Book of Mormon Notes– How deep can you dig?

2010, May 6

Book of Mormon | “Seven women will take hold of one man–LDS Church/ Mormon Polygamy?” by grego

“Seven Women Will Take Hold of One Man”:  Is this LDS Polygamy?

grego
(c) 2009

Many LDS/ Mormons/ members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have wondered if these verses were describing a future of polygamy:

Isaiah 4:1 says:
1 And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach.

2 Nephi 14:1 says:
And in that day, seven women shall take hold of one man, saying: We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel; only let us be called by thy name to take away our reproach.

Many have wondered, is this talking about LDS Church/ Mormon polygamy?

No, it’s not.

A few clues come in the verse itself, while others come in the contexts preceding and following.

First,there is no mention that this would be God-ordained; it’s the women wanting the man; thus, not LDS polygamy.

It also suggests that this is not really a marriage relationship; this would be impossible with gospel polygamy.

LDS women won’t want to get married “just to be married”.

Also, there is no reproach in being single in the gospel.

Next, look at the context this verse is given in:

2 Nephi 3 says:
12 And my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they who lead thee cause thee to err and destroy the way of thy paths.
13 The Lord standeth up to plead, and standeth to judge the people.
14 The Lord will enter into judgment with the ancients of his people and the princes thereof; for ye have eaten up the vineyard and the spoil of the poor in your houses.
15 What mean ye? Ye beat my people to pieces, and grind the faces of the poor, saith the Lord God of Hosts.
16 Moreover, the Lord saith: Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched-forth necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing as they go, and making a tinkling with their feet—
17 Therefore the Lord will smite with a scab the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion, and the Lord will discover their secret parts.
18 In that day the Lord will take away the bravery of their tinkling ornaments, and cauls, and round tires like the moon;
19 The chains and the bracelets, and the mufflers;
20 The bonnets, and the ornaments of the legs, and the headbands, and the tablets, and the ear-rings;
21 The rings, and nose jewels;
22 The changeable suits of apparel, and the mantles, and the wimples, and the crisping-pins;
23 The glasses, and the fine linen, and hoods, and the veils.
24 And it shall come to pass, instead of sweet smell there shall be stink; and instead of a girdle, a rent; and instead of well set hair, baldness; and instead of a stomacher, a girding of sackcloth; burning instead of beauty.
25 Thy men shall fall by the sword and thy mighty in the war.
26 And her gates shall lament and mourn; and she shall be desolate, and shall sit upon the ground.

2 Nephi 4:2-6 say:
2 In that day shall the branch of the Lord be beautiful and glorious; the fruit of the earth excellent and comely to them that are escaped of Israel.
3 And it shall come to pass, they that are left in Zion and remain in Jerusalem shall be called holy, every one that is written among the living in Jerusalem—
4 When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment and by the spirit of burning.
5 And the Lord will create upon every dwelling-place of mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day and the shining of a flaming fire by night; for upon all the glory of Zion shall be a defence.
6 And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the daytime from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and a covert from storm and from rain.

It is possible that these women would be the unrighteous “daughters of Zion”.  The men will die in war.  Note that “[i]n that day shall the branch of the Lord be beautiful and glorious”–not something this would be describing, were it LDS polygamy.

Note also that the LDS Church was pushing for a constitutional amendment which, even though is seemed it was just against gay/ lesbian marriage, was also against polygamy.  The amendment was to affirm marriage as a “union between *a* man and *a* woman”.

4 Comments »

  1. the seven women are the seven churches/ all churches that have erred from the true word, the BIBLE. THE ONE MAN IS THE MAN JESUS CHRIST, THEY WANT TO DO WHAT THEY WANT , BUT USE GODS NAME. JUDGEMENT DAYS IS MAY 21, 2011 AND JUDGEMENT BEGAN AT THE HOUSE OF GOD. CHRIST IS RETURNING ON THAT DAY AND THE ELECT WILL BE CAUGHT UP TO BE WITH HIM IN PARADISE FOR ETERNITY.
    TO GOD BE THE GLORY!

    Comment by Anonymous — 2011, January 17 @ 12:32 am

  2. Anonymous,
    I’ll differ with you here, on many things, especially on the judgment day and the return of Christ: if the angels don’t know when he’ll come, how do you?? ;)
    I will agree with where the “judgment” will begin!
    grego

    Comment by grego — 2011, January 17 @ 9:58 am

  3. Like most scriptures in the word, it is veiled and insight can be revealed to all who seek it. (The Fathers Promise) Clothing is righteousness (some want their own) food, is words or concepts. Simple. as far as judgement, we MUST never ever forget Never. Jesus said, i did not come into the world to destroy man, but to save them. HE is not capable of lying. But the real judgement is this. Light came into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the light. darkness is the judgment. people judge themsevles by the rejection of the truth. He is the door to heaven, other than heaven, what is there?

    Comment by Anonymous — 2011, June 18 @ 3:21 pm

  4. Beware always about assumptions. Unless revelation is by the Holy Spirit, the chance for error is great. This message is a gift from God. Understand His love and you will see into it perfectly. It is not directed at Mormans, but all who take the name of the Lord upon themselves. (seven- is symbolic… completetion.. like seven days in a week) Female (women) – bride (the church) the ones waiting for his return. exmpl tribulation period. 7 years, not really seven years, but a span of time of completion. Clothing, exmp.. to be clothed with christ, wash your robes that you may have the right to the tree of life. (righteusness before God) they wanted their own cloths, just his name to be called christian. but never really a part of him. in other words to blend only. I say beware most intently for this reason, (i love you all) and every word that we speak we will give accout of, a previlege and honor to speak to our geneation, and heaven warns , light is to give life, to lead and to love people, for in their welfare you will have welfare. Grego, true, it was written, no one knows the hour but the father and the son, and to whom the son reveals him, i do not believe it is to be given specifc. But when it happens, i believe the light of the truth will draw those out of darkness who are dying, and this is truth… if you like youtube this is an awesome song …… explains the real heart of God toward us…
    Phillips Craig & Dean – Favorite Song Of All…………………………

    Comment by Dale Morris — 2011, June 18 @ 3:40 pm


RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: