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(3:1-27) "And again my brethren, I would call your attention, for I have somewhat more to speak
unto you; for behold, I have things to tell you concerning that which is to come. ... Thus hath the Lord commanded me. Amen."|
Mosiah is going to tell us one more time about Jesus, who will be born in another 120 years or so. This is the umpteenth time Jesus is
prophesied in great detail in the Book of Mormon. It's almost as though the whole thing was written using language that mimicked the
King James Version of the Bible by someone living in nineteenth century America.
(3:2) "The things which I shall tell you are made known unto me by an angel from God. And he said unto me:
Awake; and I awoke, and behold he stood before me."
|3:1 And again my brethren, I would call your attention, for I have somewhat more to speak unto you; for
behold, I have things to tell you concerning that which is to come.
|3:2 And the things which I shall tell you are made known unto me by an angel from God. And he said unto me:
Awake; and I awoke, and behold he stood before me.
|3:3 And he said unto me: Awake, and hear the words which I shall tell thee; for behold, I am come to declare
unto you the glad tidings of great joy.
|3:4 For the Lord hath heard thy prayers, and hath judged of thy righteousness, and hath sent me to declare
unto thee that thou mayest rejoice; and that thou mayest declare unto thy people, that they may also be filled with
|3:5 For behold, the time cometh, and is not far distant, that with power,
the Lord Omnipotent who reigneth,
who was, and is from all eternity to all eternity, shall come down from heaven among the children of men, and shall
dwell in a tabernacle of clay, and shall go forth amongst men, working mighty miracles, such as healing the sick,
raising the dead, causing the lame to walk, the blind to receive their sight, and the deaf to hear, and curing all
manner of diseases. ||
(3:5) The Lord God omnipotent reigneth. -- Revelation 19:6
(3:6) "He shall cast out devils, or the evil spirits which dwell in the hearts of the
children of men."
Devils dwell in the hearts of the children of men. But Jesus will cast them out when he comes.
(3:7) "Blood cometh from every pore"
When Jesus dies, 150 or so years later, blood will come from every pore.
(3:8) "He shall be called Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Father of heaven and earth."
Jesus, who wouldn't be born for another 120 years or so, will be both the Son of God and the Father of heaven and earth.
|3:6 And he shall cast out devils, or the evil spirits which dwell in the hearts of the
children of men.
|3:7 And lo, he shall suffer temptations, and pain of body, hunger, thirst, and fatigue, even more than man
can suffer, except it be unto death; for behold, blood cometh from every pore, so great shall be his anguish for the
wickedness and the abominations of his people.
|3:8 And he shall be called Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Father of heaven and earth, the Creator of all
things from the beginning; and his mother shall be called Mary.
|3:9 And lo, he cometh unto his own, that salvation might come unto the children of men even through faith on
his name; and even after all this they shall consider him a man, and say that he hath a devil, and shall scourge him,
and shall crucify him. ||
|3:10 And he shall rise the third day from the dead; and behold, he standeth to judge the world; and behold,
all these things are done that a righteous judgment might come upon the children of men. ||
|3:11 For behold, and also his blood atoneth for the sins of those who have fallen by the transgression of
Adam, who have died not knowing the will of God concerning them, or who have ignorantly sinned. ||
|3:12 But wo, wo unto him who knoweth that he rebelleth against God! For salvation cometh to none such
except it be through repentance and faith on the Lord Jesus Christ. ||
|3:13 And the Lord God hath sent his holy prophets among all the children of men,
to declare these things to every kindred, nation, and tongue, that thereby whosoever should believe that Christ should come, the same might receive
remission of their sins, and rejoice with exceedingly great joy, even as though he had already
come among them. ||
(3:13) to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people. --
|3:14 Yet the Lord God saw that his people were a stiffnecked people, and he appointed unto them a law, even
the law of Moses. ||
|3:15 And many signs, and wonders, and types, and shadows showed he unto them,
concerning his coming; and also holy prophets spake unto them concerning his coming; and yet they hardened their hearts,
and understood not that the law of Moses availeth nothing except it were through the atonement of his blood. ||
|3:16 And even if it were possible that little children could sin they could not be saved; but I say unto you
they are blessed; for behold, as in Adam, or by nature, they fall, even so the blood of Christ atoneth for their
|3:17 And moreover, I say unto you, that there shall be no other name given nor any other way nor means
whereby salvation can come unto the children of men, only in and through the name of Christ, the Lord
Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given
among men, whereby we must be saved. -- Acts 4:12
|3:18 For behold he judgeth, and his judgment is just; and the infant perisheth not that dieth in his
infancy; but men drink damnation to their own souls except they humble themselves and become as little
and believe that salvation was, and is, and is to come, in and through the atoning blood of Christ, the Lord
(3:18) become as little children -- Matthew 18:3
|3:19 For the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam, and will be, forever
and ever, unless he yields to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint
through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient,
full of love,
willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his
(3:19) "Humble, patient, and full of love"|
It is good to be humble, patient, and full of love.
|3:20 And moreover, I say unto you, that the time shall come when the knowledge of the Savior shall spread
throughout every nation, kindred, tongue, and people. ||
nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people -- Revelation 14:6
|3:21 And behold, when that time cometh, none shall
be found blameless before God, except it be little children, only through repentance and faith on the name of
the Lord God Omnipotent. ||
(3:21) The Lord God omnipotent reigneth. -- Revelation 19:6
|3:22 And even at this time, when thou shalt have taught thy people the things which the Lord thy God hath
commanded thee, even then are they found no more blameless in the sight of God, only according to the words which
I have spoken unto thee. ||
|3:23 And now I have spoken the words which the Lord God hath commanded me. ||
|3:24 And thus saith the Lord: They shall stand as a bright testimony against this people, at the judgment
day; whereof they shall be judged, every man according to his works, whether they be good, or whether they be evil. ||
|3:25 And if they be evil they are consigned to an awful view of their own guilt and
abominations, which doth cause them to shrink from the presence of the Lord into a state of misery and
endless torment, from whence they can no more return; therefore they have drunk damnation to their own souls. ||
The damned are in a state of misery and endless torment.
(3:25) "A state of misery and endless torment, from whence they can no more return; therefore they have drunk damnation to their own souls."
He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone.... And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for
ever and ever. -- Revelation 14:10-11
(3:27) "Their torment is as a lake of fire and brimstone, whose flames
are unquenchable, and whose smoke ascendeth up forever and ever."
|3:26 Therefore, they have drunk out of the cup of the wrath of God, which justice could no more deny unto
them than it could deny that Adam should fall because of his partaking of the forbidden fruit; therefore, mercy could
have claim on them no more forever.
|3:27 And their torment is as a lake of fire and brimstone, whose flames
are unquenchable, and whose smoke ascendeth up forever and ever.
Thus hath the Lord commanded me. Amen.
- Dwindling in Unbelief
- Mosiah 2-6: The King's Speech
- The Annotated Book of Mormon
- Mosiah 3