“And after he was slain I saw the multitudes of the earth, that they were gathered together to fight against the apostles of the Lamb; for thus were the twelve called by the angel of the Lord.” – 1 Nephi 11:34
“And it came to pass that they who rejected the gospel were called Lamanites, and Lemuelites, and Ishmaelites; and they did not dwindle in unbelief, but they did wilfully rebel against the gospel of Christ; and they did teach their children that they should not believe, even as their fathers, from the beginning, did dwindle.” – 4 Nephi 1:38
“But wickedness did prevail upon the face of the whole land, insomuch that the Lord did take away his beloved disciples, and the work of miracles and of healing did cease because of the iniquity of the people.” – Mormon 1:13
“And it came to pass that the Lord of the vineyard wept, and said unto the servant: What could I have done more for my vineyard?” – Jacob 5:41
After reading all about the miracles Christ performed, after reading all about the incalculable pain of the atonement He suffered, after reading about the profound love Christ has for each of us, it is so sad to see that the World rejected him.
Although the world had witnessed the Savior personally, and had experienced His power, they still rejected Him. The result was a loss of the Spirit and the power that accompanies such a gift. (i.e. – the apostles, priesthood power, healing, blessings, baptism, etc.) The great apostasy was a spiritual famine – as Amos described: “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it,” (Amos 8:11-12). The crazy thing is – this famine was not caused because of a lack of the word of God. Spiritual starvation didn’t happen because God dropped out of the lives of the people. It is because they rejected Him. They had the word of the Lord, but refused to partake of it.
And even through this rejection, the Lord still had his hands stretched out to the world, ready to redeem them if only they would accept Him and repent. What more could he have done???
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