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Jews and Christians the world over have studied the texts of the Old and New Testaments pouring over prophecy trying to come to an understanding of what the scriptures say about the end of days. For many generations we have anticipated these coming events as occurring in and around the ancient city of Jerusalem, but we have been looking in the wrong place! By failing to see how the prophets wrote in types and shadows for the end of days, we can easily read the text incorrectly. We must follow the example of Jesus and expound the scriptures into a single unified story. (i.e. 3Nep 23:6, 14)

As we previously noted, the Book of Mormon is the greatest commentary on the Isaiah Story. And it’s from the Book of Mormon that we’ve learned to read the prophet Isaiah and the other prophets of the Old and New Testaments, discovering a most surprising detail that’s been overlooked by the world. These prophets understood perfectly God’s covenant with a specific group of souls we’ve called “the souls of no light” from the detailed descriptions the prophets have written about them, also calling them the “O Jerusalem” people. This particular group has been God’s covenant people since this world began, working tirelessly with them over and over to bring light into their souls to keep them from falling further into the pit of darkness towards oblivion. If we don’t know about this part of The Isaiah Story, it’s only because we were blinded to see it in scripture by the traditions of men.

This group of people are the most recalcitrant and stiff-necked people among God’s children. Students of scripture will recognize these verses as they describe the people we’re discussing.

3 I have declared the former things from the beginning; and they went forth out of my mouth, and I shewed them; I did them suddenly, and they came to pass. 4 Because I knew that thou art obstinate, and thy neck is an iron sinew, and thy brow brass; (Isa 48:3-4)

14 They wear stiff necks and high heads; yea, and because of pride, and wickedness, and abominations, and whoredoms, they have all gone astray save it be a few, who are the humble followers of Christ; nevertheless, they are led, that in many instances they do err because they are taught by the precepts of men. (2 Nephi 28:14)

14 But behold, the Jews were a stiffnecked people; and they despised the words of plainness, and killed the prophets, and sought for things that they could not understand. Wherefore, because of their blindness, which blindness came by looking beyond the mark, they must needs fall; for God hath taken away his plainness from them, and delivered unto them many things which they cannot understand, because they desired it. And because they desired it God hath done it, that they may stumble. (Jacob 4:14)

4 And how merciful is our God unto us, for he remembereth the house of Israel, both roots and branches; and he stretches forth his hands unto them all the day long; and they are a stiffnecked and a gainsaying people; but as many as will not harden their hearts shall be saved in the kingdom of God. (Jacob 6:4)

29 O ye wicked and ye perverse generation; ye hardened and ye stiffnecked people, how long will ye suppose that the Lord will suffer you? Yea, how long will ye suffer yourselves to be led by foolish and blind guides? Yea, how long will ye choose darkness rather than light? (Hel 13:29)

Next it’s important to remember that the prophets clearly understood the doctrine of eternal lives as God’s work among the children of men. These same persistently stubborn souls who rely on and trust in the arm of flesh, who follow the dictates of the Pharisees in their midst, are once again on the earth. They unabashedly support priestcraft, kingdom building, idol worship, and they trust in ceremonies and ordinances. They claim to be God’s chosen people with a great temple in their capital city. What has been shall be! These people, the souls of no light, have been planted in a geography so similar to ancient Israel with their own modern capital of Jerusalem, their own Dead Sea, and their own Sea of Galilee and Jordan River, as to leave no doubt about the intent of the prophets words on these matters and the provenance of their prophecies. What has been shall be!

We are further assured in our reading of these things by the prophecy of Jacob as found in 2Nephi chapter 10. We invite you to read Jacob’s words in its full prophetic context keeping the Isaiah Story in mind and we give you these verses here to contemplate:

2 For behold, the promises which we have obtained are promises unto us according to the flesh; wherefore, as it has been shown unto me that many of our children shall perish in the flesh because of unbelief, nevertheless, God will be merciful unto many; and our children shall be restored, that they may come to that which will give them the true knowledge of their Redeemer. 3 Wherefore, as I said unto you, it must needs be expedient that Christ—for in the last night the angel spake unto me that this should be his name—should come among the Jews, among those who are the more wicked part of the world; and they shall crucify him—for thus it behooveth our God, and there is none other nation on earth that would crucify their God. (Remember this is prophecy also about the GMW) 4 For should the mighty miracles be wrought among other nations they would repent, and know that he be their God. 5 But because of priestcrafts and iniquities, they at Jerusalem will stiffen their necks against him, that he be crucified. Wherefore, because of their iniquities, destructions, famines, pestilences, and bloodshed shall come upon them; and they who shall not be destroyed shall be scattered among all nations. 7 But behold, thus saith the Lord God: When the day cometh that they shall believe in me, that I am Christ, then have I covenanted with their fathers that they shall be restored in the flesh, upon the earth, unto the lands of their inheritance. (2Nep 10:2-7)

They say that pictures are worth a thousand words, so perhaps we don’t really need to say much more. The great and terrible events of the end of days as foretold in scripture will play out in and around the capital city of the recalcitrant Mormons who were given the Book of Mormon as a warning about who they really are and what is coming upon them unless they repent. They have ignored the Book of Mormon and are sure of their righteousness as they trust in their temples, just as the ancient Jews were certain of their righteousness and security in their temple. Jesus walked among the Jews and taught them the truth and they killed him for it. Isaiah’s “servant” will walk among the Mormons and teach them truth and they will also kill him. What has been shall be!

The Servant will minister among the Mormons for a short season with mighty miracles and wonders and he shall expose the evils among them and in the greater society at large. After he is killed, just as with Jesus, he will rise again the third day, and then the remainder of the story of the Great and Marvelous Work will unfold in the most tumultuous three years the world has ever known. This is all told in scripture in dramatic detail. The Great and Marvelous Work is recorded in numerous books of scripture; all of which agree in granular detail regarding the elements of this story we call The Isaiah Story. This blog is dedicated to telling the Isaiah Story so those with eyes to see and ears to hear will know with a certainty what is coming. (i.e. 2Nep 25:7-8) The speculation we’ve all learned regarding the end of days is just that; speculation. But the Isaiah Story gives us the facts to know exactly how these things will unfold. Once we understood the details of Isaiah’s Story, it fell out of scripture everywhere.

Active Mormons who trust in “the brethren” will have a very difficult time believing these things, because they are discouraged from searching the mysteries in scripture, and encouraged to look to the brethren for their guidance, even when the scriptures themselves command readers to search out the mysteries. Our hope is that the light and truth of the scriptures will resound in the hearts of the righteous souls planted among the souls of no light, and they will awaken and arise to the truth. We hope these things take root in your souls.

Israel and Utah Comparison

2 Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. 3 ¶And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it. (Zech 12:2-3)

2 For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. (Zech 14:2)

37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! 38 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. 39 For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord. (Matt 23:37-39)

17 Awake, awake, stand up, O Jerusalem, which hast drunk at the hand of the Lord the cup of his fury; thou hast drunken the dregs of the cup of trembling, and wrung them out. (Isa 51:17)

1 Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city: for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean. 2 Shake thyself from the dust; arise, and sit down, O Jerusalem: loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion. 3 For thus saith the Lord, Ye have sold yourselves for nought; and ye shall be redeemed without money. 4 For thus saith the Lord God, My people went down aforetime into Egypt to sojourn there; and the Assyrian oppressed them without cause. (Isaiah 52:1-4)

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