Jerusalem fell. The Jaredite nation fell. The Nephite nation fell. Each nation was warned about pride, idolatry, idleness and more time and time again since the day Moses led Jacob out of Egypt. He took Israel out of Egypt, but he couldn’t take Egypt out of Israel. Soon after they crossed the Red Sea and Moses left them for a moment, his people began the building of a graven image to worship–a golden calf.
With the blessing of each nation came prosperity. With that prosperity came pride and thereafter their fall. After the Nephite nation fell, the Lamanite nation dwindled in unbelief, bringing us to our day in the gentile nation–America. The last prophet of the Book of Mormon warned us that we will follow in their footsteps and suffer the same fate as they suffered. He revealed to us in great detail how their government had been corrupted and how their entire civilization had been destroyed from within so that we could avoid the same pitfalls.
23 Wherefore, O ye Gentiles, it is wisdom in God that these things should be shown unto you, that thereby ye may repent of your sins, and suffer not that these murderous combinations shall get above you, which are built up to get power and gain—and the work, yea, even the work of destruction come upon you, yea, even the sword of the justice of the Eternal God shall fall upon you, to your overthrow and destruction if ye shall suffer these things to be.
24 Wherefore, the Lord commandeth you, when ye shall see these things come among you that ye shall awake to a sense of your awful situation, because of this secret combination which shall be among you; or wo be unto it, because of the blood of them who have been slain; for they cry from the dust for vengeance upon it, and also upon those who built it up.
35 Behold, I speak unto you as if ye were present, and yet ye are not. But behold, Jesus Christ hath shown you unto me, and I know your doing.
36 And I know that ye do walk in the pride of your hearts; and there are none save a few only who do not lift themselves up in the pride of their hearts, unto the wearing of very fine apparel, unto envying, and strifes, and malice, and persecutions, and all manner of iniquities; and your churches, yea, even every one, have become polluted because of the pride of your hearts.
Clearly none of us are exempt, especially not those in the Lord’s own house:
23 Verily, verily, I say unto you, darkness covereth the earth, and gross darkness the minds of the people, and all flesh has become corrupt before my face.
24 Behold, vengeance cometh speedily upon the inhabitants of the earth, a day of wrath, a day of burning, a day of desolation, of weeping, of mourning, and of lamentation; and as a whirlwind it shall come upon all the face of the earth, saith the Lord.
25 And upon my house shall it begin, and from my house shall it go forth, saith the Lord;
By the time Samuel the Lamanite, a stranger, even a foreigner, had come to warn the “sleeping” Nephites, the likes of Amalickiah, Kishkumen and Gadianton had quietly usurped power at every level of government. Where is our modern day Samuel the Lamanite to warn us? Or have we already been warned time and time again, but we are too caught up in worldly things, like the ancient Israelites were of their world? Are we too busy worshiping our own golden calves to notice that modern day Kishkumens and Gadiantons have take control of every level of our own government for the sole purpose of getting gain?
By now only few have awakened enough to see the pattern of history repeating itself. The Nephites undoing was their own pride and rejection of their Savior and heavenly protector. It is ironic that the Lord gives us exactly what we want. When people decide they don’t need God in their lives anymore, they follow their own wisdom and understanding. This is their greatest folly. So as a nation we are left to our own devices, straying further and further from Him. And when those in the Lord’s own house take lightly the very road map that tells us where all the roadblocks and dead ends are, they receive the greater condemnation for it.
We live in a generation of depravity, social disintegration and worse. It has gotten to the point where our own children don’t have much of a chance OR a choice in life as abortions range in the countless millions. This has become our culture. How much longer before that day of wrath and of burning are upon us? A child could see the writing on the wall. America will be cleansed as will the world.
Have we missed our modern day Samuel the Lamanite? Our Jeremiah? Our Abinadi? Or have they been with us all along? Joseph Smith and John Taylor are two examples:
26 And in that day shall be heard of wars and rumors of wars, and the whole earth shall be in commotion, and men’s hearts shall failthem, and they shall say that Christ delayeth his coming until the end of the earth.
27 And the love of men shall wax cold, and iniquity shall abound.
31 And there shall be men standing in that generation, that shall not pass until they shall see an overflowing scourge; for a desolating sickness shall cover the land.
John Taylor, the third LDS president and prophet, received the following vision concerning the “overflowing scourge,” which becomes a “desolating sickness”:
The first thing that I recognized was that I was in the tabernacle of Ogden, Utah…I arose to speak and said that I didn’t know that I had anything especially to say, except to bear my testimony of the Latter-day work, when all at once it seemed as if I was lifted out of myself and I said, “Yes, I have something to say and that is this: Some of my brethren have been asking, “What is becoming of us? What is the wind blowing?” I will answer you right here what is coming very shortly.”
I was then in a dream, immediately in the city of Salt Lake, and wandering around in the streets and in all parts of the city, and on the doors of the houses I found badges of mourning and I could not find a house but was in mourning…
It seemed strange to me that I saw no person in the streets in all my wandering around the country. I seemed to be in their houses with the sick, but saw no funeral procession, nor anything of the kind, but the city looking still and as though the people were praying. And it seemed that they had controlled the disease, but what the disease was I did not learn; it was not made known to me. I then looked over the country, north, east, south, and west, and the same mourning was in every land and in every place…
The next thing I knew I was just this side of Omaha. It seemed though I was above the earth, and looking down upon it. As I passed along upon my way east I saw the road full of people, mostly women, with just what they could carry in bundles on their backs, traveling to the mountains on foot. I wondered how they would get through with such a small pack on their backs…
I continued east by the way of Omaha and Council Bluffs, which were full of disease. There were women everywhere. The state of Illinois and Missouri were in a tumult, men killing one another, women joining the fighting, family against family in the most horrid manner…I was in Washington and I found desolation there. The White House was empty and the Halls of Congress the same, and everything in ruins. The people seemed to have left the city and left it to take care of itself.
