1 And it came to pass that the angel said unto me: Look, and behold thy seed, [future descendants] and also the seed of thy brethren. And I looked and beheld the land of promise; and I beheld multitudes of people, yea, even as it were in number as many as the sand of the sea. [Nephi is a prophet, seer, and revelator.]
2 And it came to pass that I beheld multitudes gathered together to battle, one against the other; and I beheld wars, and rumors of wars, and great slaughters with the sword among my people.
3 And it came to pass that I beheld many generations pass away, [About 600 years.] after the manner of wars and contentions in the land; and I beheld many cities, yea, even that I did not number them.
4 And it came to pass that I saw a mist of darkness on the face of the land of promise; and I saw lightnings, and I heard thunderings, and earthquakes, and all manner of tumultuous noises; and I saw the earth and the rocks, that they rent; and I saw mountains tumbling into pieces; and I saw the plains of the earth, that they were broken up; and I saw many cities that they were sunk; and I saw many that they were burned with fire; and I saw many that did tumble to the earth, because of the quaking thereof. [See 3 Nephi 8]
5 And it came to pass after I saw these things, I saw the vapor of darkness, that it passed from off the face of the earth; and behold, I saw multitudes who had not fallen because of the great and terrible judgments of the Lord. [These destructions are caused by the dark sun that comes within proximity to the earth. Many times in earth’s history this has occurred and brought destructions. It will again occur in the future, and lead to other destructions, but the most drastic destructions will follow the arrival of the City of Enoch, which will appear as a comet or planet approaching earth, bright in its apparel.]
6 And I saw the heavens open, [spirtual realm] and the Lamb of God descending out of heaven; and he came down and showed himself unto them.
7 And I also saw and bear record that the Holy Ghost fell upon twelve others; [a mantle of light] and they were ordained of God, [given instructions to their callings] and chosen.
8 And the angel spake unto me, saying: Behold the twelve disciples of the Lamb, who are chosen to minister unto thy seed. [He both sees it and then is given the interpretation by the angel.]
9 And he said unto me: Thou rememberest the twelve apostles of the Lamb? Behold they are they who shall judge the twelve tribes of Israel; wherefore, the twelve ministers of thy seed shall be judged of them; for ye are of the house of Israel. [To judge is to organize and to separate. This is occurring even today amongst the Principalities in the First Heaven, a hierarchy of the anointed servants that judges the House of Israel. The twelve apostles of Christ administer over this with a particular arch angel at their head. Only Christ makes the final judgment as to one’s ascension, but he has placed these duties upon his twelve apostles, as has been from before the foundation of the world.]
10 And these twelve ministers whom thou beholdest shall judge thy seed. [A subset to judge.] And, behold, they are righteous forever; for because of their faith in the Lamb of God their garments are made white in his blood. [recipients of Eternal Life]
11 And the angel said unto me: Look! And I looked, and beheld three generations pass away in righteousness; [A generation in this context is the life of a person, which is about 70 years.] and their garments were white even like unto the Lamb of God. And the angel said unto me: These are made white in the blood of the Lamb, because of their faith in him.
12 And I, Nephi, also saw many of the fourth generation who passed away in righteousness.
13 And it came to pass that I saw the multitudes of the earth gathered together.
14 And the angel said unto me: Behold thy seed, and also the seed of thy brethren.
15 And it came to pass that I looked and beheld the people of my seed gathered together in multitudes against the seed of my brethren; and they were gathered together to battle.
16 And the angel spake unto me, saying: Behold the fountain of filthy water which thy father saw; yea, even the river of which he spake; and the depths thereof are the depths of hell. [The river represents the cunning and organization of Satan, which washes away those who come unto it.]
17 And the mists of darkness are the temptations of the devil, which blindeth the eyes, and hardeneth the hearts of the children of men, and leadeth them away into broad roads, that they perish and are lost. [In our day we have more temptations than any time in the history of the world. The mist of darkness is particularly thick, yet there are voices calling out to those on the path to grab hold of the rod. Many are afraid to do so, thinking if they lean in too close they may fall into the river. Some seeking to find a better way fall into forbidden paths. It is difficult, but we can find the rod if we have faith.]
18 And the large and spacious building, which thy father saw, is vain imaginations and the pride of the children of men. [This is the lure of the Adversary, to seek personal gratification and establish a dominion.] And a great and a terrible gulf divideth them; yea, even the word of the justice of the Eternal God, and the Messiah who is the Lamb of God, of whom the Holy Ghost beareth record, from the beginning of the world until this time, and from this time henceforth and forever. [Outer darkness is completely cut off from God’s dominion.]
19 And while the angel spake these words, I beheld and saw that the seed of my brethren did contend against my seed, according to the word of the angel; and because of the pride of my seed, and the temptations of the devil, I beheld that the seed of my brethren did overpower the people of my seed. [The last battle, which actually did not take place in New York, but in the Mountain West.]
20 And it came to pass that I beheld, and saw the people of the seed of my brethren that they had overcome my seed; and they went forth in multitudes upon the face of the land. [Spread out over North America.]
21 And I saw them gathered together in multitudes; and I saw wars and rumors of wars among them; and in wars and rumors of wars I saw many generations pass away.
22 And the angel said unto me: Behold these shall dwindle in unbelief. [Overcome with false traditions.]
23 And it came to pass that I beheld, after they had dwindled in unbelief they became a dark, and loathsome, and a filthy people, full of idleness and all manner of abominations. [This was the state of the American Indian when the explorers of the New World began to come to the Americas in larger numbers.]