Chap 22 – Compare Isaiah 12
Men and women will praise God in the millennial reign. Jehovah means “the Self-existent One” or “The Eternal.” This chapter depicts great joy and rejoicing in Christ’s Second Coming. All will proclaim:
Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid; for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also has become my salvation. / Therefore, with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.” (2-3)
This is an example of Hebrew repetitive poetry (which I find beautiful). God gives us salvation; we can trust Him and not be afraid. He strengthens us and is our song (music adds beautiful emotion to life). Joy is the natural result of trusting in God.
What can I do to prepare myself to live with the Savior when He comes again to reign on the earth?
Chap 23 – Compare Isaiah 13
Verse 1 talks about “the burden of Babylon, which Isaiah…did see.” The prophets carry a mighty burden for what they know. Knowledge brings responsibility. Where more is given, more is required.
The Lord gathers His elect, lifting up a banner to call those who will have Him be their God, “for mine anger is not upon them that rejoice in my highness.” (3)
In verse 4, God begins to gather His forces for the mighty battle “to destroy the whole land.” (5) This shall be a day when “every man’s heart shall melt.” The end of the wicked is foretold.
Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate; and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.”2 Nephi 23:9
This is the fall of the great and abominable church…and just as Nephi foretold, great shall be the fall of it.
And I will punish the world for evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay down the haughtiness of the terrible.”2 Nephi 23:11
We all have our free agency, but we don’t have control of consequences. Evil brings punishment, just as this verse declares. The evil and wicked will receive their punishment in the end. The proud and mighty will be humbled and will have to acknowledge the hand of God…and that they were wrong in this life.
Verses 13-18 go into gruesome detail about the destruction. Not a pretty picture. Just reading this chapter should make men never want to sin and turn against their Maker.
And Babylon [symbolic of the wicked world], the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldees’ excellency, shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.”2 Nephi 23:19
But to those that choose Him, God gives them rest.
I will be merciful unto my people, but the wicked shall perish.”2 Nephi 23:22
Chap 24 – Compare Isaiah 14
And it shall come to pass in that day that the Lord shall give thee rest, from thy sorrow, and from thy fear, and from the hard bondage wherein thou wast made to serve.”2 Nephi 24:3
When we submit our wills to the Father, He gives us rest. Here are three things He specifically tells us we can rest from:
- Sorrow. He comforts us in our grief and takes away our sorrows, that they don’t embitter and rule us.
- Fear. Fear can immobilize and keep a person from fulfilling his destiny. I know when fear guides me, I hold back and don’t do things I might have otherwise. God gives us courage to step out of our comfort zone.
- Hard bondage. Sin binds us and keeps us from happiness. God can take our burdens and make our load light, so we are energized and happy again.
God promises that the whole earth will rest after the wicked are cleansed from it and prepared for Christ to come and reign.
Hell from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming; it stirreth up the dead for thee, even all the chief ones of the earth; it has raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations.”2 Nephi 24:9
Lucifer will fall forever because of his pride and enmity towards God. “But thou art cast out of thy grave like an abominable branch…” (19)
But again, He promises rest to His people…and the earth.
The whole earth is at rest, and is quiet; they break forth into singing.”2 Nephi 24:7
Quiet time to reflect and ponder is vital to our spiritual health. Make time for God in our lives now. The rest He promises can be immediate when we repent and seek His will, not ours.