Minor prophet, major destruction

Jesus prophesied the violent destruction of the United States when He taught the Nephites.  He did so by quoting from (what we call) the 5th chapter of The Book of Micah.*

In 3 Nephi 21 He explains that the Gentiles would be “set up as a free people by the power of the Father” for the purpose of bringing forth the Book of Mormon unto the Lamanite remnant.  He then describes the destruction that awaits us if we don’t repent:

14 Yea, wo be unto the Gentiles except they repent; for it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Father, that I will cut off thy horses out of the midst of thee, and I will destroy thy chariots;

Do “horses” represent means of transportation?  Do chariots represent the mechanisms of war?

15 And I will cut off the cities of thy land, and throw down all thy strongholds;

What would it look like to have the cities of the United States “cut off”? What would happen if large metropolitan areas lost access to the means of transportation (think semi-trucks) that restock their food supplies on a daily basis?

16 And I will cut off witchcrafts out of thy land, and thou shalt have no more soothsayers;

From the Wikipedia entry on Biblical Witchcraft:

The King James Bible uses the words “witch”, “witchcraft”, and “witchcrafts” to translate the Masoretic כשף (kashaph or kesheph) and קסם (qesem);[48] these same English terms are used to translate φαρμακεια (pharmakeia) in the Greek New Testament text. Verses such as Deuteronomy 18:11–12 and Exodus 22:18 (“Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live”) thus provided scriptural justification for Christian witch hunters in the early Modern Age (see Christian views on witchcraft).

The precise meaning of the Hebrew kashaph, usually translated as “witch” or “sorceress”, is uncertain. In the Septuagint, it was translated as pharmakeia or pharmakous. In the 16th century, Reginald Scott, a prominent critic of the witch-trials, translated kashaph, pharmakeia, and their Latin Vulgate equivalent veneficos as all meaning “poisoner”, and on this basis, claimed that “witch” was an incorrect translation and poisoners were intended.[49] His theory still holds some currency, but is not widely accepted, and in Daniel 2:2 kashaph is listed alongside other magic practitioners who could interpret dreams: magicians, astrologers, and Chaldeans. Suggested derivations of Kashaph include mutterer (from a single root) or herb user (as a compound word formed from the roots kash, meaning “herb”, and hapaleh, meaning “using”). The Greek pharmakeia literally means “herbalist” or one who uses or administers drugs, but it was used virtually synonymously with mageia and goeteia as a term for a sorcerer.[50]

 

I had a conversation with my mother-in-law in which she described the effect that the anti-depressant Prozac had on her emotionally.  She explained that the drug effectively cut out the troughs or low points in what might be described as the emotional roller coaster of life.  But she explained that it also took away the periods of elation and inspiration that she would feel from time to time before she started taking the drug.  During the Savior’s mortal ministry we note the presence of evil spirits and their ability to negatively influence both spiritual/emotional and physical aspects of well being.  It is my theory that such drugs (i.e. anti-depressants) can, in effect, act as spiritual insulators to isolate a person from both positive and negative spiritual influences.  This becomes particularly dangerous if such substances make it difficult to feel the influence of the Holy Ghost.  I think latter-day dependence on such drugs may be a significant part of the Lord’s condemnation of the Gentiles for their “witchcrafts.”

 

18 And I will pluck up thy groves out of the midst of thee; so will I destroy thy cities.

21 And I will execute vengeance and fury upon them, even as upon the heathen, such as they have not heard.

These verses make me wonder what other relevant (i.e. latter-day) prophesies are hidden in the words of the “minor” Old Testament prophets.

Two quotes from Elder Orson Pratt (apostle) align with Jesus’ prophecy of Gentile destruction:

“Well then, to return to the prophesying, when the time shall come that the Lord shall waste away this nation, he will give commandment to this people to return and possess their own inheritance which they purchased some forty-four years ago in the state of Missouri.” (Deseret Evening New, Vol. 8, No. 265, October 2, 1875, P.1)

“Now, there are a great many cities in the United States that will not be totally destroyed when the inhabitants are swept off the surface of the earth.  Their houses, their desolate cities will still remain unoccupied until Zion in her glory and strength shall enlarge the place of her tents, and stretch forth the curtains of her habitations.  That is the destiny of this nation, and the destiny of the Latter-day Saints.” (JD, 24:31-32, Oct. 26, 1879)

*Specifically, 3 Nephi 21:12-18 correspond directly to Micah 5:8-14

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