Hurricane Utah Adult Religion Class Doctrine and Covenants Sections 87, 90, 100
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In 1861 the Saints regarded the outbreak of the American Civil War as a
fulfillment of Joseph’s prophecy.
However, it is not solely a Civil War prophecy, but a prophecy of ―
[plural]that will shortly come to pass,
at the reb
ellion‖ of the Southern States
prophecy states that these wars would ―be poured out upon all nations,‖and would ―eventually terminate in the death and misery of many souls.‖
This has largely come to pass: During the 20th century approximately 231 millionpeople died worldwide due to wars and conflict.
More people died in war during the 20th century than in any 100-year periodin history.
87:3. The prophecy goes on to state that alliances between Great Britain and other
nations would eventually drag ―all nations‖ into armed conflict.
This was most famously seen in the outbreak of World War I, when a very tight webof alliances among the European nations compelled them to collectively defend theirallies.e)
87:4. The prophecy
goes on to foretell a time when ―
slaves shall rise up against theirmasters.
‖ Some have understood this to refer to Southern black slaves rising up.
Although some blacks fought in the Civil War, most of the combatants were free menof the North and South.ii)
Others have pointed to later events, and the prophecy may still await completefulfillment.
It’s quite possible that it could be referring to the throwing off of imperialism,
colonialism, and communism that we have witnessed around the world over the lastcentury.
87:5. In t
he final element of prophecy we are told that ―
the remnants who areleft of the land will marshal themselves, and shall become exceedingly angry, and shall vex the Gentiles with a sore vexation
This is probably the hardest verse to interpret.ii)
There are six other verses in the Doctrine and Covenants that define the ―remnant‖
of Israel as:(1)
The Lamanites, or Native Americans (19:27; 109:65), or(2)
The scattered tribes of Israel (45:24, 43; 113:10), or
Joseph had twice previously prophesied of war coming to the United States (D&C 38:29; 45:63), and later at Nauvooreaffirmed his prophecy of coming civil war, beginning in South Carolina and probably arising over the question of slavery (130:12
Deaths in Wars and Conflicts in the 20th Century
Cornell University Peace Studies Program,Occasional Paper #29, 3rd ed. (2006), 1 (
This is partly due to a larger global population, but also because the advances in technology that have made killing on alarge scale possible.
Pratt, ―War,‖ 242.
See Hyrum M. Smith and Janne M. Sjodahl,
Doctrine and Covenants Commentary
(Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book,1916),
537; B. H. Roberts,
New Witnesses for God
(Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret News Press, 1911), 1:331
See Hyrum Andrus,
Doctrinal Themes of the Doctrine and Covenants
(Provo, Utah: BYU Press, 1964), 97
98; Donald W. Parry and Jay A. Parry,
Understanding the Signs of the Times
(Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1999), 249