceremonial enactment of what was really supposed to happen in the Temple.  The veil wasn't pierced in reality but merely in ceremony.
  • When Joseph died the Temple had not yet been completed to the second floor
  • When the Twelve prayed in the Temple on February 8, 1846 that the Lord would bless the Saints to be able to complete the Temple, the Temple caught fire the next day.
  • On April 29, 1846 the Nauvoo Temple was complete enough to dedicate.
  • In June of 1847 the Temple was almost sold to the Catholic church for $75,000 but the sale failed.
  • On October 9, 1848 an arsonist destroyed the Temple.
  • On May 27, 1850, the north wall was blown down by a storm.  The rest of the building was then torn down.
What didn't happen:
  • The Lord never came to this Temple
  • The saints were not allowed to stay in Nauvoo as promised but had to flee
  • Mysteries hidden from before the foundation of the world were not restored

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Part 6 - Allegories in the Book of Alma

Alma 28-29: Destruction and Second Coming of Christ

Alma 28:
  • Final destruction before Second Coming (Jacob 5:69)
    • Alma 28:2-6,11
      • 2 And thus there was a tremendous battle; yea, even such an one as never had been known among all the people in the land from the time Lehi left Jerusalem; yea, and tens of thousands of the Lamanites were slain and scattered abroad.
      • 3 Yea, and also there was a tremendous slaughter among the people of Nephi; nevertheless, the Lamanites were driven and scattered, and the people of Nephi returned again to their land.
        • 4 And now this was a time that there was a great mourning and lamentation heard throughout all the land, among all the people of Nephi—
          • 5 Yea, the cry of widows mourning for their husbands, and also of fathers mourning for their sons, and the daughter for the brother, yea, the brother for the father; and thus the cry of mourning was heard among all of them, mourning for their kindred who had been slain.
            • 6 And now surely this was a sorrowful day; yea, a time of solemnity, and a time of much fasting and prayer.
              • 11 And the bodies of many thousands are laid low in the earth, while the bodies of many thousands are moldering in heaps upon the face of the earth;
          Alma 29:
          • Christ's Second Coming (Jacob 5:72)
            • 1 O that I were an angel, and could have the wish of mine heart, that I might go forth and speak with the trump of God, with a voice to shake the earth, and cry repentance unto every people!
            • 2 Yea, I would declare unto every soul, as with the voice of thunder, repentance and the plan of redemption, that they should repent and come unto our God, that there might not be more sorrow upon all the face of the earth.
            • Final Judgment
              • 5 Yea, and I know that good and evil have come before all men; he that knoweth not good from evil is blameless; but he that knoweth good and evil, to him it is given according to his desires, whether he desireth good or evil, life or death, joy or remorse of conscience.
              • Heavenly Mother involved
                • 8 For behold, the Lord doth grant unto all nations, of their own nation and tongue, to teach his word, yea, in wisdom, all that he seeth fit that they should have; therefore we see that the Lord doth counsel in wisdom, according to that which is just and true.
                • Christ gives salvation to His servants and the gathered fruit (Jacob 5:75-77)
                  • 14 But I do not joy in my own success alone, but my joy is more full because of the success of my brethren, who have been up to the land of Nephi.
                    • 15 Behold, they have labored exceedingly, and have brought forth much fruit; and how great shall be their reward!
                    • 16 Now, when I think of the success of these my brethren my soul is carried away, even to the separation of it from the body, as it were, so great is my joy.
                      • 17 And now may God grant unto these, my brethren, that they may sit down in the kingdom of God; yea, and also all those who are the fruit of their labors that they may go no more out, but that they may praise him forever. And may God grant that it may be done according to my words, even as I have spoken. Amen.

