How Evil Gains Power – Alma 47:1-36

1 Now we will return in our record to Amalickiah and those who had fled with him into the wilderness; for, behold, he had taken those who went with him, and went up in the land of Nephi among the Lamanites, and did stir up the Lamanites to anger against the people of Nephi, insomuch that the king of the Lamanites sent a proclamation throughout all his land, among all his people, that they should gather themselves together again to go to battle against the Nephites.

2 And it came to pass that when the proclamation had gone forth among them they were exceedingly afraid; yea, they feared to displease the king, and they also feared to go to battle against the Nephites lest they should lose their lives. And it came to pass that they would not, or the more part of them would not, obey the commandments of the king.

3 And now it came to pass that the king was wroth because of their disobedience; therefore he gave Amalickiah the command of that part of his army which was obedient unto his commands, and commanded him that he should go forth and compel them to arms.

4 Now behold, this was the desire of Amalickiah; for he being a very subtle man to do evil therefore he laid the plan in his heart to dethrone the king of the Lamanites.

What did Amalickiah say to compel the king to want to go to battle against the Nephites? Appealing to the pride of the king and offering information the king trusted would ensure victory.

5 And now he had got the command of those parts of the Lamanites who were in favor of the king; and he sought to gain favor of those who were not obedient; therefore he went forward to the place which was called Onidah, for thither had all the Lamanites fled; for they discovered the army coming, and, supposing that they were coming to destroy them, therefore they fled to Onidah, to the place of arms.

6 And they had appointed a man to be a king and a leader over them, being fixed in their minds with a determined resolution that they would not be subjected to go against the Nephites.

7 And it came to pass that they had gathered themselves together upon the top of the mount which was called Antipas, in preparation to battle.

8 Now it was not Amalickiah’s intention to give them battle according to the commandments of the king; but behold, it was his intention to gain favor with the armies of the Lamanites, that he might place himself at their head and dethrone the king and take possession of the kingdom.

9 And behold, it came to pass that he caused his army to pitch their tents in the valley which was near the mount Antipas.

10 And it came to pass that when it was night he sent a secret embassy into the mount Antipas, desiring that the leader of those who were upon the mount, whose name was Lehonti, that he should come down to the foot of the mount, for he desired to speak with him.

11 And it came to pass that when Lehonti received the message he durst not go down to the foot of the mount. And it came to pass that Amalickiah sent again the second time, desiring him to come down. And it came to pass that Lehonti would not; and he sent again the third time.

12 And it came to pass that when Amalickiah found that he could not get Lehonti to come down off from the mount, he went up into the mount, nearly to Lehonti’s camp; and he sent again the fourth time his message unto Lehonti, desiring that he would come down, and that he would bring his guards with him.

13 And it came to pass that when Lehonti had come down with his guards to Amalickiah, that Amalickiah desired him to come down with his army in the night-time, and surround those men in their camps over whom the king had given him command, and that he would deliver them up into Lehonti’s hands, if he would make him (Amalickiah) a second leader over the whole army.

14 And it came to pass that Lehonti came down with his men and surrounded the men of Amalickiah, so that before they awoke at the dawn of day they were surrounded by the armies of Lehonti.

15 And it came to pass that when they saw that they were surrounded, they pled with Amalickiah that he would suffer them to fall in with their brethren, that they might not be destroyed. Now this was the very thing which Amalickiah desired.

16 And it came to pass that he delivered his men, contrary to the commands of the king. Now this was the thing that Amalickiah desired, that he might accomplish his designs in dethroning the king.

17 Now it was the custom among the Lamanites, if their chief leader was killed, to appoint the second leader to be their chief leader.

18 And it came to pass that Amalickiah caused that one of his servants should administer poison by degrees to Lehonti, that he died.

19 Now, when Lehonti was dead, the Lamanites appointed Amalickiah to be their leader and their chief commander.

20 And it came to pass that Amalickiah marched with his armies (for he had gained his desires) to the land of Nephi, to the city of Nephi, which was the chief city.

21 And the king came out to meet him with his guards, for he supposed that Amalickiah had fulfilled his commands, and that Amalickiah had gathered together so great an army to go against the Nephites to battle.

22 But behold, as the king came out to meet him Amalickiah caused that his servants should go forth to meet the king. And they went and bowed themselves before the king, as if to reverence him because of his greatness.

