Acts 3:4 Peter, fastening his eyes upon him...said, Look on us
The lame man was laid at the temple gate because Mosaic Law prohibited a cripple from entering the temple of God (Lev. 21:16-24). Peter had in mind to give this man two privileges, a complete healing and his first temple experience, but it would require the lame man's faith. Therefore Peter would look into his soul as no one had before, even 'fastening his eyes upon him.' While everyone else saw only a lame and ugly man at the beautiful gate, Peter looked past the lameness of his legs and saw the strength of his spirit. Even while expecting some small piece of money, Peter was determining whether he had the faith for something much greater. Peter's incredible spiritual perceptiveness found his faith adequate. His blessing lacked the phrases, "if thou believest" or "be it according to thy faith." Rather, he said simply, 'In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.' (v. 6)
Marvin J. Ashton
"We too can take others with us to the temple. We can prepare them. We can lift them. We can accompany them-those who are in need, hungry, helpless, or cold, even those temporarily lost." (Ye Are My Friends [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1972], 109 - 110.)
Acts 3:6 Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee
Neal A. Maxwell
"Peter...knew when to respond obediently and without hesitation or rationalization. This trait-the ability to respond almost instinctively or spontaneously-he carried with him through his life. While we sometimes think of Peter's spontaneity as being related to his earlier impulsiveness in certain errors he made, we should also remember his spontaneity for episodes such as his quick and correct response to the lame man who sought alms: '. . . Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have I give thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.' (Acts 3:6.) Our need for authenticity in our relations with others...could be met if there were more spontaneity, if we could act out or say 'such as I have I give thee' without elaborate forethought and calculation as to whether what we have is really needed." (A More Excellent Way: Essays on Leadership for Latter-day Saints, 38)
Spencer W. Kimball
"As you have read those early accounts, have you pictured yourself there with Peter and John as they entered the temple gate on a certain day?...'Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I unto thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.' (See Acts 3:1-7.)
"'Such as I have.' All of us need to ponder those words. Do we, too, have something we need to share? Yes! We have the gospel of Jesus Christ, the gospel of peace, the gospel of joy. We have truths that can make any person better and more fulfilled, any marriage happier and sweeter, any home more heavenly. We have the priesthood power of God to bless our homes and lives and the lives of others. Yes, it is to ourselves, our homes, our quorums, our classes, our Church assignments that we must carry more energetically those things that we have received. And it is to our nonmember neighbors and associates that we are now asked to also "give such as we have." The Lord has commanded us to do so. We must lengthen our stride and must do it now." ("Always a Convert Church: Some Lessons to Learn and Apply This Year," Ensign, Sept. 1975, 2)
Acts 3:6 In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk
Jeffrey R. Holland
"Peter and John were about to enter the temple to worship and seek strength for the tasks that lay before them. A forty-year-old man, 'lame from his mother's womb,' asked alms of them as they passed. There was nothing unique about his plea; the man had been begging every day for years in this same place. But Peter did not brush by. What would his petition mean, offered up in this holy house at the hour of prayer, if he suffered this man to offer up a similar petition in vain?
"He turned to the invalid, 'fastening his eyes on him' with a gaze that probed the deepest recesses of his soul. Finding faith there, Peter said deliberately and clear: 'Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.' (Acts 3:1-6.) Peter had no money but he had riches. 'Such as he had' included every key of the kingdom of God on earth, priesthood power to raise the dead, faith to strengthen bones and sinews, a strong right hand of Christian fellowship. He could not give silver or gold, but he could give that which is always purchased 'without money and without price' (Isaiah 55:1)-and he gave it.
"...Who was this man among men, admired by modern prophets and anointed of God? What manner of man is chosen from among the host of heaven to become the first ordained apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ and lead His church in perilous times? How high was the ground he stood on? How bright was the fire in his soul? For answers, we open the scriptures and find 'a man who had grown perfect through his experiences and sufferings-a man with vision, a man of revelations, a man fully trusted by his Lord Jesus Christ.' (Kimball, op. cit.) We find there a mighty stone in Israel." (However Long and Hard the Road [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1985], 90-91.)
