Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Mosiah 12:1 - 12:5

Mosiah 12:1 And it came to pass that after the space of two years that Abinadi came among them in disguise, that they knew him not, and began to prophesy among them, saying: Thus has the Lord commanded me, saying—Abinadi, go and prophesy unto this my people, for they have hardened their hearts against my words; they have repented not of their evil doings; therefore, I will visit them in my anger, yea, in my fierce anger will I visit them in their iniquities and abominations.

Two years later, Abinadi comes out of hiding and gains access to the city center through disguise. He immediately starts by telling the people who he is and that he is back by commanded of the Lord. That they have not repented of their sins or their evil life styles. They are now told that the Lord is going to unleash punishment because they have not listened to the warning that Abinadi gave them two years previous.

Mosiah 12:2 Yea, wo be unto this generation! And the Lord said unto me: Stretch forth thy hand and prophesy, saying: Thus saith the Lord, it shall come to pass that this generation, because of their iniquities, shall be brought into bondage, and shall be smitten on the cheek; yea, and shall be driven by men, and shall be slain; and the vultures of the air, and the dogs, yea, and the wild beasts, shall devour their flesh.

Abinadi tells the people that he is here by direct command of the Lord. Further more that they will now be conquered and become slaves to others. That they will be treated harshly such as beaten made to work hard. In addition that those who do not survive the onslaught of their enemies, will be come food for dogs and vultures.

Mosiah 12:3 And it shall come to pass that the life of king Noah shall be valued even as a garment in a hot furnace; for he shall know that I am the Lord.

King Noah will be killed and die by fire.
[It is worth noting that on Abinadi’s first mission, he told them that they could be saved from the enemies if they will repent. Now they are told that that invitation has been withdrawn. They have gone pass the point of repenting to be free of domination by enemies. They will now for sure become slaves. The only thing that will result if they should repent is being completely destroyed as a people. So if they don’t repent, they will be destroyed and be no more or they can repent but the best they can get a this point is slavery. Again if they would have repented when Abinadi came around the first time, they would have remained a free people, but that offer has been taken off the table. They have reach a point of no return.]

Mosiah 12:4 And it shall come to pass that I will smite this my people with sore afflictions, yea, with famine and with pestilence; and I will cause that they shall howl all the day long.

The afflictions that will come upon them will cause them to complain of their condition all the day long. For they will see the lack of food and pestilence.
[I’m sure this will include parents seeing their children either die of starvation or diseases and being distressed over it to the point of deep morning because of their past behavior.]

Mosiah 12:5 Yea, and I will cause that they shall have burdens lashed upon their backs; and they shall be driven before like a dumb ass.

Again those who survive will become slaves and feel the whip as they are forced to labor under hard taskmasters.

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