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"An Ensign to the Nations," 2 Nephi 21:10-16

2 Nephi 21:10-16

In verse 10, Isaiah prophesies of a root of Jesse being set up as an ensign for the Gentiles. Distinct from the covenant people of the Lord, these people shall also find rest through Jesus Christ, of whom the root of Jesse is reference to.

In verse 12, we read about the Lord setting up an ensign to the nations. It serves as a gather tool to bring whomever will come, unto Him: the outcasts of Israel, the dispersed of Judah, the remnants of his people wherever they are found, even upon the isles of the sea.

In a politically charged world of conflict, where every person seems to have their own personal interests at stake, verse 13 is reassuring: Ephraim and Judah will put aside their envy and vexation. There will be cooperation and unity in the final gathering of the Lord's people.

There will be a highway in the end of times that will allow for safe passage for all that are left to come to Zion. There are multiple scriptures that talk about this prophecy from Isaiah and the Doctrine and Covenants (see footnotes on verse 16).

What is the take home application of all these verses? What is the significance of future prophecies yet to be fulfilled? Those things which are yet to come are described in great detail. It is as if the Lord would show us where He is going if we will listen. There is motivation in these verses to work towards these ends, that we may be found on the right hand of God when all these things come to pass.


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