Part Two --The Words of Isaiah to Those of the Last Day
Words below in italics are comments and notations of this Examiner.
Isaiah Chapter 2
2 And it shall come to pass in the last days, when the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills, and all nations shall flow unto it.
The LDS Church emphatically proclaims Salt Lake City and the temple they built there in the late 1800's fulfills this very verse.
3 And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths; for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
4 And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plow-shares, and their spears into pruning-hooks—nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
Isaiah is clearly delineating "the last days" in this verse.
5 O house of Jacob, come ye and let us walk in the light of the Lord; yea, come, for ye have all gone astray, every one to his wicked ways.
What! gone astray?
6 Therefore, O Lord, thou hast forsaken thy people, the house of Jacob, because they be replenished from the east, and hearken unto soothsayers like the Philistines, and they please themselves in the children of strangers.
After settling in the Salt Lake Valley, the "saints" kept coming by droves in their covered wagons and handcarts, "from the east." Western US was not developed yet.
This next passage comes from the Book of Mormon—2nd Nephi:
1 And now, behold, my brethren, I have spoken unto you, according as the Spirit hath constrained me; wherefore, I know that they must surely come to pass.
2 And the things which shall be written out of the book shall be of great worth unto the children of men, and especially unto our seed, which is a remnant of the house of Israel.
3 For it shall come to pass in that day that the churches which are built up, and not unto the Lord, when the one shall say unto the other: Behold, I, I am the Lord’s; and the others shall say: I, I am the Lord’s; and thus shall every one say that hath built up churches, and not unto the Lord—
4 And they shall contend one with another; and their priests shall contend one with another, and they shall teach with their learning, and deny the Holy Ghost, which giveth utterance.
5 And they deny the power of God, the Holy One of Israel; and they say unto the people: Hearken unto us, and hear ye our precept; for behold there is no God today, for the Lord and the Redeemer hath done his work, and he hath given his power unto men;
LDS assert this verse refers to 'other churches' not themselves. However, it is the LDS who teach that "God has given his power the males of the church (the "priesthood of Melchizedek"); God has revealed his ordinances and doctrine -- he has done his work and has given his "priesthood" unto us."
8 And there shall also be many which shall say: Eat, drink, and be merry; nevertheless, fear God—he will justify in committing a little sin; yea, lie a little, take the advantage of one because of his words, dig a pit for thy neighbor; there is no harm in this; and do all these things, for tomorrow we die; and if it so be that we are guilty, God will beat us with a few stripes, and at last we shall be saved in the kingdom of God.
9 Yea, and there shall be many which shall teach after this manner, false and vain and foolish doctrines, and shall be puffed up in their hearts, and shall seek deep to hide their counsels from the Lord; and their works shall be in the dark.
10 And the blood of the saints shall cry from the ground against them.
Thousands of Latter Day Saints came from the east making the long arduous trek to the Rocky Mountains' Zion having lost children due to the elements, attacks from the Indians and from disease. Perhaps it is the very "blood of the saints" which is crying out to those who frivolously and unappreciatively live on this land today, from which they had sacrificed so much.
11 Yea, they have all gone out of the way; they have become corrupted.
12 Because of pride, and because of false teachers, and false doctrine, their churches have become corrupted, and their churches are lifted up; because of pride they are puffed up.
The LDS teach this is referring to 'other' churches. However, there really isn't much more prideful heart than one who claims they are the one and only true church--the chosen favored of God. This is what caused such hatred toward the Jewish peoples in the first place.
13 They rob the poor because of their fine sanctuaries; they rob the poor because of their fine clothing; and they persecute the meek and the poor in heart, because in their pride they are puffed up.
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.
This verse is key wherein a people are spoken of as having "gone astray." One has to be 'not' astray to have "gone astray". The LDS, as are many Christians, surely taught by the precepts of men rather than the original injunction "if any man lack wisdom, let him ask of God."
18 But behold, that great and abominable church, the whore of all the earth, must tumble to the earth, and great must be the fall thereof.
Apostle Bruce McConkie taught this abominable church alluded to the Catholic Church. Regardless, the next few versus surely implies the LDS culture -- those who sing "all is well, all is well" almost every Sabbath meeting.
21 And others will he pacify, and lull them away into carnal security, that they will say: All is well in Zion; yea, Zion prospereth, all is well—and thus the devil cheateth their souls, and leadeth them away carefully down to hell.
24 Therefore, wo be unto him that is at ease in Zion!
25 Wo be unto him that crieth: All is well!
It is recorded in the Book of Mormon that the righteous in ancient America often "went astray" even after one generation because of their prosperity. In Utah, the LDS saints have had many prosperous generations since those early days of persecution. How much more prosperous and "at ease" could life be than the last 100 years of life -- anywhere in America!
26 Yea, wo be unto him that hearkeneth unto the precepts of men, and denieth the power of God, and the gift of the Holy Ghost!
