Enemy Occupation – Mark of the Beast – Alma 52:1-40

1 And now, it came to pass in the twenty and sixth year of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi, behold, when the Lamanites awoke on the first morning of the first month, behold, they found Amalickiah was dead in his own tent; and they also saw that Teancum was ready to give them battle on that day.

2 And now, when the Lamanites saw this they were affrighted; and they abandoned their design in marching into the land northward, and retreated with all their army into the city of Mulek, and sought protection in their fortifications.

3 And it came to pass that the brother of Amalickiah was appointed king over the people; and his name was Ammoron; thus king Ammoron, the brother of king Amalickiah, was appointed to reign in his stead.

4 And it came to pass that he did command that his people should maintain those cities, which they had taken by the shedding of blood; for they had not taken any cities save they had lost much blood.

5 And now, Teancum saw that the Lamanites were determined to maintain those cities which they had taken, and those parts of the land which they had obtained possession of; and also seeing the enormity of their number, Teancum thought it was not expedient that he should attempt to attack them in their forts.

6 But he kept his men round about, as if making preparations for war; yea, and truly he was preparing to defend himself against them, by casting up walls round about and preparing places of resort.

7 And it came to pass that he kept thus preparing for war until Moroni had sent a large number of men to strengthen his army.

8 And Moroni also sent orders unto him that he should retain all the prisoners who fell into his hands; for as the Lamanites had taken many prisoners, that he should retain all the prisoners of the Lamanites as a ransom for those whom the Lamanites had taken.

9 And he also sent orders unto him that he should fortify the land Bountiful, and secure the narrow pass which led into the land northward, lest the Lamanites should obtain that point and should have power to harass them on every side. [It is no longer a narrow pass today because of the changing of the land after the destruction following Christ’s resurrection.]

10 And Moroni also sent unto him, desiring him that he would be faithful in maintaining that quarter of the land, and that he would seek every opportunity to scourge the Lamanites in that quarter, as much as was in his power, that perhaps he might take again by stratagem or some other way those cities which had been taken out of their hands; and that he also would fortify and strengthen the cities round about, which had not fallen into the hands of the Lamanites.

11 And he also said unto him, I would come unto you, but behold, the Lamanites are upon us in the borders of the land by the west sea; and behold, I go against them, therefore I cannot come unto you.

12 Now, the king (Ammoron) had departed out of the land of Zarahemla, and had made known unto the queen concerning the death of his brother, and had gathered together a large number of men, and had marched forth against the Nephites on the borders by the west sea.

13 And thus he was endeavoring to harass the Nephites, and to draw away a part of their forces to that part of the land, while he had commanded those whom he had left to possess the cities which he had taken, that they should also harass the Nephites on the borders by the east sea, and should take possession of their lands as much as it was in their power, according to the power of their armies.

14 And thus were the Nephites in those dangerous circumstances in the ending of the twenty and sixth year of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi. [Amazing to me that within the short period of just 26 years the Lamanites would gain such an advantage over the Nephites.]

15 But behold, it came to pass in the twenty and seventh year of the reign of the judges, that Teancum, by the command of Moroni—who had established armies to protect the south and the west borders of the land, and had begun his march towards the land Bountiful, that he might assist Teancum with his men in retaking the cities which they had lost—

16 And it came to pass that Teancum had received orders to make an attack upon the city of Mulek, and retake it if it were possible.

17 And it came to pass that Teancum made preparations to make an attack upon the city of Mulek, and march forth with his army against the Lamanites; but he saw that it was impossible that he could overpower them while they were in their fortifications; therefore he abandoned his designs and returned again to the city Bountiful, to wait for the coming of Moroni, that he might receive strength to his army. [To take the city it would require two things: The willingness to sacrifice at least 50% of the lives of his men (as the Lamanites had done to take the city), and the element of surprise, which they didn’t have.]

18 And it came to pass that Moroni did arrive with his army at the land of Bountiful, in the latter end of the twenty and seventh year of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi.