                    Part 5 - Allegories in the Book of Alma

                    Alma 17-27: Final gathering of remnant and Zion

                    Alma 17-26:
                    • Final Gathering of Remnant(s) (Jacob 5:51-75)
                      • Four sons of Mosiah preaching to four lost remnants
                      • Alma 17 - King Lamoni speechless - "Kings shall shut their mouths" (Isaiah 52:15)
                      • Alma 23 - preach in a place that had been forbidden but restrictions were lifted
                        • Alma 24 -gathered people are tested to see if they'll stay true to the Covenant
                          • Alma 24:15 Oh, how merciful is our God! And now behold, since it has been as much as we could do to get our stains taken away from us, and our swords are made bright, let us hide them away that they may be kept bright, as a testimony to our God at the last day, or at the day that we shall be brought to stand before him to be judged, that we have not stained our swords in the blood of our brethren since he imparted his word unto us and has made us clean thereby.
                          • Alma 25 - post-gathering wars, more flee to join gathered remnant
                            • Alma 26 - post-gathering harvest and rejoicing (Jacob 5:74-75)
                              • Alma 26:7 - harvest
                                •  "...they are in the hands of the Lord of the harvest"
                                • Alma 26:15 - marvelous work
                                  • "we have been instruments in his hands of doing this great and marvelous work."
                                  • Alma 26:36 - branch taken from tree of Israel and visited in a strange land
                                    • "blessed is the name of my God, who has been mindful of this people, who are a branch of the tree of Israel, and has been lost from its body in a strange land;"
                                    • Jacob 5:74-75
                                      • 74 And thus they labored, with all diligence, according to the commandments of the Lord of the vineyard, even until the bad had been cast away out of the vineyard, and the Lord had preserved unto himself that the trees had become again the natural fruit; and they became like unto one body; and the fruits were equal; and the Lord of the vineyard had preserved unto himself the natural fruit, which was most precious unto him from the beginning.
                                        • 75 And it came to pass that when the Lord of the vineyard saw that his fruit was good, and that his vineyard was no more corrupt, he called up his servants, and said unto them: Behold, for this last time have we nourished my vineyard; and thou beholdest that I have done according to my will; and I have preserved the natural fruit, that it is good, even like as it was in the beginning. And blessed art thou; for because ye have been diligent in laboring with me in my vineyard, and have kept my commandments, and have brought unto me again the natural fruit, that my vineyard is no more corrupted, and the bad is cast away, behold ye shall have joy with me because of the fruit of my vineyard.
                                    Alma 27:
                                    • Final restoration of remnant to Zion  (Jacob 5:67-68)
                                      • Alma 27:14
                                        • And they gathered together all their people, yea, all the people of the Lord, and did gather together all their flocks and herds, and departed out of the land, and came into the wilderness which divided the land of Nephi from the land of Zarahemla, and came over near the borders of the land.
                                        • Characteristics of this Zion people
                                          • Alma 27:27-30
                                            • 27 And they were among the people of Nephi, and also numbered among the people who were of the church of God. And they were also distinguished for their zeal towards God, and also towards men; for they were perfectly honest and upright in all things; and they were firm in the faith of Christ, even unto the end.
                                            • 28 And they did look upon shedding the blood of their brethren with the greatest abhorrence; and they never could be prevailed upon to take up arms against their brethren; and they never did look upon death with any degree of terror, for their hope and views of Christ and the resurrection; therefore, death was swallowed up to them by the victory of Christ over it.
                                              • 29 Therefore, they would suffer death in the most aggravating and distressing manner which could be inflicted by their brethren, before they would take the sword or cimeter to smite them.
                                              • 30 And thus they were a zealous and beloved people, a highly favored people of the Lord.

                                        Part 4 - Allegories in the Book of Alma

                                        Alma 16 - The Destruction of the Nephites

                                        Alma 16:
                                        • Destruction of the Nephites (Jacob 5:40-43)
                                          • Ammonihahites are destroyed
                                            • Jacob 5:40-43
                                              • 40 And the wild fruit of the last had overcome that part of the tree which brought forth good fruit, even that the branch had withered away and died.
                                                • 41 And it came to pass that the Lord of the vineyard wept, and said unto the servant: What could I have done more for my vineyard?
                                                  • 42 Behold, I knew that all the fruit of the vineyard, save it were these, had become corrupted. And now these which have once brought forth good fruit have also become corrupted; and now all the trees of my vineyard are good for nothing save it be to be hewn down and cast into the fire.
                                                    • 43 And behold this last, whose branch hath withered away, I did plant in a good spot of ground; yea, even that which was choice unto me above all other parts of the land of my vineyard.

