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Scripture-Study List: Isaiah Forsees the Last Days
The Old-Testament prophet Isaiah foresaw the last days. He prophesied of the great apostasy, when the prophets and seers would be “covered.” After the apostasy, he also foresaw the coming forth of the Book of Mormon, a book that would be delivered to the unlearned boy-prophet Joseph because the intellectuals of the day would be too influenced by the “precept of man.” Isaiah prophesied that through Joseph a marvellous work and a wonder would be brought forth, the restoration of Christ’s ancient Church. Through that restoration and its associated missionary work, many have been brought to the light of the gospel. The meek and the poor rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.
Isaiah 29:10-14, 18-19:
- For the LORD hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep, and hath closed your eyes: the prophets and your rulers, the seers hath he covered.
- And the vision of all is become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I cannot; for it is sealed:
- And the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I am not learned.
- Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:
- Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid.
- And in that day shall the deaf hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity, and out of darkness.
- The meek also shall increase their joy in the LORD, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.