19 And in the commencement of the twenty and eighth year, Moroni and Teancum and many of the chief captains held a council of war—what they should do to cause the Lamanites to come out against them to battle; or that they might by some means flatter them out of their strongholds, that they might gain advantage over them and take again the city of Mulek.

20 And it came to pass they sent embassies to the army of the Lamanites, which protected the city of Mulek, to their leader, whose name was Jacob, desiring him that he would come out with his armies to meet them upon the plains between the two cities. But behold, Jacob, who was a Zoramite, would not come out with his army to meet them upon the plains.

21 And it came to pass that Moroni, having no hopes of meeting them upon fair grounds, therefore, he resolved upon a plan that he might decoy the Lamanites out of their strongholds.

22 Therefore he caused that Teancum should take a small number of men and march down near the seashore; and Moroni and his army, by night, marched in the wilderness, on the west of the city Mulek; and thus, on the morrow, when the guards of the Lamanites had discovered Teancum, they ran and told it unto Jacob, their leader.

23 And it came to pass that the armies of the Lamanites did march forth against Teancum, supposing by their numbers to overpower Teancum because of the smallness of his numbers. And as Teancum saw the armies of the Lamanites coming out against him he began to retreat down by the seashore, northward.

24 And it came to pass that when the Lamanites saw that he began to flee, they took courage and pursued them with vigor. And while Teancum was thus leading away the Lamanites who were pursuing them in vain, behold, Moroni commanded that a part of his army who were with him should march forth into the city, and take possession of it.

25 And thus they did, and slew all those who had been left to protect the city, yea, all those who would not yield up their weapons of war.

26 And thus Moroni had obtained possession of the city Mulek with a part of his army, while he marched with the remainder to meet the Lamanites when they should return from the pursuit of Teancum.

27 And it came to pass that the Lamanites did pursue Teancum until they came near the city Bountiful, and then they were met by Lehi and a small army, which had been left to protect the city Bountiful.

28 And now behold, when the chief captains of the Lamanites had beheld Lehi with his army coming against them, they fled in much confusion, lest perhaps they should not obtain the city Mulek before Lehi should overtake them; for they were wearied because of their march, and the men of Lehi were fresh.

29 Now the Lamanites did not know that Moroni had been in their rear with his army; and all they feared was Lehi and his men.

30 Now Lehi was not desirous to overtake them till they should meet Moroni and his army.

31 And it came to pass that before the Lamanites had retreated far they were surrounded by the Nephites, by the men of Moroni on one hand, and the men of Lehi on the other, all of whom were fresh and full of strength; but the Lamanites were wearied because of their long march.

32 And Moroni commanded his men that they should fall upon them until they had given up their weapons of war.

33 And it came to pass that Jacob, being their leader, being also a Zoramite, and having an unconquerable spirit, he led the Lamanites forth to battle with exceeding fury against Moroni.

34 Moroni being in their course of march, therefore Jacob was determined to slay them and cut his way through to the city of Mulek. But behold, Moroni and his men were more powerful; therefore they did not give way before the Lamanites.

35 And it came to pass that they fought on both hands with exceeding fury; and there were many slain on both sides; yea, and Moroni was wounded and Jacob was killed.

36 And Lehi pressed upon their rear with such fury with his strong men, that the Lamanites in the rear delivered up their weapons of war; and the remainder of them, being much confused, knew not whither to go or to strike.

37 Now Moroni seeing their confusion, he said unto them: If ye will bring forth your weapons of war and deliver them up, behold we will forbear shedding your blood.

38 And it came to pass that when the Lamanites had heard these words, their chief captains, all those who were not slain, came forth and threw down their weapons of war at the feet of Moroni, and also commanded their men that they should do the same.

39 But behold, there were many that would not; and those who would not deliver up their swords were taken and bound, and their weapons of war were taken from them, and they were compelled to march with their brethren forth into the land Bountiful.

40 And now the number of prisoners who were taken exceeded more than the number of those who had been slain, yea, more than those who had been slain on both sides.

