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Latter-day Saints (Mormon) and a Preteristic Doctrinal View

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By SeattleGhostWriter - Posted on 05 June 2011

Going over the New Testament Teachers Manual for the Gospel Doctrine Class that I teach (Yes, I have subsequently returned back to the Mormon Faith), the lesson that will be discussed to 15/16 year old's is that on Matthew 24.

Whether you agree with the Mormon Religion and its position as a Christian faith is neither here nor there. What is interesting to note is that the material of the lesson is taken from Joseph Smith's Matthew Translation.

The lesson actually breaks Matthew 24 in two parts. The first part discusses the nature of Christ's response to the Disciples first question that pertained to the Temple of Jerusalem.

The passage in question (Joseph Smith - Matthew) is actually JS-M 1:1-20.

In JS-M 1:1, we read the following:

"For I say unto you, that ye shall not see me henceforth and know that I am he of whom it is written by the prophets, until ye shall say: Blessed is he who cometh in the name of the Lord, in the clouds of heaven, and all the holy angels with him. Then understood his disciples that he should come again on the earth, after that he was glorified and crowned on the right hand of God."

JS-M picks up where Matthew 24:1-2 with another variation from the text of Matthew:

"And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple; and his disciples came to him, for to hear him, saying: Master, show us concerning the buildings of the temple, as thou hast said - They shall be thrown down, and left unto you desolate.

And Jesus said unto them: See ye not all these things, and do ye not understand them? Verily I say unto you, there shall not be left here, upon this temple, one stone upon another that shall not be thrown down."

KJV Matthew reads:

"And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? Verily I say unto you, there shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down."

JS-M has additional information added into the narrative of the Olivet Discourse that Christ gave.

This section of Matthew is an extract from the translation of the Bible as revealed to Joseph Smith the Prophet in 1831 and contains Matthew 23:39 and all of Chapter 24.

It is my conclusion that despite the disparity some evangelical Christians give Joseph Smith, I am of the opinion that he may have held a sense of partial preteristic viewpoint and distinctively separated the Judgment coming upon the First Century Jews at the destruction of Jerusalem as fulfilled prophecy, all the while not associating this to the full aspect of Christ coming in clouds of glory. It seems he (Joseph Smith) identified two distinct prophesies that the gospel of Matthew may have lost to some extent.

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On October 9, 1859, Young said,

"From the day that the Priesthood was taken from the earth to the winding-up scene of all things, every man and woman must have the certificate of Joseph Smith, junior, as a passport to their entrance into the mansion where God and Christ are -- I with you and you with me. I cannot go there without his consent" (Journal of Discourses 7:289).

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