23 And it came to pass that the king put forth his hand to raise them, as was the custom with the Lamanites, as a token of peace, which custom they had taken from the Nephites.

24 And it came to pass that when he had raised the first from the ground, behold he stabbed the king to the heart; and he fell to the earth.

25 Now the servants of the king fled; and the servants of Amalickiah raised a cry, saying:

26 Behold, the servants of the king have stabbed him to the heart, and he has fallen and they have fled; behold, come and see.

27 And it came to pass that Amalickiah commanded that his armies should march forth and see what had happened to the king; and when they had come to the spot, and found the king lying in his gore, Amalickiah pretended to be wroth, and said: Whosoever loved the king, let him go forth, and pursue his servants that they may be slain.

28 And it came to pass that all they who loved the king, when they heard these words, came forth and pursued after the servants of the king.

29 Now when the servants of the king saw an army pursuing after them, they were frightened again, and fled into the wilderness, and came over into the land of Zarahemla and joined the people of Ammon.

30 And the army which pursued after them returned, having pursued after them in vain; and thus Amalickiah, by his fraud, gained the hearts of the people.

Because the servants of the King came to the people of Ammon, we know the details regarding the treachery of Amalickiah and how he became king over the Lamanites. If Moroni had not took such a strong stand against his coup amongst the Nephites, Amalickiah would have gained power over them as well. Today, such treachery occurs within our own country and other places of the world. Conspiracies to gain power are true, yet many laugh and scorn such ideas. Where does one look to know the truth regarding our leaders in government and the affairs of the country? Can you trust the news sources that are readily available? Without a firsthand knowledge, the only way to know the complete truth is to receive it by personal revelation. The times we live in today are treacherous and deadly, far beyond the days of Amalickiah.

31 And it came to pass on the morrow he entered the city Nephi with his armies, and took possession of the city.

32 And now it came to pass that the queen, when she had heard that the king was slain—for Amalickiah had sent an embassy to the queen informing her that the king had been slain by his servants, that he had pursued them with his army, but it was in vain, and they had made their escape—

33 Therefore, when the queen had received this message she sent unto Amalickiah, desiring him that he would spare the people of the city; and she also desired him that he should come in unto her; and she also desired him that he should bring witnesses with him to testify concerning the death of the king.

34 And it came to pass that Amalickiah took the same servant that slew the king, and all them who were with him, and went in unto the queen, unto the place where she sat; and they all testified unto her that the king was slain by his own servants; and they said also: They have fled; does not this testify against them? And thus they satisfied the queen concerning the death of the king.

35 And it came to pass that Amalickiah sought the favor of the queen, and took her unto him to wife; and thus by his fraud, and by the assistance of his cunning servants, he obtained the kingdom; yea, he was acknowledged king throughout all the land, among all the people of the Lamanites, who were composed of the Lamanites and the Lemuelites and the Ishmaelites, and all the dissenters of the Nephites, from the reign of Nephi down to the present time. [Amalickiah was the most deceptive and evil of all men to rule in power amongst the Lamanites. Today, there are those in power, and rising in power, that will some day be compared to the conspiracy of Amalickiah. These are the methods of secret combinations.]

36 Now these dissenters, having the same instruction and the same information of the Nephites, yea, having been instructed in the same knowledge of the Lord, nevertheless, it is strange to relate, not long after their dissensions they became more hardened and impenitent, and more wild, wicked and ferocious than the Lamanites—drinking in with the traditions of the Lamanites; giving way to indolence, and all manner of lasciviousness; yea, entirely forgetting the Lord their God.

How do these stories regarding the political intrigue, assassinations, and the rise of power of wicked people contribute to the message of the Book of Mormon? We must remember the purpose of the Book of Mormon: to show the Lord’s hand in delivering His people, to convince the Jews, gentiles, and the remnant of Jacob (descendants of the family of Lehi) that Jesus is the Christ. All things about this book are to prepare those who will help to usher in the Second Coming of Christ. With that in mind, chapters such as this should awaken you to how such secret combinations work. Today, we are in the midst of the same kind of treachery: murder, conspiracy, lies, extortion, and manipulation of the truth. Do not be blind to such things. Seek a witness from the Lord for how you are to protect yourself and your family.

