In light of all that is going on nationally and internationally I felt I should write this to help others try and get a perspective on the possible future of our nation and world. Although this article mostly highlights the negative I hope the reader will not take a pessimistic outlook on the future… Things are never all doom and gloom. But by having a general idea of what the future holds, we can make more informed decisions on how to best stay happy and thriving regardless of the socio-political or economic conditions. I believe the world is in a general upward progression, which means that even though there are regional or global difficulties such as WWII or the great depression, those events really didn’t physically affect most people in the world (just certain areas of the world), and neither will future events… generally speaking.
As I talk to friends and family, I find that very few grasp the gravity of our nation’s financial insolvency. It is not a party issue. It is a national issue. And because the dollar is the global reserve currency, it is a global issue. This year marks the beginning year for cash deficits for the Medicare program, and Social Security / Medicaid are soon to follow. Just as the foolish political and corporate practices of speculation and financial irresponsibility (letting liabilities far outweigh income) led to the widespread insolvency of global banks and the near global collapse of western banking systems two years ago, so is our nation now stepping into a period of out of control debt brought on by the entitlement programs of social security, Medicare and Medicaid (to say nothing of the new health care reform bill).
The post war baby boom lasted from 1946-1964 producing a record 77 million births. 2011 marks the year where those born in the beginning of the boom will reach age 65 and begin receiving social security benefits. By 2029 the last of the living 77 million baby boomers will begin receiving their social security checks. During this time they will also begin retiring and shrink the nation’s tax base by up to 20-30% (given current birth-rates and immigration). Because (both parties) have been continually borrowing from the Social Security fund to cover annual budget deficits, the Social Security and Medicare fund will begin running catastrophic deficits by 2030 (latest projections) equaling over half the total funds income. Much like the banks which have crippled the world’s current economy, sometime in the decades of the 2020′s and 2030′s, the United States public will have to finally confront the fact that it is irresponsibly, irreversibly, financially screwed. China will not continue to lend America trillions of dollars every year when hope of payback becomes bleak, and no other country is going to pick up the slack. Nor can we inflate our way out of entitlement program deficits as we could foreign debt. As our day of financial reckoning comes closer, we will begin to wake up as we must continually find ways to cover the deficit… raise taxes? Cut spending? Pass new trillion dollar entitlement programs?! borrow! borrow! screwed!
It really doesn’t take much research to see the mathematical impossibilities of the raising generation sustaining the retiring baby boomer generation. The entitlement programs may be the best example of financial difficulties which lay ahead, but they are also just one of many. All we need to do is look to japan’s lost decades to see what the likely consequences of the 2006 sub-prime market collapse will be. On top of this we have the precarious situation created by the $600+ trillion and growing derivatives market. I wont even go there for now… (See http://demonocracy.info for a great page illustrating the amount of money we are talking about.)
I encourage everyone to do just a bit of research to get a feel for our nation’s finances. You can bend the dates and numbers by up to 30% or 15 years depending on how to interpret things, but unless we do some major sacrificing, all the facts lead to less than three decades before we become undeniably and irreversibly insolvent. Our best hope would be that the nation might start delaying Social Security benefits and dissolving Medicare/Medicaid promises enough to balance our bottom line and then try to inflate our way out of our foreign debt… but given our current political situation, I don’t think that’s going to happen. Only time will tell how we deal with the problem we have created for ourselves… but come what may, the world has gone through similar things and yet life goes on, but with difficulty (see the Great Depression, Fall of the Soviet Ruble, Argentinian Financial Collapse, ).
Background to the Prophesy
But there is more to this story than political, moral and financial irresponsibility and instability… I think everybody feels it… that an era is coming to an end and things are about to get interesting!
Over three years ago, I began to feel like “something big was coming” (that’s the way I put it anyway). I couldn’t quite describe it, but the more I prayed and meditated upon my intuition the more I felt like the coming generations were not going to be as politically and socially stable as the last 60 years and that we were approaching a new era where the socio-political climate more closely resembled the hundred year period between the publishing of the Communist Manifesto and World War II (1848-1945).
However, more than feeling like we were approaching an era of social upheaval and karma balancing, I felt more specifically like God was about to send another round of spiritual leaders and prophets to give guidance through the trouble to those who would humbly listen. I was reminded of the string of prophets and spiritual leaders of every religion who were sent in the era from 1800 to 1840 (“The Second Great Awakening”) to help encourage people to turn to God, follow the Spirit and “gather out from the eastern lands, and go forth into the western countries…” (D&C 45:64). Those who listened would not only avoid the ravages of the Civil War in America, but also the devastation of Europe during the World Wars and the oppression of Russian and Eastern European Communism in the post-war era.
I kept being reminding of the scriptures where we are taught that God would call prophets among scattered Israel to aid in his work. In D&C 133:26 we are told that in the last days the lost tribes would “come in remembrance before the Lord” and “their prophets [would] hear his voice”.
