I’m sorry to be the one that breaks it to you...but those in some of the highest levels of leadership are on the Adversary’s payroll. We have an infestation by secret combination. Please don’t tell me that you can’t see it because I’ll only feel sad for you - kind of like how I’d feel sad for a physically blind person who, I’m sure might be a terrific individual with wonderful abilities...just not the one ability necessary for doing some important things, like knowing what’s right in front of their face. I’ll let you argue with Isaiah when you see him, because he had this to say:
“1 Woe to the crown of pride, to the drunkards of Ephraim, whose glorious beauty is a fading flower, which are on the head of the fat valleys of them that are overcome with wine!
2 Behold, the Lord hath a mighty and strong one, which as a tempest of hail and a destroying storm, as a flood of mighty waters overflowing, shall cast down to the earth with the hand.
3 The crown of pride, the drunkards of Ephraim, shall be trodden under feet:
4 And the glorious beauty, which is on the head of the fat valley, shall be a fading flower, and as the hasty fruit before the summer; which when he that looketh upon it seeth, while it is yet in his hand he eateth it up.
5 In that day shall the Lord of hosts be for a crown of glory, and for a diadem of beauty, unto the residue of his people.” Isaiah 28:1-5
If you try to search commentary for Isaiah 28’s “drunkards of Ephraim” you’ll turn up some disgruntled ex-members of the Church and Fundamentalists, who hope that the drunkards are a reference to the current leaders of the LDS Church because a few verses later Isaiah teaches that “the priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink”. And then, unfortunately, even the TBM’s don’t have a shred to add to our understanding. We can do better than that.
Who are the “drunkards of Ephraim” scheduled to get their comeuppance before the second coming of the Lord? Isaiah chapter 28 doesn’t seem to be talking about corruption of any acknowledged clergy but the ripening for destruction of the false priests and false prophets at the head of our nations - mainly the United States and Great Britain (nations dominated by the blood of Ephraim). Keep in mind that “the crown” - those giving the orders and running the show - aren’t even necessarily elected officials. Couldn’t they include those in intelligence organizations and banking institutions? The usage of the words “priest” and “prophet” should clue us in to the fact that these leaders are receiving revelation, but it is from a false god - howbeit in a coordinated, orchestrated way.
How funny we are when we think that only the work of the Living God (as opposed to the Dying God - which is His opposite) can be well-organized - that only the God of Abraham can have ordinances, covenants, officiators, representatives, priests and prophets.
When I think about the confusion over what’s going on in Syria and the rest of the Middle East, currently, with the flip-flopping of stories and official positions, it’s almost too easy to picture the goings-on that must be happening in secret, influencing what we see and hear without giving us a clear picture of the reasons. I imagine it's not too different from what Hosea described about Ephraim's activities in his day:
There is a dichotomy that exists wherever there is righteous leadership. The tribe of Ephraim is tasked with taking the gospel of Jesus Christ to all the world, and that’s what we have been doing. But an opposite, detrimental task is also being performed and it’s being spear-headed by...you guessed it...by members of the house of Ephraim. To me, it echoes the IRONY that Adolph Hitler and the German people, themselves Semitic (Semites = descendants of Shem), should lead the anti-Semitic movement of the day. It also brings to mind Amulon, the Nephite, who became king of the Lamanites in order to become the great oppressor of the Nephites.
Consider “the priest and the prophet” of Isaiah 28. They have reportedly “erred through strong string” and “are swallowed up of wine...They err in vision, they stumble in judgment. For all tables are full of vomit and filthiness, so that there is no place clean.” What is the wine with which the “drunkards of Ephraim” are intoxicated?
There are some great take-aways from an understanding of just exactly who the Lord is referring to in Isaiah’s prophecy. First of all, when we see these things coming to pass we can take comfort in knowing that not only does the Lord see what’s going on but that he foresaw it. Isaiah described this era of gross decadence in our leadership as a fading flower, indicating that it won’t last forever. He also speaks of the “residue of his people” that will remain faithful to Him.
Being painfully conscious of just a small percentage of the vomit that is covering the tables of our nations, it is a glorious thing to have the commiseration of someone like Isaiah, speaking for the Lord Himself. Besides...being "asleep" isn't that far different from being in a drunken stupor, is it?
What say ye?