                                                Part 3 - Allegories in the Book of Alma

                                                Christ's mortal and post-mortal ministries

                                                Alma 4:
                                                • Alma (Christ) hands over governing role and "condescends" to focus on his duties as High Priest
                                                  • (chapter 5 preface)
                                                    • The words which Alma, the High Priest according to the holy order of God, delivered to the people in their cities and villages throughout the land.
                                                    • 18 Now Alma did not grant unto him the office of being high priest over the church, but he retained the office of high priest unto himself; but he delivered the judgment-seat unto Nephihah.
                                                      • 19 And this he did that he himself might go forth among his people, or among the people of Nephi, that he might preach the word of God unto them, to stir them up in remembrance of their duty, and that he might pull down, by the word of God, all the pride and craftiness and all the contentions which were among his people, seeing no way that he might reclaim them save it were in bearing down in pure testimony against them.
                                                      Alma 5-6:
                                                      • Christ's mortal ministry among the Jews, as well as Jacob 5:16-18
                                                        • Alma (Christ) consecrated (anointed) by his father to be a high priest
                                                          • 3 I, Alma, having been consecrated by my father, Alma, to be a high priest over the church of God, he having power and authority from God to do these things…
                                                          • 50 Yea, thus saith the Spirit: Repent, all ye ends of the earth, for the kingdom of heaven is soon at hand; yea, the Son of God cometh in his glory, in his might, majesty, power, and dominion. Yea, my beloved brethren, I say unto you, that the Spirit saith: Behold the glory of the King of all the earth; and also the King of heaven shall very soon shine forth among all the children of men.
                                                            • Atonement of Christ
                                                              • 9 And again I ask, were the bands of death broken, and the chains of hell which encircled them about, were they loosed? I say unto you, Yea, they were loosed, and their souls did expand, and they did sing redeeming love. And I say unto you that they are saved.
                                                              • 34 Yea, he saith: Come unto me and ye shall partake of the fruit of the tree of life; yea, ye         shall eat and drink of the bread and the waters of life freely;
                                                              • Division between followers of Christ and followers of Satan
                                                                • 38 Behold, I say unto you, that the good shepherd doth call you; yea, and in his own name he doth call you, which is the name of Christ; and if ye will not hearken unto the voice of the good shepherd, to the name by which ye are called, behold, ye are not the sheep of the good shepherd.
                                                                  • 39 And now if ye are not the sheep of the good shepherd, of what fold are ye? Behold, I say unto you, that the devil is your shepherd, and ye are of his fold; and now, who can deny this? Behold, I say unto you, whosoever denieth this is a liar and a child of the devil.
                                                                  • Temple imagery reminds readers of the endowment ceremony and the Fall
                                                                    • 7 Behold, he changed their hearts; yea, he awakened them out of a deep sleep, and they awoke unto God.
                                                                      • 24 Behold, my brethren, do ye suppose that such an one can have a place to sit down in the kingdom of God, with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob, and also all the holy prophets, whose garments are cleansed and are spotless, pure and white?
                                                                        • 34 Yea, he saith: Come unto me and ye shall partake of the fruit of the tree of life; yea, ye         shall eat and drink of the bread and the waters of life freely;
                                                                          • 44 For I am called to speak after this manner, according to the holy order of God, which is in Christ Jesus;
                                                                          • Alma preaches the same things Christ taught
                                                                            • Alma teaches the way to reverse the effects of the Fall and bring the new Millennium
                                                                          Alma 7-15:
                                                                          • Christ's post-mortal ministries among the lost Tribes (Jacob 5:20-25)
                                                                            • Alma 7:
                                                                              • Alma preaches in Gideon/Christ preaches in second location (Jacob 5:20-22)
                                                                              • Alma 8:3-5
                                                                                • Alma preaches in Melek/Christ preaches in third location (Jacob 5:23)
                                                                                • Alma 8:6-Alma 15:17:
                                                                                  • Alma (and Amulek) preach in Ammonihah and Sidom/Christ (and someone?) preach to the Nephites and Lamanites in the fourth location
                                                                                    • Jacob 5:24-27
                                                                                    • Two main groups -
                                                                                      • One rejects and the other receives
                                                                                        • Jacob 5:25: Behold, this have I planted in a good spot of ground; and I have nourished it this long time, and only a part of the tree hath brought forth tame fruit, and the other part of the tree hath brought forth wild fruit;