One day in particular I was feeling strongly that a revelation had already been given among a portion of scattered Israel (separate from that to be given by John- D&C 77:14, HC 1:176), and as I prayed that I might be led to find it if it was available online a voice came to my head and specifically said “It’s not where you’re thinking…. its among the Jews of Israel” With that I did a Google search with a string of words that came to my mind and I immediately found the prophesy that most of the quotes I’m about to share came from. The prophesy is called The Book of Ben Kathryn and is purported to be the first modern prophesy given to modern Jews heralding the restoration of Israel to a belief in the true Messiah. Despite the circumstances surrounding my finding of this book, I was skeptical of its validity at first. But after spending a good amount of time reading it I have since received some fairly interesting witnesses of its legitimacy. But I encourage everyone to make their own conclusions as far as that goes.
(See this [link] post for scriptural information on the separate restoration of Judah and her prophets as compared to the restoration of the Church.)
The book’s prophesies are primarily directed toward the nation of Israel and its coming destruction and spiritual awakening which will turn it to a general belief in the true Messiah, but I will focus mainly on what it says about the United States, Europe and the coming war with a new Islamic empire. To begin with, however I will give an example of the books poetic form and Hebrew composition (it was given in both Hebrew & English). This chapter deals with coming transition of God’s Spirit and favor from the Gentiles (of Europe and America) to Israel as the Times of the
Gentiles come to a close. I challenge you to try and find all the references to Old Testament verses and New Testament allusions… there are scores in every chapter. Compare for instance this chapter’s allusions to restoration of Israel as taught in Micah ch. 5. The “seven shepherds” in verse six is a reference to Micah 5:5. I find it interesting that in the Book of Mormon, Christ twice uses verses 8-15 of that chapter to communicate the same points of the restoration of Israel at the end of the times of the Gentiles.
WOE unto the rebelling nations, and woe to the horde of mischief makers, who say “It is” and therein is found the will of God, and a blessing to be ordained; the purpose of whose council is to overturn the word of the LORD; who make themselves the center and by their own council mold the LORD’s doings to justify their set ways.
2 Lo, the nations imagine a vain thing; their mind is in league with deception. Each man formeth me in their own image, and if I were to send them a prophet they would not hearken. Not with stones form they my image, but with their vain minds and self-seeking spirits form they my image. Better they made a dumb idol than pollute my ways, saith the LORD. For an idol hath no power of itself to teach any man its dumb ways nor enlighten a suppliant with its ignorance. The ignorant seeketh an idol and remaineth in his first estate, but a fool seeketh the counsel of the foolish and is made like unto his foolish image.
3 Vanity is deceit itself, above all deceptions wherein the sons of flesh deceive themselves. And I the LORD regard no one more foolish than they who fear not at my word. Is not an idol worshiper and him that revereth a carved trunk less foolish than they who take my name upon their lips and do not my ways? who declare I live and then declare I speak not clearly, and that I have not made the heart in mine own image?
4 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Is not the melting of snow a slow and steady process? In like manner shall such be overthrown. Destruction shall come upon them, by my hand shall it come, and who can save them in that day? Yet by grace it is thought, and by mercy it is written: Only they who call upon the LORD shall escape.
5 When indeed have the nations sought me, saith the LORD, and who in my far journey hath taken hold of me by the hand that he should lead me in his ways? Doth not a shepherd take his sheep to seasonal grass, and when the season turneth yet again doth he not take them to the old pastures and the old cotes to graze? Behold as the sheep graze he mendeth the cotes and then leadeth them into safety. Or seeing a fire come to the seasonal grass, will he not hasten, especially when seeing that the old grass groweth ready?
6 Therefore thus prophecy thou unto thy brethren, the children of Israel, So am I a shepherd unto Israel, saith the LORD, and so shall I do. Follow my paths and come to my sheepcote, for my shepherds have gathered speckled sheep. But I will not mix ye, saith the LORD. I shall sack my shepherds and scatter their speckled beasts. And from my pure sheep I shall raise me up seven shepherds. For from sheep born of another pasture, of the seasonal grounds, shall I speak unto this people and lead my people back, counsel them, govern them, and restore them to the old cotes.
7 My name shall be carried back as the holy things of old, and upon my people, my chosen generation, shall it reside. From the islands afar off shall they return, from Tartessos, Gog, Ashkanaz, and America. Britain shall give forth; Sepharad shall stretch forth its hands and carry my people. Kittim shall boast and rejoice, and shall fill my courts. Ishmael shall come by caravans and shall deck thee, O Judah, with the wealth of the East. Cathay shall come with aloes and ointments, and whithersoever the nations encounter thee, my beloved of Judah, my chosen of Israel, shall they carry you, and ye shall all rejoice in the LORD.