M. Russell Ballard
"(Quoting "Acts 3:6-8.) Such great and powerful miracles of healing, restoration, and revelation righteously enacted through the authority of the priesthood occur in our day as well. May I share one experience of my own?
"Some years ago I heard a young woman talk about the physical struggle her older sister was having with her health during a difficult pregnancy. I was touched by the story and concerned about the girl's sister and her unborn child, and I wished there was something I could do for her. But it wasn't until later that evening while I was reading the scriptures that the unmistakable impression came that I needed to visit this sick member of the Church. Having received similar promptings from time to time, I have learned not to question them but to simply respond. So I asked my wife to go with me to visit this young wife and mother.
"'I don't know for sure why I'm here,' I said when her husband answered our knock at their door, 'except that I have had a strong prompting that I need to see your wife.'
"...While waiting we browsed through some of the family photographs on display in the living room. There was a picture of one of their children, who was seriously disabled...My wife reminded me of the stillborn child that had been born to the couple, as well as the unusual physical toll each pregnancy had taken on this young mother. The decision to have another child must have been difficult for the couple. They had likely made the matter a subject of the most careful, prayerful consideration, and had received spiritual assurance that all would be well-which doubtless made the current crisis all the more disconcerting.
"At last the woman joined us in the living room. She was obviously weak and in considerable pain, suffering with a severe case of shingles that covered the left side of her face and neck with huge, blistered lesions. According to the husband, her blood platelet level was so low that her life-as well as the life of her baby-was at risk.
"I took her hand in mine and told her the simple truth: 'The Lord has sent me here to give you a blessing.' Her husband, his father, and I placed our hands on her head, and I felt spiritually impressed to give her a blessing of complete and total healing.
"'At that moment,' she later wrote of the experience, 'I felt a force move through my body and out through my toes. . . . I know the Spirit of the Lord was there, Brother Ballard. I felt it. I heard it speak through you. . . . It gave me the strength to faithfully endure and accomplish a task that seemed impossible. After the blessing I knew in my heart that we would be blessed with a healthy baby.'"And they were.
"...Wondrous miracles do happen through the authority of the priesthood. In most instances, however, priesthood authority works quietly and simply in the lives of those who respect and live worthy of it." (Our Search for Happiness: An Invitation to Understand The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1993], 61-63)
Acts 3:7 he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up...And he...entered with them into the temple
Harold B. Lee
"The greatest miracles I see today are not necessarily the healing of sick bodies, but the greatest miracles I see are the healing of sick souls, those who are sick in soul and spirit and are downhearted and distraught, on the verge of nervous breakdowns. We are reaching out to all such, because they are precious in the sight of the Lord, and we want no one to feel that he is forgotten.
"I read again and again the experience of Peter and John, as they went through the gate beautiful on the way to the temple. Here was one who had never walked, impotent from his birth, begging alms of all who approached the gate. And as Peter and John approached, he held out his hand expectantly, asking for alms. Peter, speaking for this pair of missionaries-church authorities-said, 'Look on us.' And, of course, that heightened his expectation. Then Peter said, 'Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.' (Acts 3:4, Acts 3:66.)
"Now in my mind's eye I can picture this man and what was in his mind. 'Doesn't this man know that I have never walked? He commands me to walk.' But the biblical record doesn't end there. Peter just didn't content himself by commanding the man to walk, but he 'took him by the right hand, and lifted him up. . . .' (Acts 3:7.)
"Will you see that picture now of that noble soul, that chiefest of the apostles, perhaps with his arms around the shoulders of this man, and saying, 'Now, my good man, have courage. I will take a few steps with you. Let's walk together, and I assure you that you can walk, because you have received a blessing by the power and authority that God has given us as men, his servants.' Then the man leaped with joy.
"You cannot lift another soul until you are standing on higher ground than he is. You must be sure, if you would rescue the man, that you yourself are setting the example of what you would have him be. You cannot light a fire in another soul unless it is burning in your own soul. You teachers, the testimony that you bear, the spirit with which you teach and with which you lead, is one of the most important assets that you can have, as you help to strengthen those who need so much, wherein you have so much to give. Who of us, in whatever station we may have been in, have not needed strengthening?" (Stand Ye in Holy Places [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1974], 186-187.)
