3 Ne 23:6-26:21
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Scope of page. Third Nephi Chapter 24-25 contains the Lord's quotation of Malachi chapters 3-4. This page is not intended, however, to address Malachi. It is intended only to address the use of Malachi in Third Nephi. It is therefore suggested that readers consult the pages that do address Malachi 3-4 before viewing this page that addresses Third Nephi 24-25. Contributors are likewise asked to respect this distinction. The idea is that a reader should be able to find content about an original passage from Malachi on the wiki page addressing that passage. This page addressing Third Nephi 24-25 should be limited to discussing the use of Malachi in Third Nephi.
Relationship to Third Nephi. The relationship of Chapters 23b-26 to the rest of Third Nephi is discussed at Third Nephi.
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- 3 Ne. 26:9. We learn that the more that we learn and believe, the more blessings and knowledge we will receive from the Lord.
- 3 Ne. 26:11. This verse shows that the Lord, at least sometimes, keeps us from having knowledge in order to try our faith. Compare D&C 19:21-22. There the Lord gives another reason for withholding knowledge: because the receiver is not ready for it.
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- Chapter 24-25. Of all things the Savior could have had them add to their scriptures, He chooses the third and fourth chapters of Malachi. Though we are told in verse 1 that "he expounded them," we are hardly introduced to the way these two chapters were interpreted by Joseph Smith. Why would the Savior have quoted these two chapters, and what influence has this quotation had on the history of the Church?
- 3 Ne. 26:3: This verse speaks of the elements melting together with fervent heat. Is this related to the state of the earth as a "sea of glass" spoken of in Revelation (see links below)?
- 3 Ne. 26:3: Here it says that the Earth will be wrapped up like a scroll and the heavens and Earth should pass away. What is meant here by "pass away"?
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- 3 Ne. 23:9, 13. Hel 14:25 gives the prophecy of Samuel that "many graves shall be opened, and shall yield up many of their dead; and many saints shall appear unto many."
- 3 Ne. 26:3. Revelations speaks of the earth being a "sea of glass." See scriptures with this phrase here.
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