Who’s the next in line to fall?
Nephi, Jacob, AND Jesus, all recommend that we read Old Testament prophets (particularly Isaiah), noting their déjà vus and likening the words unto ourselves. In the spirit of that advice, let us (Americans) read a portion of Avraham Gileadi’s translation of Isaiah 19 with “American” substitutions. (If you are of another nationality, make your own appropriate substitutions to liken these words unto yourself and your own nation.)
Also, a caution to Republican AND Democrat ideologues (et al.): There isn’t much personal awareness and healing in forever likening all “evil” unto your adversaries. Nor is this “likening” focused on the current administration. This Oracle for America (et al.) has been in the making for decades (perhaps even from the beginning).
19 An Oracle concerning [America]BUT there is hope—at least for a remnant (of every nation, kindred, tongue, and people) that finally repents and accepts what this life has always been about: Maturing in faith, hope, charity, knowledge, understanding, wisdom, truth, justice, humility, courage, etc., etc., etc. . Here is Isaiah’s optimism:
When the Lord enters [America] riding on swift clouds,
the idols of [America] will rock at his presence
and the [Americans’] hearts melt within them.
2 I will stir up the [Americans] against the [Americans];
they will fight brother against brother
and neighbor against neighbor,
city against city and state against state.
3 [America’s] spirit shall be drained from within;
I will frustrate their plans,
and they will resort to the idols and to spiritists,
to mediums and witchcraft.
4 Then will I deliver the [Americans]
into the hand of a cruel master;
a harsh ruler will subject them,
says my Lord, the Lord of hosts.
5 The waters of the lakes shall ebb away
as streambeds become desolate and dry.
6 The rivers shall turn foul,
and [America’s] waterways recede and dry up. …
7 vegetation adjoining canals and estuaries,
and all things sown along irrigation channels,
shall shrivel and blow away and be no more.
8 Fishermen will deplore their lot
and anglers in canals bemoan themselves;
those who cast nets on water
will be in misery.
9 Manufacturers of combed linen
and weavers of fine fabrics will be dismayed.
10 The textile workers will know despair,
and all who work for wages suffer distress.
11 The ministers of [capital] are utter fools;
the wisest of [Presidential, congressional, and senate] advisers give absurd counsel. …
13 The ministers of [capital] have been foolish,
the officials of [America] deluded;
the heads of state have led [America] astray.
14 The Lord has permeated them
with a spirit of confusion;
they have misled [America] in all that she does,
causing her to stagger like a drunkard into his vomit.
15 And there shall be nothing the [Americans]
can do about it,
neither head nor tail, palm top or reed.
22 The Lord will smite [America], and by smiting heal: they [the repentant] will turn back to the Lord, and he will respond to their pleas and heal them.Then, if we read the rest of Isaiah 19, we will see that diverse (repentant) peoples and nations who thought (and acted like) they were enemies forever will be reconciled and called by God, “my people,” “the work of my hands,” “my inheritance.”
 … I did liken all scriptures unto us, that it might be for our profit and learning. (Book of Mormon 1 Nephi 19:23); And now I write some of the words of Isaiah, …. Now these are the words, and ye may liken them unto you and unto all men. (Book of Mormon 2 Nephi 11:8)
 … there are many things which have been spoken by Isaiah which may be likened unto you, because ye are of the house of Israel. (Book of Mormon 2 Nephi 6:5)
 AND now, behold, I say unto you, that ye ought to search these things. Yea, a commandment I give unto you that ye search these things diligently; for great are the words of Isaiah. For surely he spake as touching all things concerning my people which are of the house of Israel; therefore it must needs be that he must speak also to the Gentiles. And all things that he spake have been and shall be, even according to the words which he spake. (Book of Mormon 3 Nephi 23:1-3)
 see Zechariah 13:8-9, and the sum and substance of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, etc.
 The very opposite of our present hypocrisies, uncivil discourse, and innumerable, idolatries (another déjà vu!).