THE BOOK OF JACOB
THE BROTHER OF NEPHI
The Lord shall recover Israel in the last days—Then the world shall be burned with fire—Men must follow Christ to avoid the lake of fire and brimstone. Between 544 and 421 B.C.
now, behold, my brethren, as I said unto you that I would prophesy, behold, this is my prophecy—that the things which this prophet aZenos
spake, concerning the house of Israel, in the which he likened them unto a tame bolive
-tree, must surely come to pass.
And the day that he shall set his hand again the second time to arecover
his people, is the day, yea, even the last time, that the bservants
of the Lord shall go forth in his cpower
, to dnourish
and prune his evineyard
; and after that the fend
And how ablessed
are they who have labored bdiligently
in his vineyard; and how ccursed
are they who shall be cast out into their own place! And the dworld
shall be eburned
And how merciful is our God unto us, for he remembereth the house of aIsrael
, both roots and branches; and he stretches forth his bhands
unto them all the day long; and they are a cstiffnecked
and a gainsaying people; but as many as will not harden their hearts shall be saved in the kingdom of God.
Wherefore, my beloved brethren, I beseech of you in words of soberness that ye would repent, and come with full purpose of heart, and acleave
unto God as he cleaveth unto you. And while his barm
of mercy is extended towards you in the light of the day, harden not your hearts.
Yea, today, if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts; for why will ye adie
For behold, after ye have been nourished by the good aword
of God all the day long, will ye bring forth evil fruit, that ye must be bhewn
down and cast into the fire?
Behold, will ye reject these words? Will ye reject the words of the aprophets
; and will ye reject all the words which have been spoken concerning Christ, after so many have spoken concerning him; and bdeny
the good word of Christ, and the power of God, and the cgift
of the Holy Ghost, and quench the Holy Spirit, and make a dmock
of the great plan of redemption, which hath been laid for you?
Know ye not that if ye will do these things, that the power of the redemption and the resurrection, which is in Christ, will bring you to stand with ashame
and bawful cguilt
before the bar of God?
And according to the power of ajustice
, for justice cannot be denied, ye must go away into that blake
of fire and brimstone, whose flames are unquenchable, and whose smoke ascendeth up forever and ever, which lake of fire and brimstone is cendless dtorment
O then, my beloved brethren, repent ye, and enter in at the astrait
gate, and bcontinue
in the way which is narrow, until ye shall obtain eternal life.
O be awise
; what can I say more?
Finally, I bid you farewell, until I shall meet you before the apleasing
bar of God, which bar striketh the wicked with bawful
dread and fear. Amen.