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Question about the End-Time Antichrist

Question: An author recently made a convincing case that the newly crowned king of England is the Antichrist. Is that possible? Answer: The king of England does not fit the scriptural pattern of the end-time Antichrist. Isaiah depicts the Antichrist as the tyrannical ruler of a militaristic world power from the North—from an end-time “Assyria”—who …

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Question about Israel Being the Servant

Question: Is it possible that the Servant in Isaiah’s prophecy is the people of Israel? Answer: There exist two “servants” in Isaiah’s prophecy: (1) the collective servant, who are God’s people on the Jacob/Israel level of Isaiah’s spiritual ladder; and (2) the individual servant, who is on Isaiah’s seraph level. At a time when God’s …

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Question about a Slanderous Published Article

Question: I recently read an article on an LDS Internet site that viciously vilified Brother Gileadi. It stated that the servant in the book of Isaiah is Jesus Christ and that Brother Gileadi is wrong about the latter-day David. Joseph Smith, the article claimed, said this David or servant is Jesus Christ. What is Brother …

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Question about Baptism of Fire and the Holy Ghost

Question: Some say members of the church are no longer experiencing the baptism of fire and of the Holy Ghost that should accompany the ordinance of baptism by one having authority. Because of that, they throw into doubt whether priesthood authority still exists in the church. Answer: Fulfilling Jesus’ prediction about false prophets arising before …

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Question about God’s Protection under the Sinai Covenant

Question: If God’s divine protection under the terms of the Sinai Covenant required Israel’s righteousness to a man as in the book of Joshua, how does that translate into God’s protection in the church today? Answer: Because the collective Sinai Covenant God made with his people Israel (as distinct from individual covenants) continues to operate …

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Question about Come Follow Me Manual Interpretation

Question: In preparation for Isaiah, I read the following from the Come Follow Me manual: “For the most part, people today aren’t the primary audience of the Old Testament prophets. Those prophets had immediate concerns they were addressing in their time and place—just as our latter-day prophets address our immediate concerns today.” Does prophecy from …

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Question About Ascending the Spiritual Ladder

Question: Given that there are seven spiritual levels of people Isaiah has identified in his prophecy, how do you ascend from one level to the next? Answer: The quick answer is that to experience rebirth or ascent to a higher spiritual level one must keep the law of God’s covenant that pertains to that level. …

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Question on Covenant Curses vs. Trials & Tribulations

Question: How can we tell the difference between a person experiencing trials and tribulations versus experiencing covenant curses? Answer: Like the people of Alma the Elder who repented of their iniquities at the Waters of Mormon and settled the Land of Helam, the consequences of their former transgressions still followed them even though they had …

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