Isaiah Made Simple Week 1 - Book of Mormon Isaiah

From the Isaiah Institute


Unsealing the Essential Isaiah

Week 1: Class overview

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Scripture References

3 Nephi 23:1-3 - Study Isaiah is a commandment.
1 Nephi 13:26-27 - Plain and precious things and covenants of the Lord.
D&C 82:10 - The Lord works under parameters.
Isaiah 43:10 - Recognize, believe, and perceive.
1 Nephi 3:7 - The Lord prepares the way.
Isaiah 30:8 - A book for the end-time.
Isaiah 29:18 - The deaf will hear, the blind will see... the words of the book.
2 Nephi 25:5-7 - Know of a surety.
2 Nephi 24:4 - The Spirit of prophecy.
Revelation 19:10 - The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
2 Peter 1:21 - Prophecy came not by the will of man.
1 Corinthians 2:11 - The Spirit of God knows the things of God.
Jacob 4:13 - The Spirit speaketh things as they are and are to come.
Isaiah 44:7 - Isaiah uses people of old as types.
Isaiah 46:10 - Isaiah shows us the end from the beginning.
Moroni 10:31 Awake and arise cf. Isaiah 52:1-2.


Because God operates solely within the parameters of the covenants he has instituted with his children from before the creation of the earth, all he does accords with a covenant he made somewhere with someone. Covenants, in other words, are the optimum way we relate to God. Because God is unfailingly loyal to the covenants he makes, God is bound to fulfill them so long as we fulfill our part.” (Avraham Gileadi, How Isaiah Impacts Gospel Theology, p 83-84).

“People or persons who appear in the Book of Isaiah aren’t just incidental to Isaiah’s prophecy. They also represent distinct spiritual levels, some higher, some lower. By examining their character traits, we can discover a hierarchy or ladder that leads to heaven; or, alternately, that leads to hell. Each level within this ascending hierarchy corresponds to a particular covenant and its laws God has ordained that people are willing or unwilling to keep. (Avraham Gileadi, Isaiah Made Simple, p 146).

“Isaiah acts as an exemplar of God’s people as he traces his own spiritual journey to the level of a seraph. No other prophet compares in defining the character, attributes, and perfections of our Savior so that we may grow to become like him and know him personally. Having paid “the price of our peace” (Isaiah 53:5), he seals his gift of peace in this world and the next upon those who love him by an everlasting “covenant of peace” (Isaiah 54:10).” (Avraham Gileadi, Isaiah Made Simple, p.7).

“The four Book of Mormon keys settle once and for all the question we often ask ourselves: Can anyone understand Isaiah? I answer a resounding yes! By this I don’t mean that we will comprehend Isaiah’s words unreservedly, that Isaiah will hold no surprises for us. I do mean emphatically, however, that we will comprehend Isaiah’s message for our time, that we will understand many details of the picture he presents. This message and picture, and the means by which Isaiah communicates them, may nonetheless vary from what we might suppose. Our past experience with Isaiah has disappointed us–we have read his words but have not understood them. When we apply the Book of Mormon keys, we should expect something different from what we experienced before.” (Avraham Gileadi, The Book of Isaiah: A New Translation with Interpretive Keys from the Book of Mormon, p 10).

“I call the second key the letter of prophecy because the analytical approach to every word and letter originates in the ancient school of the Hebrew prophets.”

“Jews rely on interpretive devices such as types and shadows, allegorical language, underlying structures, word links, parallelisms, double meanings, key words, codenames, and other mechanical tools. Their approach is entirely analytical.” (Avraham Gileadi, The Book of Isaiah: A New Translation with Interpretive Keys from the Book of Mormon, p 15, 13)


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