Angels and Demons – Mosiah 3:1-27

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.

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13 Responses to Angels and Demons – Mosiah 3:1-27

  1. Rebecca Brent says:

    [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.]

    This applies to false prophets/leaders who are deceived in their understanding and were never called of God in the first place? They are still responsible for their generation? Is it because they accepted the position therefore they place the responsibility upon themselves? [No, it is not. However, it is a sign to those who follow them when they do not teach the people. The Pharisees were blind to the meaning of the temple ceremonies and did not even recognize the Messiah. They looked beyond the mark. Today, we have more knowledge at our fingertips to know and understand, yet we as a whole know nothing. Without revelation we are left to bicker among scholars to the meaning of prophetic scripture, and ordinances. PR]

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  2. Because of the holy nature of ordinances and ceremonies, is it the Lords way that each individual should rely completely on revelation to understand these temple ordinances? Is it a prophets responsibility to teach the importance of the ordinances but not the complete meaning? Is there a line you could point out where the responsibility of the leaders ends and the responsibility of the student begins? (I know thats a vague question sorry) [The Jews were to teach that the Mosaic Law pointed them to how to recognize the Messiah, and how they would be able to approach God. The prophets specified different parts of Jesus’ life which would directly conform to the Mosaic Law. The temple endowment is also to point us to how to approach God. The problem is that because we are so scared of sharing what is holy, we now don’t even allow it to be spoken in the temple itself. However, the temple ceremonies are only a teaching tool to spark the mind to seek revelation. PR]

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  3. Nate says:

    When you ascend, can your mind focus upon more than one thing at once? Is the speed at which you can absorb new information/knowledge increased compared to the physical? [The mind’s ability to comprehend is equal to the degree of light or glory it possesses. The Highest priesthood, which is often referred to as Patriarchal, is capable of omniscient thought. PR]

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  4. Nate says:

    I’m trying to pin point what leads someone to become a Son of Perdition. They seek their own will over the Lord, but what does that look like for a 4th estate? Specifically, what pattern of behaviors or actions lead to it…. I’m sure it happens incrementally, not all at once. Cain and others would have had to exercise some degree of sincere love for God to still be born again and seek the Second Comforter (does sex become an idol?… do they just keep sinning after the Gift of the Holy Ghost?… do they seek after fame or being a leader in the world?… do they dwell on temptations more than they should?… become frustrated or angry with God’s direction for their life?)

    Moses in Temporal Dispensation’s say’s using the Sealing Power without God’s permission can lead to perdition, which he did once. I have many weaknesses, just really trying to weed everything out of my heart as much as possible. [To become a son of perdition requires certain things. First, they are a 4th estate. A second estate can become perdition, but not have the same dominion as a fallen being or angel. If a fourth estate being makes an oath to Satan and then sheds innocent blood (another 4th estate), then they qualify. It is a premeditated, carefully executed sacrifice to Satan. PR]

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  5. Tomi Day says:

    It is so evident that the most current teachings coming from the new leaders since the death of President Monson, is just this…teaching the importance of learning to receive personal revelation. I is an amazing journey and one I’m so, so grateful to be on…thank you so much PR for all you do to help those that are on a serious path to this understanding.

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  6. S Silver says:

    Verse 9 uses the word crucify. Were there already barbaric civilizations using crucifixion as a means of killing and the Jews knew of it? Or did Joseph understand the meaning and use the word crucifixion as he translated? I always wondered how the Nephites would have understood this. [They had a word for it and Joseph used the English word that he knew to express it. Crucifixion during the ancient Jews time was not as far advanced as it was by the time the Romans came along. PR]

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  7. S Silver says:

    “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.]”

    Does the Lord use false churches to help people in the same way: to learn obedience and prevent them from falling into forbidden paths? (Because at least they are hearing of Christ there and have Him brought to their minds and the scriptures are before them?) [False churches are like the olive branches that fail to bring forth fruit. The Lord suffers them to continue with hope they will change, and then they are swept away. Refer to Jacob 5 and the Allegory of the Vineyard. PR]

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  8. jstone511 says:

    I can’t remember where I read it, but I believe you said that a dispensation head can only be that head once (like Joseph Smith won’t be the head of another dispensation). However, can the same spiritual being—condescending as a different mortal—be a dispensation head again? For example: can Michael as “Adam” be a dispensation head, and then later, Michael as “some other mortal” be a later dispensation head? [That is not my understanding. PR]

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  9. jstone511 says:

    Then how will the first be last and the last be first? What does that mean in context to the coming dispensation head? [That is a reference to the 4th estate and the House of Israel. It is related to the Everlasting Covenant and I cannot say more. PR]

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  10. jstone511 says:

    I believe you have spoken of different degrees within the fourth estate beings before. How does one advance to the highest degree within the fourth estate? Can that be done during a creation—mortalities—post-world cycle? Or do they need to play out an entire creation cycle as a lower fourth estate, and then come back as a higher fourth estate in a different creation cycle, with a different heavenly father?
    I am assuming those like Gabriel or Uriel are higher in glory and light than many of the 144k. And if so, how is it done?

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  11. Nate says:

    About 4th estates becoming sons of perdition, that is still very hard to understand. Because although it’s premeditated, someone doesn’t just become a villan overnight, I assume for most it’s a gradual process, a set of behaviors and steps that lead them there. And Cain would still have had to receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost in the flesh which means a mighty change of heart. I remember one of your books talks about them being Watchers, so they basically would viewed pornography in heaven.

    1) Before Satan fell and became Satan, had he just been exalted to a new degree of Glory?… as I understand it, one retains their previous glory if they fall like king David (covered by Grace) but they become tainted. [No, Satan was still 4th estate until he was cast out. David was fourth estate, but was not cast out because he did not deny the Holy Ghost. However he carried the blood and sins of his works into the next life which required reparations.] 2) Will someone like king David still have an increase of Glory if they don’t condescend again?… [David didn’t commit the unpardonable sin. He was forgiven.] 3)do you know if Sons of Perdition reach a level where they stop receiving glory after condescensions because they ruin opportunities for growth like King David did? [Sons of Perdition only have dominion in Satan’s Kingdom. There is no glory of light. PR]

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  12. jstone511 says:

    You’ve stated that this earth has beings from 2nd to 6th estate. Is being a dispensation head limited to 4th estate beings? Or can there be 5th and/or 6th estate beings as the head of a dispensation? [I can’t answer that. PR]

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  13. Jake Box says:

    PR, how will those that do not seek the lord but seek Satan or those that just follow the flesh and family lines view their existence after this life? Will they truly have a nashing of teeth and a guilt of the wrongs they did or will they be fairly complacent because they desired the flesh or following Satan and their wrongs don’t mean as much to them? Who truly are those that will have a nashing of teeth.

    [It depends upon what they choose. There is a difference between being subject to Satan in the flesh and actually choosing to follow him. These scriptures in Mosiah are helpful:

    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. Mosiah 3 [These are perdition.]

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