This is one of a series of posts about what is referred to as the war chapters in the Book of Mormon (chapters 45 through 62). The Kingdom of Light, the Lord of Light (Christ), the church of Christ, and the doctrine of Christ stand completely opposed to the Kingdom of darkness, the lord of darkness, the church of the devil, and the doctrine of the devil. The modern war chapters are being written as we speak. See with new eyes how the parallels in these specific chapters fulfill one of the three purposes of the Book of Mormon and it is a divine witness and a warning for each soul today.
Previously: Chapter 46
CHAPTER 47 (About 72 B.C.)
1 Now we will return in our record to Amalickiah and those who had fled with him into the wilderness; for, behold, he had taken those who went with him, and went up in the land of Nephi among the Lamanites, and did stir up the Lamanites to anger against the people of Nephi, insomuch that the king of the Lamanites sent a proclamation throughout all his land, among all his people, that they should gather themselves together again to go to battle against the Nephites. [The church of the devil has control over so many resources that they can coordinate them to further their evil designs.]
2 And it came to pass that when the proclamation had gone forth among them they were exceedingly afraid; yea, they feared to displease the king, and they also feared to go to battle against the Nephites lest they should lose their lives. And it came to pass that they would not, or the more part of them would not, obey the commandments of the king.
3 And now it came to pass that the king was wroth because of their disobedience [non-compliance]; therefore he gave Amalickiah the command of that part of his army which was obedient unto his commands, and commanded him that he should go forth and compel them to arms. [Will this happen in the future?]
4 Now behold, this was the desire of Amalickiah; for he being a very subtle man [The church of the devil and its actors are also seemingly subtle, appealing yet cunning.] to do evil therefore he laid the plan in his heart to dethrone the king of the Lamanites.
5 And now he had got the command of those parts of the Lamanites who were in favor of the king; and he sought to gain favor of those who were not obedient; therefore he went forward to the place which was called Onidah, for thither had all the Lamanites fled; for they discovered the army coming, and, supposing that they were coming to destroy them, therefore they fled to Onidah, to the place of arms.
6 And they had appointed a man to be a king and a leader over them [power of one or elite few], being fixed in their minds with a determined resolution that they would not be subjected to go against the Nephites.
7 And it came to pass that they had gathered themselves together upon the top of the mount which was called Antipas, in preparation to battle.
8 Now it was not Amalickiah’s intention to give them battle according to the commandments of the king; but behold, it was his intention to gain favor with the armies of the Lamanites, that he might place himself at their head and dethrone the king and take possession of the kingdom. [Their appetite for control is insatiable]
9 And behold, it came to pass that he caused his army to pitch their tents in the valley which was near the mount Antipas.
10 And it came to pass that when it was night he sent a secret embassy into the mount Antipas, desiring that the leader of those who were upon the mount, whose name was Lehonti, that he should come down to the foot of the mount, for he desired to speak with him.
11 And it came to pass that when Lehonti received the message he durst not go down to the foot of the mount. And it came to pass that Amalickiah sent again the second time, desiring him to come down. And it came to pass that Lehonti would not; and he sent again the third time.
12 And it came to pass that when Amalickiah found that he could not get Lehonti to come down off from the mount, he went up into the mount, nearly to Lehonti’s camp; and he sent again the fourth time his message unto Lehonti, desiring that he would come down, and that he would bring his guards with him.
13 And it came to pass that when Lehonti had come down with his guards to Amalickiah, that Amalickiah desired him to come down with his army in the night-time, and surround those men in their camps over whom the king had given him command, and that he would deliver them up into Lehonti’s hands, if he would make him (Amalickiah) a second leader over the whole army.
14 And it came to pass that Lehonti came down with his men and surrounded the men of Amalickiah, so that before they awoke at the dawn of day they were surrounded by the armies of Lehonti.
15 And it came to pass that when they saw that they were surrounded, they pled with Amalickiah that he would suffer them to fall in with their brethren, that they might not be destroyed. Now this was the very thing which Amalickiah desired. [The church of the devil and its actors will remove anyone by any means that stands in their way. And when that person is no longer of use the them, they can and will dispose of that person.]
16 And it came to pass that he delivered his men, contrary to the commands of the king. Now this was the thing that Amalickiah desired, that he might accomplish his designs in dethroning the king.
17 Now it was the custom among the Lamanites, if their chief leader was killed, to appoint the second leader to be their chief leader.
18 And it came to pass that Amalickiah caused that one of his servants should administer poison by degrees to Lehonti, that he died.
[There are obviously a lot of details of this entire interaction on the original records. Mormon is simply recounting/abridging to us the summary story. The Book of Mormon is clearly not a novel but neither is it just a history book. The abridged portion from Mormon and Moroni is custom designed for us and in this case it is a parallel to our day.]
19 Now, when Lehonti was dead, the Lamanites appointed Amalickiah to be their leader and their chief commander.
20 And it came to pass that Amalickiah marched with his armies (for he had gained his desires) to the land of Nephi, to the city of Nephi, which was the chief city.
21 And the king came out to meet him with his guards, for he supposed that Amalickiah had fulfilled his commands, and that Amalickiah had gathered together so great an army to go against the Nephites to battle.