Again, Mormonism was literally founded upon the words Joseph Smith was inspired by, from James 5:1 "if any man lack wisdom, let him ask of God who gives to all men liberally ... and it shall be given him." However, since the turn of the 20th century, church members were taught "when in doubt, turn to your priesthood leaders and if they are wrong the sin be upon their heads but you will be blessed for following their counsel."
29 Wo be unto him that shall say: We have received the word of God, and we need no more of the word of God, for we have enough!
Not only does Christianity say "we have a bible and we need no more, but present day LDS say the same -- "we have our "standard works" (scripture) and we need no more." Church leaders do not any longer teach of the coming of the 2/3rds of the gold plates founder Joseph Smith once spoke of and as was promised to come in the Book of Mormon.
30 For behold, thus saith the Lord God: I will give unto the children of men line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little; and blessed are those who hearken unto my precepts, and lend an ear unto my counsel, for they shall learn wisdom; for unto him that receiveth I will give more; and from them that shall say, We have enough, from them shall be taken away even that which they have.
Again, the LDS leaders pride themselves as being taught "line upon line." However, note in the further versus below, Isaiah points out those are scathing words at they who claim to have been taught “line upon line, precept upon precept” … those “of Ephraim” at the last days, and those who teach of “wine and strong drink” … this is very strong language indicating the LDS culture.
Isaiah Chapter 28 [again, words in italics are this Examiners notations]
1 Woe to the crown of pride, to the drunkards of Ephraim, whose glorious beauty is a fading flower, which are on the head of the fat valleys of them that are overcome with wine!
Isaiah later says not wine -- meaning strong drink, but drunkenness of pride causing them to error in vision and stumble in judgment. Again, only the LDS in these last days refer to themselves as "of Ephraim."
2 Behold, the Lord hath a mighty and strong one, which as a tempest of hail and a destroying storm, as a flood of mighty waters overflowing, shall cast down to the earth with the hand.
See D&C 85 where Smith prophesied of “the one mighty and strong” who would be sent to “set in order the house of God, while that man called of God and appointed shall be smitten like a tree smitten by a vivid shaft of lightning." If the house of God is 'in order' why would one need be sent to “set it in order?” And, who is the one "called of God and appointed" who shall be brought down?
3 The crown of pride, the drunkards of Ephraim, shall be trodden under feet:
4 And the glorious beauty, which is on the head of the fat valley, shall be a fading flower, and as the hasty fruit before the summer; which when he that looketh upon it seeth, while it is yet in his hand he eateth it up.
The valley of the great Salt Lake, can surely be considered fat with prosperity. But who/what does "trodden them under feet?" Isaiah goes on to say "truth shall cut them like a two edged sword."
7 But they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink are out of the way; the priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink, they are swallowed up of wine, they are out of the way through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in judgment.
Does any religion more fervently teaches against wine and strong drink than do the Mormons? "Priest and Prophet have erred?"
9 Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.
Perhaps Isaiah is saying “only those who are weaned from the clutches of the church” can (or will) understand his words.
10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:
Every child in the LDS culture is taught that God teaches “line upon line, precept upon precept” but Isaiah words are not favorable to such...
11 For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.
Perhaps the “one mighty and strong?” Perhaps the Urantia revelation itself is that "another tongue" (another word from on high).
12 To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.
LDS member and leaders alike refuse to understand Isaiah. There is no teaching in the LDS curriculum regarding Isaiah’s “most important to those at the last day” words. Isaiah goes on to say "their ears are fat and their eyes are heavy so they cannot see and hear."
13 But the word of the Lord was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.
WHAT! They would be "broken, snared and taken?"
14 Wherefore hear the word of the Lord, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem.
The LDS Church claim the valley of Salt Lake City as the new Jerusalem—the new land of Zion as evidenced on the "This Is The Place" monument in SLC.
15 Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:
It is a very delicate and secret subject – the LDS faithful, inside of their holy temple sanctuaries (such as the SLC Temple), do make an agreement with Satan with a solemn covenant raising their arm to the square and then showing detailed forms of self execution of death if they default – that they would seal themselves to him if they ‘ever default or disclose’ the secret “oath and covenant” they made in the temple of God. Could this be what Isaiah is referring to as “your covenant with death” and “with hell are we at agreement?”
17 Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place.
One hopes that doesn’t mean the great Salt Lake’s waters will rise to flood SLC, but this Examiner is disclosed to believe the “living water” which Jesus spoke of, which will “overflow” their “hiding place.” The Urantia Book, which LDS refuse to accept, is an accounting of the full life of Jesus as well as a disclosure of "all things from the beginning and to the end of time." It is rejected by the LDS but surely fits that “greater record to come” spoken of in the book of 2nd Nephi, and, fits the description of what founder Joseph Smith taught regarding the “sealed portion of the plates" that would some day be unsealed and contain "all things from the beginning and to the end thereof."
18 And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it.
Perhaps this statement is saying 'when the "greater truth" comes, which you shall reject, it will sweep over you – and since you really didn't know better, but were overcome by the persuasions of men, I, God, will “dis-annul” your covenant with death and hell.'