Jesus Expounds the Prophets

The Great Gathering

3 Nephi 20:10

Jesus tells the people that by teaching them from the scriptures, he is fulfilling God’s commandments.

And it came to pass that when they had all given glory unto Jesus, he said unto them: Behold now I finish the commandment which the Father hath commanded me concerning this people, who are a remnant of the house of Israel.

3 Nephi 20:11

Remember and search the worlds of Isaiah.

Ye remember that I spake unto you, and said that when the words of Isaiah should be fulfilled—behold they are written, ye have them before you, therefore search them—

3 Nephi 20:12

When Isaiah’s words are fulfilled, the covenant between God and is people is also being fulfilled.

And verily, verily, I say unto you, that when they shall be fulfilled then is the fulfilling of the covenant which the Father hath made unto his people, O house of Israel.

3 Nephi 20:13

The remnants of the house of Israel will be gathered.

And then shall the remnants, which shall be scattered abroad upon the face of the earth, be gathered in from the east and from the west, and from the south and from the north; and they shall be brought to the knowledge of the Lord their God, who hath redeemed them.

3 Nephi 20:14–15

The Promised Land land is to be inherited by the house of Israel.

And the Father hath commanded me that I should give unto you this land, for your inheritance. And I say unto you, that if the Gentiles do not repent after the blessing which they shall receive, after they have scattered my people—

3 Nephi 20:16–17

The remnant of Jacob will integrate with the Gentiles.

Then shall ye, who are a remnant of the house of Jacob,
go forth among them;
and ye shall be in the midst of them
who shall be many;

And ye shall be among them
as a lion among the beasts of the forest,
and as a young lion among the flocks of sheep,
who, if he goeth through both treadeth down
and teareth in pieces,
and none can deliver.

Thy hand shall be lifted up upon thine adversaries,
and all thine enemies shall be cut off.

3 Nephi 20:18–19

The Lord with gather his people.

And I will gather my people together
as a man gathereth his sheaves into the floor.

For I will make my people
with whom the Father hath covenanted,
yea, I will make thy horn iron,
and I will make thy hoofs brass.

And thou shalt beat in pieces many people;
and I will consecrate their gain unto the Lord,
and their substance unto the Lord of the whole earth.

And behold, I am he who doeth it.

3 Nephi 20:20

Unless the people repent, they will be subject to the justice of God.

And it shall come to pass, saith the Father, that the sword of my justice shall hang over them at that day; and except they repent it shall fall upon them, saith the Father, yea, even upon all the nations of the Gentiles.

3 Nephi 20:21–22

A “New Jerusalem” will be established in the Promised Land, where Christ will be.

And it shall come to pass that I will establish my people, O house of Israel. And behold, this people will I establish in this land, unto the fulfilling of the covenant which I made with your father Jacob; and it shall be a New Jerusalem. And the powers of heaven shall be in the midst of this people; yea, even I will be in the midst of you.

3 Nephi 20:23

Jesus is the Prophet mentioned by Moses.

Behold, I am he of whom Moses spake, saying:

“A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you. And it shall come to pass that every soul who will not hear that prophet shall be cut off from among the people.”

3 Nephi 20:24–25

The prophets testify of Christ.

Verily I say unto you, yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have testified of me. And behold, ye are the children of the prophets; and ye are of the house of Israel; and ye are of the covenant which the Father made with your fathers, saying unto Abraham:

“And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed.”

3 Nephi 20:26

Blessings come to children of the covenant.

The Father having raised me up unto you first, and sent me to bless you in turning away every one of you from his iniquities; and this because ye are the children of the covenant—

3 Nephi 20:27

The Christian covenant fulfills the Abrahamic covenant.

And after that ye were blessed then fulfilleth the Father the covenant which he made with Abraham, saying:

“In thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed— unto the pouring out of the Holy Ghost through me upon the Gentiles, which blessing upon the Gentiles shall make them mighty above all, unto the scattering of my people, O house of Israel. And they shall be a scourge unto the people of this land. ”

3 Nephi 20:28–29

Rejecting the covenant after having received it has serious negative consequences.

Nevertheless, when they shall have received the fulness of my gospel, then if they shall harden their hearts against me I will return their iniquities upon their own heads, saith the Father. And I will remember the covenant which I have made with my people; and I have covenanted with them that I would gather them together in mine own due time, that I would give unto them again the land of their fathers for their inheritance, which is the land of Jerusalem, which is the promised land unto them forever, saith the Father.