1 Nephi 22: Events of the Last Days

Book of Mormon Student Study Guide, (2000), 26

Nephi knew that the words of Isaiah were difficult for some people to understand. In fact, Nephi’s own family asked him to explain what he had quoted in 1 Nephi 20–21 (see 1 Nephi 22:1). As you read 1 Nephi 22, note Nephi’s explanation of many of the important truths found in 1 Nephi 20–21. In particular, notice what Nephi said about the scattering of Israel and the role the Gentiles would play in Israel’s gathering in the latter days. Remember that members of His Church today, even though we are of the house of Israel by lineage and by covenant, are included among the “Gentiles” mentioned in this chapter and have a role in the gathering of Israel.

Understanding the Scriptures

1 Nephi 22

Manifest (v. 2)Shown, made known
Make bare his arm (v. 10)Show His power
Obscurity (v. 12)A state of being unknown
Ensnare (v. 14)Trap, capture
Execute judgment (v. 21)Carry out judgment
Dominion (v. 24)Power, control, authority

1 Nephi 22:8—What Is the “Marvelous Work” the Lord Will Do in the Latter Days?


For most of their long history, the children of Israel were unfaithful to that God who made them His chosen people. In spite of His blessings, they frequently preferred the ways of the world to the ways of God. As a result, most of them were scattered throughout the world and lost their identity. Lehi’s descendants are an example of how one family was scattered and retained their identity. They knew who they were. The marvelous work of the latter days will be to gather as many of the descendants of scattered Israel as are willing to return to the Lord. Even though members of the Church today are of the house of Israel, Nephi referred to us as Gentiles because we come from gentile nations.

Studying the Scriptures

Do any two of the following activities (A–D) as you study 1 Nephi 22.

Activity A iconThe Scattering of Israel: Who, Where, When, and Why?

Isaiah’s words concerning the scattering of Israel are found in 1 Nephi 21:1. Nephi explained more about that scattering in 1 Nephi 22:3–5. Summarize the additional information we learn about the scattering from Nephi. Be sure to explain who was scattered, when and where they were scattered, and why.

Activity B iconMatch the Idea with the Verse

In 1 Nephi 21:22, Isaiah spoke of the role of the Gentiles in gathering Israel. In 1 Nephi 22, Nephi gave us more information about that gathering. Copy each of the following statements in your notebook and after each one list the verse or verses from 1 Nephi 22:6–12 that contain that idea:

  • The power of the Lord is necessary for the Gentiles to bless all people with the gospel.

  • The wealth and prosperity of the gentile nations will be used to support the missionary work required to gather scattered Israel.

  • Israel will be gathered by their coming to a knowledge of Jesus Christ as their Savior.

  • A great gentile nation will scatter the descendants of Lehi.

  • The Gentiles will bless the entire house of Israel by teaching them the gospel.

  • The Lord will bring the gospel to the great gentile nation. That nation will in turn bless the descendants of Lehi by sharing the gospel with them.

  • The covenants of the Lord will be revealed to the world through the power of the Lord.

Joseph Smith teaching Native Americans

Activity C iconWrite a Newspaper Headline

In 1 Nephi 22:13–18, Nephi described the judgment that would come on the wicked in the last days. For each of those verses, write a newspaper headline that summarizes the event Nephi described.

Activity D iconMake a Comparison

Nephi explained some of the differences between what will happen to the righteous and what will happen to the wicked in the last days.

  1. 1.

    Study 1 Nephi 22:16–26 and list the promises to the righteous. Make another list of the punishments that will come upon the wicked.

  2. 2.

    Read 1 Nephi 22:28–31 and explain what Nephi wanted us to learn from what he wrote.

Nephi with plates