What if the prophets are right and wickedness will cause the destruction of the last days? But what if it’s not indirect causation such that people are wicked therefore God looking down smites the Earth? What if the wickedness itself causes the destruction? What if the seas are heaving themselves beyond their bound** because the wicked are using up the resources of the Earth in wicked ways: selfish, unnecessary, greedy, used to adorn the flesh of a few, and to vaunt vanity?
What if greedy men are gathering resources up because they want them for themselves, more and more for their own use? And what if they grind the faces of the poor to obtain them? What if the poor are forgotten?
What if one group of people use up most of the resources of the Earth in ways that make the climate of the Earth reel to and fro like a drunken man? What if the poor are written off as deserving of their position because the hearts of many have waxed cold? What if the poor of the Earth are fenced in, excluded, and despised so that one people can have more than anyone on Earth? What if they fill the air with wormwood (a carbon-based substance) so that they, Yurtle the Turtle-like, can be richer than anyone on Earth?
And what if in the following scripture is referring to the rich and the others mentioned are the people we fence out? What if it is referring to the people of the Southern regions? What if part of the Fullness of the Gospel referred to in part is caring for the poor and widows, whatever the reason they find themselves in that condition?
Who do you hate? Who to you has become a hiss and a byword? Who have you put up fences against to protect your wealth?
What could these scriptures mean if the Book of Mormon were taken seriously as a scripture for our day (as opposed to Revolutionary War times say)?
3 Nephi 16
8 But wo, saith the Father, unto the unbelieving of the Gentiles—for notwithstanding they have come forth upon the face of this land, and have scattered my people who are of the house of Israel; and my people who are of the house of Israel have been cast out from among them, and have been trodden under feet by them;
Who have we cast out? Who are we casting out?
9 And because of the mercies of the Father unto the Gentiles, and also the judgments of the Father upon my people who are of the house of Israel, verily, verily, I say unto you, that after all this, and I have caused my people who are of the house of Israel to be smitten, and to be afflicted, and to be slain, and to be cast out from among them, and to become hated by them, and to become a hiss and a byword among them—
Who currently is hated? In this country? Who currently is a byword? Who have we smitten?
10 And thus commandeth the Father that I should say unto you: At that day when the Gentiles shall sin against my gospel, and shall reject the fulness of my gospel, and shall be lifted up in the pride of their hearts above all nations, and above all the people of the whole earth, . . .
Which nation currently uses most of the world’s resources? Can you name the most rich and prideful nation on Earth? Who exerts their military will across the world largely to protect resources?
. . . and shall be filled with all manner of lyings, and of deceits, and of mischiefs, and all manner of hypocrisy, and murders, and priestcrafts, and whoredoms, and of secret abominations; and if they shall do all those things, and shall reject the fulness of my gospel, behold, saith the Father, I will bring the fulness of my gospel from among them.
Which nation lets the rich spin away scientific truth to justify their greed?
11 And then will I remember my covenant which I have made unto my people, O house of Israel, and I will bring my gospel unto them.
12 And I will show unto thee, O house of Israel, that the Gentiles shall not have power over you; but I will remember my covenant unto you, O house of Israel, and ye shall come unto the knowledge of the fulness of my gospel.
13 But if the Gentiles will repent and return unto me, saith the Father, behold they shall be anumbered among my people, O house of Israel.
14 And I will not suffer my people, who are of the house of Israel, to go through among them, and tread them down, saith the Father.
Who are the gentiles? Who are of the House of Israel? Who is currently cast out from among us? Who has been trodden under our feet? Who do we use the labor of and then cast way? Who in this scripture is about to be trodden down?
15 But if they will not turn unto me, and hearken unto my voice, I will suffer them, yea, I will suffer my people, O house of Israel, that they shall go through among them, and shall atread them down, and they shall be as salt that hath lost its savor, which is thenceforth good for nothing but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of my people, O house of Israel.
16 Verily, verily, I say unto you, thus hath the Father commanded me—that I should give unto this people this land for their inheritance.
Who is not harkening to his voice? And who are “This People” that will get the land for their inheritance?
Who is this taking about:
and shall be lifted up in the pride of their hearts above all nations, and above all the people of the whole earth,
Was the Book of Mormon written for our day? In what sense?
3 Nephi 24
5 And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger, and fear not me, saith the Lord of Hosts.
6 For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.
Who is it that ‘oppresses the hireling his wages’? Who are the ‘strangers?’
Who are the sons of Jacob?
Who or what is consuming the ‘sons of Jacob?’
Look around you, what do you see?
** (sea levels rising at 3.3 ± 0.4 mm per year from 1993 to 2009, faster last four years)