8 And the word of the LORD moreover came unto me, saying: And in that day this parable shall guide them: I came to my cote and, behold, my shepherd was gone and my sheep unattended. And I was wroth with my shepherd and I sought him on the high and rocky hills. There I met him, in a place between the tight rocks, in his arms a strange lamb. And I chode with him. Why hast thou left, seeing there were no sheep missing? And he said: “I went forth to seek, perchance any stranger had happed into thy domain. And, behold, I have found one, lame, this one in mine arms, who could not pass through thy land. And I have brought her, even as a little ewe lamb.”
9 A son speaketh unto me. This is the voice of him that loveth me. Surely thou hast done well, my shepherd; for so shall I take of the strangers’ lambs, and so is a diligent shepherd before me.
Apart from the unrelenting and yet subtle chiding of Israel for its wickedness and rejection of the Messiah, the Lord chides America in the book for our love and trust of money, disintegrating legal system, disintegration of personal liberties, and general forsaking of Him. Following are a few of the judgments issued against the Modern Nation of Israel, America, and the Gentile Nations in general (Nations which were founded on Judeo-Christianity and are under the LORD of Israel’s implicit covenant).
Foremost among the judgments and prophesies is the issue of America’s heaping of debt upon future generations to pay for the current baby boomer’s healthcare and abortions. Keep in mind this prophesy was first given in 1996 and published online in 2006, well before the current national economic catastrophe. As I have watched the economic and political events of the last few years, I have often been impressed by the following verses, where America is compared to the wicked in ancient times who “killed and ate their children” to save their own lives during a siege (Jer 19:9, Lam 4:10).
” 21 Woe unto that nation [America], for they kill and eat their children to sustain their old age. Their babies have no graves, but their cry cometh up unto me. As they bled their womb, so shall I bleed their heritage…
23 They have removed life for convenience; I shall remove the convenience of life… (64:21-23)
” 14 …No more shall they kill and eat their children; no more shall the meek be a prey and the speaker of justice a target. They shall pray unto me, but I shall harden their hearts that they reprove, even reprove the LORD God, that I may bring upon these nations the wrath they have courted for generations. For too long did they raise their bloody hands to me in piety and praise.” (45:14)
Israel and the western world is also chided for the rejection of our culture’s judeo-christian/biblical foundation and their creator.
“…BE not dismayed at the ways of the heathen and the signs which their own minds conceive. For one leaneth his elbow upon the mantel and smoketh long on his pipe. There he expoundeth a new idea. He hath gravened another idol. It is without form. It speaketh from his mind, “Lo, here I am,” and he followeth wherever it listeth.
2 The nations [Gentiles] come together and say: “Let us conspire to throw off the LORD, for so was his anointed created in the days of our ancient.” Be not dismayed at their oracle, for it is quicksilver and it cannot take form. It shall be poison to the mouth that speaketh; poison to the ear that receiveth.” (15:1-2)
18 …What graven image so evened the scales and so ordered fairness as unto the LORD? Nay, they cannot, for they own nothing. The world is not theirs, nor have they possession of a speck of dust. The LORD breatheth and the meadow flowereth; he sigheth and the forests clap their hands. Man fashioneth thereof what he listeth, but the tree was made by the LORD.
Also planned parenthood
“…What have they formed that ye should treat your minds as gods? for I see a land laid waste; and the whole earth, it is upside down. He who stoppeth the womb createth not, but saith “Come not forth” to that which I have sewn together. Behold, it was never spoken by my mouth, nor did it ever come into mine heart, that man should so stray and that the righteous should say “It must be.” (15:3)
Of course, abortion.
“…your minds have carved vanity, and destruction is your artificer’s tool. Your cities whittle the soul; your babes are buried in canning jars. All creation languisheth under your artificer’s tool; and under the hand that formed it and under the mind that brought it about” (15:19)
Also, Modern Flower-Children who seek “love” (unrealistic pacifism) at the expense of Justice and Common Sense
“11 For, indeed, ye are an oppression to my soul. It is not oppression to stop the oppressor, nor tyranny to say no to the tyrant, saith the LORD. Behold, I declare you the tyrant and the oppressor, ye who will not hearken unto my words to perform them and my laws to do them…
16 Therefore thus saith the LORD, I shall cut off the prophets from you, even the blemish from you when she saith “That is hardly loving;” and the shaker of heads and the roller of eyes; and they who glorify an action and condemn a reaction; and he who magnifieth himself by study to overturn my words shall no longer be a guide unto you. Surely, they who say “Wrath cometh not upon the Earth” shall find that day an undoing, for it cometh not save for them and they who in like manner thwart justice and who mock reproof. (15:11,16)
America’s disintegrating legal system.
