The 87th section of the Doctrine and Covenants is an important prophecy because it predicted the American Civil War almost 30 years before it happened. It was received in 1832, and the War began in 1861.
1 Verily, thus saith the Lord concerning the wars that will shortly come to pass, beginning at the rebellion of South Carolina, which will eventually terminate in the death and misery of many souls;
3 For behold, the Southern States shall be divided against the Northern States, and the Southern States will call on other nations, even the nation of Great Britain, as it is called, and they shall also call upon other nations, in order to defend themselves against other nations; and then war shall be poured out upon all nations.
I was concerned about the last phrase, because I didn’t remember many other nations being involved. The wikipedia entry reads as follows:
” The American Revolutionary War (1775–1783) or the American War of Independence, or simply the Revolutionary War, began as a war between the Kingdom of Great Britain and thirteen British colonies in North America, and ended in a global war between several European great powers…France, Spain and the Dutch Republic all secretly provided supplies, ammunition and weapons to the revolutionaries starting early in 1776.”
Section 87 gets very interesting in verse 4 because it appears to not have happened yet. I believe it has reference to the Chinese (and others), who due to currency manipulations that center around the sale of crude oil being denominated in American dollars (which created a disproportionately strong U.S. dollar), have been working for slave-like wages for the last 30 years to supply us with most of the goods that surround us in the United States. I believe that we in the United States have been, albeit unwittingly, their undeserved financial masters. The resultant animosity will be part of the justification behind their invasion of our country in the future. The Chinese army is the largest in the world (2.3 million on active duty vs. 1.6 million in the U.S.), and their collective manufacturing ability to support a war machine is unrivaled. With that as a possible context, consider the following verses:
It seems that verse 5 aludes to the Lamanite remnant referred to in 3 Nephi 16 that would scatter the Gentiles (particularly those in the United States) due to latter-day wickedness. Specifically:
15 But if they will not turn unto me, and hearken unto my voice, I will suffer them, yea, I will suffer my people, O house of Israel, that they shall go through among them [the Gentiles], and shall tread them down, and they shall be as salt that hath lost its savor, which is thenceforth good for nothing but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of my people, O house of Israel.
So after the Chinese (et al) have finished playing the role of the Assyrian punishing ancient Israel for their backsliding (see Isaiah), and the Lamanite remnants trample us under feet, and scatter us as a young lion amongst lambs, we have this to look forward to (going back to D&C 87):
6 And thus, with the sword and by bloodshed the inhabitants of the earth shall mourn; and with famine, and plague, and earthquake, and the thunder of heaven, and the fierce and vivid lightning also, shall the inhabitants of the earth be made to feel the wrath, and indignation, and chastening hand of an Almighty God, until the consumption decreed hath made a full end of all nations;