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9 Responses to How Evil Gains Power – Alma 47:1-36

  1. S Silver says:

    Vs 7: Do you know where the mount Antipas is located geographically? [I do not know. PR]


  2. Jim Chase says:

    I’ve always been intrigued by this chapter. The lust of this man, Amalickiah, is like none other in the book. At least no wicked man in the Book of Mormon is portrayed as lustful as he. King Noah was an evil man also but I think Amalickiah has him beat. When he doesn’t win election he insights rebellion and then violence, makes a pack with the enemy, lures people to do things they don’t want to do, betrays and kills his new allies not once but twice, and then to top it off he sleeps the the man he kills wife. It must have been a real trophy to him to do that. The lust that ran through his blood is eerie. I believe there are men out there today like that but I have yet to see him.
    If we were to see a similar thing play out today we would see some one run for president and then lose. That person would try to start a rebellion and then found guilty by our laws of going against the constitution. Before he could be tried he would fly over to our greatest enemy and by a smooth tongue become the leader of that country. it’s something that could play out if the new world order gained great strength and that became the new enemy to freedom and the constitution. This time though, I don’t see the good guys winning. The Book of Mormon seems to make it clear that the gentiles are destroyed. It will be a very sad day. It looks like only a people of God who have been more righteous that the gentles will have a chance to be spared. I think this is where your message, PR, has great value. We must be born again and be baptized by water, fire and the Holy Ghost.

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  3. Nate says:

    How can receiving revelation on modern day secret combinations be a protection or applicable to our lives? It seems like most all people go through life without any problem. [What these secret combinations do effect everyone’s lives, even now. PR]

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  4. S Silver says:

    What secret combination “activity” (doings or agendas) were you most surprised by when the Lord told you about it? [Some of their secret combination rituals and oaths. I’m not permitted to talk of it. PR]

    Some of the things are obvious – like pushing for atrocities to be accepted as normal in society – but I know there are things we are completely blind to. Can you share what you were warned about? [Everything in the book of Alma through the end of the Book of Mormon has clues to what we need to be vigilant in watching for. As more of our rights and freedoms are taken, and depravity takes hold upon the people. PR]

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  5. Jade says:

    One of the reasons I love the Book of Mormon so well is that it brings light to the dark machinations of the Adversary, i.e., reveals predictable patterns. I have always wondered at the pure evilness of some people throughout history and in modern times. Amalickiah’s actions seem to be head and shoulders above the usual wickedness. Hitler, for example, seems to be in that category as well as others in positions of power or influence. Are men and women like these Sons/Daughters of Perdition? [Sons of Perdition tend to lurk in the shadows these days as they influence and call the shots of others. But not always. PR]


  6. Is Magickal art & ritual a base of thier sacret combinations ? Or nothing to do with that ? And what are your thoughts for those who practice magick art ? [There is an opposition to all things. The gifts of the Spirit are God’s priesthood in action. The gifts of darkness are Satan’s works. Sometimes those are referred to as magic or witchcraft. Such things should be avoided at all cost. PR]

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  7. S Silver says:

    The Sons of Perdition that lurk in the shadows – are these individuals very wealthy, live in large homes/sprawling estates in certain countries that have enjoyed no wars and maintain a fairly private life except that they are constantly meeting in secret with those who publicly appear to have world power?

    Do they tend to be found clustered in the same area? (Such as Europe or specific first world countries) or have they infested pretty much every region to some degree?

    I can’t imagine the princes of selfishness being willing to live without earthly luxury but maybe I’m mistaken? Maybe some live low-key lives to better hide themselves? [They all live lives of luxury and depravity. The details am permitted to share are in the book A Witness of the End of Times. PR]

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  8. S Silver says:

    Books and movies about magic and witchcraft have become popular in the last decade or so. Are these items – the actual books and DVDs – demonically influenced items we should use our agency to remove from our homes? Are they allowing demons some kind of “legal” access to our families and children? [There has always been alluring tales of magic in our culture. Most are not evil in themselves, but if they become an idol in the heart they can become so. Our children should be fed the stories of scripture. Where your treasure is there shall your heart be also. PR]

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  9. Karla says:

    This secret combination is controlling us in many ways, so I wondered : chem-trail, the food industry, vaccination, human trafficking, Hollywood, the pharmaceutical industry are all these tentacles expanding out from this big band of children of perdition? [I haven’t asked about some of the things in that list, so I don’t know. But there is plenty of insidious acts perpetrated by those who answer to Satan. PR]

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