“5 …for thou makest merchandise of justice, and at the call for swift punishment thou brokerest law. Thou makest them bankrupt who defend themselves, and he who hath no money hath no advocate. Thou declarest the process and not the outcome to be justice. For a thing of nought thou lettest men be accused, and findest them guilty of suspicion because of the demands of the prudery of gainsayers and gainseekers. Seedy grandeur motivateth the arrogant, and for money thou wilt mull over a word to bring the innocent to book. The feet of thy constables are set to earn thee money, and the innocent and meek are ravished at the same time.” (65:5)
As a result of these things, America will suffer a slow decline, which will result in the nation’s eventual depopulation, division and the founding of the promised American Zion.
” 15 Swiftly came entropy upon France, likewise upon Russia; so too upon China— the servant sat upon the horse and the princes walked on foot, the thing which I hate in mine heart, saith the LORD. Though swiftly it came upon them, slowly shall it come upon you. As a creeping fog in the night shall it come, and ye shall not be delivered after three generations except by division.
16 Thou art a wondrous flower, O America. Thy roots spread far, and it taketh much nourishment to maintain the beauty of thy petals. But when the ground is all roots, wherewith shall it be nourished? The great flower dieth and becometh the nourishment for seeds dropped by birds. The flowers that spring forth shall grow from thee. Thy flesh shall sustain five flowers and then they shall cast their seed and there shall be a garden. (65:15-16)
14 …Hear now and pay heed, O giddy nation [America]: Thou art wicked and yet I have not sent thy feet quickly to the dust. Thou art not worthy, yet thou hast tasted long of my mercy. Doth not the keeper of the king’s forest have mercy upon the tender sapling? Yet when the great oak is mighty but diseased and rotten, doth he not anon cut it down to make light for the sapling to grow? How much quicker shall it be done when the king himself seeth the forest and declareth and commandeth straightway that it should be so ordered? Behold, I cut down a mighty oak so that a tender sapling can grow. (64:14)
22 Thus saith the Lord God; I will also take of the highest branch of the high cedar, and will set it; I will crop off from the top of his young twigs a tender one, and will plant it upon an high mountain and eminent:
23 In the mountain of the height of Israel will I plant it: and it shall bring forth boughs, and bear fruit, and be a goodly cedar: and under it shall dwell all fowl of every wing; in the shadow of the branches thereof shall they dwell.
24 And all the trees of the field shall know that I the Lord have brought down the high tree, have exalted the low tree, have dried up the green tree, and have made the dry tree to flourish: I the Lord have spoken and have done it. (Ezekiel 17:22–24)
The flower and garden mentioned in verse 16 is an allusion to Isaiah 28:1–4, where the Lord prophesies against America (See this paper for more info on America as Ephraim & Northern Kingdom dualism).
“1 Woe to the crown of pride, to the drunkards of Ephraim, whose glorious beauty is a fading flower, which are on the head of the fat valleys of them that are overcome with wine!
2 Behold, the Lord hath a mighty and strong one, which as a tempest of hail and a destroying storm, as a flood of mighty waters overflowing, shall cast down to the earth with the hand.
3 The crown of pride, the drunkards of Ephraim, shall be trodden under feet:
4 And the glorious beauty, which is on the head of the fat valley, shall be a fading flower, and as the hasty fruit before the summer; which when he that looketh upon it seeth, while it is yet in his hand he eateth it up.”
The LORD explains further the role of the above verse 2’s one “mighty and strong” in D&C 85:7–12. Further insight can also be found in following the allusion made in verse 14 to the “mighty oak” of Isaiah 1:26–31 as well the oak which “casts its leaves/seed” or Isaiah 6:11–13 (see also 2 Ne. 16:13). From the forest to the nourishment it requires, there are literally thousands of subtle allusions to Isaiah in these few chapters of the Book of Ben Kathryn. And the Book of Mormon answers many of the questions that the Book of Ben Kathryn leaves hanging. For instance, who are the “others” that America “loathes”, who shall inherit the land of promise if the Gentiles don’t repent?
20 So shall I do unto that mighty people [America], for their skirt is a filthy one, and their houses of prayer whitewashed pens, and the land is soiled with bloodguiltness. I shall give their lands quietly to others that they loath. As they openly cheated, so shall those that come after subtly steal. For merchants rule over them and they think my blessings are in wealth and usury. (64:20)
The Book of Mormon goes into great detail about the promises of God to the Church and the Latin and Indigenous people of North America. As well as the consequences which will come upon the Gentile [European] inhabitants of America if they chose to try and interfere with the fulfillment of the promises made to those peoples. 3 Nephi 21 sums those promises as well as the consequences for unjust interference. The Gentiles who were “set up as a free people” on this land, (people of the United States of America) are in a favored situation to aid in the latter-day restoration of both Zion in the Middle-East and the New Jerusalem in this land, but if they turn from God’s laws, interfere or fight against God’s promises, their cities and civilization will be destroyed.
