Thursday, October 9, 2014

Jacob 5:71 - 5:77

Jacob 5:71 And the Lord of the vineyard said unto them: Go to, and labor in the vineyard, with your might. For behold, this is the last time that I shall nourish my vineyard; for the end is nigh at hand, and the season speedily cometh; and if ye labor with your might with me ye shall have joy in the fruit which I shall lay up unto myself against the time which will soon come.

The master now gives instructions to all the new servants recruited by his servant. They are to work hard in the vineyard. This will be the last time the vineyard will be worked in. To get all the fruit that is possible will require diligence and dedication to the work of nourishing and caring for all the trees. The master and the servants will then be able to enjoy the fruit together when the work is completed. [All the new recruited missionaries are to labor in the world these last days. We are to find scattered Israel wherever they might be found and brought to the Lord so He can show them the road to perfection. So we all might have a joyful association throughout the eternities.]

Jacob 5:72 And it came to pass that the servants did go and labor with their mights; and the Lord of the vineyard labored also with them; and they did obey the commandments of the Lord of the vineyard in all things.

The servants and the master of the vineyard did go forth and worked hard in the vineyard. They carried out all the instructions of the master in detail.

Jacob 5:73 And there began to be the natural fruit again in the vineyard; and the natural branches began to grow and thrive exceedingly; and the wild branches began to be plucked off and to be cast away; and they did keep the root and the top thereof equal, according to the strength thereof.

Through their efforts, the trees started to bear good fruit again. The servants kept close watch to make sure that the roots ability to nourish the branches was matching the branches taking nourishment. As the natural branches grew in number and demanded more nourishment from the roots, the wild branches were removed to compensate but not entirely at once. [As the Church members grow in number, the wicked as destroyed to compensate. This destruction is among themselves so the righteous really don’t have to be directly involved in their elimination. The wicked destroy the wicked as it says in the Book of Mormon.]

Jacob 5:74 And thus they labored, with all diligence, according to the commandments of the Lord of the vineyard, even until the bad had been cast away out of the vineyard, and the Lord had preserved unto himself that the trees had become again the natural fruit; and they became like unto one body; and the fruits were equal; and the Lord of the vineyard had preserved unto himself the natural fruit, which was most precious unto him from the beginning.

The labors in the vineyard continued until the natural branches became equal to the ability of the roots to nourish them. The bad branches were now all gone. The vineyard now produced all the same good fruit and no one tree was better than another. The fruit was the same on matter which tree one tasted of. All the fruit is good tasting and the master was very pleased with the harvest.

Jacob 5:75 And it came to pass that when the Lord of the vineyard saw that his fruit was good, and that his vineyard was no more corrupt, he called up his servants, and said unto them: Behold, for this last time have we nourished my vineyard; and thou beholdest that I have done according to my will; and I have preserved the natural fruit, that it is good, even like as it was in the beginning. And blessed art thou; for because ye have been diligent in laboring with me in my vineyard, and have kept my commandments, and have brought unto me again the natural fruit, that my vineyard is no more corrupted, and the bad is cast away, behold ye shall have joy with me because of the fruit of my vineyard.

The master of the vineyard look the vineyard over an saw how good it had become. He called his servants to praise them for all their hard work. They had carried out his instruction carefully and with diligence. They were now to enjoy the fruit of the harvest alone with the master. Everyone was to share in the good fruit of the vineyard. [It is as it is said in the D&C, if your joy will be great with one soul you have brought unto the Father how great will be your joy if you should bring many souls unto the Father. The more the merrier as they say. This is going to apply to both living and the dead we perform the ordinance work for in the Temples.]

Jacob 5:76 For behold, for a long time will I lay up of the fruit of my vineyard unto mine own self against the season, which speedily cometh; and for the last time have I nourished my vineyard, and pruned it, and dug about it, and dunged it; wherefore I will lay up unto mine own self of the fruit, for a long time, according to that which I have spoken.

So while the fruit is good they will keep harvesting the vineyard. Because they have done everything to keep the trees producing good fruit, there will be a good harvest for quite a while as the master has forecast.

Jacob 5:77 And when the time cometh that evil fruit shall again come into my vineyard, then will I cause the good and the bad to be gathered; and the good will I preserve unto myself, and the bad will I cast away into its own place. And then cometh the season and the end; and my vineyard will I cause to be burned with fire.

However the master warms that this condition will not last forever. Evil fruit will again come on the trees. At the time the good and the bad fruit will be harvested. The good fruit will be preserved and the bad will be taken to another place. Then the entire vineyard will be destroyed by fire. [The other place is hell. For a very few it will be a permanent abode, but for the rest a temporary residence and then assigned to kingdoms in which they feel the most comfortable. The world will then be destroyed by fire and raised to a Terrestrial glory for the Millennium reign.

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