Book of Second Nephi -- Huge Parallel
by Isaiah, Nephi, Lehi, Jacob AND God
First and second halves of Second Nephi line up in large series of
consecutive correlating points so that Lehi, Jacob and Nephi expound on Isaiah and vise
Introductory Comment • Experiment
• 2 Ne. Huge Parallel Index • Downloading
and Printing • Parallel Commentary Index • Other
Chiasms & Parallels from 2 Nephi
(The first half of the book of Second Nephi parallels the second half.)
I've not completed digging this one out, but so far there are 100 printed,
single-space pages of consecutive parallels one after another, beginning in II Nephi 2. What this
layout does is juxtapose the words of Book of Mormon prophets with the words of Isaiah. Sometimes
Isaiah is in the left hand column, sometimes he's in the right-hand column.
There are several very powerful messages contained in that parallel set, including that the
statement spoken of the Jews, that (paraphrasing) "there was none other nation so wicked that
they would crucify their Messiah," now
applies in our day to the Gentiles, specifically the Mormon Gentile husbandmen who are
supposed to prepare for the second advent of the Lord.
Another very power message that comes through in this parallel is that Heavenly Father and
Mother, who came as Adam and Eve at the beginning of time, now
come again among the children of men, veiled in the flesh, to bring the family of man back
into the paradisiacal state. This constitutes the second advent of Messiah, and they come
primarily to the Mormon Gentiles, who reject and spurn their work -- but like with the first
advent, this will work to the glory of God and to the redemption of mankind, this time on a
In line with this, as the parallel
highlights in a powerful way, you can see why the admonition to the Jews regarding the Messiah
is that they should 'look no more for another Messiah to come,' for the crucial message for them
to acknowledge is that they crucified the Messiah at his first coming. Meanwhile, the
admonition to the Gentiles (including and especially the Mormons) is that "the people of the
Lord are they who wait for him, for they still wait for the coming of the Messiah."
This is not a contradiction when you realize that the one chapter is addressing the Jews and the
other is addressing the Gentiles. It has to do with the Davidic
Servant ministry which is targeted primarily at the Mormons -- God's chosen people in these
latter-days, who are rejecting his work among them as the Jews did at his first coming. An
important part of that vigilance, as mentioned in the same verse, is to not build up secret
combinations (e.g. the New World Order, which is a global socialistic government).
Another contribution that this parallel makes is that it shows unequivocally that the famous
verse, "we are saved by grace after all we
can do," is not intended to mean that "first we have to do everything we can
and then God steps in" but rather, it means that "no matter what we may try to
do, it is by grace, from beginning to end, that we are saved." What is strongly ironic
about this is that it is at the root of the
gospel or doctrine of Christ, of which the Mormons profess to be premier custodians.
This singular verse has been the darling verse by which the LDS world supports their "works,
then faith" dogma. The 2 Nephi huge parallel reverses their interpretation, setting it
in order and in line, not only with the Bible but with the Book of Mormon and Doctrine and
Covenants, which likewise preach the gospel of Christ with a strong emphasis on the element of
grace by which good works are possible in the first place.
The Jews focused anciently on what amounts to the second coming government of God, and missed
the gospel -- and yet today they also miss the government royally, being among the most
socialistic as a body of any religious group. Likewise, the Mormons are focusing on the
first coming gospel while reneging on their responsibility to build the government of God, and yet
today they are missing one of the key points of the gospel -- grace; the mighty change of heart as
a gift; the indwelling as a gift; the good works as a gift -- not something that must be earned,
which is their approach. The only 'earning' that takes place is in offering a broken heart
and contrite spirit that realizes we don't deserve these gifts.
Though some of the correlations may at first seem obscure, it is often the obscure ones that
contain the most meaning when contemplated, and their meaning finally becomes apparent. Some of
the match-ups are immediately obvious. Some are humorous. Some are downright sobering.
