Saturday, April 1, 2017

Does Ezekiel 37:19 Prophecy The Coming Of The Book Of Mormon?

  • The Verse In Question:
          -"Say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in mine hand." (Ezekiel 37:19)
  • How The Mormons Interpret The Verse:
            -"Ezekiel saw in vision the coming together of the stick of Judah, and the stick of Joseph, signifying the Bible and the Book of Mormon...The Nephites were then of the tribes of Joseph, and their record or 'stick' is as truly represented by the Book of Mormon as is the 'stick' of Judah by the Bible." (The Articles Of Faith, p. 276, by Talmage)
  • The Stick of Joseph And The Stick Of Judah Are Sticks, Not Scrolls:
           -The Hebrew word for stick is "aits," which means wooden stick or timber. The Hebrew word of scroll is "cepher," which is never used to mean scroll.
  • Additional Problems With The Mormon Interpretation Of Ezekiel 37:19:
            -The Book of Mormon was supposedly written on golden plates, not on a wooden scroll.
            -While Mormons see the Book of Mormon being recorded on the stick, the only thing that Ezekiel recorded onto the stick was the phrase, "For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim and all the house of Israel, his companions" (Ezekiel 37:16). That was all that God told Ezekiel to write on the stick. Therefore, Mormons are wrong when they assert that the Book of Mormon was what was written on the stick by the prophet.
  • What Ezekiel 37:19 Really Means:
           -In context, the people asked Ezekiel, ‘Wilt thou not show us what thou meanest by these?’ (Ezekiel 37:18). The joining of the two sticks represents the divided state of Israel (the northern kingdoms of Israel and the southern kingdoms which constitute the nation of Judah), which will eventually be united again (Ezekiel 37:21-22). In other words, the context is about the future restoration of Israel being under the kingship of the Lord Jesus Christ when He returns again. The two sticks do not in any way represent the union of two different books.

1 comment:

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