Plates of Brass are Future Prophecy – 1 Nephi 5:1-22

I am doing a careful examination of the Book of Mormon to share some of my insights and revelations for those who are interested. Pray for your own confirmation and revelation as you read these thoughts. 

1 And it came to pass that after we had come down into the wilderness unto our father, behold, he was filled with joy, and also my mother, Sariah, was exceedingly glad, for she truly had mourned because of us. [The doubts had begun to creep in, which is common as we wait patiently on the Lord.]

2 For she had supposed that we had perished in the wilderness; [to bandits] and she also had complained against my father, telling him that he was a visionary man; saying: Behold thou hast led us forth from the land of our inheritance, and my sons are no more, and we perish in the wilderness. [She had not received a witness of what her husband had received.]

3 And after this manner of language had my mother complained against my father. [Notice the word “complained,” which is different than to murmur.]

4 And it had come to pass that my father spake unto her, saying: I know that I am a visionary man; for if I had not seen the things of God in a vision I should not have known the goodness of God, but had tarried at Jerusalem, and had perished with my brethren. [Lehi’s experiences were all visionary and in the Spirit, yet to him, as tangible as anything. In today’s world to see in vision, especially the Lord, is also often dismissed as imaginary.]

5 But behold, I have obtained a land of promise, [A covenant] in the which things I do rejoice; yea, and I know that the Lord will deliver my sons out of the hands of Laban, and bring them down again unto us in the wilderness. [There was a fear in Lehi that Laban would be angry with his sons for their request, but he remembered the Lord’s promise to him.]

6 And after this manner of language did my father, Lehi, comfort my mother, Sariah, concerning us, while we journeyed in the wilderness up to the land of Jerusalem, to obtain the record of the Jews.

7 And when we had returned to the tent of my father, behold their joy was full, and my mother was comforted. [The phrase “joy is full’ is to mean that your joy in the realization that your faith is complete.]

8 And she spake, saying: Now I know of a surety that the Lord hath commanded my husband to flee into the wilderness; yea, and I also know of a surety that the Lord hath protected my sons, and delivered them out of the hands of Laban, and given them power whereby they could accomplish the thing which the Lord hath commanded them. And after this manner of language did she speak. [Sariah required evidence to build her faith. More blessed are those who believe without evidence.]

9 And it came to pass that they did rejoice exceedingly, and did offer sacrifice and burnt offerings unto the Lord; and they gave thanks unto the God of Israel. [The most sacred form of worship to the Hebrews. Interesting that Lehi is doing this outside the confines of the temple in Jerusalem. He knew that God would honor His sacrifice of holiness as he received it by revelation or commandment.]

10 And after they had given thanks unto the God of Israel, my father, Lehi, took the records which were engraven upon the plates of brass, and he did search them from the beginning. [The scriptures in their fullness were not readily available to all the Jews. For this reason Lehi often paid scribes to transcribe certain portions for his personal collection. This often required an expense to the scribe and a certain payment to the head of the treasury (Laban). For the first time Lehi was able to read the entire record.]

11 And he beheld that they did contain the five books of Moses, which gave an account of the creation of the world, and also of Adam and Eve, who were our first parents;

12 And also a record of the Jews from the beginning, even down to the commencement of the reign of Zedekiah, king of Judah;

13 And also the prophecies of the holy prophets, from the beginning, even down to the commencement of the reign of Zedekiah; and also many prophecies which have been spoken by the mouth of Jeremiah. [The plates were kept current by the scribes.]

14 And it came to pass that my father, Lehi, also found upon the plates of brass a genealogy of his fathers; wherefore he knew that he was a descendant of Joseph; yea, even that Joseph who was the son of Jacob, who was sold into Egypt, and who was preserved by the hand of the Lord, that he might preserve his father, Jacob, and all his household from perishing with famine.

15 And they were also led out of captivity and out of the land of Egypt, by that same God who had preserved them.

16 And thus my father, Lehi, did discover the genealogy of his fathers. And Laban also was a descendant of Joseph, wherefore he and his fathers had kept the records. [Joseph himself kept the records, which responsibility was passed down through his lineage. Laban had risen amongst the scribes to gain favor with the King and was given the honor to be the Keeper of the Treasury.]