[put most of this in a collapsible drop down]
4 For it is wisdom in the Father that they [Americans] should be established in this land [The United States], and be set up as a free people by the power of the Father, that these things might come forth from them [Gentiles/Americans] unto a remnant of your seed [Latin & Indiginous North Americans], that the covenant of the Father may be fulfilled which he hath covenanted with his people, O house of Israel;
5 Therefore, when these works and the works which shall be wrought among you hereafter shall come forth from the Gentiles, unto your seed which shall dwindle in unbelief because of iniquity;
6 For thus it behooveth the Father that it [Bible/The Book of Mormon] should come forth from the [American] Gentiles, that he may show forth his power unto the Gentiles, for this cause that the Gentiles, if they will not harden their hearts, that they may repent and come unto me and be baptized in my name and know of the true points of my doctrine, that they may be numbered among my people, O house of Israel;
7 And when these things come to pass that thy seed [The Latin People] shall begin to know these things—it shall be a sign unto them, that they may know that the work of the Father hath already commenced unto the fulfilling of the covenant which he hath made unto the people who are of the house of Israel…
9 For in that day, for my sake shall the Father work a work, which shall be a great and a marvelous work among them; and there shall be among them those who will not believe it, although a man shall declare it unto them…
11 Therefore it shall come to pass that whosoever will not believe in my words, who am Jesus Christ, which the Father shall cause him to bring forth unto the Gentiles, and shall give unto him power that he shall bring them forth unto the Gentiles, (it shall be done even as Moses said) they shall be cut off from among my people who are of the covenant.
12 And my people who are a remnant of Jacob [The Latin & Native Peoples] shall be among the Gentiles, yea, in the midst of them as a lion among the beasts of the forest, as a young lion among the flocks of sheep, who, if he go through both treadeth down and teareth in pieces, and none can deliver.
13 Their hand shall be lifted up upon their adversaries, and all their enemies shall be cut off.
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;
15 And I will cut off the cities of thy land, and throw down all thy strongholds;
16 And I will cut off witchcrafts out of thy land, and thou shalt have no more soothsayers;
17 Thy graven images I will also cut off, and thy standing images out of the midst of thee, and thou shalt no more worship the works of thy hands;
18 And I will pluck up thy groves out of the midst of thee; so will I destroy thy cities.
19 And it shall come to pass that all lyings, and deceivings, and envyings, and strifes, and priestcrafts, and whoredoms, shall be done away.
20 For it shall come to pass, saith the Father, that at that day whosoever will not repent and come unto my Beloved Son, them will I cut off from among my people, O house of Israel;
21 And I will execute vengeance and fury upon them [the unrepentant gentiles of America], even as upon the heathen, such as they have not heard.
22 But if they will repent and hearken unto my words, and harden not their hearts, I will establish my church among them, and they shall come in unto the covenant and be numbered among this the remnant of Jacob, unto whom I have given this land for their inheritance;
23 And they shall assist my people, the remnant of Jacob, and also as many of the house of Israel as shall come, that they may build a city, which shall be called the New Jerusalem.
24 And then shall they assist my people that they may be gathered in, who are scattered upon all the face of the land, in unto the New Jerusalem.
25 And then shall the power of heaven come down among them; and I also will be in the midst.
26 And then shall the work of the Father commence at that day, even when this gospel shall be preached among the remnant of this people. Verily I say unto you, at that day shall the work of the Father commence among all the dispersed of my people, yea, even the tribes which have been lost, which the Father hath led away out of Jerusalem.
27 Yea, the work shall commence among all the dispersed of my people, with the Father to prepare the way whereby they may come unto me, that they may call on the Father in my name.
28 Yea, and then shall the work commence, with the Father among all nations in preparing the way whereby his people may be gathered home to the land of their inheritance.
29 And they shall go out from all nations; and they shall not go out in haste, nor go by flight, for I will go before them, saith the Father, and I will be their rearward. (3 Nephi 21:21–29)
The Book of Ben Kathryn clarifies how our cities will be “cut off” and “destroyed” out of our midst, as well as alluding to how our nation will be depopulated and “given to others”.
18 Their cities are as heaps of fall leaves, of passing decay that rotteth, should it be left long if it heapeth. They are the gathering of bright colours; but they are brittle, and water only causeth them to rot. There is no regeneration for a leaf cast from the branch. Fire and wind are the only solution; so shall I burn some in heaps, what man hath heapt; and so shall I scatter some that a congregation of them rot not the soil at the time of rain, and the watering of the labourer.
19 Howl ye for the fine buildings; they shall come down slowly at their own hand, and with a yawn shall she depart from among nations, from being Queen of nations; for I have heard the cry of the black man and the red man wherewith they have cried unto me
The following sections can come accross as pesemistic, negative and fear-based, but I think it is important to remember that prophesy is never set in stone. Man’s actions can change future probabilities and that is why true prophesy is always quite nebulous. The following verses suggest the slow decline of the U.S. will involve a simultaneous attack on Israel and America. The attack on American soil may be a single (nuclear?) attack on the heart of the nation, followed by a pandemic caused either by biological warfare or natural epidemic.
