Deuteronomy 12:32; “What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.”
Our example in the Deuteronomy verse above is a gift to us from the Lord and should be used as guidance in how we’re to treat scripture and His commandments. When the Bible says not to add to His words or take away from it, we should heed His wise counsel and remember it when we come across things like we see with Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon.
In 3rd Nephi the Mormon will come across a very familiar passage of when Jesus made His appearance to the Nephite people after His resurrection in Israel. We’re going to forego the whole conversation that He shouldn’t be seen until His second coming and leave that for another day.
I’m wondering why and how Jesus would tell the Nephites they didn’t have the writings of Malachi when in fact they did.
3 Nephi 26:2; “And he saith: These scriptures, which ye had not with you, the Father commanded that I should give unto you; for it was wisdom in him that they should be given unto future generations.”
Somehow and some way Nephi already had Malachi’s writings more than a hundred years before Malachi was even born. The earliest possible date for his writings has been estimated at 455 BC which was long after the Nephites sailed to America. Let’s take a look at what Malachi said.
Malachi 4:1; “For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.”
Keep in mind that 1st & 2nd Nephi were supposedly written sometime between 588-559 BC.
1 Nephi 22:15; “For behold, saith the prophet, the time cometh speedily that Satan shall have no more power over the hearts of the children of men; for the day soon cometh that all the proud and they who do wickedly shall be as stubble; and the day cometh that they must be burned.”
2 Nephi 26:4; “Wherefore, all those who are proud, and that do wickedly, the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of Hosts, for they shall be as stubble.”
For the sake of the argument and placing logic aside, let’s say they had Malachi’s writings with them in America. The question remains; how is it that Jesus would appear to these Nephites who were living in America circa 33 AD and not know they already had this hammered into the gold plates in Reformed Egyptian?
Another problem arises when we look at the way Smith “translated” the Book of Mormon.
In 3 Nephi 25:2 Smith took it upon himself to “correct” scripture and used the wrong words to describe what was going on in Malachi 4:2.
3 Nephi 25:2; “But unto you that fear my name, shall the Son of Righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth and grow up as calves in the stall.”
Malachi 4:2; “But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves ofthe stall.”
The word Son and Sun are only homonyms in English. The Hebrew word for sun is shemesh and the word for son is ben. This is yet another proof that Joseph Smith wasn’t translating anything but the thoughts of his own imagination.
Now many people believe Smith innocently made this mistake or even subconsciously added this after hearing some pastor preach on it, but I strongly disagree with this analysis. After studying Mormonism for a number of decades I’m convinced this was done on purpose to confuse members and hold them in bondage.
It’s obvious Smith wasn’t trained in the Hebrew language, nor was he schooled in theology yet he felt comfortable enough to change scripture at whim or completely denounce whatever didn’t fit into his own curriculum.
In this example of Malachi, Jesus and the Nephites, it’s clear this whole scenario is more than a coincidental mishap and shouldn’t be looked upon as another example to feel sympathy for Smith. This is proof that he was a false prophet and the longer people believe in the lies of this man the longer God’s list becomes at judgment day against him.
Pray with me won’t you? Pray the eyes of these dear people open and their hearts turn to the real Jesus of the Bible!
With Love in Christ;
1 Cor 1:18