JST Matthew 1
In a few weeks Come Follow Me is having a lesson on the Coming of the Son of Man in May. It is referencing JST Matthew and Matthew 24.
I am so thrilled! However, many don't know the background of the JST version and it leaves the modern interpretation of Matthew 24 seriously crippled.
Here are some things to consider as you read JST Matthew 1 (found in the Pearl of Great Price) which is the "remake" of Matthew 24.
1. Joseph Smith expounded on three verses in the beginning and added one (v. 55) at the end.
2. More work done on Matthew 24 than any other topic in the JST
3. Corrected the interpretations.
4. He separated which "signs" and "events" were for the Jews and which ones are for the last days.
Verses 1-20 are for the Jewish disciples and the destruction that is coming upon Jerusalem.
YET, the footnotes signify that the Saints will also endure some of these things.
Verses 21-55 are for his Second Coming in the last days.
Once you get the correct interpretation and line up of events from the JST Matthew, take the deep dive and check out the footnotes!! It will amaze you. President Monson was an apostle when he was put in charge in 1983 to come up with the headings and footnotes. There are HIDDEN messages in some of the footnotes! These are often overlooked, but an avid student of the scriptures will look for them first! The same thing happens after each conference talk, the church posts the transcripts and ADDS FOOTNOTES. The footnotes give you the higher layers of what the talk was referencing and the correct interpretation and often HIDDEN messages.
Here are some footnotes to consider in JST Matthew:
6a - Moses 1:19
•6 Many shall come in my name, saying I am Christ and shall deceive many.
The footnote in Moses says that these false Christs are Satan who will try to get people to follow him!
19 And now, when Moses had said these words, Satan cried with a loud voice, and ranted upon the earth, and commanded, saying: I am the Only Begotten, worship me.
Now checkout the footnote for Matthew 24:22-24 that tells us that Christ will not come as a woman. Who would think that? In today's climate of transgenderism and AI, there could be great deception!
22 And again, verily I say unto you, that the Son of Man cometh not in the form of a woman, neither of a man traveling on the earth.
Who knows what it means when the "heavens will be shaken"? Follow the shaken footnote to D&C 45:48 below and you will see that it happens when the lord steps foot on Mt. of Olives at his Second Coming!
23 Wherefore, be not deceived, but continue in steadfastness, looking forth for the heavens to be shaken, and the earth to tremble and to reel to and fro as a drunken man, and for the valleys to be exalted, and for the mountains to be made low, and for the rough places to become smooth—and all this when the angel shall sound his trumpet.
23b D&C 45:48 And then shall the Lord set his foot upon this mount, and it shall cleave in twain, and the earth shall tremble, and reel to and fro, and the heavens also shall shake. (When Armageddon ends AND the trumpet sounds it is the Second Coming.)
Now here is my favorite from the Matthew 24 passage is verse 24!
24 But before the great day of the Lord shall come, Jacob shall flourish in the wilderness, and the Lamanites shall blossom as the rose.
Who is this Jacob? It is the remnant of Jacob! Now notice "flourish in the wilderness". Who is going to have a wilderness experience? The Saints. When you follow the footnotes on Jacob, it walks you through how it is the Saints!
So, enjoy dissecting and chasing the footnotes. There is so much packed in JST Matthew and we will never look at Matt 24 with the same eyes again.
Now, here is a bonus for you. This file was given to me years ago and I forgot I had it. I opened it up today and it is amazing! It is a reference book put together in 1997 for the events of the last days. Just click on the asterik with the ctrl key with a click of your mouse and it will take you to any subject. I thought I had a treasure of references, but this one takes the cake!
5/4/2023 12:49:18 pm
DO NOT CLICK ON THE ABOVE WEBSITE!
5/6/2023 07:14:46 am
Jonathan, I have removed the hyperlink and replaced the file. Everything is good now.
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Shelle has been an avid student in the study of the End-Times. She loves to share her discoveries and to help others find the hidden treasures.