Moshiah 3:21 - 3:27
Moshiah 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.
The only ones who will escape from this knowledge will be those who are incapable of understanding it such as little children.
Moshiah 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.
And since King Benjamin has given this speech, his people are no longer excused from living gospel principles because of ignorance. They are now responsible for what he has taught them and will be held accountable for what they have heard from his lips.
Moshiah 3:23 And now I have spoken the words which the Lord God hath commanded me.
He has only spoken what he was commanded to by the Lord.
Moshiah 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.
It will be these words that the Lord will use as a bench mark to measure their faithfulness to the gospel. Their works will be compared to King Benjamin’s teachings and judgment will be passed on how well they have live up to them.
Moshiah 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.
If they have not lived up to what they know they should have, a flash back of their lives after death will show them where they have fallen short and they will begin to have a guilty conscience. That will in turn cause them to not want to be in God’s presence because of their guilty conscience. This guilty conscience will be with them forever and their will be no relief from their memories of their evil acts. This is the condition of the damned soul.
Moshiah 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.
This condition can no more be withheld from them because of their wickedness than Adam not falling because of partaking of the fruit of knowledge of good and evil. Mercy does not play a roll here. You break the laws, you are punished, period.
Moshiah 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.
This is what is meant by fire and brimstone, that is, a guilty conscience that will never cease brothering you. You will always remember your guilt and will not want to be around those who have repented of their sins and tried to live the gospel. Their righteousness will make you uncomfortable and you will wish to be with others who are of like disposition.