“For the Earth Shall Be Full of the Knowledge of the Lord as the Waters Cover the Sea”

W. Cleon Skousen

Now from these verses we learn that the destruction of the wicked described in the previous verses was the cleansing of the earth just before the Millennium. So it was a complete cleansing by fire as described by Malachi when he said: "The day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn as an oven ... that it shall leaven them neither root nor branch."1 Then Nephi describes conditions as they will exist during the Lord's millennial reign. Not only will there be peace among the people, but even among animal life, and a knowledge of the Lord will cover the earth.

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