                                                                                Part 2 - Allegories in the Book of Alma

                                                                                Alma 1-3: The War in Heaven and Christ's pre-mortal ministry

                                                                                Alma 1:
                                                                                • Zion-like (Millennial) conditions:
                                                                                  • 26 And when the priests left their labor to impart the word of God unto the people, the people also left their labors to hear the word of God. And when the priest had imparted unto them the word of God they all returned again diligently unto their labors; and the priest, not esteeming himself above his hearers, for the preacher was no better than the hearer, neither was the teacher any better than the learner; and thus they were all equal, and they did all labor, every man according to his strength.
                                                                                  • 27 And they did impart of their substance, every man according to that which he had, to the poor, and the needy, and the sick, and the afflicted; and they did not wear costly apparel, yet they were neat and comely.
                                                                                  • 28 And thus they did establish the affairs of the church; and thus they began to have continual peace again, notwithstanding all their persecutions.
                                                                                  • 29 And now, because of the steadiness of the church they began to be exceedingly rich, having abundance of all things whatsoever they stood in need—an abundance of flocks and herds, and fatlings of every kind, and also abundance of grain, and of gold, and of silver, and of precious things, and abundance of silk and fine-twined linen, and all manner of good homely cloth.
                                                                                  • 30 And thus, in their prosperous circumstances, they did not send away any who were naked, or that were hungry, or that were athirst, or that were sick, or that had not been nourished; and they did not set their hearts upon riches; therefore they were liberal to all, both old and young, both bond and free, both male and female, whether out of the church or in the church, having no respect to persons as to those who stood in need.
                                                                                  • 31 And thus they did prosper and become far more wealthy than those who did not belong to their church.
                                                                                • Introduction of pride and priestcraft (Order of Nehor)
                                                                                  • 2 And it came to pass that in the first year of the reign of Alma in the judgment-seat, there was a man brought before him to be judged, a man who was large, and was noted for his much strength.
                                                                                  • 3 And he had gone about among the people, preaching to them that which he termed to be the word of God, bearing down against the church; declaring unto the people that every priest and teacher ought to become popular; and they ought not to labor with their hands, but that they ought to be supported by the people.
                                                                                  • 4 And he also testified unto the people that all mankind should be saved at the last day, and that they need not fear nor tremble, but that they might lift up their heads and rejoice; for the Lord had created all men, and had also redeemed all men; and, in the end, all men should have eternal life.
                                                                                  • 32 For those who did not belong to their church did indulge themselves in sorceries, and in idolatry or idleness, and in babblings, and in envyings and strife; wearing costly apparel; being lifted up in the pride of their own eyes; persecuting, lying, thieving, robbing, committing whoredoms, and murdering, and all manner of wickedness; nevertheless, the law was put in force upon all those who did transgress it, inasmuch as it was possible.
                                                                                Alma 2:
                                                                                • Rise of adversary (Amlici (satan) - follows path of Nehor, gathers followers, desires to be king and destroy the church
                                                                                  • 2 Now this Amlici had, by his cunning, drawn away much people after him; even so much that they began to be very powerful; and they began to endeavor to establish Amlici to be a king over the people.
                                                                                  • 3 Now this was alarming to the people of the church, and also to all those who had not been drawn away after the persuasions of Amlici; for they knew that according to their law that such things must be established by the voice of the people.
                                                                                  • 4 Therefore, if it were possible that Amlici should gain the voice of the people, he, being a wicked man, would deprive them of their rights and privileges of the church; for it was his intent to destroy the church of God.
                                                                                • Assembly gathered - people vote against Amlici (satan)
                                                                                  • 5 And it came to pass that the people assembled themselves together throughout all the land, every man according to his mind, whether it were for or against Amlici, in separate bodies, having much dispute and wonderful contentions one with another.
                                                                                  • 6 And thus they did assemble themselves together to cast in their voices concerning the matter; and they were laid before the judges.
                                                                                  • 7 And it came to pass that the voice of the people came against Amlici, that he was not made king over the people.
                                                                                • Amlici (satan) leads his people against the people of God
                                                                                  • 8 Now this did cause much joy in the hearts of those who were against him; but Amlici did stir up those who were in his favor to anger against those who were not in his favor.
                                                                                  • 9 And it came to pass that they gathered themselves together, and did consecrate Amlici to be their king.
                                                                                  • 10 Now when Amlici was made king over them he commanded them that they should take up arms against their brethren; and this he did that he might subject them to him.
                                                                                • Alma (Christ) leads the battle against Amlici (satan)
                                                                                  • 16 Now Alma, being the chief judge and the governor of the people of Nephi, therefore he went up with his people, yea, with his captains, and chief captains, yea, at the head of his armies, against the Amlicites to battle.
                                                                                • Alma (Christ) sends four spies (archangels)
                                                                                  • 22 Now those whom he had sent out to watch the camp of the Amlicites were called Zeram, and Amnor, and Manti, and Limher; these were they who went out with their men to watch the camp of the Amlicites.
                                                                                • Amlici (satan) defeated by Alma (Christ)
                                                                                  • 29 And it came to pass that Alma fought with Amlici with the sword, face to face; and they did contend mightily, one with another.
                                                                                  • 30 And it came to pass that Alma, being a man of God, being exercised with much faith, cried, saying: O Lord, have mercy and spare my life, that I may be an instrument in thy hands to save and preserve this people.
                                                                                  • 31 Now when Alma had said these words he contended again with Amlici; and he was strengthened, insomuch that he slew Amlici with the sword.
                                                                                Alma 3:
                                                                                • A race of people (satan's followers) cursed for rebellion against four men (Amlicites also brought curse upon themselves)
                                                                                  • 4 And the Amlicites were distinguished from the Nephites, for they had marked themselves with red in their foreheads after the manner of the Lamanites; nevertheless they had not shorn their heads like unto the Lamanites.
                                                                                  • 6 And the skins of the Lamanites were dark, according to the mark which was set upon their fathers, which was a curse upon them because of their transgression and their rebellion against their brethren, who consisted of Nephi, Jacob, and Joseph, and Sam, who were just and holy men.
                                                                                  • 7 And their brethren sought to destroy them, therefore they were cursed; and the Lord God set a mark upon them, yea, upon Laman and Lemuel, and also the sons of Ishmael, and Ishmaelitish women.
                                                                                  • 8 And this was done that their seed might be distinguished from the seed of their brethren, that thereby the Lord God might preserve his people, that they might not mix and believe in incorrect traditions which would prove their destruction.

