Perhaps I may be a little crazy. I believe we fully and completely are enabled to witness miracles in our day. Just like the days of old, it seems the miracles are probably all around us. I always take the scriptures to mean that if we are in tune it isn’t that more miracles will happen to us (although faith may lead us to ask for more and receive more) but that we will more more recognizing of the miracles about us. Hence, the great crime in seeking signs. There are those always looking for signs to confirm or denounce their course of action. Those people are like the waves of the sea, driven with the wind and tossed. But those who live by faith will not be seeking for signs, but will recognize them all about them. We have one such miracle happening nearly every day around us.
“And the day cometh that the words of the book which were sealed shall be read upon the house tops; and they shall be read by the power of Christ; and all things shall be revealed unto the children of men which ever have been among the children of men, and which ever will be even unto the end of the earth.” (2 Nephi 27:11).
I just never got this verse until my latest reading. Even then, I may not still get it. However, how in the world does the most vile of sinners read this book by the power of Christ? Now, those who are familiar with it know this scripture is talking about the Book of Mormon. The whole chapter and some previous talk about the coming of the Book of Mormon coming forth. Viola! The whole miracle of the book coming forth is by the power of Christ. There is no other way this book could possibly exist except by the power of Christ.
Every day, wherever a page of the Book of Mormon is read, even when a Book of Mormon is trashed, it is by the power of Christ. The mere existance of the book is a testimony of Christ working in our day. It is not that the book will be read through the power of Christ like I had always thought, but it will be read, dropped, burned, ripped, coveted, loved, cherished, and hated all by the power of Christ. Everything that happens to it is by the power of Christ which made it available to us.
It goes on more. It will be through the power of Christ that all things are revealed. It isn’t necessarily by a prophet, capital P or not. It isn’t necessarily through the Priesthood, the church, or even the kingdom of God. Just the fact that knowledge, history, wisdom, and all these things are flooding the earth is a continuing testament of the Son of God.
The next verse goes back to the Book of Mormon.
“Wherefore, at that day when the book shall be delivered unto the man of whom I have spoken, the book shall be hid from the eyes of the world, that the eyes of none shall behold it save it be that three witness shall behold it, by the power of God, besides him to whom the book shall be delivered; and they shall testify to the truth of the book and the things therein. And there is none other which shall view it, save it be a few according to the will of God, to bear testimony of his owrd unto the children of men; for the Lord God hath said that the words of the faithful should speak as if it were from the dead.” (2 Nephi 27:12-13).
This is jumping back to references in Isaiah. The book should whisper from the dust and the faithful should speak as if it were from the dead. What a strange and interesting idea. I haven’t a clue what it all means.
What we do know is there are witnesses to the book who are faithful. I always wondered why there were not more recent witnesses to the plates. There was a time when I prayed to become a witness to the plates and the authenticity of the Book of Mormon. However, it seems these witnesses are to speak as if it were from the dead. It takes faith to believe the testimony of a deceased person. Just like Lazarus wanting to go back from the dead to warn his brothers. If they won’t believe Moses or Joseph Smith, why would they believe a modern or living individual. It doesn’t seem as necessary. As I say that, I have no doubt there are those who have received such a witness in our day, but they are not called upon to bear that witness. Just like Mary Whitmer, or Vilate Kimball, they receive witnesses for their own testimony but not to share with the world at large.
I may show some ignorance of church history, beyond their testimony written in ink, the extent to which the three or eight witnesses were called to bear that testimony also seems limited. Martin Harris and Joseph Smith seem to be the only ones who went out of their way to share the testimony with others. Many of them served as missionaries, some went on to convert some very notable names in the church, but I am not aware of them going out of their way beyond being questioned about their witness of the Book of Mormon.
Many receive the witness of the Book of Mormon but how many actually receive the vision, hefting, dream of the plates? I don’t know? Does it matter? After all, the testimony of the Spirit is all that is important.
Then again, do we really need to see the plates. If we have the Spirit of God, we will recognize the miracle of the cheap missionary handout version sitting in the glove compartment of the car. If we have the Spirit of God, we will already have a witness of the Book of Mormon, whether or not we have a witness of the plates upon which they rested.