1 And now, it came to pass that after Abinadi had spoken these words he stretched forth his hand and said:[The stretching forth of the hand is as much commanded by revelation as the words spoken. It is the sign of a servant.] The time shall come when all shall see the salvation of the Lord; when every nation, kindred, tongue, and people shall see eye to eye [have the same privilege of the Gospel] and shall confess before God that his judgments are just. [at the Second Coming]
2 And then shall the wicked be cast out, and they shall have cause to howl, and weep, and wail, and gnash their teeth; and this because they would not hearken unto the voice of the Lord; therefore the Lord redeemeth them not.
3 For they are carnal [of the flesh] and devilish [evil of the spirit], and the devil has power over them [they follow him willingly]; yea, even that old serpent [being of light] that did beguile our first parents, which was the cause of their fall [condescension]; which was the cause [and purpose] of all mankind becoming carnal, sensual, devilish, knowing evil from good, subjecting themselves to the devil. [Only by subjecting ourselves to the struggle of the physical body and Satan’s temptations can we learn to know the good from the evil and exercise faith. The refinement of the spirit’s ability to comprehend God and Satan can only happen in this realm. As our heart’s become pure we are ready to ascend.]
4 Thus all mankind [children of Adam, and children of men] were lost; and behold, they would have been endlessly lost were it not that God redeemed his people [House of Israel] from their lost and fallen state.
The House of Israel is the name for God’s people. Israel means, “to come to God,” and is the purpose of these people who were the first estate who made the Everlasting Covenant before birth. It is because of them that this world was created. All other children of men, who are also sons and daughter of God, are here by invitation. They are much older in spirit having been second estate for a long time. God provides for them too to obtain the Covenant if they desire.
5 But remember that he that persists in his own carnal nature, and goes on in the ways of sin and rebellion against God, remaineth in his fallen state and the devil hath all power over him. Therefore he is as though there was no redemption made, being an enemy to God; and also is the devil an enemy to God. [Most people in this world are carnal, but not all are in a rebellious state. If you don’t know the law and simply are existing here, or innocent as a child, you are covered under the Atonement. Moroni 8:22. If one knows the truth regarding Christ and is in open rebellion, you are in Satan’s power.]
6 And now if Christ had not come into the world, speaking of things to come as though they had already come, there could have been no redemption. [The effects of the Atonement are as if it had already occurred. Its effect is something that takes place outside of time and space. In this is a mystery.]
7 And if Christ had not risen from the dead, or have broken the bands of death that the grave should have no victory, and that death should have no sting, there could have been no resurrection. [If Christ had not exercised the power of the resurrection, to show that He had overcome the world, mankind could not have received the power of the ascension and the resurrection of the spirit body to dwell in immortal burnings. Christ had to show the way in all things. There is the act of showing in a visual way that has eternal consequences, as it shows the pattern for all as an eternal blueprint for each of us to follow. Jesus had studied the process of ascension many times from His Father before Him.]
8 But there is a resurrection, therefore the grave hath no victory, and the sting of death is swallowed up in Christ. [Christ causes the reality of the end of the physical body to have no sting, for the resurrection of the soul creates an infinite power to feel, think, and exercise faith.]
9 He is the light and the life of the world; yea, a light that is endless, that can never be darkened; yea, and also a life which is endless, that there can be no more death. [The light or glory of God is the power by which all things are governed. Death is the process of light exiting the temporal and spiritual body, but when we are filled with light it goes no more out unless we choose to make it so.]
10 Even this mortal shall put on immortality, and this corruption shall put on incorruption, and shall be brought to stand before the bar of God, to be judged of him according to their works whether they be good or whether they be evil— [This is the first resurrection of the just, where we are proclaimed clean in the Blood of the Lamb. When the spirit body is resurrected it is immortal and incorruptible in that form. Our physical bodies are of the dust and shall not be eternal. Like a temporary tabernacle to help us to develop faith like no other way. Only here in the temporal earth can we become perfected in spirit and faith.]
11 If they be good, to the resurrection of endless life and happiness; and if they be evil, to the resurrection of endless damnation, being delivered up to the devil, who hath subjected them, which is damnation— [Damnation is to permanently restrain them from entering the presence of God.]
It is important to understand that those who go to Outer Darkness with Satan go on their own free will. It is their choice and not some kind of trickery in the sense that it is accidentally achieved. These spirits go because their desires are self-gratification and they love Satan more than anything. Their worm never dies, and there is gnashing of teeth, and weeping, because they can never escape their carnal desires. It is a horrible state, yet it is a dominion that exists outside of the firmament of God. This is Outer Darkness.
12 Having gone according to their own carnal wills and desires; having never called upon the Lord while the arms of mercy were extended towards them; for the arms of mercy were extended towards them, and they would not; they being warned of their iniquities and yet they would not depart from them; and they were commanded to repent and yet they would not repent.
13 And now, ought ye not to tremble and repent of your sins, and remember that only in and through Christ ye can be saved?
14 Therefore, if ye teach the law of Moses, also teach that it is a shadow of those things which are to come— [Teach the people that the observances, performances, and offerings are all in the similitude of Christ and the redemption of the soul.]
15 Teach them that redemption cometh through Christ the Lord, who is the very Eternal Father. Amen.
A resurrection is a day of judgment for all when they ascend from one estate to another. There is also a resurrection of the damned, which is their day of judgment when they are separated from God (John 5:29). This chapter could have been titled “The Great Resurrection, Part Two” in connection to Abinadi’s words from the last chapter.
For more information about the topic of resurrection go to this link: https://purerevelations.wordpress.com/2016/12/20/the-resurrection-and-condescension/