                                                                                Part 1 - Allegories in the Book of Alma (Summary)

                                                                                Alma 1:
                                                                                • Zion-like (Millennial) conditions:
                                                                                • Introduction of pride and priestcraft (Order of Nehor)
                                                                                Alma 2:
                                                                                • Rise of adversary - Amlici (satan) - follows path of Nehor, gathers followers, desires to be king and destroy the church
                                                                                • Assembly gathered - people vote against Amlici (satan)
                                                                                • Amlici (satan) leads his people against the people of God
                                                                                • Alma (Christ) leads the battle against Amlici (satan)
                                                                                • Alma (Christ) sends four spies (archangels)
                                                                                • Amlici (satan) defeated by Alma (Christ)
                                                                                Alma 3:
                                                                                • A race of people (satan's followers) cursed for rebellion against four men (Amlicites also brought curse upon themselves)
                                                                                Alma 4:
                                                                                • Alma (Christ) hands over governing role and "condescends" to focus on his duties as High Priest
                                                                                Alma 5-6:
                                                                                • Christ's mortal ministry among the Jews (Jacob 5:16-18)
                                                                                Alma 7-15:
                                                                                • Christ's post-mortal ministries among the lost Tribes (Jacob 5:20-25)
                                                                                Alma 16:
                                                                                • Destruction of the Nephites (Jacob 5:40-43)
                                                                                Alma 17-26:
                                                                                • Final Gathering of the Remnant(s) (Jacob 5:51-75)
                                                                                Alma 27:
                                                                                • Gathered remnant arrives in Zion (Jacob 5:67-68)
                                                                                Alma 28:
                                                                                • Final destruction before Second Coming (Jacob 5:69)