…The same that delivereth thee from bondage art thou then in bondage to.
22 When they [America] had power they did not hearken unto my spirit, but burnt Japan with fire [Atomic Bombs], which thing I commanded them not. I gave their secrets to others, and in fear did I give that generation life [cold war]. Fear turned to foolishness, and foolishness turned to lies. For one tooth they took ten, for the lives of 1000 took they 100,000.
23 Behold, saith the LORD, weepings and howlings unto thee. I declare not joy. I repay according to thy ways. Oh the howl of the great city upon the river River and the bareness of thy columns, for that day shall come, and thou shalt not punish the Ishmaelite.
Although not specifically defined, it seems that these verses seem to suggest that the United States as the only country to ever use nuclear weapons on its enemies will also have the same used upon us. Japan killed 2,350 of our people in Pearl Harbor, and we killed 225,000+ in Hiroshima & Nagasaki. (plus over 1/2 million civilian deaths in conventional bombings). I have a hard time with these verses, but the coldness of justice is never a pleasant thing. As far as further deciphering the allusions; the Mississippi River is the most prominent river in the nation whose name comes from an indigenous word meaning “River” or “Great River”. Cities on the Mississippi with “columns” or skyscrapers include New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and St. Louis, Missouri.
However, I think the nebulous language of this prophesy leaves room for these karma balancing events being much smaller, more natural occurrences. Possibly the nuclear event could be a smaller event caused by natural processes such as that which occurred to the Fukashima reactor in Japan? It is important to note that this prophesy says all these things will occur slow and steady as “the melting of snow”. So we don’t need to fear some horrible bleak future.
Summary of Events
Great detail is given as to the acts which shall start the chain of events which culminates in the destruction of Jerusalem, the modern nation of Israel and the decline of the United States. In trying to keep this paper focused on the United States, I leave the pages of verses which detail these events to another paper (link). I hope this outline will suffice:
-The United States will continue to pressure the nation of Israel into disarmament (65:3), with the underlying pledge that we will protect them from Arab aggression. (66:19)
-America will continue to bankrupt itself in the process of trying to police the world. (65:9)
-Afterwards, America & Israel will follow the new precedence of “pre-emptive war” by striking neighboring Syria? [text says Assyria, which could be Syria, Iraq Turkey or Iran] (20:20)
-Syria will have been plotting with neighboring Arab countries to attack Israel. Israel’s attack will give them the impetus and Arab support to carry out their plans of mass destruction. (12:4 44:8, 66:1-3)
-The destruction of Jerusalem will lead many of apostate Christianity to believe Armageddon is here and Christ is coming. When their preconceived notions of the Second Coming are not met, many will lose faith. (16:1-3, 16:9-10,12)
-The ensuing war will destabilize the entire region, leading eventually to the necessity of Turkey and Egypt stepping in to make peace. (66:4-5)
-In the end an Islamic/Arab empire similar to the Ottoman Caliphate will emerge to challenge the European Union as a world power. (66:4-5)
-Much like the LDS Church within the U.S., Israel is to be brought into captivity one last time (by this new Islamic Empire). During this 70 year captivity God will begin the Gathering of His People to Jerusalem. (63:1,5; 64:5-6)
-During this 70 year captivity, God will raise up scores of prophets to Israel, causing a massive conversion of millions of Jews & Arabs to this new Messianic movement. (22:2-3)
-At the end of this 70 year captivity, Israel will again become an independent nation, the Temple will be rebuilt, and Jerusalem will become the new “Rome” in the ensuing wholesale conversion of the region. This regional religious transformation will exceed even the wholesale conversion of the Roman Empire regions of the first four centuries to Christianity. (5:4-5, 46:11, etc.)
11 …As Jerusalem yielded to Constantinople, and as Constantinople yielded to Rome, and as Rome yielded to Wittenberg, so shall Wittenberg yield back to Jerusalem. The time shall return. (46:11)
It appears that with the Syrian attack of Jerusalem; stationed American troops will be unexpectedly drawn home, leaving the city defenseless. The reason for this unexpected retreat appears to be the result of some sort of pandemic or Biological Warfare.
7 Go call him the eagle if thou wish. But he shall have a woman’s head and a man’s desires; a scepter she carrieth to tilt the scales of justice. The LORD is a mighty archer, and I have brought me down many a swift bird of prey, and lured many a chicken hawk from the nest of its neighbour.
8 And the LORD instructed me, Go place a caldron at Damascus Gate, for out of the north I will bring tumult on this land and on this city Jerusalem. It shall be a river. The American shall pass through this gate to Joppa way, as a river also, and he shall no more return. For I make Jerusalem a caldron and the Syrian as the boiling water seeking its stony hearth. (44:7-8)
18 And thou, O shrewish Israel, brag not, for thou didst bring the American upon thee not as a wife but as an harlot, and they shall despise thee for this after a time. Thou spokest softly into their ears. Thou wast sure in thine imagination that they should deliver thee, and thou luredst them to go up after and against thine enemies.
