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The Work of the Lord "...In That Day," 2 Nephi 15:30 (29&30)

2 Nephi 15:30 (29&30)

The pretext to this last verse is found in the previous verse and some of the footnotes that are found in the actual book of Isaiah in the Bible also give more insight.

Back in verse 29, there is a footnote on "prey" which leads over to a prophecy made by the Savior himself in 3 Nephi 21. The wording is definitely misleading if taken in the wrong spirit.
And my people who are a remnant of Jacob 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. (3 Nephi 21:12)

To my understanding this is a prophecy of missionary work that will take place in the last days. The perceptions of the world towards our efforts as missionaries is that we come among them as ravaging beasts to steal away their family members and neighbors. Nothing could be further from the truth. Yet effective are the means available to those "young lions" in securing safely those that believe on their words.

In verse 30 we read, "And in that day they shall roar against them like the roaring of the sea." The effect of those young lions (missionaries) roaring shall consume them that don't believe, having the same effect as a being caught in an undercurrent of a large wave.

As a point of clarification, I don't presume to suggest that the work of the missionaries is in any way aggressive or violent. That's the curious contradiction of it all. The work of missionaries is one of peace, patience, and gentle persuasion. For so being they shall be blessed with power-- power to securely bring all that will believe into the fold of God. This is the unique guarantee of the last days, the promise of the gathering of Israel.

The remainder of the verse is an explanation of the conditions of the earth: darkness and sorrow. Even the lights of heaven are withdrawn symbolically.