Isaiah 9 – The Bricks Have Fallen – 2 Nephi 19:1-21

1 Nevertheless [And so it is], the dimness [lack of understanding] shall not be such as was in her vexation [frustration], when at first he [Assyria] lightly afflicted the land of Zebulun, and the land of Naphtali [Northern parts of Israel], and afterwards did more grievously afflict by the way of the Red Sea beyond Jordan in Galilee of the nations. [From the Red Sea to the Northern Kingdom, at first the Assyrians were less in their affliction, and then they came upon the House of Israel with fury.]

2 The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light [a great understanding, knowledge]; they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death [Judah], upon them hath the light shined. [Blessed]

3 Thou [the Lord] hast multiplied the nation [Judah’s blessings], and increased the joy—they joy before thee according to the joy in harvest [after the work is accomplished], and as men rejoice when they divide the spoil. [Enjoy the blessings and freedom.]

4 For thou hast broken the yoke of his burden [you have broken the hand of your opponent (Salvation)], and the staff of his shoulder [the laws of his delegates (overcome sin)], the rod of his oppressor. [the power of his army (Satan)]

5 For every battle of the warrior is with confused noise [without purpose], and garments rolled in blood [many die]; but this shall be with burning and fuel of fire. [bodies burned, this is what occurred when the 185,000 Assyrians were killed by the Angel of God. (fate of those who follow Satan)] 

6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government [Kingdom of God, Eternal Life] shall be upon his shoulder; and his name shall be called, Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. [Jesus Christ]

Verse six is explaining the blessings of verse two.

7 Of the increase of government [His Kingdom] and peace there is no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth, even forever. The zeal [determination] of the Lord of Hosts will perform [establish] this.

8 The Lord sent his word [command] unto Jacob and it hath lighted upon Israel. [Covenant is passed to the House of Israel.]

9 And all the people shall know, even Ephraim and the inhabitants of Samaria [those who rebelled] , that say in the pride and stoutness of heart:

10 The bricks are fallen down [great countries are no longer], but we will build with hewn stones [but we will build them stronger]; the sycamores are cut down [the covenant of God is no longer], but we will change them into cedars. [change them into laws that suit us.]

Such views are embodied in today’s political climate in America and many parts of the world. I have particular noticed this cultural shift since 9/11. Similar philosophies occurred amongst the Northern Tribes and apostate Jews after their destruction by the Assyrians. Overall, this is the philosophy of Satan, to replace God with his own dominion.

11 Therefore the Lord shall set up the adversaries of Rezin against him [allow their enemies to conspire against them], and join his enemies together [alliance];

12 The Syrians before and the Philistines behind; and they shall devour Israel with open mouth. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still. [The judgment of God is upon them.]

13 For the people turneth not unto him that smiteth them [They do not seek God’s protection.], neither do they seek the Lord of Hosts.

14 Therefore will the Lord cut off from Israel head and tail, branch and rush in one day. [The Lord will cut off their leaders, generals, and couriers in one day.]

15 The ancient, he is the head [A son of perdition, Satan]; and the prophet that teacheth lies, he is the tail. [False prophet, aligned with Satan]

16 For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed. [Kingdom of the Beast]

17 Therefore the Lord shall have no joy in their young men, neither shall have mercy on their fatherless and widows; for everyone of them is a hypocrite and an evildoer, and every mouth speaketh folly [untruthfully]. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.

When we read a “stretched out arm,” it implies God gathering or protecting His people. When we read “hand is outstretched,” it implies keeping at a distance, or allowing the judgments to come upon them.

18 For wickedness burneth as the fire [starts small and grows quickly]; it shall devour the briers and thorns [the wicked and evildoers are consumed with darkness], and shall kindle in the thickets of the forests [shall launch from hidden places], and they shall mount up like the lifting up of smoke. [They grow is size and show signs of great destruction.]

I used to think “mount up like the lifting up of smoke” was a description of a mushroom cloud; however, today I see this as more broad in its application.

19 Through the wrath of the Lord of Hosts is the land darkened, and the people shall be as the fuel of the fire [The Spirit of the Lord is completely gone.]; no man shall spare his brother. [no man has empathy for another]

20 And he shall snatch on the right hand and be hungry [steal from one another]; and he shall eat on the left hand [go to another place] and they shall not be satisfied; they shall eat every man the flesh of his own arm— [resort to cannibalism]

21 Manasseh, Ephraim; and Ephraim, Manasseh [will fight each other]; they together shall be against Judah [the Jews]. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still. [And the judgements of God will be made manifest]

All of Isaiah’s writings are so interesting in that they prophesy of what will come upon the House of Israel during his time, and also what will befall us during our time. Few scriptures have a dual prophetic role like Isaiah. For this reason Nephi specifically included them in his record. As you read this chapter allow the Spirit to speak to you regarding how this applies toward what will occur in America and Israel in the last days.