19 Yet I shall confound them before thine enemies. They shall ravage the serpent’s head but be driven home by a flea. Thy pledge shall be broken, thy wealth no longer barter. (66:18-19)
4 …Thy rest upon the Gentiles is vanity, and thy embassies to America to deliver thee pointless. The Lion of the Isles will not come to thy rescue. But I say, Nay, go thou not up, whole Britain, nor send thou the Scot with the American, lest thou sufferest a greater wound from thine ally. (45:4)
23 They have removed life for convenience; I shall remove the convenience of life. I send them the bug. See a wonder: by a speck the Earth is destroyed; against the multitude of tininess can no army fight. The LORD hath spoken. (64:23)
“Chased home by a flea” and being destroyed by a “bug” seems to fit only with a pandemic of some sort. This interpretation fits well with the prophesy given in the Doctrine and Covenants concerning the end of the Times of the Gentiles. In fact a shadow or type of a plague associated with the end of the times of the gentiles is given in the Spanish Flue Pandemic which killed over 40 million people in Europe and throughout the world just after WWI. (see my paper on the times of the gentiles to see the history repeating types laid out in the hundred years between Christ and the wholesale destruction of Israel, Joseph Smith and the wholesale destruction of Europe/WWII, and the final end of the times of the gentiles). It also seems that this plague is a perfect candidate to cause the final blow to the U.S. economy, the cause of our cities being left desolate without attack, as well as poetic justice for an ailing population of baby boomers that was willing to “kill” their children’s economic future in order to “sustain its old age” (Social Security/Medicaid/Medicare/Health Care Reform).
30 And in that generation shall the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.
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.
32 But my disciples shall stand in holy places, and shall not be moved; but among the wicked, men shall lift up their voices and curse God and die.
33 And there shall be earthquakes also in divers places, and many desolations; yet men will harden their hearts against me, and they will take up the sword, one against another, and they will kill one another. (D&C 45:30–33)
A third sobering witness of this biological attack by Islamic terrorists is given by JSM Wards Apocalyptic prophesies, see this article (link) for a detailed description of the biological attack on New York which later spreads around the world and fits closely to what’s described in the Doctrine and Covenants.
See my paper of the times of the gentiles to see the additional Ciphers God gives to Daniel’s 70 week prophesies to aid in our understanding of when the 70 week times of the Gentiles is to come to an end.
THUS saith the LORD thy God, in the year of the 70th [week] of the Gentiles set thy face to the east, and set it to the west, to the north and then to the south, and prophecy thou against them: Your times come to the full. The LORD God setteth ye a time to repent…
The fall of the great and powerful secular democracies of the United States and Israel and the rise of the theocratic Messianic Israel and New Jerusalem in America will indeed be a “Marvelous Work and a Wonder”. In that day kings shall indeed “shut their mouths” and “that which they had not heard, shall they consider”. Where much is given, much is required, and the United States has been given more than any other nation in the world. In less than one hundred years it has gone from being a small backwards country ravaged by Civil War, to the worlds third most populous country, fourth largest by land, and first largest by economy, military might and political influence. We have tried to do good, but we are losing our way as we cast off the God in whom we should trust.
As America becomes more aware of its financial insolvency, people will start to get scared and angry. When people get scared, countries which have given their governments too much power suffer. During WWI & WWII, nearly every socialist country ended up on the wrong side of the Iron Curtin. Be that socialist Poland, Hungary, Yugoslavia, socialist Germany or the Socialist Soviet Republic. Countries which give their governments too much power are like empty thrones, just waiting for despots and corrupt government officials to take control. Those who want to abdicate their Christian responsibility to take care of themselves and their neighbors to their governments are asking for foolish and corrupt leaders, oppression and repression. The Book of Ben Kathryn suggests this will increasingly become the outcome in the United States over the ensuing decades.
7 Therefore, saith the LORD, I shall send the piper, and he shall entrance thee from thy pulpit and lead thee from thy gates with a merry jig. Thou art foolish, O America. Thou shalt play them a tune and make them to follow thee. But thou knowest not where thou goest. The servant shall sit on the horse and play the pipe, and thy leaders shall hold the tail and dance.
8 Everything ye call a conspiracy I will make a conspiracy unto you. Everyone’s home shall ye make a fortress and your neighbour shall be your tyrant. The world shall pick your wealth. For when ye try and defend yourselves, even your leaders shall pull at the horse’s tail and upset your defense.
9 Thou hast made thy walls strong and thy gates a glittering with jewels, ears as unto pomegranates, eyes as unto rubies, and hearts as unto sapphires, cold and blue. Yet thy gates through which thou makest merchandise of the world shall be desolate. No man can bring them down. Hast thou not even magnified them unto God? Nevertheless, thou shalt return from thy jig, and there weep at the decay; in the cleft of thine elbow deep weeping; arms shall hide thine eyes, hide them from the desolation because the LORD caused them to decay; and the weeds thereupon shall embolden the predator and the small nation.