17 And now when my father saw all these things, he was filled with the Spirit, and began to prophesy concerning his seed— [The Spirit of Prophecy for the purpose of revealing the Lord’s will to Lehi’s family.]

18 That these plates of brass should go forth unto all nations, kindreds, tongues, and people who were of his seed. [The day would come when the seed of Lehi (Native Americans), who had divided into nations, and peoples, and languages, would be able read these records.]

19 Wherefore, he said that these plates of brass should neverperish; neither should they be dimmed any more by time. And he prophesied many things concerning his seed. [Has this prophecy been fulfilled in the translation of the Bible? Did not the Brass Plates contain the writings of the Old Testament? Yes; however, this prophecy is speaking specifically about the Brass Plates, which exist today hidden in the Hill Shim whose location is not revealed to the world. When the records in the Hill Shim are brought forth and translated, their words shall be first shared with the descendants of Lehi. At this time they will be in the process of establishing Zion after the great destruction have begun upon this land. The records will be of great worth to the people of Joseph (the Lamanite Prophet,) as these writings will detail their ancestry and also will give them the fullness of the Book of Mormon, which will include the record of Lehi in its entirety.]

20 And it came to pass that thus far I and my father had kept the commandments [revelations] wherewith the Lord had commanded us.

21 And we had obtained the records which the Lord had commanded us, and searched them and found that they were desirable; yea, even of great worth unto us, insomuch that we could preserve the commandments of the Lord unto our children. [The record was not missing anything.]

22 Wherefore, it was wisdom [foresight] in the Lord that we should carry them with us, as we journeyed in the wilderness towards the land of promise.

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13 Responses to Plates of Brass are Future Prophecy – 1 Nephi 5:1-22

  1. woodberries says:

    Thank you for sharing. Could you explain how complaining is different than murmuring? TIA Heather


  2. Complaining is voicing your concerns. Murmuring, in the context of scripture, is voicing your lack of trust in the Lord. There can be a fine line between the two, but murmuring is worse because it often prevents the blessings from coming forth. We need to learn to patiently learn to wait on the Lord for the fulfillment of the promises. Until we learn the lesson we often wander in the wilderness of our lack of faith for a season, or forever. If Sariah had received a witness of her husbands prophetic calling and then expressed her frustrations in the Lord, that would be murmuring.

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  3. Rebecca Brent says:

    Thank you for explaining this prophecy of the brass plates. When you say that “they” will be in the process of establishing Zion, are you referring to the descendants of Lehi? And is this the first Zion?

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  4. I am referring to both First Zion and those that will build the New Jerusalem.

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  5. Theta32 says:

    In verse 19 you mention: “The records will be of great worth to the people of Joseph (the Lamanite Prophet,) as these writings will detail their ancestry . . . .”

    Is your reference to Joseph, the descendants of Joseph who was sold into Egypt, or the name of the Lamanite prophet in the latter days? Or is it both?

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  6. It is applicable to both the descendants of ancient Joseph, and the modern Lamanite prophet Joseph.

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  7. Jeremiah Crandall says:

    Do you know anything about the Lamanite prophet Joseph in our day?


  8. You will find much in my book “A Witness of the End of Times.”


  9. Karla says:

    Is he Native American? Or South America? Or are they the same?

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  10. His ancestry is Hebrew, and he is not South American, which is different.

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  11. Karla says:

    Thanks! What I meant when I asked about being “diffident” was if Native Americans and Mayan descendants are not related through the lineage of Lehi? Or are they both Lehi’s descendants? Are Mayans, Incas, not of Hebrew lineage? Sorry, I’m Hispanic and have Mayan in me, so I’ve always considered myself a lamanite descendant, my patriarchal blessing says I’m from the tribe of Manasseh.


  12. The further south you go the more that lineage becomes diluted. The remnant of the seed of Lehi were North American and some migrated south after the destructions.

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  13. If they had such a huge issue with Jeremiah at the time and wanting to kill him and not listen, etc. Why would the brass plates keep current with his prophecies? [Jeremiah was both respected and hated by the people. The scribes knew. PR]


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