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The Relevance of Isaiah 2–14 to the End-Time

Nephi follows Jacob’s exposition of the prophecies of Isaiah by quoting thirteen chapters of Isaiah in their entirety that deal with the apostasy of God’s people and with the king of Assyria/Babylon’s retribution on a wicked world (2 Nephi 12–24; cf. Isaiah 2–14). Considering the difficulty of inscribing so much material on his small plates, …

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Searching the Prophets

Many persons excuse themselves from searching the scriptures by asserting that the “dead prophets” are less relevant than the “living prophets.” They forget that the ancient prophets are still very much alive, which those know who “commune with the Church of the Firstborn” (Doctrine & Covenants 107:19). As Isaiah reminds us, “The word of our …

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Creation of Adam and Eve

Isaiah’s theology of creation, in effect, nuances the entire concept of God’s creation as an ongoing process that has operated for eons of time and that extends far into eternity. Within that continuum, Adam and Eve’s “creation” by no means constitutes a unique event. Rather, it accords entirely with the cyclical rebirth or re-creation of …

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The White-Robed Man

By bidding persons to follow him, Jesus didn’t simply mean they should heed his counsel. Nor did he put limits on how far they should follow him. Said he, “If any [man] would come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever will save his life shall lose …

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Fighting Against Zion

Many who read in the scriptures of people “fighting against Zion” may assume they refer only to non-members of the church. A search, however, may disabuse our minds on that subject. First, “He that fighteth against Zion, both Jew and Gentile, both bond and free, both male and female, shall perish; for they are they …

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A Day of Power

Analysis of the terms “great,” “marvelous,” and “work” in the Book of Mormon and other scriptures reveals that the Lord’s work comes forth in a day when he manifests his power to an extraordinary degree. This manifestation of power happens in part because the righteous among the Lord’s people are being threatened by the wicked …

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The Pattern of Prophecy

The pattern of prophecy—the core ideas all Hebrew prophecies have in common—tells us there is one “Day of Jehovah” that fulfills all prophecy. That “Day of Jehovah” has precedents in ancient times that foreshadow what would happen again. The end-time “Day of Jehovah” will be like the times of destruction and deliverance in the days …

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Friends of Christ

As trials intensify, so does the comfort God extends from on high: “I now send upon you another Comforter . . . even upon you my friends, that it may abide in your hearts, even the Holy Spirit of promise; which other Comforter is the same that I promised unto my disciples, as is recorded …

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Two Narratives

Because as yet there has occurred no real Mormon (LDS) embrace of the words of Isaiah—neither of his endtime prophecy, of which his historical prophecies are an allegory, nor of his theology that is embedded in his literary devices—perhaps that could account for some of the disconnect developing between two Mormon narratives: (1) the recapitulation …

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Ephraim’s Errand

One way the Middle East today differs from Moses’ day is that many of its inhabitants descend from Abraham, whom God promised all the Land from Mesopotamia to Egypt (Genesis 15:18). Besides Isaac—Abraham’s son by Sarah—and Isaac’s sons Jacob and Esau by Rebekah, those descendants include Ishmael—Abraham’s son by Hagar, ancestor of the Arabs—and Zimran, …

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