Harold B. Lee
"The qualities of acceptable priesthood leadership are also carefully defined in this revelation...There is a classic example of how our Lord would have us minister to those who need our aid...Peter took him by the right hand and lifted him up. Remember that it wasn't enough for Peter to command him to walk; he then took him by the hand and lifted him up.
"So must we, in dealing with our faltering saints, not be merely priesthood holders who criticize, scold, and condemn. We must like the apostle Peter: take them by the arm, encourage them, and give them a sense of security and respect for themselves until they can rise above their difficulties and can stand on their own feet.
"That is the way the priesthood of God can bring salvation and fellowship to those who are weak, that they may become strong." (Stand Ye in Holy Places [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1974], 254-255.)
Acts 3:14-15 ye...desired a murderer to be granted unto you; And killed the Prince of Life
Joseph Smith said of Peter's epistles, "Peter penned the most sublime language of any of the apostles" (Teachings, 301). As we read his message to the Jews in the temple, we come to the same conclusion about Peter's preaching.
Acts 3:17 I wot that through ignorance ye did it, as did also your rulers
"I well remember hearing the Prophet Joseph, in speaking upon this subject to a vast assembly of Saints in Nauvoo, when he asked the privilege of giving expression of Peter's words more clearly, as it was shown unto him-the English version was a little obscure-he used this language, or rather I will repeat it in the sense of the Scriptures in the original saying unto the people: 'I wish ye rulers had done this ignorantly as did those whom you ruled.' Now the Prophet wished to draw the line of distinction between those who did sin ignorantly and those who sinned understandingly with their eyes wide open. He held that the rulers were more responsible than the masses who consented thereto; that there was more hope for the masses than the rulers." (Brian H. Stuy, ed., Collected Discourses, 5 vols. [Burbank, Calif., and Woodland Hills, Ut.: B.H.S. Publishing, 1987-1992], vol. 1, Oct. 8, 1887.)
Acts 3:19 repent ye therefore, and be converted
Bruce R. McConkie
"Now let us analyze this prophetic utterance with care. Peter is not inviting our Lord's murderers to be baptized and to join the Church. They are not heirs of salvation. They have already rejected and slain their Messiah. But Peter is holding out some hope to them in a future day, a day named the times of refreshing." (Conference Report, October 1967, Afternoon Meeting 43.)
"Peter preached, Repent, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38), etc.; but in Acts 3:19 he says, Repent and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out when the times of refreshing shall come, and he shall send Jesus, etc.
"Remission of sins by baptism was not to be preached to murderers. All the priests of Christendom might pray for a murderer on the scaffold forever, but could not avail so much as a gnat towards their forgiveness. There is no forgiveness for murderers; they will have to wait until the times of redemption shall come, and that in hell." (Discourses of the Prophet Joseph Smith, compiled by Alma P. Burton [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1977], 220 - 221, italics added)
Acts 3:19 the times of refreshing shall come
Most have equated "the times of refreshing" and "the times of restitution" (v. 21). However, these are not necessarily the same thing. The "refreshing" which Peter refers to is the redemption of the soul. The actual timing of that redemption depends on the individual timing of the resurrection. Some will be resurrected when Christ comes again, for those who are to inherit a celestial and terrestrial glory will be resurrected then (see DC 88:95-99). But the wicked, including murderers, will be resurrected to a telestial glory at the end of the Millenium. When Christ comes again, their spirits will be brought forth from spirit prison to receive a judgment. They will be found under condemnation and will be sent back to hell for another thousand years.
And these are the rest of the dead; and they live not again until the thousand years are ended, neither again, until the end of the earth.' (DC 88:100-101)
These are they who shall not be redeemed from the devil until the last resurrection.' (DC 76:84-85)
Baptism is the key to the celestial kingdom. Murderers and those who conspire to murder are not eligible for that glory. Knowing this, Peter does not offer baptism to those who 'killed the Prince of life' (v. 15). But there will be a 'times of refreshing' or redemption for all but the sons of Perdition (DC 76:38-39). Peter's hope is that those who repent and are converted will be able to hasten the day of their refreshing.
