“.. break down the walls of mine enemies;
throw down their tower,
and scatter their watchmen”
Perhaps one of the most compelling evidences that the army of Israel in the parable of the redemption of Zion is the same army mentioned in Micah, that treads down the gentiles, is demonstrated by the keywords “Throw down“.
Notice how it is used in the Micah prophecy:
“Yea, wo be unto the Gentiles except they repent; for it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Father, that I will cut off thy horses out of the midst of thee, and I will destroy thy chariots;
15 And I will cut off the cities of thy land, and throw down all thy strongholds” (3 nephi 21:14-15 see also Micah 5:12)
Compare the same keywords and similar contextual use thereof, in the parable of the redemption of Zion as contained in section 101
“And the lord of the vineyard said unto one of his servants: Go and gather together the residue of my servants, and take all the strength of mine house, which are my warriors, my young men, and they that are of middle age also among all my servants, who are the strength of mine house, save those only whom I have appointed to tarry;
56 And go ye straightway unto the land of my vineyard, and redeem my vineyard; for it is mine; I have bought it with money.
57 Therefore, get ye straightway unto my land; break down the walls of mine enemies; throw down their tower, and scatter their watchmen.” (D&C 101:55-57)
In a follow up to the parable in section 101, the Lord made the following declaration in section 103 which reiterates the use of the keywords:
“Behold, I have commanded my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., to say unto the strength of my house, even my warriors, my young men, and middle-aged, to gather together for the redemption of my people, and throw down the towers ( strong holds) of mine enemies, and scatter their watchmen;
But the strength of mine house have not hearkened unto my words. But inasmuch as there are those who have hearkened unto my words, I have prepared a blessing and an endowment for them, if they continue faithful. I have heard their prayers, and will accept their offering; and it is expedient in me that they should be brought thus far for a trial of their faith.”
As you can see from the above passages, the servant of the vineyard, Joseph Smith was commanded to gather the “strength of God’s house” which is another term for the Army of Israel that has returned to their former POWER, to “throw down” the towers (strongholds) of the enemy.
That is what Christ is speaking of in 3rd Nephi as he incorporates a prophecy from the 5th chapter of Micah.
Interestingly, Christ merges the prophecy in Micah with the prophecy in Isaiah 52, demonstrating that it is when God’s Marred Servant returns to gather Israel, that the army of Israel goes forth to tread down the wicked Gentile Nation.
The Army of Israel is a Family Affair
In part one of this series, we observed that when Christ expounded on the prophecy of Micah, he referenced the prophecy three times, apparently identifying separate and distinct remnants of God’s people that are gathered and incorporated into the “army of Israel” that goes forth destroying the unrepentant gentiles from off of the face of the earth. The three distinct terms he used to reference branches of the family of Israel are as follows:
- The “house of Israel” (The righteous Saints of the LDS restoration)
- The “House of Jacab” (The literal return of the righteous Nephites)
- The “Remnant of Jacab” (Lamanites)
It is apparent that the “House of Jacob” in chapter 20 is referring to the righteous Nephites that Christ is visiting because he is telling them directly that “ye shall be among them as a lion among the beasts of the forest“. He is informing them that they will be returned to the earth to participate in the fulfilling of the Abrahamic land covenant. Conversely, he speaks of ” my people, O house of Israel..” and “My people who are a remnant of Jacob.. “, respectively, in His first and third declarations about the Micah prophecy found in chapters 16 & 21.
Furthermore, the term “remnant of Jacob“used in chapter 21, is defined as the Lamanites in section 109:65-66:
“And cause that the remnants of Jacob, who have been cursed and smitten because of their transgression, be converted from their wild and savage condition to the fulness of the everlasting gospel; That they may lay down their weapons of bloodshed, and cease their rebellions.”
Lastly, the “House of Israel” mentioned by Christ in chapter 16, is clearly referring to the “army of Israel” that is mentioned in section 105. However the term used in 105, could be referring exclusively to the repentant of the LDS restoration movement and their descendents, or it could have a broader meaning which also includes the other two groups designated by Christ in chapters 20 and 21. My guess is that the term “Army of Israel” refers cumulatively to all of the repentant branches of Israel that return and are gathered together to cleanse this land of the unrepentant.
Isaiah 10 offers a prophetic narrative that mirrors some of the narrative in the prophecy in Micah. It refers to the “remnant of Israel“, and the “escaped of the House of Jacob” and the “remnant of Jacob“.
Again, one could interpret the terms to be interchangeable or referring to separate and distinct branches of the Lords people. I am inclined to believe that his usage in these verses, just like the differing terms in Christ’s references to the prophecy of Micah, are being specific.
America will be Invaded by a host of foreign Nations
From my personal study, adding context, from other related prophetic passages, it appears to me that during this time of upheaval, a secret combination of traitors within the US government coordinates a military invasion of America from an external army that is assembled from many foreign nations.
While the invading army is approaching, God’s people are gathering or have gathered to the designated place where the city Zion is to be built. During this time of “consumption” upon the hypocritical nation, the gathering of the elect “overflows with righteousness“.
To borrow a phrase from Masonry, “Out of chaos comes order.”
The Zion of God will emerge during a time of crisis, although a silent, unpretentious preparatory gathering may precede the emergence of Zion in power.
