If Columbus is, indeed, the “man among the Gentiles” seen by Nephi in his vision, that would confirm that Columbus truly did have a role to play in the unfolding apocalyptic drama of the end times—but not the role he thought he had.
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Although Moroni reports his revelation in Alma 60 straightforwardly, how can it be straightforward when Pahoran turns out to be innocent of the charges contained in it and in Moroni’s subsequent epistle? This disparity seems to indicate that the revelation itself—not just Moroni’s epistle—is mistaken in some way. He's what you may have overlooked.
Two months ago, a colleague and I visited the best candidate for the River of Laman and the Valley of Lemuel in Saudi Arabia. We were astounded to find that the small year-round stream had extended several hundreds of yards beyond its usual limit. This was something not witnessed by any Latter-day Saint researcher previously. Here is the significance of such a sight.
The parable is well known from Luke’s account. However, let us look at it from how it may have been experienced by the injured, needy, intolerant, orthodox Jewish man that went down from Jerusalem.
The dangers Lehi saw in his dream are just as serious now as they were anciently.
In addition to confirming the Jews’ ongoing place in God’s covenant, the Book of Mormon also refutes other reasons Christians have traditionally considered Jews rejected by God. The most cited reason is, of course, the Matthean claim that “all the [Jewish] people” called for Jesus’s crucifixion and that his blood has therefore stained them and their descendants forever.