4 And it came to pass that I saw among the nations of the Gentiles the formation
of a great church.
5 And the angel said unto me: Behold the formation of a church which is most abominable
above all other churches, which slayeth the saints of God, yea, and tortureth them
and bindeth them down, and yoketh them with a yoke of iron, and bringeth them down
6 And it came to pass that I beheld this great and abominable church; and I saw the
devil that he was the founder of it.
8 And the angel spake unto me, saying: Behold the gold, and the silver, and the silks,
and the scarlets, and the fine-twined linen, and the precious clothing, and the harlots,
are the desires of this great and abominable church.
12 And I looked and beheld a man among the Gentiles, who was separated from the seed
of my brethren by the many waters; and I beheld the Spirit of God, that it came down
and wrought upon the man; and he went forth upon the many waters, even unto the seed
of my brethren, who were in the promised land.
14 And it came to pass that I beheld many multitudes of the Gentiles upon the land
of promise; and I beheld the wrath of God, that it was upon the seed of my brethren;
and they were scattered before the Gentiles and were smitten.
15 And I beheld the Spirit of the Lord, that it was upon the Gentiles, and they did
prosper and obtain the land for their inheritance; and I beheld that they were white,
and exceedingly fair and beautiful, like unto my people before they were slain.
16 And it came to pass that I, Nephi, beheld that the Gentiles who had gone forth
out of captivity did humble themselves before the Lord; and the power of the Lord
was with them.
21 And the angel said unto me: Knowest thou the meaning of the book?
22 And I said unto him: I know not.
23 And he said: Behold it proceedeth out of the mouth of a Jew. And I, Nephi, beheld
it; and he said unto me: The book that thou beholdest is a record of the Jews, which
contains the covenants of the Lord, which he hath made unto the house of Israel;
and it also containeth many of the prophecies of the holy prophets; and it is a record
like unto the engravings which are upon the plates of brass, save there are not so
many; nevertheless, they contain the covenants of the Lord, which he hath made unto
the house of Israel; wherefore, they are of great worth unto the Gentiles.
24 And the angel of the Lord said unto me: Thou hast beheld that the book proceeded
forth from the mouth of a Jew; and when it proceeded forth from the mouth of a Jew
it contained the fulness of the gospel of the Lord, of whom the twelve apostles bear
record; and they bear record according to the truth which is in the Lamb of God.
26 And after they go forth by the hand of the twelve apostles of the Lamb, from the
Jews unto the Gentiles, thou seest the formation of a great and abominable church,
which is most abominable above all other churches; for behold, they have taken away
from the gospel of the Lamb many parts which are plain and most precious; and also
many covenants of the Lord have they taken away.
28 Wherefore, thou seest that after the book hath gone forth through the hands of
the great and abominable church, that there are many plain and precious things taken
away from the book, which is the book of the Lamb of God.
29 And after these plain and precious things were taken away it goeth forth unto
all the nations of the Gentiles; and after it goeth forth unto all the nations of
the Gentiles, yea, even across the many waters which thou hast seen with the Gentiles
which have gone forth out of captivity, thou seest -- because of the many plain and
precious things which have been taken out of the book, which were plain unto the
understanding of the children of men, according to the plainness which is in the
Lamb of God -- because of these things which are taken away out of the gospel of
the Lamb, an exceedingly great many do stumble, yea, insomuch that Satan hath great
power over them.
30 Nevertheless, thou beholdest that the Gentiles who have gone forth out of captivity,
and have been lifted up by the power of God above all other nations, upon the face
of the land which is choice above all other lands, which is the land that the Lord
God hath covenanted with thy father that his seed should have for the land of their
inheritance; wherefore, thou seest that the Lord God will not suffer that the Gentiles
will utterly destroy the mixture of thy seed, which are among thy brethren.
31 Neither will he suffer that the Gentiles shall destroy the seed of thy brethren.
32 Neither will the Lord God suffer that the Gentiles shall forever remain in that
awful state of blindness, which thou beholdest they are in, because of the plain
and most precious parts of the gospel of the Lamb which have been kept back by that
abominable church, whose formation thou hast seen.
33 Wherefore saith the Lamb of God: I will be merciful unto the Gentiles, unto the
visiting of the remnant of the house of Israel in great judgment.
34 And it came to pass that the angel of the Lord spake unto me, saying: Behold,
saith the Lamb of God, after I have visited the remnant of the house of Israel --
and this remnant of whom I speak is the seed of thy father -- wherefore, after I
have visited them in judgment, and smitten them by the hand of the Gentiles, and
after the Gentiles do stumble exceedingly, because of the most plain and precious
parts of the gospel of the Lamb which have been kept back by that abominable church,
which is the mother of harlots, saith the Lamb -- I will be merciful unto the Gentiles
in that day, insomuch that I will bring forth unto them, in mine own power, much
of my gospel, which shall be plain and precious, saith the Lamb.
35 For, behold, saith the Lamb: I will manifest myself unto thy seed, that they shall
write many things which I shall minister unto them, which shall be plain and precious;
and after thy seed shall be destroyed, and dwindle in unbelief, and also the seed
of thy brethren, behold, these things shall be hid up, to come forth unto the Gentiles,
by the gift and power of the Lamb.
36 And in them shall be written my gospel, saith the Lamb, and my rock and my salvation.
37 And blessed are they who shall seek to bring forth my Zion at that day, for they
shall have the gift and the power of the Holy Ghost; and if they endure unto the
end they shall be lifted up at the last day, and shall be saved in the everlasting
kingdom of the Lamb; and whoso shall publish peace, yea, tidings of great joy, how
beautiful upon the mountains shall they be.
38 And it came to pass that I beheld the remnant of the seed of my brethren, and
also the book of the Lamb of God, which had proceeded forth from the mouth of the
Jew, that it came forth from the Gentiles unto the remnant of the seed of my brethren.
39 And after it had come forth unto them I beheld other books, which came forth by
the power of the Lamb, from the Gentiles unto them, unto the convincing of the Gentiles
and the remnant of the seed of my brethren, and also the Jews who were scattered
upon all the face of the earth, that the records of the prophets and of the twelve
apostles of the Lamb are true.
40 And the angel spake unto me, saying: These last records, which thou hast seen
among the Gentiles, shall establish the truth of the first, which are of the twelve
apostles of the Lamb, and shall make known the plain and precious things which have
been taken away from them; and shall make known to all kindreds, tongues, and people,
that the Lamb of God is the Son of the Eternal Father, and the Savior of the world;
and that all men must come unto him, or they cannot be saved.
41 And they must come according to the words which shall be established by the mouth
of the Lamb; and the words of the Lamb shall be made known in the records of thy
seed, as well as in the records of the twelve apostles of the Lamb; wherefore they
both shall be established in one; for there is one God and one Shepherd over all
42 And the time cometh that he shall manifest himself unto all nations, both unto
the Jews and also unto the Gentiles; and after he has manifested himself unto the
Jews and also unto the Gentiles, then he shall manifest himself unto the Gentiles
and also unto the Jews, and the last shall be first, and the first shall be last.