A Latter day Pharaoh and a Latter day Moses
Some of the wording in this most interesting prophecy makes it sound as if there is going to be a latter day showdown that is typological to the one that took place anciently when Mosses was extracting the children of Israel from the bondage of Pharaoh.
The Lord assures and encourages his people: “..be not afraid of the Assyrian “. “.. he shall smite thee with a rod, and shall lift up his staff against thee, after the manner of Egypt” things will work out! “ his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed”
” because of the anointing.”
The anointing is what makes Israels deliverance possible.
What is the anointing?
More on that later.
Here are a few passages from Isaiah 10 which I believe is referring to the same prophetic time spoken of in 3rd Nephi 20-21 and Micah:
“And it shall come to pass in that day, that the remnant of Israel, and such as are escaped of the house of Jacob, shall no more again stay upon him that smote them; but shall stay upon the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, in truth.
21 The remnant shall return, even the remnant of Jacob, unto the mighty God.
22 For though thy people Israel be as the sand of the sea, yet a remnant of them shall return: the consumption decreed shall overflow with righteousness.
23 For the Lord GOD of hosts shall make a consumption, even determined, in the midst of all the land.
24 ¶ Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD of hosts, O my people that dwellest in Zion, be not afraid of the Assyrian: he shall smite thee with a rod, and shall lift up his staff against thee, after the manner of Egypt.
25 For yet a very little while, and the indignation shall cease, and mine anger in their destruction.
26 And the LORD of hosts shall stir up a scourge for him according to the slaughter of Midian at the rock of Oreb: and as his rod was upon the sea, so shall he lift it up after the manner of Egypt.
27 And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.”
Interestingly, section 109, which identifies the believing gentiles of the restored church as the “sons of Jacob“, pleads with the Lord to take the yoke from off their neck. Notice the similar wording between the ancient prophecy in Isaiah and the following text from modern revelation:
“Therefore we plead before thee for a full and complete deliverance from under this yoke;
33 Break it off, O Lord; break it off from the necks of thy servants, by thy power, that we may rise up in the midst of this generation and do thy work.”
The plea to take the yoke of bondage off of the necks of Gods latter day servants is followed with the petition for the anointing, that Gods servants had received in the Kirtland temple, just a few months previously, to be “sealed” upon them during the solemn assembly which was scheduled to take place a few days later:
“Let the anointing of thy ministers be sealed upon them with power from on high.
36 Let it be fulfilled upon them, as upon those on the day of Pentecost; let the gift of tongues be poured out upon thy people, even cloven tongues as of fire, and the interpretation thereof.”
As you can see, the mysterious anointing that makes possible the ignition of the marvelous work in the 3rd watch, took place in the Kirtland temple and it is acknowledged in ancient scripture. These related passages from modern revelation provide incredible interpretive keys to understanding the ancient prophecies in Isaiah.
In previous posts I have suggested that one of the keys to understanding ancient prophecy, is to understand modern prophecy, and the key to understanding modern prophecy is contained in D&C 1:37-38:
“Search these commandments, for they are true and faithful, and the prophecies and promises which are in them shall all be fulfilled.
38 What I the Lord have spoken, I have spoken, and I excuse not myself; and though the heavens and the earth pass away, my word shall not pass away, but shall all be fulfilled, whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same.
39 For behold, and lo, the Lord is God, and the Spirit beareth record, and the record is true, and the truth abideth forever and ever. Amen.”
I Have accepted the challenge given above.
I have searched the commandments given in the Book of commandments and the Doctrine and Covenants.
I have studied and searched the unconditional prophecies and promises contained in modern revelation.
I have gained for myself, the faith to believe God’s unconditional promises and prophecies to us.
I invite you to take God at his word. Take the unconditional promises given in modern revelation literally and at face value and they will open up the meaning of the ancient prophecies!
According to the promise of God: EVERY SINGLE UNCONDITIONAL PROPHECY CONTAINED IN THE TRUE REVELATIONS BROUGHT FORTH BY JOSEPH SMITH WILL COME TO PASS EXACTLY THE WAY GOD SAYS THEY WILL, EVEN IF IT REQUIRES BRINGING PEOPLE BACK FROM THE DEAD..
Joseph Smith is the Marred Servant in Isaiah 52
As I have searched the scriptures in the Doctrine and Covenants and used keyword word-crunching technology to connect them with ancient scripture, I have come to the conclusion that Joseph Smith is the Marred Servant mentioned in Isaiah 52 who is given the mandate to gather Israel.I have provided countless proofs of this from ancient and modern revelation, prophecies and visions given during the LDS restoration movement, and from patriarchal blessings given to Joseph Smith. It boggles my mind that believing Latter day Saints reject the supposition that Joseph Smith is going to return to finish his ministry.
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More on that later.
I have also come to the conclusion that Joseph’s first ministry during the 2nd watch was a “dry run” and a feeble attempt at what will ultimately come to pass in the 3rd watch. (although secret things took place at that time that secretly laid the foundation for the Marvelous Work to come forth at the appointed time)
Let me reiterate.
Many of the early historical events in the LDS restoration movement represent vague, shadow, non-literal types of ancient prophecies. In many instances, they are unsuccessful attempts at fulfilling prophecies that will ultimately take place in the final generation. It is, nevertheless, beneficial to study church history and to take the events very seriously, because we can learn from them.
The Solemn Assembly in the Kirtland Temple is a great example of an unsuccessful dry run.
We will review that historic event and others in part three.
Keep watching 😉