In my previous post about the Restoration Archives, I noted it contained many links to sites important to recovering and continuing the restoration. One of those is the Hebrew Translation of the Book of Mormon. I knew about this project and have been following the progress. There was a recent update on the site dated 1 October 2022 that the initial draft of the translation is complete and they have begun the editing work. I don’t know about you, but I think this is an exciting and astonishing development.
I was astonished to read that “The project has cost over $250,000 so far, and it is anticipated another $150,000 will be required to bring the editing work to completion, plus $50,000 for typesetting and publishing.” The cost is used 100% to pay for the professional translators. The organizers and sponsors of the project are contributing their labor free of charge. Just as I offered thanks to those who created and maintain the Restoration Archives, I offer my thanks to those involved in the Hebrew Book of Mormon.
Why is this important? It is the fulfillment of prophecy. It will be an even greater fulfillment of Revelations Chapter 11 when someone takes the Hebrew Book of Mormon to Jerusalem and proclaims the message of the book to the people there. In fact, there will be two who bear this witness. That day is fast approaching. It is one of the many signs of the last days, the end times, which is the primary subject of this blog. Like Jesus, these two witnesses will have to “set their faces like flint” to fulfill this prophetic mission.
Other Hebrew Translations
I’m sure you know this is not the first time the Book of Mormon has been translated into Hebrew. I know the LDS Church undertook to do this work, but withdrew it from publication as part of their agreement to open the BYU Jerusalem Center. I am also aware of two other versions. One is from the RLDS Church and the other is from my friend Tom Irvine at his site Vibration Data. Tom is an aerospace engineer and has labored many years to produce a Hebrew Book of Mormon for personal study. However, as he shared on his site:
“There is freedom in religion in Israel, where proselytizing has always been legal. In order to obtain permission for ongoing construction at the BYU Center in Jerusalem in the 1980s, the LDS Church signed an agreement not to proselytize ‘so long as such activity is prohibited by the government of Israel.’ Since the government of Israel does not prohibit proselytizing, the reason that Mormons aren’t preaching in Israel now is because their leaders voluntarily choose not to do so, not because they don’t have a legal right to share their beliefs.”
It seems strange to me that the LDS Church has not been more aggressive or assertive in sharing the most important message of the restoration, the Book of Mormon, with the people of Israel. It strikes me as being along the same lines of not being willing to establish and promote the City of Zion, an actual place in the tops of the mountains (not Salt Lake City) as a refuge from the world. Well, if they’re not going to declare this message in Jerusalem, I know a people who are about to take on that mission in fulfillment of Rev 11.
A Sign of the End Times
My wife and I have often said to each other, “When we see the two prophets in Israel, then we’ll know time is getting short.” My friend Steve Gorton’s dad, who wrote as Ask Gramps, quoted Bruce R. McConkie. The two witnesses are “followers of that humble man Joseph Smith, through whom the Lord of Heaven restored the fulness of his everlasting gospel in this final dispensation of grace. No doubt they will be members of the Council of the Twelve or of the First Presidency of the Church.” (Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, 3:509)
I don’t know if I believe what Bruce R McConkie wrote about these two prophets. I just can’t see any members of the Quorum of the Twelve or the First Presidency going to Jerusalem to share the Book of Mormon, especially since the LDS Church has withdrawn their version of the Hebrew Book of Mormon because they don’t want to risk the BYU Jerusalem Center. What is more important – declaring the message of the Book of Mormon, or hanging on to a piece of property where LDS folks can send their children for a year of study abroad?
I think most people will agree that the day of the Gentile has just about drawn to a close. The last days are upon us in earnest. We, the descendants of white European ancestry, are the Gentiles. The day of grace has almost passed. We are about to see marvelous signs and wonders come to pass to a greater degree. This is one of them – the declaration of the Book of Mormon in the streets of Jerusalem. This work is not being contemplated or undertaken by the people who have claimed to be the caretakers of the Book of Mormon. Why?