We had a nice Family Home Evening. We watched Elder Scott’s General Conference talk from this weekend, and then an episode of NCIS.
Did revelation cease after the New Testament was written? Has God had no more to tell us in the last two thousand years? I don’t think so.
Some people believe that no scriptures can be written after the Bible. They cite passages in the Bible which warn not to add to that which has already been written.
Here are some passages:
“Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it” (Deut 4:2)
“What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.” (Deut 12:32)
“If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book” (Rev 22:18)
What is interesting is that the Book of Deuteronomy was written years before the Book of Revelation. So, was the Book of Revelation added to the Book of Deuteronomy? I don’t think so. They are separate books, which should be preserved as separate books, in their entirety.
What is also interesting is that after the last book of the New Testament was written, supposed scholars removed important passages from the books of both the Old and the New Testament. Now, those blasphemous deeds are an extreme atrocity.
Due to those misdeeds, revelation needs to continue, to make up for, and clarify, scriptures which are confusing by themselves. That is why we have so many Christian churches. They cannot agree upon passages of scripture.
That is what happened to Joseph Smith. He was confused because of all of the churches that existed, and he asked God which one he should join; and God said “none of them”. (Joseph Smith History 1:19)
That is not to say that there is no truth in these churches, but I believe that since the disputes between them caused the Spirit to leave their congregations. The Lord does not like it when we fight about religion.
“Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, withal malice: and be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4:31-32)
After Joseph Smith told others about what he saw, he was ridiculed (Joseph Smith History 1:21-22), because people misunderstood that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. (Hebrews 13:8)
I believe that God loves us today, just like He loved those who wrote the Bible. He wants to lead us along, so we can be happy, and return to live with Him, in Heaven. Scriptures continue to be written today, just as they were in the past.
Over the weekend, I watched the General Conference of my church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. During this conference, the scriptures were expounded upon for our day. As a result, more scriptures were written. It was a wonderful event!