Isaiah 11: Events in the Future

Old Testament Seminary Student Study Guide, (2002), 142

One reason Isaiah is an important book for our day is that so much of what occurred in Isaiah’s time occurs in our own. We also live in a wicked time, and the Lord has promised the wicked will experience the consequences of their actions—just as in the days of Isaiah. While our day and Isaiah’s day differ in details, the principles are the same. The importance of Isaiah 11 was taught by the Prophet Joseph Smith when he said, “In addition to these, he [Moroni] quoted the eleventh chapter of Isaiah, saying that it was about to be fulfilled” (Joseph Smith—History 1:40).Those who love the Lord and try to live righteously may get discouraged living among so much wickedness. At times of discouragement, it is important to look at the “bigger picture” of Heavenly Father’s plan and realize that righteousness will eventually prevail and that He has provided a way to redeem all of His willing children. Isaiah 11 is about that “bigger picture” and contains a message of hope concerning what the Lord will do for those who seek to know Him and do His will.

Understanding the Scriptures

Isaiah 11

Rod (v. 1)Branch or twig 
Stem (v. 1)Trunk 
Reprove (vv. 3–4)Gently correct someone 
Equity (v. 4)Justice 
Meek (v. 4)Lowly or humble 
Rod (v. 4)A staff a ruler holds to signify his power 
Girdle of his loins, girdle of his reins (v. 5)A belt 
Sucking (v. 8)Very young 
Ensign (vv. 10, 12)Flag or banner an army gathers under and marches behind 
Dispersed (v. 12)Scattered 
Envy (v. 13)Jealousy 
Adversaries (v. 13)Enemies 
Vex (v. 13)Trouble 
Spoil (v. 14)Destroy a place and take the riches found there 
Dryshod (v. 15)Without getting wet 

Studying the Scriptures

Do activity A or B as you study Isaiah 11.

Activity A iconInterpret Isaiah with the Help of Other Scripture

  1. 1.

    According to Doctrine and Covenants 113:1–2, what is Isaiah 11:1–5 about?

  2. 2.

    According to Doctrine and Covenants 113:5–6, who is the “root of Jesse” in Isaiah 11:10?

  3. 3.

    According to Joseph Smith—History 1:40, when will the events in Isaiah 11 generally occur?

Activity B iconThe Last Days and the Millennium

Isaiah 11:1–9 speaks of events mostly in the future. Isaiah 11:10–16 tells about what the Lord will do to bring about the events spoken of in verses 1–9.

  1. 1.

    Which prophecies in Isaiah 11 have you seen that are already fulfilled or beginning to be fulfilled?

  2. 2.

    Write about a teaching in Isaiah 11 that encourages you to stay faithful to the Lord.