Understanding the Scriptures
Doctrine and Covenants 87
|Terminate(v. 1)||End, finish|
|Marshaled, marshal(vv. 4–5)||Organized|
|Remnants(v. 5)||Remainder, part that is left|
|Vex(v. 5)||Disturb, bother|
|Indignation(v. 6)||Anger, displeasure|
|Chastening(v. 6)||Punishing for the purpose of correcting|
|Consumption decreed(v. 6)||The full amount of this judgment determined by God|
|Lord of Sabaoth(v. 7)||Lord of Hosts;sabaothis a Hebrew word meaning “hosts,” or all people, and often refers to the fact that the Lord is the all-powerful Creator ( alsoD&C 95:7).|
|To be avenged(v. 7)||To have made right the wrongs committed|
Doctrine and Covenants 87:1—Rebellion of South Carolina
In 1832, in the United States, the state of South Carolina refused to pay a particular tax on goods they received from Europe. United States President Andrew Jackson responded by calling out federal troops to end the rebellion of South Carolina. The state backed down and war was avoided. The Prophet Joseph Smith stood by his prophecy, however (D&C 130:12–13).
About 28 years after Joseph Smith first made this prophecy, South Carolina again rebelled against the United States. On this later occasion they were joined by other states in the southern United States, and the result was the Civil War—just as prophesied.
Doctrine and Covenants 87:3—The Southern States, Great Britain, and World War
Doctrine and Covenants 87:3refers to more than the American Civil War. The Southern States did call upon Great Britain and other nations to help them during the American Civil War. Then, as prophesied in this verse, Great Britain and those other nations later called upon other nations to help them againsttheirenemies—as in the case of the two World Wars, when the entire world was in some way affected.
Studying the Scriptures
Do activities A and B as you studyDoctrine and Covenants 87.
In your notebook, write examples of the fulfillment of at least two prophecies inDoctrine and Covenants 87.
Give Your Supported Opinion
What do you think is the most important message inDoctrine and Covenants 87for people today? Why?