2 Nephi 23

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This chapter compares to Isaiah 13.

Isaiah’s “burden” in this chapter (verse 1) is a burden of a message.  It is the prophecy that he carries to the people.  It is the message he delivers to the people from the Lord.  This burden-message is notice that judgment has been declared, and the consequences are in process of unfolding.  It is like the judge reading out the sentence at the end of a trial, excepting that the Lord is always inviting us to repentance – that’s why He sends the messenger, the prophet, instead of just carrying out the sentence right away.  He always – because He has promised to do so – He always sends a prophet to warn us before judgment comes.

This is Isaiah being doing his prophet-ness, giving the final warning to the people.

And it is gruesome.

It reminds me of the second to the last paragraph of the Family Proclamation, in which the Prophet and Apostles declare:


We warn that individuals who violate covenants of chastity, who abuse spouse or offspring, or who fail to fulfill family responsibilities will one day stand accountable before God. Further, we warn that the disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets.


That is a “burden”.

That is a burden-message which says, if you don’t repent, it’s gonna get ugly.

And we are seeing already, how as “the world” escalates, so do the consequences or “calamities”.  This is why we have a Prophet who warns us, waiting for us to repent and return to being at-one with our Heavenly Father as made possible by the atonement.

Verse 2 is powerful.  A “banner” was a standard or symbol of the King.  The “high mountain” is the Temple.  So we have the standard (symbols and tokens and laws) being lifted in the Temple, raised up and acknowledged.   Then a voice that exalts unto them and shakes their hand, so “that they may go into the gates of the nobles”.

This is a gathering of His people,  a gathering of His house.

And there will be a great noise, a “noise of the multitude in the mountains”, as His people are gathered and celebrating and rejoicing.

But those who are not His covenant people will be warned, are being warned now.  The consequences, calamities, and disasters promised for the latter-days are happening now.  It has already started.  “Howl ye, for the day of the Lord is at hand” (verse 6).

The Lord’s people need not be afraid.

But those who are not His covenant people shall “be faint, every man’s heart shall melt” (verse 7).   “And they shall be afraid; pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them; they shall be amazed one at another; their faces shall be as flames” (verse 8).

These flames are the lightning-fires of Elijah.

This is the same lightning-fire that will “destroy the sinners therefore out of ” the earth (verse 9).

This is the same lightning-fire that will happen when the worlds are moved back to their places (verse 13).

Isaiah then goes on to describe not only the destruction and scattering that will come when Assyria takes over, but also the horrific scene of Babylon taking over (verse 16-19).

Yet to those who repent, He will be merciful (verse 22).

It’s a promise.

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I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 2009. I serve as a Chaplain, and work as a counselor. I got bilateral cochlear implants in 2010, but will always love sign language. I choose books over television, and organics over processed. Nothing is as close to flying as ballroom dancing - except maybe running, when in the solo mood. I would rather be outside than anywhere else, especially at the river riding my bike or kayaking. PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy, and currently doing a post-doc in Jewish Studies and an MDiv in Pastoral Counseling. The best thing about Emily World is that it's always an adventure, even if (not so) grammatically precise. The only thing better than writing is being married to a writer. Nathan Christensen and I were married in the Oklahoma City temple on 13 October 2012, and have since fostered more than eighty-five children. We have adopted the six who stayed, and are totally and completely and helplessly in love with our family. Nathan writes musical theater, including "Broadcast" (a musical history of the radio) and an adaption of Lois Lowry's "The Giver". He served his mission in South Korea, has taught song-writing in New York City public schools, and worked as a theater critic for a Tucson newspaper. This is not an official Web site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


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