And after the house of Israel should be scattered they should be gathered together again; or, in fine, after the Gentiles had received the fulness of the Gospel, the natural branches of the olive tree, or the remnants of the house of Israel, should be grafted in, or come to the knowledge of the true Messiah, their Lord and their Redeemer. (1 Nephi 10:14)
I just thought this verse was interesting. The gathering of Israel will happen after the Gentiles had received the fullness of the Gospel.
For he that seeketh diligently shall find; and the mysteries of God shall be unfolded unto them (1 Nephi 10:19)
There were a couple things I found very interesting about verse 19. One was that “the course of the Lord is one eternal round.” I don’t know what “one eternal round” meant . So I searched under the LDS website “one eternal round” and found this definition that I thought was very interesting from LeGrand Richards.
“In the Book of Mormon we’re told that time is measured only to man, that with God there isn’t such a thing as time. It’s one eternal round. And the Prophet Joseph illustrated by taking a ring. When you cut it, he said, there’s a beginning and there’s an end, but as long as you don’t cut it there’s no beginning and there’s no end.” I said, “Now, Mother, if you believe that, you and I ought to be pretty well acquainted with each other thirty-five million years from today.”
This is an interesting concept. Does God live outside of time? And if we are granted eternal life, will we also live outside of time as well with God?
Seems plausible. And it wouldn’t be surprising if our Heavenly Father were to grant us with such godly power.
I’ve compiled a short list of scriptures that contain the phrase “eternal round.” I thought what that what came up was pretty interesting.
For he that diligently seeketh shall find; and the mysteries of God shall be unfolded unto them, by the power of the Holy Ghost, as well in these times as in times of old, and as well in times of old as in times to come; wherefore, the course of the Lord is one eternal round.
I perceive that it has been made known unto you, by the testimony of his word, that he cannot walk in crooked paths; neither doth he vary from that which he hath said; neither hath he a shadow of turning from the right to the left, or from that which is right to that which is wrong; therefore, his course is one eternal round.
And it may suffice if I only say they are preserved for a wise purpose, which purpose is known unto God; for he doth counsel in wisdom over all his works, and his paths are straight, and his course is one eternal round.
For God doth not walk in crooked paths, neither doth he turn to the right hand nor to the left, neither doth he vary from that which he hath said, therefore his paths are straight, and his course is one eternal round.
Listen to the voice of the Lord your God, even Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, whose course is one eternal round, the same today as yesterday, and forever.
Not all of these scriptures seem to fit Richards’ definition. It also seems like the term “one eternal round” could also mean all knowing. Both definitions seem fit with the omnipotent being who is our Heavenly Father.
I also thought that maybe the “eternal round” could mean a shape. But that doesn’t seem very plausible, especially in the light of D&C 3:2.
But who knows. These are merely my preliminary thoughts. But this chapter raises a lot of thought provoking questions.