"There is a vast number of sins that will not be wiped out until that day of restoration comes. Among these are the sins of those who have shed the blood of the innocent and the righteous prophets, and the sins of those who have directly or indirectly been concerned therein, who have consented thereto, and have been stained with innocent blood, and yet not have been directly or immediately responsible therefore; but are in the light of the accessories such as are the Jewish people who consented to the death of the Savior...Here the apostle held out to them the hope of a forgiveness and redemption through the blood of Christ, which would take place at the time of His coming, and the time of the restitution of all things, on condition that they repented...even for this great sin, because it was ignorantly done, wherein they had consented to the death of the Son of God." (Brian H. Stuy, ed., Collected Discourses, 5 vols. [Burbank, Calif., and Woodland Hills, UT.: B.H.S. Publishing, 1987-1992], vol. 1, Oct. 8, 1887.)
Acts 3:21 the times of restitution of all things
"If we believe the Holy Scriptures, as we are admonished to do, and the words of the prophets, we cannot look for the second coming of Christ in power until there is a restitution of all things spoken by the mouths of all the holy prophets since the world began. I want to say unto you that that is what this Church is...the restoration of the Holy Priesthood, the re-establishment of the Church of Christ in the earth, founded upon the foundation of apostles and prophets, with Christ our Lord as the chief cornerstone (Eph. 2:20)" (Conference Report, October 1958, Afternoon Meeting 113.)
Richard C. Edgley
"Our missionaries go to all nations and all people because they have a firm, unshakable testimony that God still loves the world and that He has spoken again as an indication of that love. He has restored precious truths lost over the centuries of Christian persecution, dark ages, and years of confusion-truths that are essential to our peace and happiness. These are truths so essential to our eternal salvation that our loving Father restored them in their completeness. After Christ's ministry and ascension to heaven, the Apostle Peter prophesied of a restitution of all things before Christ would return for His Second Coming. He said:
Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things' (Acts 3:20-21, emphasis added).
"These missionaries go into all the world full of love and faith because they know of the fulfillment of Peter's prophecy of a restitution of all things. They testify of a restoration that is so marvelous that only the hand of God could be its author-so miraculous that it can be believed only if one understands the powers of God and His love for all mankind-a story so divine that the truth of it can be truly accepted only through the personal manifestation of the Holy Ghost, which the Savior promised as His way of testifying of the truth to those who prayerfully seek it." ("We Care Enough to Send Our Very Best," Ensign, Nov. 1996, 62)
Joseph Fielding Smith
"All the keys of all dispensations had to be brought in order to fulfill the words of the prophets and the purposes of the Lord in bringing to pass a complete restoration of all things. Therefore the father of the human family, the first man on the earth, Adam, had to come, and he came with his power. Moses came, and others. All who had keys came and bestowed their authorities. Our revelations do not tell us just when. We have not the dates when some of these authorities were made manifest, but the Prophet Joseph Smith in writing to the saints in Nauvoo in regard to the salvation of the dead declared, as we have it recorded in section 128 of the Doctrine and Covenants, that all these prophets came with their keys in the dispensation in which we live.
"Brethren and sisters, this is a glorious dispensation. All other dispensations flow into it. All authorities, all powers, are centered in this dispensation in which we live. We are privileged to partake of these blessings through our faithfulness." (Doctrines of Salvation, 3 vols., edited by Bruce R. McConkie [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1954-1956], 3: 126.)
Acts 3:21 The Restoration is but a prelude to the restitution of all things
You can search the Old Testament until the cows come home and you won't find a specific passage about the "restitution of all things." The reason, as usual, has to do with the many plain and precious things lost. However, the Old Testament is full of prophecies regarding the events of this day of restitution. Bruce R. McConkie wrote "These are the things of which Isaiah wrote. Of all the ancient prophets, he is the one whose recorded words preserve for us the good news of the Restoration, of the gospel coming again, of the everlasting covenant once more being established, of the kingdom being restored to Israel, of the Lord's triumphant return, and of a reign of millennial splendor." (Sermons and Writings of Bruce R. McConkie [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1998], 317.)
