This chapter is a continuation of the last chapter where now the Lord explains in detail the meaning behind the Isaiah words He has just quoted.
1 And verily I say unto you, I give unto you a sign, that ye may know the time when these things shall be about to take place—that I shall gather in, from their long dispersion, my people, O house of Israel, and shall establish again among them my Zion [holy people and city];
2 And behold, this is the thing which I will give unto you for a sign—for verily I say unto you that when these things which I declare unto you, and which I shall declare unto you hereafter of myself, and by the power of the Holy Ghost which shall be given unto you of the Father, shall be made known unto the Gentiles that they may know concerning this people who are a remnant of the house of Jacob, and concerning this my people who shall be scattered by them; [When the Gentiles have the Book of Mormon which contains what I have given unto you (those here in Bountiful) the time is drawing near.]
3 Verily, verily, I say unto you, when these things shall be made known unto them of the Father, and shall come forth of the Father, from them unto you; [when the BofM is given back to your posterity as a witness]
4 For it is wisdom in the Father that they [the people of America] should be established in this land, and be set up as a free people [under the US Constitution] by the power of the Father, that these things might come forth from them unto a remnant of your seed, that the covenant of the Father may be fulfilled which he hath covenanted with his people, O house of Israel;
The religious freedom in America was a unique atmosphere which made the coming forth of the Book of Mormon ideal for bringing to pass the Lord’s work. Only in the United States has this land been established as a free nation.
5 Therefore, when these works and the works which shall be wrought among you hereafter shall come forth from the Gentiles, unto your seed which shall dwindle in unbelief because of iniquity; [The Indian nations have dwindled in unbelief, but the day will come when they shall receive the Book of Mormon and embrace it. It will be an event where many shall be converted in a single day.]
6 For thus it behooveth the Father that it should come forth from the Gentiles, that he may show forth his power unto the Gentiles, for this cause that the Gentiles, if they will not harden their hearts, that they may repent and come unto me and be baptized in my name and know of the true points of my doctrine, that they may be numbered among my people, O house of Israel; [There will be a remnant amongst the Church of the Gentiles that shall do this. They will follow the pure doctrine of Christ and be the means to bring the record forth to these Lamanite descendants. They will also assist in providing what is needed to begin the process of building the New Jerusalem.]
7 And when these things come to pass that thy seed shall begin to know these things—it shall be a sign unto them, that they may know that the work of the Father hath already commenced unto the fulfilling of the covenant which he hath made unto the people who are of the house of Israel. [This verse makes it clear that when these modern day Lamanites are converted it will coincide with the beginning of the gathering of Israel as was prophesied by Isaiah, the great day of the Lord as the judgments of God are brought forth to the earth.]
8 And when that day shall come, it shall come to pass that kings shall shut their mouths; for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider. [Without the permission of world leaders shall these gatherers go to the four corners of the earth seeking the Elect.]
9 For in that day, for my sake shall the Father work a work, which shall be a great and a marvelous work among them; and there shall be among them those who will not believe it, although a man shall declare it unto them. [Many will dismiss and be incredulous as people begin to share what they have seen and heard of these Servants of God who are gathering the righteous to safety.]
10 But behold, the life of my servant shall be in my hand; therefore they shall not hurt him, although he shall be marred because of them. Yet I will heal him, for I will show unto them that my wisdom is greater than the cunning of the devil. [Though they shall destroy his body, they shall not conquer, for I am God. These servants shall be translated in the body, which means they cannot be destroyed, though it may appear so. The crowing event will be when their bodies lie in the street of Jerusalem and the Lord raises them up (heals them) to the horror of their enemies.]
11 Therefore it shall come to pass that whosoever will not believe in my words, who am Jesus Christ, which the Father shall cause him to bring forth unto the Gentiles, and shall give unto him power that he shall bring them forth unto the Gentiles, (it shall be done even as Moses said) they shall be cut off from among my people who are of the covenant. [They shall be cut off from Zion.]
