Isaiah 51, 52:1-2 – The Servants – 2 Nephi 8:1-25

1 Hearken unto me [Listen carefully], ye that follow after righteousness. Look unto the rock from whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit from whence ye are digged. [from the source from where you were created]

2 Look unto Abraham, your father, and unto Sarah, she that bare you; for I called him alone, and blessed him. [made covenants with him]

3 For the Lord shall comfort [come to] Zion, he will comfort all her waste places [restore all her ruined places]; and he will make her wilderness like Eden [a place close to God], and her desert like the garden [temple] of the Lord. Joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving and the voice of melody [song].

4 Hearken unto me, my people; and give ear unto me [hear the spirit of my words], O my nation; for a law shall proceed from me, and I will make my judgment to rest for a light [standard] for the people.

5 My righteousness [perfect plan] is near; my salvation is gone forth, and mine arm [power] shall judge the people. The isles [branches of Israel] shall wait upon me [seek my blessing], and on mine arm shall they trust.

6 Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look upon the earth beneath; for the heavens shall vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall wax old like a garment; and they that dwell therein shall die in like manner. But my salvation shall be forever, and my righteousness shall not be abolished. [at the Lord’s coming]

7 Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness [my ways], the people in whose heart I have written my law, fear ye not the reproach [rude words] of men, neither be ye afraid of their revilings [accusations].

8 For the moth shall eat them up [they shall go away] like a garment, and the worm shall eat them like wool. But my righteousness shall be forever, and my salvation from generation to generation.

9 Awake, awake! Put on strength, O arm of the Lord [those who bear the power of the Lord]; awake as in the ancient days [days of Enoch]. Art thou not he that hath cut Rahab [overcame the world], and wounded the dragon [defeated Satan]? 

10 Art thou not he who hath dried the sea, the waters of the great deep; that hath made the depths of the sea a way for the ransomed [God’s people] to pass over?

9 Awake, awake! Put on strength, those who will bear the power of the Lord; awake as in the days of Enoch. Are you not the one who overcame pride and the world to defeat Satan? [A call to the 144,000]

10 Are you not the ones who has dried the sea, the waters of the great deep; that has made the depths of the sea a way for God’s people to pass over? [This has been done by 4th estate in the past (Enoch, Moses) and will be done by the Lord’s servants in the future.]

11 Therefore, the redeemed of the Lord shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy and holiness shall be upon their heads; and they shall obtain gladness and joy; sorrow and mourning shall flee away. [gathering of Zion]

12 I am he; yea, I am he that comforteth you. Behold, who art thou, that thou shouldst be afraid of man [Why should you be afraid of men?], who shall die, and of the son of man, who shall be made like unto grass [shall be resurrected]?

13 And forgettest the Lord thy maker, that hath stretched forth the heavens, and laid the foundations of the earth, and [and still you] hast feared continually every day, because of the fury of the oppressor, as if he were ready to destroy? And where is the fury of the oppressor?

14 The captive exile hasteneth [those in spirit prison await the day], that he may be loosed, and that he should not die in the pit [be damned], nor that his bread should fail [his eternal blessing be withheld].

15 But I am the Lord thy God, whose waves roared [whose power is mighty]; the Lord of Hosts is my name.

16 And I have put my words in thy mouth [given you my laws], and have covered thee in the shadow of mine hand [watched over you], that I may plant the heavens and lay the foundations of the earth, and say unto Zion: Behold, thou art my people. [the purpose of this earth, to save the seed of Adam, the House of Israel]

17 Awake, awake, stand up, O Jerusalem, which hast drunk at the hand of the Lord the cup of his fury—thou hast drunken the dregs of the cup of trembling wrung out [you have experienced a great tribulation]

18 And none to guide her among all the sons she hath brought forth [None other kingdoms have come to your defense.]; neither that taketh her by the hand, of all the sons she hath brought up [of all kingdoms that have been].

19 These two sons [Two servants (prophets)] are come unto thee, who shall be sorry for thee—thy desolation and destruction, and the famine and the sword—and by whom shall I comfort thee ? [And by them shall I not be with thee?]

20 Thy sons have fainted, save these two; they lie at the head of all the streets; as a wild bull in a net, they are [shall bring] full of the fury of the Lord, the rebuke of thy God. [refer to Revelation 11]

21 Therefore hear now this, thou afflicted, and drunken, and not with wine:

22 Thus saith thy Lord, the Lord and thy God pleadeth the cause of his people; behold, I have taken out of thine hand the cup of trembling [cursing], the dregs of the cup [tribulation] of my fury; thou shalt no more drink [experience] it again.

23 But I will put it into the hand of them that afflict thee; who have said to thy soul: Bow down, that we may go over [harm you]—and thou hast laid thy body as the ground and as the street to them that went over. [And your bodies laid on the ground in the street and people shall walk over them.]

24 Awake, awake, put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city; for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised [those who are not of God] and the unclean.

25 Shake thyself from the dust; arise, sit down, O Jerusalem; loose thyself from the bands of thy neck [oppression], O captive daughter of Zion. [captive people of Zion who have departed from my ways]

This is a direct prophecy of Isaiah regarding the two Servants that were spoken by John in Revelation 11, who will fight against the oppressors of Israel in the coming battle of Armageddon. These men will include the Davidic Servant, and the Lamanite Prophet. Both will be destroyed in the streets of Jerusalem by an explosive weapon. The enemies will celebrate for three days followed by the two prophets miraculous resurrection.

These scriptures also refer to those who will assist them, the 144k who must still awaken to their calling and election. The words of Isaiah included in the Book of Mormon are there for these servants, to call them out of their slumber.

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6 Responses to Isaiah 51, 52:1-2 – The Servants – 2 Nephi 8:1-25

  1. Myrsmakeup says:

    I cannot stop thinking about a certain prophet who is not known by a large part of the church. The Lord gave me a name and I ran with it and now I am hearing him being spoken of more by church leaders. Had I not felt impressed to “know” him, I’m not sure I would have looked outside the standard works to an apocryphal source referenced by Joseph Smith. My testimony of HIM grows stronger by the day!

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  2. Star Scream says:

    Are the 144K spread out throughout the world on different continents or are they only found mostly in or near the United States? To make my question more direct, are there servants in Africa?


  3. I believe they are spread out, including Africa. There may be higher numbers from certain areas, I do not know.

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  4. Thank you for your insights into Isaiah. Over the last few years Isaiah has come alive for me thanks to yourself and other writers who have helped me understand the symbolism or key words.

    You have another post called “Definitions Of Words In Isaiah” found here: It seems that those key words are specific to other chapters in Isaiah. You have added to that list in this post and other recent posts. Will you be updating the “Definitions” page with the insights in these recent posts? It would be a great reference tool to have all key words with insights in one location for personal study and to take to the Lord. [I probably will. (PR)]

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  5. Do you have a response to the comment by “Myrsmakeup” about a “certain prophet”? Do you know who is being referenced? [I’m not sure who she is referring to. (PR)]


  6. Myrsmakeup says:

    I need to be cautious in my wording at times. Sorry for any confusion. I was referring to Enoch. He is truly a remarkable spiritual leader that I have learned so much about recently.

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