“Pluck the Wild Branche swhich Are Most Bitter”

Bryan Richards

The wild branches which are most bitter are destroyed. When does this happen? It already has happened in great measure. The Lord has revealed that the wicked of the last days will be destroyed by wars, pestilence, earthquake, etc. He also revealed that the wars among the Gentile nations would begin with the Civil War and continue from that time forth as a judgment:

’And the time will come that war will be poured out upon all nations, beginning at this place.

For behold, the Southern States shall be divided against the Northern States, and the Southern States will call on other nations, even the nation of Great Britain, as it is called, and they shall also call upon other nations, in order to defend themselves against other nations; and then war shall be poured out upon all nations…

And thus, with the sword and by bloodshed the inhabitants of the earth shall mourn; and with famine, and plague, and earthquake, and the thunder of heaven, and the fierce and vivid lightning also, shall the inhabitants of the earth be made to feel the wrath, and indignation, and chastening hand of an Almighty God, until the consumption decreed hath made a full end of all nations’ (DC 87:1-2,6).