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- IX -
Isaiah

One Week of Studies
  1. Recite 2 Nephi 9:28-29.
    Read 2 Nephi 12.
    • Isaiah tells about our days and the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Can you tell which verses talk about our days and which verses talk about the Second Coming?
    • Verse 2: What is this "mountain"? See footnote 2b. What is the Lordís house? Perhaps this particular scripture is talking about the temple in Salt Lake.


  2. Recite Moroni 7:16-17.
    Read 2 Nephi 13.
    • Isaiah wrote this before the Jews were scattered and persecuted. This chapter explains the things that the Jews were doing that brought upon them their scattering and persecutions. We need to be careful not to duplicate their sins, or else we may be in danger of receiving punishments.
    • Verse 5: This is about children who talk back or are rude to their parents or other adults. This used to be unheard of, but seems so common today. This is a wicked practice. Are we ready to be destroyed?
    • Verses 16-26: Could some of these things be referring to styles in our days?


  3. Recite 2 Nephi 2:25.
    Read 2 Nephi 14.
    • These are conditions during the Millennium.


  4. Recite 2 Nephi 2:27.
    Read 2 Nephi 15:1-17.
    • Verses 1-7: Whatís all this talk about vineyards and grapes? To find out what the vineyards and grapes represent, read verse seven. The wild grapes are oppression and a cry. What could have been done to avoid the destruction? Remember that this applies to us as well.
    • Verse 10: The land will not produce much.
    • Verse 11: This is about alcoholics.
    • Verse 12: Too much loud music and partying, they canít feel the spirit.


  5. Recite 9:28-29.
    Read 2 Nephi 15:18-30.
    • Here are four more pronouncements of wo. These are the punishments that will come upon the wicked.
    • Verse 18: They fall to iniquity because they are vain, meaning that they would rather look good than actually be good. Their sins are a heavy burden.
    • Verse 19: Since these people are wicked, they are unable to feel the Spirit of the Lord and recognize His work. They want to see some big sign or miracle before they will believe the Lord is near. Unfortunately, when someone is seeking for a sign, they often get one in the form of a punishment.
    • Verse 20: You probably know of people who call evil good and good evil.
    • Verse 21: This is about people who make up their own version of wisdom, which is contrary to true wisdom, or the Lordís way. A good example of this is the people who think it is wise to live together before they marry.
    • Verse 23: This is about people who do bad things to accomplish something good. Robin Hood did this. He thought it was good to steal from the rich to give to the poor. Can you think of any real-life examples?
    • Verse 24: It sounds like these people will lose their posterity (stubble produces no fruit, and chaff is what is left over after the fruit is taken away) and their ancestors (root). Without any link to their family, they cannot have Eternal Life.
    • Verse 26: An ensign is a flag, banner, or emblem. Two days after Brigham Young arrived in Salt Lake Valley, he and some of the apostles climbed a bluff overlooking the valley. From this peak, Brigham Young prophesied that this is the place that would fulfill the prophecy of this verse. He said that all nations of the world would be welcome in this place and that here the saints would enjoy prosperity and peace. This has already come to pass, with people from all over the world who have settled in that valley. Also perhaps both Isaiah and Brigham Young saw the 2002 Olympics there.
    • Verse 27: People are coming at all hours of the night.
    • Verses 28 & 29: These verses describe what he saw. Many people think he was describing planes and trains. What do you think?


  6. Recite 2 Nephi 2:25.
    Read 2 Nephi 16.
    • Verse 1: A bride wears a train. Itís the part of her dress that drags on the floor behind her. The Lordís large train is symbolic of his great power.
    • Verse 2: Seraphim are the angels that attend the Lord. Their wings are symbolic for their power and the fact that they can fly.
    • Verses 5-7: Isaiah is forgiven of his sins.
    • Verse 9: The people are not converted.
    • Verse 13: This is referring to the Jews returning to Israel. This has been happening for over 60 years now.



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