12 And my people who are a remnant of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles, yea, in the midst of them as a lion among the beasts [evil] of the forest, as a young lion among the flocks of sheep [without a shepherd], who, if he go through both treadeth down and teareth in pieces, and none can deliver. [These Lamanite warriors shall destroy all that attempt to challenge them.]
13 Their hand shall be lifted up upon their adversaries, and all their enemies shall be cut off. [destroyed and isolated]
14 Yea, wo be unto the Gentiles except they repent [come unto Me]; 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; [All means of transportation shall be halted or destroyed in this land.]
15 And I will cut off [destroy and isolate] the cities of thy land [America], and throw down all thy strongholds [defenses]; [The military will cease to function and there shall be no power grid or infrastructure to support these cities.]
16 And I will cut off witchcrafts out of thy land, and thou shalt have no more soothsayers; [The internet and news sources will be shut down.]
17 Thy graven images [man made devices]I will also cut off, and thy standing images [trusted people and places] out of the midst of thee, and thou shalt no more worship the works of thy hands; [Everything that society worships today shall be shut down, destroyed, and made useless.]
18 And I will pluck up thy groves [places of entertainment] out of the midst of thee; so will I destroy thy cities.
19 And it shall come to pass that all lyings, and deceivings, and envyings, and strifes, and priestcrafts, and whoredoms, shall be done away. [Various institutions, both government, religious, and cultural, shall be done away.]
20 For it shall come to pass, saith the Father, that at that day whosoever will not repent and come unto my Beloved Son, them will I cut off from among my people, O house of Israel;
21 And I will execute vengeance and fury upon them, even as upon the heathen, such as they have not heard. [They shall be smitten with great destruction and they shall live as the savages with no rules and laws, eating their own flesh and with no restrictions.]
22 But if they will repent and hearken unto my words, and harden not their hearts, I will establish my church among them, and they shall come in unto the covenant and be numbered among this the remnant of Jacob, unto whom I have given this land for their inheritance; [The Lord’s arms are open to receive them if they will only repent. There shall be groups of righteous Gentiles that will prepare the way for those to come.]
23 And they shall assist my people, the remnant of Jacob [the Lamanites], and also as many of the house of Israel as shall come [a remnant of the Ten Tribes], that they may build a city, which shall be called the New Jerusalem. [The Church of the Gentiles shall be relatively small in number compared to the others that shall build the New Jerusalem.]
24 And then shall they assist my people that they may be gathered in, who are scattered upon all the face of the land, in unto the New Jerusalem. [The Great Gathering of Israel]
25 And then shall the power of heaven come down among them; and I also will be in the midst. [A reference to the event where the Gatherers are given the sealing power and the instruction to go forth.]
26 And then shall the work of the Father commence at that day [beginning at that moment], even when this gospel shall be preached among the remnant of this people. [beginning with the Lamanite remnant] Verily I say unto you, at that day shall the work of the Father commence among all the dispersed of my people [all the Elect from the four corners of the earth], yea, even the tribes which have been lost, which the Father hath led away out of Jerusalem.
27 Yea, the work shall commence among all the dispersed of my people, with the Father to prepare the way whereby they may come unto me, that they may call on the Father in my name. [A way is prepared to bring the Gospel to all, no matter how remote a location, or unlikely a people. This will be a miraculous undertaking, not one of mortal means, for as written, all transportation will have ceased. The earth will be in commotion, but the servants of God will go forth like the “eagles” as they snatch up the people and bring them to Zion.]
28 Yea, and then shall the work commence, with the Father among all nations in preparing the way whereby his people may be gathered home to the land of their inheritance.
29 And they shall go out from all nations; and they shall not go out in haste [unprepared], nor go by flight [in a panic], for I will go before them, saith the Father, and I will be their rearward. [God will protect and oversee all.]