22 But behold, as the king came out to meet him Amalickiah caused that his servants should go forth to meet the king. And they [Amalichiah sent others to do his dirty work] went and bowed themselves before the king, as if to reverence him because of his greatness.
23 And it came to pass that the king put forth his hand to raise them, as was the custom with the Lamanites, as a token of peace, which custom they had taken from the Nephites.
24 And it came to pass that when he had raised the first from the ground, behold he stabbed the king to the heart; and he fell to the earth. [Lies, deception, fraud, murder and more… all devices of the devil to gain power and control.]
25 Now the servants of the king fled; and the servants of Amalickiah raised a cry, saying:
26 Behold, the servants of the king have stabbed him to the heart, and he has fallen and they have fled; behold, come and see.
27 And it came to pass that Amalickiah commanded that his armies should march forth and see what had happened to the king; and when they had come to the spot, and found the king lying in his gore, Amalickiah pretended to be wroth, and said: Whosoever loved the king, let him go forth, and pursue his servants that they may be slain.
28 And it came to pass that all they who loved the king, when they heard these words, came forth and pursued after the servants of the king. [Cunningly made others out to be the bad guy.]
29 Now when the servants of the king saw an army pursuing after them, they were frightened again, and fled into the wilderness, and came over into the land of Zarahemla and joined the people of Ammon.
30 And the army which pursued after them returned, having pursued after them in vain; and thus Amalickiah, by his fraud, gained the hearts of the people.
[You have to wonder why people give so much loyalty to another human being? What is it that this human being represents to them? What does this human being offer them in exchange for their loyalty to him? The answer is perceived security. It is perceived because when a person crosses or is opposed to the king he will remove them. There is never true freedom when there is power in the hands of one or an elite few. This is true today just as it was then.]
31 And it came to pass on the morrow he entered the city Nephi with his armies, and took possession of the city.
32 And now it came to pass that the queen, when she had heard that the king was slain—for Amalickiah had sent an embassy to the queen informing her that the king had been slain by his servants, that he had pursued them with his army, but it was in vain, and they had made their escape— [Today the governments and other authoritative institutions will tell you that they are working for your good and have your best interests. They want your loyalty and they never want to be questioned.]
33 Therefore, when the queen had received this message she sent unto Amalickiah, desiring him that he would spare the people of the city; and she also desired him that he should come in unto her; and she also desired him that he should bring witnesses with him to testify concerning the death of the king.
34 And it came to pass that Amalickiah took the same servant that slew the king, and all them who were with him, and went in unto the queen, unto the place where she sat; and they all testified unto her that the king was slain by his own servants; and they said also: They have fled; does not this testify against them? And thus they satisfied the queen concerning the death of the king. [Used them to accomplish his evil designs]
35 And it came to pass that Amalickiah sought the favor of the queen, and took her unto him to wife; and thus by his fraud, and by the assistance of his cunning servants, he obtained the kingdom; yea, he was acknowledged king throughout all the land, among all the people of the Lamanites, who were composed of the Lamanites and the Lemuelites and the Ishmaelites, and all the dissenters of the Nephites, from the reign of Nephi down to the present time.
36 Now these dissenters, having the same instruction and the same information of the Nephites, yea, having been instructed in the same knowledge of the Lord, nevertheless, it is strange to relate, not long after their dissensions they became more hardened and impenitent, and more wild, wicked and ferocious than the Lamanites—drinking in with the traditions of the Lamanites; giving way to indolence, and all manner of lasciviousness; yea, entirely forgetting the Lord their God.
Next: The Modern War Chapters: Alma 48
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Thank you for posting this analysis. While it’s mostly a cut/paste with a spattering of comments, I find it refreshing that anyone would choose to post on this most disparaged, yet crucial topic in scripture.
I don’t believe anyone idolizes Moroni anymore. This is too bad. My concern is that people either skip the later half of the book of Alma due to discomfort, disinterest or a false sense that the topic is irrelevant in modern days. This couldn’t be further from the truth.
Here we have a man, Moroni, who is given perhaps the best character sketch in all of scripture, and also the highest praise, yet, people cast aside what he actually did in exercising faith: taking up the sword and leading his people in martial combat and focus on calling people to repentance. Moroni proselytized by action and not words only, as did the sons of Mosiah CONTEND, and thereby convert around half the Lamanite nation. Let us not spiritualize this away, thinking our works can be in any way equivalent if we ourselves don’t put it all on the line. Are we not slothful servants if we need to be commanded in all things, including physical preparation for war? Moroni sets the example for emulation of a god fearing servant who acts in faith. One cannot read of his works and believe he feared man more than God. He even called out governor Pahoran who was slothful in communicating the dire situation back in the capital with the traitorous kingmen.
In today’s soy-boy culture of indolence and lack of real work for most, it is crucial we take Moroni as a shining example of Christ-like action. Being a dangerous man, yet exercising a connection with divinity to discern how and when to be deadly in action is the definition of meekness. A some point, turning the other cheek is slothful, denying the power of God and exposing those you should love to unnecessary harm. Let us not forget an aspect of Christ is that of a warrior. Swords, shields, breastplates and helmets are much more than a catchy metaphor. Their use separates men, sons unto God, from boys and the indolent. It is un-American, irresponsible and un-Christian to expect others to do what we fail to do out of fear and sloth.
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