Israel will be sifted among all nations. In the last days, the people of Israel will be gathered again into their own land, and it will become productive.

Amos 9:8–15

8 Behold, the eyes of the Lord God are upon the sinful kingdom, and I will destroy it from off the face of the earth; saving that I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob, saith the Lord.
9 For, lo, I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel among all nations, like as corn is sifted in a sieve, yet shall not the least grain fall upon the earth.
10 All the sinners of my people shall die by the sword, which say, The evil shall not overtake nor prevent us.
11 In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old:
12 That they may possess the remnant of Edom, and of all the heathen, which are called by my name, saith the Lord that doeth this.
13 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that soweth seed; and the mountains shall drop sweet wine, and all the hills shall melt.
14 And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them.
15 And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the Lord thy God.

Elder LeGrand Richards wrote:

“In our day, the term ‘Israel’ often refers to the descendants of Judah only, since they have maintained their identity as a race, while the descendants of Joseph and the other sons of Jacob who constituted the Kingdom of Israel were sifted among the nations as the Prophet Amos declared they would be:

“‘. . . I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob, saith the Lord.

“‘For, lo, I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel among all nations, like as corn is sifted in a sieve, yet shall not the least grain fall upon the earth’ (Amos 9:8–9). . . .

“The prophet Amos had declared that the House of Israel would be sifted among the nations, and this accounts for the fact that the seed of Joseph would be gathered from among ‘the heathen nations’:

“‘I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob, saith the Lord.

“‘For, lo, I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel among all nations, like as corn is sifted in a sieve, yet shall not the least grain fall upon the earth’ (Amos 9:8–9). . . .

“The Prophet Amos saw the day when Judah would return again and reconstruct the waste cities of their land:

“‘And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them.

‘And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the Lord thy God’ (Amos 9:14–15) [emphasis added].

“The prophets often spoke of the House of Judah and the House of Israel in the same sense as the Prophet Amos in this quotation: ‘my people of Israel.’ This prophecy . . . can only have reference to the latter-day gathering when ‘they shall no more be pulled up out of their land.'”

(Israel! Do You Know? [1954], 14–15, 171, 204.)

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