                                                                                Alma 29:
                                                                                • Christ's Second Coming (Jacob 5:72)
                                                                                • Final Judgment
                                                                                • Heavenly Mother involved
                                                                                • Christ gives salvation to His servants and the gathered fruit (Jacob 5:75-77)

                                                                                Monday, March 2, 2015

                                                                                Part 6: Jesse and the Stem, Rod, Branch and Root

                                                                                1. Jesse
                                                                                1. Stem of Jesse
                                                                                2. Branch from Rod's roots (or from Jesse's roots???)
                                                                                3. Rod
                                                                                1. Root of Jesse
                                                                                1. Future King David???

                                                                                Does the future King David fit into these scriptures?  Could he be the Root of Jesse?

                                                                                Joseph Smith:
                                                                                "Although David was a king, he never did obtain the spirit and power of Elijah and the fullness of the Priesthood; and the Priesthood that he received, and the throne and kingdom of David is to be taken from him and given to another by the name of David in the last days, raised up out of his lineage."
                                                                                Joseph Smith - HC 6:253 (March 10, 1844)
                                                                                "...illustrated the case of David said he could not obtain celestial glory and the reason why he had any hope or obtained a Promise that of his seed one should be raised up to reign over Israel forever was because that he had not spoken against the spirit & because he had not done this he was renewed unto repentance and obtained promise that God would not leave his soul in Hell" (March 10, 1844)

                                                                                Ezekiel 34:23-25
                                                                                23 And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, even my servant David; he shall feed them, and he shall be their shepherd.
                                                                                24 And I the Lord will be their God, and my servant David a prince among them; I the Lord have spoken it.
                                                                                25 And I will make with them a covenant of peace, and will cause the evil beasts to cease out of the land: and they shall dwell safely in the wilderness, and sleep in the woods.

                                                                                Ezekiel 37:21-28
                                                                                21 And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land:
                                                                                22 And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all:
                                                                                23 Neither shall they defile themselves any more with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions: but I will save them out of all their dwellingplaces, wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them: so shall they be my people, and I will be their God.
                                                                                24 And David my servant shall be king over them; and they all shall have one shepherd: they shall also walk in my judgments, and observe my statutes, and do them.
                                                                                25 And they shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob my servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt; and they shall dwell therein, even they, and their children, and their children’s children for ever: and my servant David shall be their prince for ever.
                                                                                26 Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore.
                                                                                27 My tabernacle also shall be with them: yea, I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
                                                                                28 And the heathen shall know that I the Lord do sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore.

                                                                                Isaiah 55:3-5
                                                                                3 Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.
                                                                                4 Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people.
                                                                                5 Behold, thou shalt call a nation that thou knowest not, and nations that knew not thee shall run unto thee because of the Lord thy God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for he hath glorified thee.

                                                                                Jeremiah 30:4-9
                                                                                4 ¶And these are the words that the Lord spake concerning Israel and concerning Judah.
                                                                                5 For thus saith the Lord; We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and not of peace.
                                                                                6 Ask ye now, and see whether a man doth travail with child? wherefore do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail, and all faces are turned into paleness?
                                                                                7 Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.
                                                                                8 For it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord of hosts, that I will break his yoke from off thy neck, and will burst thy bonds, and strangers shall no more serve themselves of him:
                                                                                9 But they shall serve the Lord their God, and David their king, whom I will raise up unto them.

                                                                                Psalms 89:1-4
                                                                                1 I will sing of the mercies of the Lord for ever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations.
                                                                                2 For I have said, Mercy shall be built up for ever: thy faithfulness shalt thou establish in the very heavens.
                                                                                3 I have made a covenant with my chosen, I have sworn unto David my servant,
                                                                                4 Thy seed will I establish for ever, and build up thy throne to all generations. Selah.

