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Jewish Roots vs the Great Apostasy and the Great Whore

In my last blog I wrote about the importance of Jewish Roots for Book of Mormon understanding, and that through their common Jewish roots the Bible and the Book of Mormon would grow together.  Today I want to talk about the Great Whore of Babylon, and how she was born from the rejection of Jewish Roots.

In the Book of Mormon Nephi has a vision of the future events.  In this vision an angel of the Lord explains this vision to him and says regarding the Bible:

24 And the angel of the Lord said unto me: Thou hast beheld that the book proceeded forth from the mouth of a Jew; and when it proceeded forth from the mouth of a Jew it contained the fulness of the gospel of the Lord, of whom the twelve apostles bear record; and they bear record according to the truth which is in the Lamb of God.
25 Wherefore, these things go forth from the Jews in purity unto the Gentiles, according to the truth which is in God.
26 And after they go forth by the hand of the twelve apostles of the Lamb, from the Jews…

The Book of Mormon and Jewish Roots

In the Book of Ezekiel we read one of the clearest and most profound prophecies of the reunion of the two houses of Israrel:

15 The word of the Lord came again unto me, saying,
16 Moreover, thou son of man, take thee one stick, and write upon it, For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions: then take another stick, and write upon it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel his companions:
17 And join them one to another into one stick; and they shall become one in thine hand.
18 And when the children of thy people shall speak unto thee, saying, Wilt thou not shew us what thou meanest by these?
19 Say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in mine hand.
(Ezekiel 37:15-19 KJV)

Ezekiel goes on to explain the primary meaning of this prophecy:

21 A…