Jesus Expounds the Prophets

Israel’s Deliverence [Isaiah 52:1–3, 6–7, 11–15]

3 Nephi 20:36–37

Jerusalem is called to wake up and come forth.

And then shall be brought to pass that which is written:

Awake, awake again, and put on thy strength, O Zion;
put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city,
for henceforth there shall no more come into thee
the uncircumcised and the unclean.

Shake thyself from the dust;
arise, sit down, O Jerusalem;
loose thyself from the bands of thy neck,
O captive daughter of Zion.

3 Nephi 20:38–39

Israel was sold for nothing, and is redeemed without money—they know the name of their redeemer.

For thus saith the Lord:
Ye have sold yourselves for naught,
and ye shall be redeemed without money.

Verily, verily, I say unto you,
that my people shall know my name;
yea, in that day they shall know that I am he that doth speak.

3 Nephi 20:40

How beautiful are the bringers of the good news of salvation.

And then shall they say:

“How beautiful upon the mountains
are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings unto them,
that publisheth peace;
that bringeth good tidings unto them of good,
that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion:

‘Thy God reigneth!’”

3 Nephi 20:41

Israel is admonished to stay clean.

And then shall a cry go forth:

“Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence,
touch not that which is unclean;
go ye out of the midst of her;
be ye clean that bear the vessels of the Lord.”

3 Nephi 20:42–44

Israel is commanded to leave, but not too hastily, reassured that God is supporting them.

For ye shall not go out with haste nor go by flight;
for the Lord will go before you,
and the God of Israel shall be your rearward.

Behold, my servant shall deal prudently;
he shall be exalted and extolled and be very high.

As many were astonished at thee—
his visage was so marred, more than any man,
and his form more than the sons of men—

3 Nephi 20:45

Kings and nations will be in awe.

So shall he sprinkle many nations;
the kings shall shut their mouths at him,
for that which had not been told them shall they see;
and that which they had not heard shall they consider.

3 Nephi 20:46

God’s people will return to Jerusalem, and these thing will come to pass.

Verily, verily, I say unto you, all these things shall surely come, even as the Father hath commanded me. Then shall this covenant which the Father hath covenanted with his people be fulfilled; and then shall Jerusalem be inhabited again with my people, and it shall be the land of their inheritance.