If you hadn't fully appreciated the prophesies of Isaiah before, let me share with you one that will send chills down your spine, and it's only terrifying because it's what's happening now.
I might have given away from the opening image the fact that the Greek word from which "sorceries" is translated, throughout the Bible, is "pharmakeia." I hate to be redundant, but here is a caption from Strong's Bible resource:
Through the use of parallelism, Isaiah happens to be addressing both the people of his day and ours. Specifically, he speaks to the daughters of Babylon and Chaldea, which are both physical nations and spiritual ones. Isaiah, repeated by Nephi, says, "Go ye forth of Babylon, flee ye from the Chaldeans." (Isaiah 48:20, 1 Nephi 20:14). Every corner of today's world has become Babylon and is filled with Chaldeans. Abraham was literally living in the land of the Chaldeans, the residence of his fathers (Abraham 1:1). Do we recall what his experience was there? "The priests laid violence upon me" he said, describing how his own father was complicit in placing him upon the altar of idolatry and allowed priests of false gods to attempt to sacrifice him, as they had done to three innocent girls, as related in the same account. Abraham speaks of the altar of sacrifice that was "in the form of a bedstead, such as was had among the Chaldeans."
The above questions are honest ones that we should be able to examine individually and collectively. If our response to these suggestions is highly emotional, maybe we should ask ourselves, "why?"
Let's go back to Isaiah 47's description of "the multitude of...sorceries and great abundance of...enchantments" being the cause of the loss of children and older people (implied by widowhood - not sure that there was such a distinction made as "widowerhood"). We're always going to get a clearer picture when we cross-reference:
If this is a legitimate line of thought, and pharmaceutical/chemical companies are the merchants in question, and any non-scientific (i.e. perpetuated by fraud and deceit) pharmaceutical drugs, interventions and other toxic environmental chemicals are the sorceries we are warned of...where is all this loss of children and older people? Are these the children never born because of increasing rates of infertility and sterility? Are these the children and adults dying of cancer and chronic disease? Are these the children susceptible to the growing epidemic rates of autism and the adult versions of autism, which include dementia and Alzheimer's?
I wholeheartedly agree with Elder Dallin H. Oaks that Latter-day Saints "believe in applying the best available scientific knowledge and techniques." Medical science should not be at odds with our faith, it is true. And in Elder Holland's epic "Like a Broken Vessel" talk, he outlined some sage advice about health, such as: safeguarding ourselves against depletion and if ill health continues despite our best efforts, to "seek the advice of reputable people with certified training, professional skills, and good values" and to "prayerfully and responsibly consider the counsel they give and the solutions they prescribe." This is a far cry from an abdication of personal responsibility for our health, even into the hands of someone with a degree or a name like the CDC.
Those of my generation might have noticed that this peculiar state of physical degeneration we are in has come about quickly. Things that were almost unheard of thirty or forty years ago are commonplace now: children with ulcerative colitis or rheumatoid arthritis, food allergies, seasonal allergies, skyrocketing rates of neurological conditions and auto-immune diseases in young and old. This is the new normal. And it has come about, in part, due to a form of idolatry. We have assigned the power to save us to those whose chain of authority goes all the way to entities who are not godlike, who are actually enemies to the true and living God. We have put our trust in the arm of flesh.
Consider the ingredients used in withcraft of folklore:
Now, consider some of the ingredients in vaccines: monkey kidney cells, aborted fetal tissue, caterpillar larvae, dog kidney, mouse brain and chicken embryos. Does man, today, not only make for himself idols of gold and silver but of aluminum and mercury?
Whay say ye?