1 And again my brethren, I would call your attention, for I have somewhat more to speak unto you; for behold, I have things to tell you concerning that which is to come.
2 And the things which I shall tell you are made known unto me by an angel from God. And he said unto me: Awake; and I awoke, and behold he stood before me. [The purpose of a seraphim is to carry a message to us from the Throne of Heaven. These are the most common messengers that prophets receive. They speak to you as one man speaks to another. You see them with your spiritual eyes, yet it can be difficult to tell the difference between whether it is physical or spiritual, except that the light is as noon day.]
3 And he said unto me: Awake, and hear the words which I shall tell thee; for behold, I am come to declare unto you the glad tidings of great joy. [This is similar wording as how the angels spoke to the shepherds in Bethlehem.]
4 For the Lord hath heard thy prayers, and hath judged of thy righteousness, and hath sent me to declare unto thee that thou mayest rejoice; and that thou mayest declare unto thy people, that they may also be filled with joy. [Angels from the Throne always acknowledge the Lord their God.]
5 For behold, the time cometh, and is not far distant, that with power, the Lord Omnipotent who reigneth, who was, and is from all eternity to all eternity, shall come down from heaven among the children of men, and shall dwell in a tabernacle of clay, and shall go forth amongst men, working mighty miracles, such as healing the sick, raising the dead, causing the lame to walk, the blind to receive their sight, and the deaf to hear, and curing all manner of diseases. [It was part of the mission of Christ to perform these miracles to witness of His divinity. Not all prophets are called to publicly do these things. The gatherers of the last days will be called to do much of this too.]
6 And he shall cast out devils, or the evil spirits which dwell in the hearts of the children of men. [Lying spirits are common amongst many people. A servant of God must know how to deal with the Adversary. It is a part of the job.]
7 And lo, he shall suffer temptations, and pain of body, hunger, thirst, and fatigue, even more than man can suffer, except it be unto death; for behold, blood cometh from every pore, so great shall be his anguish for the wickedness and the abominations of his people. [The Atonement required Jesus to suffer everything, to fully know for whom He would redeem. The most difficult part was the spiritual one-ment with each soul He would save, which occurred in Gethsemane. He literally knew each of us at that time.]
8 And he shall be called Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Father of heaven and earth, the Creator of all things from the beginning; and his mother shall be called Mary. [Its remarkable how much detail was revealed to King Benjamin that few knew in the old world concerning Christ.]
9 And lo, he cometh unto his own, that salvation might come unto the children of men even through faith on his name; and even after all this they shall consider him a man, and say that he hath a devil, and shall scourge him, and shall crucify him.
10 And he shall rise the third day from the dead; and behold, he standeth to judge the world; and behold, all these things are done that a righteous judgment [separation] might come upon the children of men. [The purpose of His coming, to raise up those who will have them be their Father, to become like Him.]
11 For behold, and also his blood atoneth for the sins of those who have fallen by the transgression of Adam, who have died not knowing the will of God concerning them, or who have ignorantly sinned. [The mercy of those without the law. Moroni 8:22]
12 But wo, wo unto him who knoweth that he rebelleth against God! For salvation cometh to none such except it be through repentance and faith on the Lord Jesus Christ. [These are perdition.]
13 And the Lord God hath sent his holy prophets among all the children of men, to declare these things to every kindred, nation, and tongue, that thereby whosoever should believe that Christ should come, the same might receive remission of their sins, and rejoice with exceedingly great joy, even as though he had already come among them.
14 Yet the Lord God saw that his people were a stiffnecked people, and he appointed unto them a law, even the law of Moses. [This is the reason for its perceived harshness, to help them to learn obedience and prevent them from falling into forbidden paths.]
15 And many signs, and wonders, and types, and shadows showed he unto them, concerning his coming; and also holy prophets spake unto them concerning his coming; and yet they hardened their hearts, and understood not that the law of Moses availeth nothing except it were through the atonement of his blood. [These are the holy feasts, the temple sacrifices, the types in nature, and the words of the holy prophets, all pointing to Christ. It was critical to their salvation that they not only perform these symbolic ordinances and duties, but they understand in detail their meaning. When temple ordinances are performed ignorantly it shows that the leadership doesn’t know their duty to teach the people and thereby the blood and sins of their generation will fall upon them in the last day.]
