1 And after Christ shall have risen from the dead he shall show himself unto you, my children, and my beloved brethren; and the words which he shall speak unto you shall be the law which ye shall do. [Nephi prophesies of Christ’s coming to the Nephites, because he saw it in vision.]
2 For behold, I say unto you that I have beheld that many generations shall pass away, and there shall be great wars and contentions among my people.
3 And after the Messiah shall come there shall be signs given unto my people of his birth [When the night came it would not be dark.], and also of his death and resurrection; and great and terrible shall that day be unto the wicked, for they shall perish [The terrible destructions and three days without light.]; and they perish because they cast out the prophets, and the saints, and stone them, and slay them; wherefore the cry of the blood of the saints shall ascend up to God from the ground against them. [God’s judgments]
4 Wherefore, all those who are proud, and that do wickedly, the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of Hosts, for they shall be as stubble.
5 And they that kill the prophets, and the saints, the depths of the earth shall swallow them up, saith the Lord of Hosts; and mountains shall cover them, and whirlwinds shall carry them away, and buildings shall fall upon them and crush them to pieces and grind them to powder.
6 And they shall be visited with thunderings, and lightnings, and earthquakes, and all manner of destructions, for the fire of the anger of the Lord shall be kindled against them, and they shall be as stubble, and the day that cometh shall consume them, saith the Lord of Hosts. [Nephi sees these destructions about 600 years before they occur.]
7 O the pain, and the anguish of my soul for the loss of the slain of my people! For I, Nephi, have seen it, and it well nigh consumeth [overwhelms] me before the presence of the Lord; but I must cry unto my God: Thy ways are just.
8 But behold, the righteous that hearken unto the words of the prophets, and destroy them not, but look forward unto Christ with steadfastness for the signs which are given, notwithstanding all persecution—behold, they are they which shall not perish. [This is a type for how the righteous will withstand the day of judgment in the last days.]
9 But the Son of Righteousness [Christ] shall appear unto them; and he shall heal them, and they shall have peace with him, until three generations shall have passed away, and many of the fourth generation shall have passed away in righteousness. [4th Nephi]
10 And when these things have passed away a speedy destruction cometh unto my people; for, notwithstanding the pains of my soul, I have seen it; wherefore, I know that it shall come to pass; and they sell themselves for naught [give up their blessings for nothing]; for, for the reward of their pride and their foolishness they shall reap destruction; for because they yield unto the devil and choose works of darkness rather than light, therefore they must go down to hell. [The exact same thing is occurring in our today.]
11 For the Spirit of the Lord will not always strive with man. And when the Spirit ceaseth to strive with man then cometh speedy destruction, and this grieveth my soul.
12 And as I spake concerning the convincing of the Jews [the last chapter], that Jesus is the very Christ, it must needs be that the Gentiles be convinced also that Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God; [The coming Church of the Gentiles]
13 And that he manifesteth himself unto all those who believe in him, by the power of the Holy Ghost; yea, unto every nation, kindred, tongue, and people, working mighty miracles, signs, and wonders, among the children of men according to their faith. [the Times of the Gentiles]
14 But behold, I prophesy unto you concerning the last days; concerning the days when the Lord God shall bring these things [these records] forth unto the children of men.
15 After my seed and the seed of my brethren shall have dwindled in unbelief, and shall have been smitten by the Gentiles [after the Indian Nations have fallen to the new people which inhabit the land]; yea, after the Lord God shall have camped against them round about, and shall have laid siege against them with a mount, and raised forts against them; and after they shall have been brought down low in the dust, even that they are not, yet the words of the righteous shall be written, and the prayers of the faithful shall be heard, and all those who have dwindled in unbelief shall not be forgotten. [there will be a change and blessing brought forth]
16 For those who shall be destroyed [Native American ancestors] shall speak unto them out of the ground, and their speech shall be low out of the dust, and their voice shall be as one that hath a familiar spirit; for the Lord God will give unto him [Moroni] power, that he may whisper concerning them, even as it were out of the ground; and their speech shall whisper out of the dust. [the records]
17 For thus saith the Lord God: They shall write the things which shall be done among them, and they shall be written and sealed up in a book, and those who have dwindled in unbelief shall not have them, for they seek to destroy the things of God. [The fallen Nephites and Lamanites]
18 Wherefore, as those who have been destroyed have been destroyed speedily; and the multitude of their terrible ones shall be as chaff that passeth away—yea, thus saith the Lord God: It shall be at an instant, suddenly— [The remaining Nephites shall be destroyed.]
19 And it shall come to pass, that those who have dwindled in unbelief [Native Americans] shall be smitten by the hand of the Gentiles.
20 And the Gentiles are lifted up in the pride of their eyes, and have stumbled, because of the greatness of their stumbling block, that they have built up many churches; nevertheless, they put down the power and miracles of God, and preach up unto themselves their own wisdom and their own learning, that they may get gain and grind upon the face of the poor. [Any Church that inhibits the gifts of the Spirit (miracles), and preaches the words of their own ministers, and thereby increases their gain and control, is fallen.]