All in all, it bespeaks an amazing God behind the writing and the encoding of scripture. It
also contains tons of prophetic insight that is extremely relevant to our day. The very
process of reading and pondering the parallels evokes a spirit of revelation, for it is only in
reading 'between the lines' that understanding is acquired -- and the 'between the lines' part is
where God speaks personally. By their very nature, the parallels both require and invite
personal revelation to be understood and applied.
I discovered this particular parallel by first lining up the very similar "set
his hand again the second time" prophecies in the regions surrounding II Nephi 6:14 and
II Nephi 25:17. I then worked forward and backward from there. Thus far, going
backward, I've gone as back to 2 Nephi 2:22 in the left-hand column corresponding to 2 Nephi 18:13
in the right-hand column; and I can see that the parallel continues prior to that, with commentary
about secret combinations; and going forward, I've gone to 2 Nephi 10:18 in the left-hand column
corresponding to 22 Nephi 28:27 in the right-hand column, ending with the statement, "and we
need no more" in the right hand column, followed by the comment, "more;" for surely
the parallel continues, with yet more light and knowledge for those who will seek it.
Although it has been available on the internet for three years, so far this huge parallel has gone
essentially unnoticed and unappreciated (including by those who profess to have great love and
zeal for the writings of Isaiah), probably because it takes more than casual effort to comprehend.
It is no spoon-feeding job. Perhaps years will yet go by before it 'catches on' -- probably after
the lessons have been learned the hard way, rather than people repenting like they could if they
would if they would learn the lessons by precept, which is what they could do if they hearkened to
warnings such as the ones presented in this huge parallel.
Sterling D. Allan
June 17, 2001 (Father's Day)
Experiment on the Word
Challenge to take a parallel excerpt for which commentary has been written and ponder for
insight prior to reading the commentary.
2 Ne. Huge Parallel -- Index
Downloading and Printing
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or viewed online.
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Commentaries on 2 Nephi Huge Parallel Excerpts
- "By grace we are
- A study of 2 Nephi 25:23, "We know that
it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do" in parallel to 2
Nephi 7:2 which is Isaiah 50:2
- This excerpt is
approximately one page of nearly 100 pages of a parallel that spans
probably the entire book of Second Nephi.
- Shows that the intended meaning of this verse is, "notwithstanding
all we can do," focusing on the importance grace every step of the way in being
perfected in Christ.
- "No Other Nation So
- "Messiah Shall Set His
Hand Again the Second Time"
- A study of II Nephi 6:8-18 in
parallel to II Nephi 25:10-20
- This excerpt comes
from the parallel that spans probably the entire Book of
Second Nephi and was the connection by which this huge parallel was discovered in the
- About the comparison between the Lord's injunction to the Jews versus his
injunction to the Gentiles pertaining to the Messiah. The Jews are to "look no
longer for another Messiah to come," while the people of the Lord among the Gentiles
today "are they who wait for him, for they still wait for the coming of the
- The Oneness of Adam-God, Jesus
Christ and the Latter-day Messiah-Father
- A study of II Nephi 2:19-29 in
parallel to II Nephi 18:12-19:3
- This excerpt comes from
the parallel that spans probably the entire Book of Second Nephi.
- About the plan of salvation as pertaining to the fall of Adam,
introduction of sin and weakness into the world, overcoming through Jesus Christ, and then
being brought back into the garden by the Father in these end times.
Other Chiasms & Parallels from II Nephi
- II Nephi 3
- II Nephi 9
- II Nephi 11
II Nephi 11 chiasm (Pre-Isaiah quote; "delighteth in the covenants of the
- II Nephi 11 chiasm in script
Deut.19 = Mat.18 = II Cor.13 = II Ne.11 = D&C 6 = Ether 5 = D&C 128
parallel ("In the mouth of two or three witnesses") Download WP
and Word.zip file.
II Nephi 12 (Isaiah 2) chiasm ("proud shall be brought low")
II Nephi 25:1-10 chiasm (Post-Isaiah quotation comment; "manner of the Jews")
- II Nephi 26
2 Nephi 27 - Isaiah 29 comparison. (II Ne. 27 is a quotation of Isa. 29, with
- II Nephi 28
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