Significantly, the word "restitution" has more meanings than just a "restoration." Restitution means to make payment for something or to restore something to its original condition. Certainly, the Restoration encompasses all the keys, priesthood, covenants, gospel principles, doctrines, and ordinances necessary for us. But the Lord has much more than this in mind. His plan of restitution includes gathering 'together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him' (Eph. 1:10). Think of all the things for which restitution has not yet come. All these must occur when the Lord comes again. They include:
1) Restitution made to the righteous saints for their righteousness (Isa. 59:18)-this includes all the blessings of the Christ's Millenial reign
2) Restitution made to the wicked for their wickedness (Isa 40:31; 54:17, DC 45:58)-'for this was the day of vengeance which was in my heart' (DC 133:51).
3) A geographical restitution-meaning a) that the city of Enoch will return to the earth and be joined to Zion (Moses 7:62-64), b) that the continents will return to their original position (DC 133:23), c) mountains shall be broken down and deserts will become pools of living water (DC 133:22, 29).
4) The earth will be renewed and receive its paradisiacal glory as in the days of the Garden of Eden (Isa 51:3). This will include the lamb lying down with the lion (Isa 11:6-9), a return to the pure Adamic language (Zeph. 3:9), and a return to peace and harmony among men and all creatures.
5) Many doctrinal practices will be restored again, including the law of consecration, the law of plural marriage (Isa 4:1), and even some animal sacrifice (DC 13).
6) The promises made to the house of Israel will all be fulfilled. Abraham's descendants will inherit the land promised them (Gen 15:15), Israel will be gathered to Jerusalem and Zion (Isa 51:1), and will finally live in peace as prophesied.
"Although we now live in the 'last days' and much restoration has taken place, in truth, the Restoration has barely begun. Perhaps we have identified the Restoration primarily in terms of priesthood, Church organization, and gospel ordinances as given through the Prophet Joseph Smith. While these were the beginning, and without priesthood none of the other things could occur, the Restoration events yet to take place are more in number and of greater earth-shaking consequence than those that have so far taken place. The Restoration will continue throughout and beyond the Millennium until every soul is resurrected and judged and until all mankind and the earth itself have reached their final status." (Selected Writings of Robert J. Matthews: Gospel Scholars Series [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1999], 394.)
Bruce R. McConkie
"What is it that shall be restored in the times of restitution of all things? What is it that God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began?
"It is everything pertaining to the salvation and exaltation of his children. God's eternal purposes are to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man...Was this earth once a garden fair, without thorns, thistles, briers, and noxious weeds? It shall be renewed and receive again its paradisiacal glory. The burning desert shall blossom as the rose and become once again like the garden of the Lord. Was it once blessed with rolling hills, pleasant valleys, and rivers of splendor? In the promised day every mountain shall be made low, every valley shall be exalted, and the rough places shall be made smooth.
"Was there a day when the continents were one land and the islands were not separated from them? Such shall come again. The great deep shall be driven back into the north and the land surfaces of the earth shall be one again as they were in the days before they were divided.
"Did Enoch's Zion, filled with righteous souls, once grace the earth? So shall it yet be. He and all his city shall return to dwell in peace on earth with those who once again can abide the laws which caused the ancient ones to be translated. Was the earth once new, glorious, and paradisiacal in nature? So shall it be again. The earth shall be renewed. There will be a new heaven and a new earth whereon dwelleth righteousness.
"All things pertaining to the creation and peopling and destiny of the earth-these are the things that God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets. This revealed knowledge shall be restored, and the events of which they spoke shall come to pass, all during that age of the earth known as the times of restitution. Of all these things we shall speak more particularly hereafter in their proper settings." (The Millennial Messiah: The Second Coming of the Son of Man [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1982], 87-89.)