I was in Baltimore. In the square where the Monument of 1812 stands in front of the Charles Hotel. I saw dead piled up so as to fill the street square. I saw mothers cutting the throats of their own children for their blood. I saw them suck it from their throats to quench their own thirst and then lie down and die. The water of Chesapeake Bay was stagnant, and the stench arising from it on account of their throwing their bodies into it so terrible, that the very smell carried death with it. I saw no man except they were dead or dying in the streets and very few women. Those I saw were crazy and in an ugly condition. Everywhere I went I beheld the same sights all over the city; it was terrible beyond description to look upon.
I thought this must be the end; but no, I was seemingly in an instant in the city of Philadelphia. There everything was still. No living soul was there to greet me. It seemed the whole city was without any inhabitants. In the south of Chestnut Street and in fact everywhere I went, the putrefaction of the dead caused such a stench that it was impossible for any living thing to breathe, nor did I see any living thing in the city.
Next I found myself in Broadway, in the city of New York, and there it seemed the people had done the best they could to overcome the disease, but in wandering down Broadway I saw the bodies of beautiful women lying, some dead and others in a dying condition, on the sidewalks. I saw men come out of cellars and ravish the persons of some that were yet alive and then kill them and rob their bodies of all the valuables they had upon them. Then before they could get back to the cellar they would roll over a time or two and die in agony. In some of the back streets I saw them kill some of their own offspring and eat their raw flesh, and in a few minutes die themselves. Everywhere I went I saw the same scene of horror and destruction and death and rapine.
No carriages, buggies, or cars were running; but death and destruction were everywhere. Then I saw fire start and just at that moment a mighty East wind sprang up and carried the flames over the city and it burned until there was not a single building left standing there, even down to the waters edge. Wharves and shipping all seemed to burn and follow in common destruction where the “great city” was a short time ago. The stench from the bodies that were burning was so great that it was carried a long distance cross the Hudson Bay and carried death and destruction wherever it penetrated. I cannot paint in words the horror that seemed to compass me about; it was beyond description of man.
I supposed this was the end; but it was not. I was given to understand the same horror was being enacted all over the country, east, west, north, and south. Few were left alive, still there were some. Immediately after I seemed to be standing on the left bank of the Missouri River, opposite e the City of Independence, but there was no city. I saw the whole state of Missouri and Illinois and all of Iowa, a complete desert with no living being there…
This overflowing scourge begins among the Latter-day Saints who “profess” to know the Lord, yet blaspheme. These are the they who partake of the sacrament unworthily, attend the temple unworthily, etc. thus profaning what is holy. It will then spread throughout the nation from coast to coast. I find it interesting that an East wind brings a terrible fire after this scourge leaves the land barren. In ancient times, the East wind brought plagues such as locusts and also famines. I suspect that the great fire in this vision results from the East wind bringing nuclear destruction. We will reap the chaff in the whirlwind what we have sown, as Abinadi prophecied would happen to King Noah. This brings to mind some of Isaiah’s writings, although directed at Jerusalem, that when read in the context of John Taylor’s vision, makes perfect sense:
16 Moreover the Lord saith, Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched forth necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing as they go, and making a tinkling with their feet:
17 Therefore the Lord will smite with a scab the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion, and the Lord will discover their secret parts.
18 In that day the Lord will take away the bravery of theirtinkling ornaments about their feet, and their cauls, and theirround tires like the moon,
19 The chains, and the bracelets, and the mufflers,
20 The bonnets, and the ornaments of the legs, and the headbands, and the tablets, and the earrings,
21 The rings, and nose jewels,
22 The changeable suits of apparel, and the mantles, and the wimples, and the crisping pins,
23 The glasses, and the fine linen, and the hoods, and the vails.
24 And it shall come to pass, that instead of sweet smell there shall be stink; and instead of a girdle a rent; and instead of well set hair baldness; and instead of a stomacher a girding of sackcloth;and burning instead of beauty.
25 Thy men shall fall by the sword, and thy mighty in the war.
26 And her gates shall lament and mourn; and she being desolate shall sit upon the ground.
There was a time when the United States was a beacon of light to the world. Perhaps to many it still is. I know many still believe in its founding principles, myself included, and fight to return to those principles of liberty, free agency, etc. Today, however, it is clear that, little by little, we have been taken over by Amalickiahs, Kishkumens and Gadiantons who tear down our title of liberty, replacing them with false flag operations. And because of our apathy, slothfulness, and preference to be distracted and entertained by modern day golden calves, far too few have “awakened to our awful situation,” which has gotten above us.
The only answer is to return our sights to a loving Father in Heaven whose arm is bare and outstretched all the day long and who can protect us from enemies, both foreign and domestic, when we seek His counsel rather than rely on our own limited judgment. It is tragic, however, that we will inevitably follow right behind the Nephites and the Jaredites and the ancient Israelites and repeat history. But the light at the end of the tunnel is the literal gathering of all the tribes of Israel, the building up of New Jerusalem by the “remnants” (of Joseph) and the final events that lead to the second coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ. And the government shall be upon His shoulders. And His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.