21 And there are many churches built up which cause envyings, and strifes, and malice. [Churches that compete against each other.]
22 And there are also secret combinations, even as in times of old, according to the combinations of the devil, for he is the founder of all these things; yea, the founder of murder, and works of darkness; yea, and he leadeth them by the neck with a flaxen cord, until he bindeth them with his strong cords forever. [This is the state of today’s Church of the Gentiles. Such secret combinations are not known to the people, but the Lord knows.]
23 For behold, my beloved brethren, I say unto you that the Lord God worketh not in darkness. [The Lord does not work amongst his church in secret, this is where Satan performs his darkness. (This is not a condemnation of temple ordinances, as such information is readily available.)]
24 He doeth not anything save it be for the benefit of the world; for he loveth the world, even that he layeth down his own life that he may draw all men unto him. Wherefore, he commandeth none that they shall not partake of his salvation. [No person is denied baptism for any reason if they desire it.]
25 Behold, doth he cry unto any, saying: Depart from me? Behold, I say unto you, Nay; but he saith: Come unto me all ye ends of the earth, buy milk and honey, without money and without price. [No emissary of the Lord is justified to deny entrance to the kingdom of God based upon previous sin, habits, or allegiances. Only one requirement; do you accept Jesus Christ as your Savior? If the person performing the baptism is accepted of God and the one receiving has real intent, it is honored of the Lord.]
26 Behold, hath he commanded any that they should depart out of the synagogues, or out of the houses of worship? Behold, I say unto you, Nay.
27 Hath he commanded any that they should not partake of his salvation? Behold I say unto you, Nay; but he hath given it free for all men; and he hath commanded his people [Church of Christ] that they should persuade all men to repentance. [turn their hearts to God]
28 Behold, hath the Lord commanded any that they should not partake of his goodness? Behold I say unto you, Nay; but all men [mankind] are privileged the one like unto the other, and none are forbidden. [This is the purpose of the Times of the Gentiles, to bring the Gospel to the entire world.]
29 He commandeth that there shall be no priestcrafts; for, behold, priestcrafts are that men preach and set themselves up for a light unto the world, that they may get gain and praise of the world; but they seek not the welfare of Zion. [This is a powerful condemnation against the Church of the Gentiles. If they preach for the purpose of promoting themselves in any way, to garner the praise of others, or to gain anything other than to inspire repentance of the people, they are exercising priestcraft. Priestcraft is like being a professional clergy, where one is supported by the funds given to the Church, or by money made indirectly because of their position of authority. What does it mean to seek the welfare of Zion? A Zion people are those that know the Lord, they are equal in spirit and love, without any form of pecking order, they seek a relationship with Jesus that is uninhibited. There is no place upon the accessible world today where a Zion society exists. But it is coming.]
30 Behold, the Lord hath forbidden this thing; wherefore, the Lord God hath given a commandment that all men should have charity, which charity is love [Christ’s love]. And except they should have charity they were nothing. Wherefore, if they should have charity they would not suffer the laborer in Zion to perish. [The opposite of priestcraft, where the person exercises love according to their own pleasure, is to have charity, where all love is performed by the Spirit for the welfare of Zion; or in other words, to bring others to Christ.]
31 But the laborer in Zion shall labor for Zion; for if they labor for money they shall perish. [Strong words against those who seek their own interests instead of bringing others to Christ.]
32 And again, the Lord God hath commanded that men should not murder; that they should not lie; that they should not steal; that they should not take the name of the Lord their God in vain; that they should not envy; that they should not have malice; that they should not contend one with another; that they should not commit whoredoms; and that they should do none of these things; for whoso doeth them shall perish. [A strong emphasis on the Ten Commandments. Even though the Mosaic Law is ended in Christ today, we are still reminded to remember to keep these commandments.]
33 For none of these iniquities come of the Lord; for he doeth that which is good among the children of men [There are those who claim that some of these established sins are justified if the Lord commands it. If any man preaches this he is false. If they use rare examples from the scriptures, including Abraham and Nephi, they do not understand the Lord or His ways. Be careful.]; and he doeth nothing save it be plain [simply understood] unto the children of men [Gentiles]; and he inviteth them all to come unto him and partake of his goodness [gift of the Holy Ghost]; and he denieth none that come unto him [caveat is that they must come], black and white, bond and free, male and female; and he remembereth the heathen; and all are alike unto God, both Jew and Gentile.
Many who read this chapter will make conclusions in their minds who these words are condemning. The Church of the Gentiles includes all churches which inhibit people from coming unto Christ. I do not specify their names because it is your responsibility to pray and seek personal revelation regarding these things.
When the Lord reveals himself in the last days He will separate the wheat from the tares and all hidden things shall be made known. If you seek to know truth now, it will be given unto you according to your faith by the power of the Holy Ghost.