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Troubles tend to separate the wheat from the tares!

And now I am prepared to say by the authority of Jesus Christ, that not many years shall pass away before the United States shall present such a scene of bloodshed as has not a parallel in the history of our nation; pestilence, hail, famine, and earthquake will sweep the wicked of this generation from off the face of the land, to open and prepare the way for the return of the lost tribes of Israel from the north country. (Joseph Smith, History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2nd. ed. Rev., 1:315-16)
Heber C. Kimball, First Counselor to Brigham Young, said: "After a while the gentiles will gather by the thousands to this place, and Salt Lake City will be classed among the wicked cities of the world. A spirit of speculation and extravagance will take possession of the Saints, and the results will be financial bondage. Persecution comes next and all true Latter-day Saints will be tested to the limit. Many will apostatize and others will be still, not knowing what…

Isaiah tells his story with metaphors, similes, parallels, allegories.

Chapter and Verse in Isaiah? Not So Simple! Several of you have asked the question as to the “Chapter and verse where it tells us that there will be 3 ½ years of trouble, then 3 ½ years of destruction, and when the exodus will take place within that period.”

Sorry . . . but Isaiah is not so simple and straight forward. I assure you it is there, but Isaiah tells his story with metaphors, similes, parallels, allegories, etc. You must look for a pattern, or keyword which represent what you are looking for. You will find that those patterns and keywords are very consistent throughout Isaiah and therefore you come to depend upon the meaning of those keywords. I'm using, primarily, Gileadi's guidance on this..

I don't have time to provide an in-depth analysis right now, but I will try to do that in the near future. For now, I will give you one example from chapter 2 of Isaiah.

For the subject at hand, there is such a pattern:

When 'ZION' is mentioned in the book of Isaia…