When the words of Isaiah are fulfilled, only then will it make sense. Given the choices church leaders have made recently, Isaiah’s words fit like a perfect piece of the puzzle, where the church is the antagonist, not the hero. For someone looking for help understanding Isaiah, I was recently introduced to a great website.
The thing about prophecy is that only when it’s fulfilled, does anyone really understand it. When the words of Isaiah are fulfilled, only then will it make sense. The best we can do is to prepare by studying prophecy, in prayer, seeking the heavens to prepare you for what comes ahead. That is the foundation of FAITH. Faith pays-off when the prophecy is fulfilled, and you are found in association with those who have been preserved by God. Until the prophecy is fulfilled, you are required to exercise your faith, gaining more and more knowledge of God, so that you can endure to the end of your faith. Given the choices church leaders have made recently, Isaiah’s words fit like a perfect piece of the puzzle, but the church is the antagonist, not the hero.
The first chapter in Isaiah points to a people who were given a covenant, but have not kept their end of the bargain; which is precisely what is happening in the church toady. They have spent the widow’s mite to build extravagant shopping malls, high rise apartment buildings and hotels, massive land purchases, and commercial properties, and extensive renovations, while the poor continue to grow in numbers. Isaiah identifies the choice of our leaders as “the whole head is sick.” The sickness infiltrates and corrupts the whole body, and leaves it with wounds, bruises, sores that haven’t been cared for and have become infected and diseased:
“3. The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master’s crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider.
4. Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evil doers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the Lord, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward.
5. ¶Why should ye be stricken any more? ye will revolt more and more: the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint.
6. From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment.”
According to Isaiah, the church in our day will be the antagonist. And what do you know, Nephi says it too in 2 Nephi 28. He’s referring to the church when he describes the people who are at ease in Zion. But we keep teaching the members that we are the hero’s, rather than the antagonist.
If you want to prepare for the upcoming year, in advance, to find yourself preserved in the ark, I have discovered a website that can help. It doesn’t remove the necessity for you to work it out in your heart and your mind, but it does help to understand the language Isaiah uses. The website is http://www.isaiahexplained.com. It still took me two and a half hours to get through the first chapter, side by side with the commentary, but well worth the time investment, if you ask me.
Conclusion: Beware, the person who runs this website was excommunicated at one point, but has been re-baptized and is in good standing with the church. If that matters to you, you will be left to figure it out on your own. Good luck. However, if you are able to discern the voice of the Lord testifying of truth, you might want to try your hand at this. I can discern the voice of the Lord, so this year I will be studying his works side by side with the Old Testament’s Isaiah, to see what I can glean from this author.
So, …GET TO WORK!
Hau’oli Makahiki Hou