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  The Covenant's Record  

God’s first covenant with Israel was written in the book of Moses.  
His book was also called the book of the covenant: “He read in their ears all the words of the book of the covenant that was found in the house of the Lord” (2 Chr 34:30).

The Hebrews broke their first Covenant. 
God condemned Israel and complained, “My covenant they brake” (Jer 31:32).  Elsewhere, the Bible says, “They continued not in my covenant” (Heb 8:9).

As punishment, God cast Israel from their Promised Land. 
He said, “Therefore will I cast you out of this land into a land that ye know not, neither ye nor your fathers; and there shall ye serve other gods day and night; where I will not shew you favour” (Jer 16:13).

Israel’s rebellion was written in a book.  
God commanded, “Write it before them in a table, and note it in a book, that it may be for the time to come for ever and ever: that this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the Lord: which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things” (Is 30:8-10).

God made a new covenant with Israel. 
The New Testament states, “This is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people” (Heb 8:10).

The book contains promises of God’s grace. 
When commanding the book to be written, God added, “Therefore will the Lord wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you. . .  For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem” (Is 30:18-19).

The book is to be sealed. 
Isaiah noted, “The vision of all is become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed” (Is 29:11).

The book will come to an unlearned person. 
Isaiah continued, “The book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I am not learned” (Is 29:12).

The book is for the time of the end. 
The Bible says, “Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.  For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak” (Hab 2:2-3.

The book, a record of Joseph, will be joined with the Bible, a record of Judah. 
Ezekiel prophesied, “Take thee one stick, and write upon it, For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions: then take another stick, and write upon it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim and for all the house of Israel his companions:  and join them one to another into one stick” (Ezek 37:17).

The book will come out of the ground. 
David prophesied, “Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven” (Ps 85:11).  Since Jesus said, “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth” (John 17:17), the truth that David prophesied to come out of the ground is a book – the book of the latter-day covenant.

When Israel broke the covenant, they became lost sheep. 
Jeremiah said, “My people hath been lost sheep: their shepherds have caused them to go astray” (Jer 50:6).

Jesus came to the lost sheep of Israel. 
He said, “I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel” (Matt 15:24).

Jesus promised to visit other lost sheep
Jesus said, “Other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd” (John 10:16).

Jesus promised to declare His Father after leaving the Garden of Gethsemane. 
There, he prayed, “I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it” (John 17:26).

Jesus will declare His Father’s name through the horns of unicorns. 
The Bible reveals, “Thou hast heard me from the horns of the unicorns.  I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee” (Ps 22:21-22).

The horns of unicorns refer to Ephraim and Manasseh. 
Moses explained, “His horns are like the horns of unicorns: with them he shall push the people together to the ends of the earth: and they are the ten thousands of Ephraim, and they are the thousands of Manasseh” (Duet 33:17).

The purpose of the book is to gather Israel to Jesus. 
Ezekiel continued his prophecy, “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” (Ez 37:21).

Points to Ponder

When Jesus sent His disciples to lost Israel, primarily Gentiles joined the church.

The Gentiles lost the hope of building God’s holy kingdom on earth.

God renewed his covenant by inviting all to build His kingdom on earth.

This renewal was God’s second try to recover a remnant of Israel from error.

God preserved a book containing His covenant about building His holy kingdom.

This second book will unite with the Bible in helping to gather Israel to Jesus. 

The Book of Mormon has God’s Covenant.

 Heretics brought false teachings into Jesus’ church and polluted it.

 By the 15th century, the apostate church seethed with excesses and falsehood.

 The reformers reformed the church, but failed to agree on its true teachings.

 The Reformation left Christendom confused about what Jesus’ gospel was.

 God promised a book that contained true doctrine for those in error (Is 29:24).

 When God renewed his covenant, He revealed a book holding the gospel fullness.

 The Book of Mormon has the gospel fullness

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