10 …What say ye of Precedence? —shall it make bribery not bribery; and extortion, is it any different? How the complacent braggeth! How the wine vat bubbleth with languish! What is left after one purgeth the winepress of the pulp? Bitterness is left, as a heart that is sewn with salt. No more can a good thing grow, or a tender shoot reach for the sun.
What shall we do then, knowing that our nation is rejecting its God? That its future is decay and division? The same has been true for every major empire on earth. And our answer is the same also. Be a righteous leaven until it is time to gather out. And when you see armies encompassing Jerusalem (or the new Jerusalem) get out of socialist areas immediately and gather with the prophets that you and your descendants might escape the generation (100 yrs) of destruction & captivity. Be it the hundred years from Babylon’s first siege on Jerusalem in 605 to the Jews return in 516, or the hundred years from Christ’s ministry to the destruction of Jerusalem/Israel by Nero (30-70/130 AD). Or the ministry of Joseph Smith to the final destruction of the Holy Roman Empire/Central Europe (1840-1917/1944). Or the ministry of John Ben Kathryn and the destruction of Jerusalem and restoration of Israel. (see here for types concerning probationary times)
So what can we do in the coming decades to prepare before the next gathering begins? ….. I have compiled the following list of ideas….
- Dont go wacko, just live a good life and follow your heart and the Spirit. As mentioned in the movie Kung Fu Panda, “One often meets his destiny on the road he takes to avoid it”. We cant really know exactly what the future holds, so why worry too much about it? Many people freaked out about Y2k for nothing, many will also freak out about 2012 and it will inevitably be for nothing. Scores of types and signs point to the 2030 decade for the change of the era and many of the events of this article occurring. But man’s agency can change many aspects of God’s plans for human history. I believe this is why true prophesy is always somewhat nebulous. God gives just enough to give us a “heads up” of whats on the horizon, but not enough to freak us out or infringe on our agency. It sometimes sounds scary when hundreds of years of catastrophe are packed into a few short chapters (like the book of Revelation, or watching a movie on WWII), but in reality when global catastrophe hits its usually sporadic enough that it’s not as life changing as one might think at the moment.
- Do not get polarized in radical politics. Regardless of events, this is just good advice to keep one happy. There comes a time when cultural entropy hits a critical point, and dissolution becomes inevitable. Look at the break up of the British Empire, the Roman Empire, the Soviet empire… they are good analogs. When Israel rejected Isaiah, the southern Kingdom rejected Jeremiah, or Judah rejected John & Christ it was too late for them. And we should study closely these historical types history/god has given us. It was the orthodox Jews who started the final revolution which led to the Roman destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD, and final obliteration of Israel as a nation nearly 70 years later (135 AD). I believe as things get desperate in our nation, apostate “fundamentalist” Christians will start advocating division in the name of our forefathers. As in Christ’s day, it will be then that we need to turn the other cheek, and start to separate ourselves from the “Gentiles”. Judge carefully whether getting involved will really bring you or other’s happiness. When it’s too late involvement merely increases the division and suffering. When it’s too late, its better to find a quiet corner to try and happily weather out the storm. Partisan politics is for the mindless minions. Don’t be one of the mindless sheep.
- If you don’t think its too late, intelligently oppose Big Business AND Big Government, instead of following partisan lines. The bigger they are, the harder they fall. Compare Argentina’s financial meltdown (1999) to Russia’s (1998). The effects of totally monetary collapse were SO much worse in Russia because people had become dependent on their government and its mega-corporations. When the financial system of a small business centered capitalistic system collapses, people can reorganize it relatively quickly because it is based on a structure of people who know how to work to trade goods that people really want. Make career choices with this in mind.
Socialist/Communistic societies become bogged down with an overly large portion of the population who do not produce anything truly valuable, nor (and more importantly) know how to go out and sell their services to others. The same can be true for mega-corporate economies. When things go bad, they may just jump ship and move their operations to better pastures. We dont need to pretend to understand the complexities of economics during government overturns but common sense shows us that a scaleable, educated, diversified, responsible people are going to be best posed to make it through in good shape.
- At some point you may want to consider getting out of big cities. The citizens of big cities (500,000+) historically have a much harder time restructuring during economic crisis than mid sized cities. Big cities can pose many unique challenges during social upheaval, war, economic depression, or catastrophe. The same can be said for some small cities (<30,000). For some of the same reasons mentioned above, extremely large and some small cities have a harder time weathering economic and socially troubling storms. Crime, crowd mentality, and dependence on government, infrastructure, and economically sensitive corporations makes unemployment and social unrest more of a challenging problem than a mid sized community (see Zion Communities).