                                                                                Part 5: Jesse and the Stem, Rod, Branch and Root

                                                                                1. Jesse
                                                                                1. Stem of Jesse
                                                                                2. Branch from Rod's roots (or from Jesse's roots???)
                                                                                3. Rod
                                                                                1. Root of Jesse
                                                                                1. Future King David???

                                                                                D&C 113:5 What is the root of Jesse spoken of in the 10th verse of the 11th chapter?
                                                                                D&C 113:6 Behold, thus saith the Lord, it is a descendant of Jesse, as well as of Joseph, unto whom rightly belongs the priesthood, and the keys of the kingdom, for an ensign, and for the gathering of my people in the last days.

                                                                                Romans 15:12 And again, Esaias saith, There shall be a root of Jesse, and he that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles; in him shall the Gentiles trust.

                                                                                "The ensign that is prophesied to be established (Isa. 5: 6), in the context of that day, had reference to a zodiacal, a constellation, or a depiction of the heavens themselves. So when God promises an ensign is going to be reared, it will be to tell you about how to walk in the paths of God, through the heavens back to God's presence. This is talking about something very, very different than what most of us today would envision." - Denver Snuffer - Grand Junction 2014

                                                                                Isaiah 11:10
                                                                                Full Hebrew
                                                                                Root Form (Hebrew)
                                                                                There will be | in day | that
                                                                                וְהָיָה בַּיֹּום הַהוּא
                                                                                יוֹם yowm
                                                                                שֶׁרֶשׁ sheresh
                                                                                (of) Jesse
                                                                                יִשַׁי Yishay
                                                                                That | stand/arise/persist
                                                                                אֲשֶׁר עֹמֵד
                                                                                עָמַד `amad
                                                                                 for standard/ensign/signal/sign
                                                                                נֵס nec
                                                                                (of) peoples/nations
                                                                                עַם `am
                                                                                Unto | nations
                                                                                אֵלָיו גֹּויִם
                                                                                גּוֹי gowy
                                                                                דָּרַשׁ darash
                                                                                And shall be | resting place
                                                                                 וְהָיְתָה מְנֻחָתֹו
                                                                                כָּבוֹד kabowd

                                                                                Isaiah 11:11
                                                                                Full Hebrew
                                                                                Root Form (Hebrew)
                                                                                There will be | in day | that
                                                                                וְהָיָה בַּיֹּום הַהוּא
                                                                                יוֹם yowm
                                                                                יָסַף yacaph
                                                                                h3254 ↓
                                                                                 The Lord
                                                                                שֵׁנִי sheniy
                                                                                His hand
                                                                                יָד yad
                                                                                קָנָה qanah
                                                                                שְׁאָר shĕ'ar
                                                                                His people
                                                                                עַם `am
                                                                                Which | will remain
                                                                                אֲשֶׁר יִשָּׁאֵר
                                                                                שָׁאַר sha'ar
                                                                                From Assyria
                                                                                and from Egypt
                                                                                And from Pathros
                                                                                And from Cush
                                                                                כּוּשׁ Kuwsh
                                                                                And from Elam
                                                                                And from Shinar
                                                                                And from Hamath
                                                                                And from islands/coastlands
                                                                                אִי 'iy
                                                                                The sea
                                                                                יָם yam

                                                                                Isaiah 11:12 
                                                                                Full Hebrew
                                                                                Root Form (Hebrew)
                                                                                And carry/bear
                                                                                נָשָׂא nasa'
                                                                                נֵס nec
                                                                                to/for the nations
                                                                                גּוֹי gowy
                                                                                and gather/remove
                                                                                אָסַף 'acaph
                                                                                The pushed down
                                                                                דָּחָה dachah
                                                                                יִשְׂרָאֵל Yisra'el
                                                                                נָפַץ naphats
                                                                                יְהוּדָה Yĕhuwdah
                                                                                will gather/collect
                                                                                קָבַץ qabats
                                                                                from four
                                                                                אַרְבַּע 'arba`
                                                                                כָּנָף kanaph
                                                                                The earth
                                                                                אֶרֶץ 'erets

                                                                                Roughly the general locations of Assyria, Egypt, Pathros, Cush, Elam, Shinar, and Hamath.  Some are a bit harder to estimate.