16 And even if it were possible that little children could sin they could not be saved; but I say unto you they are blessed; for behold, as in Adam, or by nature [our temporal nature], they fall, even so the blood of Christ atoneth for their sins. [The word “sin” is often misunderstood. To sin is to be out of harmony with God’s higher laws. By nature of our temporal bodies we exist in a sinful state. We are born this way. The atonement of Christ prevents those who are innocent from being sucked into the dominion of the Adversary and in that manner are saved; however, they do not guarantee the soul Eternal Life. Each must make that choice, whether in this life or the next. This is a mystery.]
17 And moreover, I say unto you, that there shall be no other name given nor any other way nor means whereby salvation can come unto the children of men, only in and through the name of Christ, the Lord Omnipotent. [There are those today who believe that Christ is just one of many ways in which a soul can be saved. This is false. Many religions teach peace and a higher law to their people, some of their religions have existed since before this world, yet they do not exalt. They are telestial in nature.]
18 For behold he judgeth, and his judgment is just; and the infant perisheth not that dieth in his infancy; but men drink damnation to their own souls except they humble themselves and become as little children, and believe that salvation was, and is, and is to come, in and through the atoning blood of Christ, the Lord Omnipotent. [The damnation of the soul is the finality of their progression spiritually.]
19 For the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, unless he yields to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father. [This is a powerful verse to describe the barrier that separates us from God. The flesh is the veil that prevents most from knowing God. This “natural man” or carnal state of being, creates a powerful means for us to learn to have faith, to mold our spirits in no other way, that we might rise up and be sons and daughters of God. The temporal body creates a magnifying glass of sorts upon our passions. We can only focus upon one thing at time, one thought at a time, as we choose each day what we will do. Our hearts do not lie, and our actions come by faith. Our faith is in that which we cannot see, yet we know is true and possible. We seek either the things of the flesh or that of the Spirit. In the end we find what we seek, life or death – spiritually. It is the battlefeild of souls.]
20 And moreover, I say unto you, that the time shall come when the knowledge of a Savior shall spread throughout every nation, kindred, tongue, and people. [This will be in the very last days before Christ comes.]
21 And behold, when that time cometh, none shall be found blameless before God, except it be little children, only through repentance and faith on the name of the Lord God Omnipotent.
22 And even at this time, when thou shalt have taught thy people the things which the Lord thy God hath commanded thee, even then are they found no more blameless in the sight of God, only according to the words which I have spoken unto thee.
23 And now I have spoken the words which the Lord God hath commanded me.
24 And thus saith the Lord: They shall stand as a bright testimony against this people, at the judgment day; whereof they shall be judged, every man according to his works, whether they be good, or whether they be evil. [When we bear testimony according to the words of the Holy Ghost, as Mosiah did here, those words are recorded by the angels.]
25 And if they be evil they are consigned to an awful view of their own guilt and abominations, which doth cause them to shrink from the presence of the Lord into a state of misery and endless torment, from whence they can no more return; therefore they have drunk damnation to their own souls. [The damned that follow Satan shrink away from the light. Their worm never dies, as they are tormented by those who oppress them forever. But, they exist in a state which they choose and desire. It is a place of endless self gratification and depravity.]
26 Therefore, they have drunk out of the cup of the wrath of God, which justice could no more deny unto them than it could deny that Adam should fall because of his partaking of the forbidden fruit; therefore, mercy could have claim on them no more forever. [When Adam fell it was required that he be cast out of God’s presence to the telestial glory, in like manner Satan’s followers will be cast out of telestial to Outer Darkness.]
27 And their torment is as a lake of fire and brimstone, whose flames are unquenchable, and whose smoke ascendeth up foreverand ever. Thus hath the Lord commanded me. Amen.