1 And it came to pass that after the space of two years that Abinadi came among them in disguise, that they knew him not, and began to prophesy among them, saying: Thus has the Lord commanded me, saying—Abinadi, go and prophesy unto this my people, for they have hardened their hearts against my words; they have repented not of their evil doings; therefore, I will visit them in my anger, yea, in my fierce anger will I visit them in their iniquities and abominations. [Abinadi had left and hid in a cave where he was taught by the Lord directly. He wrote many things, which were eventually discovered by Alma and his people.]
2 Yea, wo be unto this generation [cursed shall be this people]! And the Lord said unto me: Stretch forth thy hand and prophesy, saying: Thus saith the Lord, it shall come to pass that this generation, because of their iniquities, shall be brought into bondage, and shall be smitten on the cheek; yea, and shall be driven by men, and shall be slain; and the vultures of the air, and the dogs, yea, and the wild beasts, shall devour their flesh. [Often, when the spirit of prophecy comes over an individual they are impressed by the Spirit to stretch forth their arm and hand. This is the sign of a servant. The words that Abinadi spoke were direct and drew a powerful image in the minds of the people.]
3 And it shall come to pass that the life of king Noah shall be valued even as a garment in a hot furnace; for he shall know that I am the Lord. [This was prophetic as it occurred exactly as was spoken.]
4 And it shall come to pass that I will smite this my people with sore afflictions, yea, with famine and with pestilence; and I will cause that they shall howl all the day long.
5 Yea, and I will cause that they shall have burdens lashed upon their backs; and they shall be driven before like a dumb ass.
6 And it shall come to pass that I will send forth hail among them, and it shall smite them; and they shall also be smitten with the east wind; and insects shall pester their land also, and devour their grain.
7 And they shall be smitten with a great pestilence—and all this will I do because of their iniquities and abominations.
8 And it shall come to pass that except they repent I will utterly destroy them from off the face of the earth; yet they shall leave a record behind them, and I will preserve them for other nations which shall possess the land; yea, even this will I do that I may discover the abominations of this people to other nations. And many things did Abinadi prophesy against this people. [This is the kind of prophecy that will come upon America soon, as many prophets come forth by the hand of God. They shall preach repentance and future calamities to stir the people’s hearts toward God.]
9 And it came to pass that they were angry with him; and they took him and carried him bound before the king, and said unto the king: Behold, we have brought a man before thee who has prophesied evil concerning thy people, and saith that God will destroy them.
10 And he also prophesieth evil concerning thy life, and saith that thy life shall be as a garment in a furnace of fire.
11 And again, he saith that thou shalt be as a stalk, even as a dry stalk of the field, which is run over by the beasts and trodden under foot.
12 And again, he saith thou shalt be as the blossoms of a thistle, which, when it is fully ripe, if the wind bloweth, it is driven forth upon the face of the land. And he pretendeth the Lord hath spoken it. And he saith all this shall come upon thee except thou repent, and this because of thine iniquities. [Rarely are a prophets words accepted by the majority of the people who receive it. Only a remnant are preserved.]
13 And now, O king, what great evil hast thou done, or what great sins have thy people committed, that we should be condemned of God or judged of this man? [All is well.]
14 And now, O king, behold, we are guiltless, and thou, O king, hast not sinned; therefore, this man has lied concerning you, and he has prophesied in vain. [The majority of the people were ignorant of the sin and deprevaty of the king and priests.]
15 And behold, we are strong, we shall not come into bondage, or be taken captive by our enemies; yea, and thou hast prospered in the land, and thou shalt also prosper.
16 Behold, here is the man, we deliver him into thy hands; thou mayest do with him as seemeth thee good.
17 And it came to pass that king Noah caused that Abinadi should be cast into prison; and he commanded that the priests should gather themselves together that he might hold a council with them what he should do with him.
18 And it came to pass that they said unto the king: Bring him hither that we may question him; and the king commanded that he should be brought before them. [This was like a mix between a church court and closed door secular trial. The government of the people of Noah was a monarchy and a theocracy.]
19 And they began to question him, that they might cross him, that thereby they might have wherewith to accuse him; but he answered them boldly, and withstood all their questions, yea, to their astonishment; for he did withstand them in all their questions, and did confound them in all their words. [Abinadi used scripture and reason according to the Spirit of Discernment which the Lord had given him to answer the questions.]
20 And it came to pass that one of them said unto him: What meaneth the words which are written, and which have been taught by our fathers, saying:
21 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings; that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good; that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth;
22 Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing; for they shall see eye to eye when the Lord shall bring again Zion;
23 Break forth into joy; sing together ye waste places of Jerusalem; for the Lord hath comforted his people, he hath redeemed Jerusalem;
24 The Lord hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God? [The priests of Noah were teaching that their status and comfort as a people were a sign of God’s blessing upon them. They did not understand the scriptures and God’s purposes of salvation. For them, “all is well in Zion” was the standard for their excuse to continue in sin and not teach the people how to come unto Christ.]
25 And now Abinadi said unto them: Are you priests, and pretend to teach this people, and to understand the spirit of prophesying, and yet desire to know of me what these things mean?
26 I say unto you, wo be unto you for perverting the ways of the Lord! For if ye understand these things ye have not taught them; therefore, ye have perverted the ways of the Lord. [To teach false doctrine is a terrible sin, because it leads the people into unbelief and perverts the Lord’s way. One way to know whether the doctrine has been perverted is to see whether the gifts of the Spirit are present. See Moroni 10.]
27 Ye have not applied your hearts to understanding [gift of revelation]; therefore, ye have not been wise. Therefore, what teach ye this people? [The perfect question given to Abinadi to ask by revelation.]
28 And they said: We teach the law of Moses.
29 And again he said unto them: If ye teach the law of Moses why do ye not keep it? Why do ye set your hearts upon riches? Why do ye commit whoredoms and spend your strength with harlots, yea, and cause this people to commit sin, that the Lord has cause to send me to prophesy against this people, yea, even a great evil against this people? [Abinadi cuts to the heart of their guilt.]
30 Know ye not that I speak the truth? Yea, ye know that I speak the truth; and you ought to tremble before God. [The gift of discernment, as Abinadi knows their hearts and thoughts.]
31 And it shall come to pass that ye shall be smitten for your iniquities, for ye have said that ye teach the law of Moses. And what know ye concerning the law of Moses? Doth salvation come by the law of Moses? What say ye? [Again, the Lord places the words in Abinadi’s mouth.]
32 And they answered and said that salvation did come by the law of Moses.
33 But now Abinadi said unto them: I know if ye keep the commandments of God ye shall be saved; yea, if ye keep the commandments which the Lord delivered unto Moses in the mount of Sinai, saying:
34 I am the Lord thy God, who hath brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
35 Thou shalt have no other God before me.
36 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing in heaven above, or things which are in the earth beneath. [The entire theatre or judgment hall was adorned with gold and sliver plated images of birds and animals. It was a symbol of their idolatry. Not that they worshipped these, but that they worshipped the work of their own hands and did not seek the blessings of their God.]
37 Now Abinadi said unto them, Have ye done all this? I say unto you, Nay, ye have not. And have ye taught this people that they should do all these things? I say unto you, Nay, ye have not.
For more information regarding this chapter read pages 168-171 https://purerevelations.files.wordpress.com/2019/02/the-temporal-dispensations-09-12-2018-1.pdf
There is so much in this story that mirrors our day. There will be many Abinadis called to go forth and prophesy in the future. Their fate may or may not require them to give their lives, but they will suffer and speak boldly for the Lord as they call the people and their leaders to repentance.