One last time Nephi delights in the power of the Lord. This chapter is filled with hope. The Lord’s promise is clear: even though Jerusalem would be destroyed as Israel was destroyed and its surviving inhabitants taken captive, there would be some who would return from captivity. And Babylon would be destroyed. “Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass,” said the Lord (v. 24). Projecting this forward to the Second Coming, what is the Lord’s purpose for that destruction? To destroy the world and its influence and to release his people from its bondage.