In a recent entry to this blog, I quoted Mormon speaking to latter day Gentiles. In that entry I said,
"It seems to have been abundantly clear to Mormon, even if it fails to take hold in the hearts of the latter day gentile church, that what is needed for the latter day gentile church is exactly what might have saved the Nephite nation. "Repent ye, and humble yourselves before him, lest he shall come out in justice against you—lest a remnant of the seed of Jacob shall go forth among you as a lion, and tear you in pieces, and there is none to deliver." (Mormon 5: 24 see verses 12-24)
Mormon's prophecy to the latter day Gentiles about "a remnant of the seed of Jacob (who) shall go forth as a lion, and tear you in pieces, and there is none to deliver," is a direct quote by Mormon of the words of the Lord Jesus. Speaking to the Nephite people at Bountiful, the Lord said to them:
"Then shall ye, who are a remnant of the house of Jacob, go forth among them; and ye shall be in the midst of them who shall be many; and ye shall be among them as a lion among the beasts of the forest, and as a young lion among the flocks of sheep, who, if he goeth through both treadeth down and teareth in pieces, and none can deliver." (3 Nephi 20: 16, see also 3Nephi 21: 12)
It will help us if we dissect the Lord's words in this verse so we can better understand His meaning.
"Then shall ye, who are a remnant of the house of Jacob...
The Lord is speaking face to face with the Nephites here. He calls them a "remnant of the house of Jacob." Throughout the Book of Mormon narrative, the offspring of Lehi, Nephi's father, are referred to as the "remnant of Jacob" or the "remnant of Israel." (1Nephi 13: 34, and 1Nephi 15: 13-14, and 1Nephi 19: 24, and 2Nephi 28: 2, among many others)
"Then shall ye, who are a remnant of the house of Jacob, go forth among them;"
"them" referred to by the Savior here points back to 3 Nephi 20: 15 in which the Lord says, "And I say unto you, that if the Gentiles do not repent after the blessing which they shall receive, after they have scattered my people—" So, "them," means the latter day Gentiles. The Gentiles are those immigrants of European descent on this continent who were to bring forth The Book of Mormon and other scripture and the fullness of the gospel. (1Nephi 13: 34-40 and 3Nephi 16: 4, and D&C 109: 60) The Gentiles are Joseph Smith and the latter day gentile church he established.
"and ye shall be in the midst of them who shall be many;"
The remnant of Israel will be a minority among the Gentiles who shall be "many."
"and ye shall be among them as a lion among the beasts of the forest, and as a young lion among the flocks of sheep".
The Lord is telling the Nephites the remnant of their seed in the latter days will be "as a lion among the beasts of the forest." There can be no question the Lord is implying here a rise in supremacy of the remnant of Israel among the Gentiles. This will only happen after the remnant has been scattered and driven by the Gentiles. (1Nephi 15: 17, and 3Nephi 20: 15) And after the Gentiles fall into sin and error. (3Nephi 16: 10 and 3Nephi 21: 14-21) The favor of the Lord will flip from the Gentiles to this remnant of Israel. (3Nephi 16: 7-9 and 11-12) the fullness of the Gentiles will end in a reversal of favor with the Lord. The Gentiles and the Gentile church will decrease, the remnant of Israel will ascend to the promises of the Lord and His blessings to their fathers. The Lord has promised them, "And behold, this people will I establish in this land, unto the fulfilling of the covenant which I made with your father Jacob; and it shall be a New Jerusalem. And the powers of heaven shall be in the midst of this people; yea, even I will be in the midst of you." (3Nephi 20: 22) The remnant of Israel, Nephi's latter day seed will rise up and realize the blessings and covenants of the Lord. It will be the remnant of Israel that will establish the city New Jerusalem. (3Nephi 20: 22 and 3Nephi 21: 23)
"who, if he goeth through both treadeth down and teareth in pieces."
The implications of this phrase by the Lord shows the completeness and the totality of the rise in the gospel of the remnant of Jacob. It will happen with a fury. Efforts of the Gentiles to continue to assert their supposed "supremacy" and control over the gospel of Jesus Christ and the remnant of Israel (3Nephi 16: 12) will be met by the remnant "treading down" and "tearing in pieces."
"and none can deliver."
Despite the doubts, the scoffing, and unbelief of the great latter day gentile church, the words of the Lord will be fulfilled. (3Nephi 29: 4-5) The days of the fullness of the Gentiles will pass away. The remnant of Israel will rise up, and receive the fullness of the gospel. And none can deliver. It will be so even as the Lord God has spoken it.