History, 1838–1856, volume E-1 [1 July 1843–30 April 1844]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​September 10​> thrown down, and the foundation thereof plowed up that not one stone was left upon another. Christ said that Jerusalem should be trodden down of the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled, which has been the case to the very letter, until the present generation. [HC 6:25] Will not God in like manner as truly and faithfully bring to pass those great, important, and tremendous events upon the heads of the Gentile world, which have been proclaimed by the prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, and many other Holy Prophets; also by Christ and the Apostles on the Continent of Asia, as well as by Lehi, Nephi, Alma, Moroni, and others on this Continent?; all of whom have proclaimed these things as they were moved upon by the Spirit of inspiration, the power of God, and the gift of the Holy Ghost?
The Apostle says, that ‘no prophecy of the scriptures is of any private interpretation, and the commandments came not of olden time by the will of man, but holy men of God spake as they were moved upon by the Holy Ghost’. Isaiah’s soul seemed to be on fire, and his mind wrapt in the visions of the Almighty, while he declared, in the name of the Lord, that it should come to pass in the last days that God should set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, assemble the outcasts of Israel, gather together the dispersed of Judah, destroy the Tongue of the Egyptian sea and make men go over dry shod, gather them to Jerusalem on horses, mules, swift beasts, and in chariots, and rebuild Jerusalem upon her own heaps; while at the same time the destroyer of the Gentiles will be on his way; and while God was turning the captivity of Israel, he would put all their curses and afflictions upon the heads of the gentiles, their enemies, who had not sought to recover but to destroy them, and had trodden them underfoot from generation to generation. At the same time the standard should be lifted up, that the honest in heart, the meek of the earth, among the Gentiles should seek unto it; and that Zion should be redeemed, and be built up a Holy City, that the glory and power of God should rest upon her, and be seen upon her; that the watchman upon Mount Ephraim might cry ‘arise ye and let us go up unto Zion, the city of the Lord our God;’ that the gentiles might come to her light, and kings to the brightness of her rising; that the Saints of God may have a place to flee to, and stand in holy places while judgment works in the earth; that when the sword of God that is bathed in heaven falls upon Idumea or the world— when the Lord pleads with all flesh by sword and by fire, and the slain of the Lord are many— the Saints may escape these calamities by fleeing to the places of refuge like Lot and Noah.
Isaiah in his 24 ch. gives something of an account of the calamities and judgments, which shall come upon the heads of the gentile nations, and this because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinances, and broken the everlasting covenant— The Apostle Paul says to his Roman brethren, that if the Gentiles do not continue in the [HC 6:26] goodness of God, they, like the house of Israel should be cut off. Though Babylon says, ‘I sit as a queen and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow,’ the Revelator says, ‘therefore shall [p. 1729]
September 10 thrown down, and the foundation thereof plowed up that not one stone was left upon another. Christ said that Jerusalem should be trodden down of the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled, which has been the case to the very letter, until the present generation. [HC 6:25] Will not God in like manner as truly and faithfully bring to pass those great, important, and tremendous events upon the heads of the Gentile world, which have been proclaimed by the prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, and many other Holy Prophets; also by Christ and the Apostles on the Continent of Asia, as well as by Lehi, Nephi, Alma, Moroni, and others on this Continent?; all of whom have proclaimed these things as they were moved upon by the Spirit of inspiration, the power of God, and the gift of the Holy Ghost?
The Apostle says, that ‘no prophecy of the scriptures is of any private interpretation, and the commandments came not of olden time by the will of man, but holy men of God spake as they were moved upon by the Holy Ghost’. Isaiah’s soul seemed to be on fire, and his mind wrapt in the visions of the Almighty, while he declared, in the name of the Lord, that it should come to pass in the last days that God should set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, assemble the outcasts of Israel, gather together the dispersed of Judah, destroy the Tongue of the Egyptian sea and make men go over dry shod, gather them to Jerusalem on horses, mules, swift beasts, and in chariots, and rebuild Jerusalem upon her own heaps; while at the same time the destroyer of the Gentiles will be on his way; and while God was turning the captivity of Israel, he would put all their curses and afflictions upon the heads of the gentiles, their enemies, who had not sought to recover but to destroy them, and had trodden them underfoot from generation to generation. At the same time the standard should be lifted up, that the honest in heart, the meek of the earth, among the Gentiles should seek unto it; and that Zion should be redeemed, and be built up a Holy City, that the glory and power of God should rest upon her, and be seen upon her; that the watchman upon Mount Ephraim might cry ‘arise ye and let us go up unto Zion, the city of the Lord our God;’ that the gentiles might come to her light, and kings to the brightness of her rising; that the Saints of God may have a place to flee to, and stand in holy places while judgment works in the earth; that when the sword of God that is bathed in heaven falls upon Idumea or the world— when the Lord pleads with all flesh by sword and by fire, and the slain of the Lord are many— the Saints may escape these calamities by fleeing to the places of refuge like Lot and Noah.
Isaiah in his 24 ch. gives something of an account of the calamities and judgments, which shall come upon the heads of the gentile nations, and this because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinances, and broken the everlasting covenant— The Apostle Paul says to his Roman brethren, that if the Gentiles do not continue in the [HC 6:26] goodness of God, they, like the house of Israel should be cut off. Though Babylon says, ‘I sit as a queen and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow,’ the Revelator says, ‘therefore shall [p. 1729]
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