This chapter is very dark, but the coming Isaiah chapters focus on the great blessings.

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11 Responses to Isaiah 9 – The Bricks Have Fallen – 2 Nephi 19:1-21

  1. thompsonruth says:

    In v.15 it stirs my mind to think that Satan will mimic everything Christ does. Like Satan will have an end time “Davidic-type” Servant. I wonder if Satan’s followers believe that Satan is the true Messiah. I used to think that they were just fighting against God to stop Jesus. But sometimes I wonder if they truly believe that Satan is the Savior of mankind.

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  2. He absolutely will mimic Christ’s return. The Kingdom of the Beast is already preparing for this. The armies of Armageddon will see themselves as Christ’s soldiers as they fall upon Israel.

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  3. Mike Ross says:

    a dark chapter indeed.

    Vs 16 “this people” refers to people led by false prophets into apostasy? Or is it referring to fallen Israel? Islam, Catholicism? or maybe even a future (present?) state of Ephraim? LDS? Or do we go back to Nephi’s description of how there are only two churches, 1. Church of the Lamb of God or 2. Church of the devil/ whore of all the earth.

    I ask because vs 2 describes a people, and I assume it’s the people of God who even dwell in hardship “In the land of the shadow of death” who finally come out of that darkness being blessed to see a great light (acknowledge and follow the Lord probably by covenant). Then in vs 8 Jacob receives “his word/light” which is the Lord, I believe. But then

    Vs 17 “every one of them is a hypocrite and an evil doer…”

    Vs 19 “no man shall spare his brother” and other parts of this chapter… wickedness prevails (burns as a fire), the land darkens (people turn from the light?)…

    Where is Zion or the followers of Jesus in all this? Is this suggesting even Zion fails or stumbles for a time?

    Does it make more sense to read this chapter as moving back and forth in time skipping to different parts of history of the people of God?

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  4. I know it appears that I am translating everything, but I am not. I’m trying to give the spiritually sensitive reader a head start. Follow your personal revelation and the Spirit will guide you. The coming chapters explain where the righteous will be as this scenario play out.

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  5. Mike Ross says:

    I SO need to learn to ask better questions! Thanks for the helpful comment.

    I know that the book of Mormon was written for me and my loved ones and those who read it and come to Christ. I believe Nephi included these chapters because they foretell of an apostasy of huge proportions among those who hold the book of Mormon dear. Covenant, Apathy, Apostasy, Warning, Tribulation, Desolation, and hopefully redemption if you made it that far. I know how brutal the Assyrian army was 2700 years ago. Just awful.

    2 Nephi 20:22 is hopeful about a few that should prevail

    ” for though thy people Israel be as the sands of the sea, yet a remnant of them shall return, the consumption decreed shall overflow with righeousness” and then an encouragement to not fear the Assyrians.

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  6. Karla says:

    This is a reminder of where we are right now as a nation, and as a people of God. Things will get very dark in this nation for a season, but just like in 3Nephi 8 when the people cried, and suffered in the dark after the destruction the Light will come back even brighter, like in 3Nephi13 those same people that were howling, and morning the loss of many they got to see the Lord and be blessed greatly.

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  7. P B says:

    Is it bad to hope for the tribulation and desolate to come so that I can finally have Babylon ripped away from me? I just don’t seem to be willing to sacrifice my favorite telestial hobbies and fleshly delights to be able to seek the Lord with ALL my heart, might, mind and strength! It’s unfortunate that the world may need to be forcefully taken from me before I will be truly broken, humble, contrite, and childlike before the Lord. Alas, this may be how it must go for me (and apparently the great majority of us) before I receive the Holy Ghost fully like those of 3 Nephi 17.

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  8. Mike Ross says:

    PR- sorry so long, post part of it or none, but maybe it will help this person.