"It is left for us to see, participate in and help to roll forward the Latter-day glory, 'the dispensation of the fullness of times, when God will gather together all things that are in heaven, and all things that are upon the earth, even in one,' (see Eph 1:10) when the Saints of God will be gathered in one from every nation, and kindred, and people, and tongue, when the Jews will be gathered together into one, the wicked will also be gathered together to be destroyed, as spoken of by the prophets; the Spirit of God will also dwell with His people, and be withdrawn from the rest of the nations, and all things whether in heaven or on earth will be in one, even in Christ. The heavenly Priesthood will unite with the earthly, to bring about those great purposes; and whilst we are thus united in the one common cause, to roll forth the kingdom of God, the heavenly Priesthood are not idle spectators, the Spirit of God will be showered down from above, and it will dwell in our midst." (Joseph Smith, History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 7 vols. 4:610)
Joseph Fielding Smith
"Now, how is it going to be renewed if it is not going to be brought back to some condition which one time prevailed? The earth is to be renewed and is to receive its paradisiacal glory. Somebody may be thinking right now that the Prophet had reference to the celestialized earth when he wrote that article, for this earth is going to be celestialized, but that is not what the Prophet had reference to in the Tenth Article of Faith. The earth, to be renewed, is to be restored to something that was, not to something which is yet to come which never was before. This earth never has been glorified as a celestial body. It is going to be restored to the condition which prevailed in the beginning, and it will not receive its resurrection and celestial body until after the millennium." (Signs of the Times [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1952], 34.)
Acts 3:22-23 A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me
Gospel scholars have described many similarities between the mission of Moses and the mortal mission of Christ. However, the principle which prompted Peter's use of Deut. 18:15 was not Christ's mortal ministry-it was his Second Coming. Furthermore, when the Deuteronomy passage is quoted in the Book of Mormon, it always has reference to his Second Coming (see 1 Ne 22:19-20; 3 Ne 20:22-23). Therefore, we should assume that most of the similarities between Moses and Christ refer not to Christ's mortal reign but to his Millenial reign.
Did not Moses save Israel from the most powerful military force on the earth? Will not Christ save Israel from an army assembled from all nations? Was not Moses the lawgiver for Israel? Will not Christ dispense the word of the Lord from Jerusalem and the law of the Lord from Zion? Did not Moses offer the children of Israel a land of promise, flowing with milk and honey? Will not Christ establish Israel in their land of promise and supply pools of living water and the bread of life? Did not Moses live with his people, judge them, and lead them in person? Will not Christ become the Great Judge and dwell with his people?
While we don't think about Moses delivery of the children of Israel in apocalyptic terms, we should. Moses' delivery of the children of Israel is a type of Christ's delivery of Israel from a besieging army. Even the destructions which were brought upon Egypt are but a foreshadowing of the way in which his enemies will be destroyed. Indeed, the destruction of Egypt at the hand of Moses shows us how the Lord will destroy Babylon in the last days. Fortunately, he will not need his saints to fight, for he has promised 'I will fight your battles' (DC 105:14) just as he fought their battles in Moses' day (Ex. 14:14).
|Plagues of Egypt||Apocalyptic Destruction of Wicked|
Waters of Egypt turned to blood. (Ex. 7:20)
The rivers and fountains of waters...became blood. (Rev. 16:4)
Frogs covered the land of Egypt. (Ex. 8:6)
Three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon. (Rev 16:13)
Plagues of lice and flies. (Ex. 8:17,24)
God will send forth flies and maggots. (DC 29:8)
All the cattle of Egypt died. (Ex. 9:6)
Desolation upon the cattle and sheep. (Joel 1:15-20)
Plague of boils upon man and beast. (Ex. 9:10)
There fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast. (Rev. 16:2)
Plague of hail and fire (Ex. 9:23)
Men scorched with fire and a plague of great hailstones. (Rev. 16:8,21)
Locusts covered the face of the whole earth. (Ex. 10:14-15)
There came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth. (Rev. 9:3-10)
A thick darkness in all the land for three days. (Ex. 10:22)
The sun became black as sackcloth. (Rev. 6:12)
The firstborn males are killed. (Ex. 12:29-30)
The third part of men are killed by fire, smoke, and brimstone. (Rev. 9:18)
Pharaoh's army destroyed by water. (Ex. 14:28)
Saint's enemies destroyed by fire. (1 Ne. 22:17)
After the plagues of Egypt are repeated upon the wicked of the last days, the saints will clearly see the connection. Then it will seem most natural to 'sing the song of Moses, the servant of God' in conjunction with 'the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvelous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.' (Rev. 15:3) Then will the saints understand in fullness that the prophet whom the Lord should raise up like unto Moses would be like him in so many ways. For 'it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people.' (Acts 3:23, see also JS-Hist. 1:40)