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Isaiah’s writings consist of 66 chapters of scripture. As Mormon abridged the Book of Mormon he included about 35% of Isaiah’s writings. That’s a lot of space to use quoting someone else, which is a great indication that Isaiah’s words are important! (Source)
A lot of people get concerned about reading Isaiah because it can be confusing! Isaiah jumps from the present, to the past, to the future and doesn’t even tell you where he’s headed! Plus he speaks symbolically; sometimes he speaks as if he’s the Savior; and some of his words just don’t even make sense. What can you do? Remember Isaiah’s name and his son’s names to keep things straight. In general, Isaiah talks about three themes (that coordinate with his and his sons’ names):
Shear-jashub means “a remanant shall return.” Isaiah speaks about the gathering of ancient and modern Israel. The ancient gathering was more physical while the modern-day gathering is a spiritual return to God. (Source)
Isaiah talks a lot about a “New Jerusalem.” What is that? It can actually refer to TWO places. The Bible Dictionary defines “New Jerusalem” as: “The place where the Saints will gather and Christ will personally reign with them during the Millennium. Zion (the New Jerusalem) will be built upon the American continent, and the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisiacal glory (A of F 1:10). It also refers to a holy city that will come down out of heaven at the beginning of the Millennium.” From this statement, it appears there will be at least two “New Jerusalems,” one that is built, and one that comes down from heaven. The man-made New Jerusalem is destined to be built in Missouri according to Doctrine & Covenants 84.
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