    PB wrote: “I just don’t seem to be willing to sacrifice my favorite telestial hobbies and fleshly delights to be able to seek the Lord with ALL my heart, might, mind and strength”

    Please pardon my intruding unsolicited comment. It’s just that I have been there. One of the most amazing things that has ever happened to me was when I finally came to that place in my life where I realized I can not do “this” (come out of the world, come unto Christ, Love Him more than all “These Things”) at all by myself. I still do not understand it all the way but I knew I was tired of my shallow life enough that my desire to do everything I could do (which was not much) was there. I was afflicted with vices and Babylon was thoroughly steeped into my daily life in all areas. I had tried several times to break free on my own with no success. I always slipped back down into my lowly Telestial station. So this is my story (briefly): I asked Him to show me how to develop real intent. I told Him I would do everything He directed me to do. I knew somehow that I meant it…. which was surprising. I just knew. First thing He directed was to pray. I had not prayed in years. I began to pray. Then scriptures and conference talks. I had not done that in years either. I complied. This time I felt a pinpoint of light burst through my darkness (not suggesting you are in darkness at all PB, but I certainly was!). I felt the tiniest smallest pin prick beacon of light break through my shadowy world and rest upon me. I felt hope! Something so beautiful happened. I felt the Savior’s love pierce my heart. It was warm and rested right behind my solar plexus (breastbone) and settle there. It felt like when you see a smile from your very best friend celebrating/ encouraging your grand accomplishment. I hadn’t done much but yet I felt like I had done everything all at once. I felt His wonderful patience. There was so much compassion and beautiful patience and so much kindness and goodness. I wept openly that first time I felt it and many times over as I kept going. It had been years. How did I forget this. More prayer happened later that day and the same feeling came over me. I was overwhelmed with gratitude. And this was how I came out of the world. Through prayer and study I was lead to deeper and deeper levels of meekness where in a matter of weeks I was willing to submit to anything He directed me to do. I did not want to jeopardize losing that connection with Jesus. At that time I was introduced to people, websites, books, podcasts and as I continued, I felt a surge of confidence that if I continued I would be free of all my vices, doubts and fears. In another week or so, I knew I was free. To wrap this up, I was prompted to give up tv, radio, talk radio, R rated movies, fashion, sports watching, worldly music, and other things and replace that with more refined celestial equivalents. I did it gladly because every step was punctuated with that glorious celestial love and light. That was 3 years ago almost. It was easy to do because of Him. Basically, for about 14 months straight I was bathed in His wonderful light and love almost every day until I was brought sufficiently into His light to where I could stand on my own feet. You can do this. He will lead you. It is worth every sacrifice. God bless you!

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  9. thompsonruth says:

    To PB ~ I find the Lord doesn’t often require us to give everything up all at once. It’s generally line upon line… Here a little and there a little. (That’s not to say it doesn’t hurt every time you give up something).

    My unsolicited advice would be to go in prayer to the Lord and ask, “what lack I yet?” And then do the one thing He asks you to do. And once you’ve given that up, go back and ask again, “what lack I yet?”. Until you find you have been a rough stone rolling and He finally invites you into His presence.

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  10. P B says:

    Thank you Mike Ross and thomsonruth. That is what I needed to hear. I need to let go of the fear of what might happen, or what I NEED to do, and just submit and trust in him and believe that his love is complete and pure. I crave to be back within his loving embrace. 20 years ago I felt and experienced what you, Mike, describe. I too was lost and had given up caring about God and didn’t care/believe that he existed. I was in darkness, willing to do any sin that might come my way. Then one day, in the most unworthy of circumstances, I called out to Jesus for mercy – with sincerity… And boy did he respond! To make a long story short… My life was cleaned up instantly and the level of the Spirit and love of God I was feeling, the discernment I had, the holiness I felt was greater than anything I ever thought was possible, and it was clear to me that no one around me understood what I was experiencing. I knew something miraculous was given to being given to me, but I didn’t understand it (kind of like when the Lamanites were baptized with fire, but didn’t know it)… Within a few months, I had my mission call. Then, with time, and despite my zealousness to be the best, most obedient, hardest working missionary I could be, these feelings faded… After my mission, this turned into laziness and half-heartedness with my church/spiritual responsibilities… Over the past few years, I’ve woken up to my awful situation, and our awful shared situtation (if you know what I mean…) but have yet to be born again – again…. But it is my greatest desire! I need to turn to the Lord fully! Thank you!

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  11. Mike Ross says:

    PB- that is fantastic! One thing I know is that He is always ready when we are and He knows exactly what we are going through and is 100% capable of leading us through it triumphantly if we will meekly submit to the process of receiving Him and the revelation He has for us. Go bless you PB 😀

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