This chapter is interesting to me in that is focuses solely on battle stratagem. There is no spiritual discourse, so why is it included in the Book of Mormon? There are countless battles that were fought that never were abridged into the book. 

From a military standpoint the story shows how Moroni was able to strategize the means to free the city of Mulek. I don’t believe anything is in the Book of Mormon by coincidence. What is the message to us today? Will there come a day when a similar stratagem will be used to free a people in bondage? Will there be a need to exchange prisoners? There is also the fact that Mormon did not see these stories divided by chapters, so chapter 52 is connected to the narrative of both the preceding and following chapters. 

We see that the Nephites are becoming more and more hedged up to a single area of safety, and their lands are shrinking because of their enemies control over them. Before Christ comes the geographical areas of safety will become more hedged in for us as well.

As it says in the book of Revelation, “That as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand , or their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” (Revelation 13: 15-17)  This is not what most assume it to be.

 

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12 Responses to Enemy Occupation – Mark of the Beast – Alma 52:1-40

  1. TSJ says:

    As it says in the book of Revelation, “That as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand , or their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” Revelation 13: 15-17 This is not what most assume it to be.

    I presume this to be an rfid chip implanted into either the hand or the forehead. Is that the physical manifestation of what the scripture describes or is it a spiritual mark?

    Are you able to share what the mark, name, and number really means and what it is supposed to be?

    Thank you for your sharing your own personal revelation.

    [There is both a physical and spiritual manifestation of the mark, but it is not an RFID chip or some other imposed mark as speculated. The mark is upon our very DNA. The Lord has a mark upon his children as well. It comes when we receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. This changes our very DNA and is qualified on both a physical and spiritual level. Those who “worship” or pay allegiance to the Adversary, the gratifications of the flesh, the ideologies of the carnal man, which include all forms of subjugation, are subject to the buffetings of Satan. In the last days, if one does not conform to the kingdom of the beast it will reach a point where they cannot buy or sell in that society. They will be persecuted even unto death. To be 2nd estate is to carry the mark of the beast. To be third estate is to carry the mark of God. PR]

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  2. S Silver says:

    Vs 9: I know the narrow pass ran between the Great Lakes. Is it the strip between Lake Huron & Erie on our maps today that used to be the narrow neck? [It was more narrow then and there was a pass. Much has changed around that area. PR]

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  3. S Silver says:

    When we flee to places of safety, will we live more agrarian type lifestyles? Is this why many feel inspired to learn the old, useful skills of gardening, cooking from scratch, food preservation, etc? [It will be industrious, and agrarian. It will be an adjustment for many. PR]

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  4. S Silver says:

    I’m noticing the order these chapters go in and the short summary titles used:

    Preparations for War
    Fortify the Land
    Flee to Safety
    Enemy Occupation

    Are these order of ancient events a clue to us in our day, since history often repeats itself? [That I don’t know, as far as future wars; however, it does follow a pattern in which we battle the adversary spiritually. PR]

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  5. Chaser says:

    The number of his name, 666. Can you please give some insights on this? [When I asked the Lord I was told it meant “telestial.” How the number 666 computes to that I have no idea. PR]

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  6. M H says:

    Will some followers of Christ [those who have received the gift of the Holy Ghost and do not have the mark of the Beast] be charged with the mission of fighting against foreign armies that invade our land? In other words, is fighting in the battles/wars that will occur in our homeland set the individual up for spiritual failure, or are some called to fill those positions to fight for righteousness?

    Or have those who have received the HG transcended beyond the nature of violence that will occur and simply be Gatherers or be helpers in other non-violent ways? [There will be future “Captain Moroni’s,” but most of the protection and battles will be fought like how Enoch defended Zion. PR]

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  7. 1lhn says:

    I love S. Silver’s question regarding the pattern of battle, could you expound a little on the pattern in which we battle the adversary spiritually? My awareness to the adversary is awakening and just when I think I am making progress I get hit from a different angle, I am not a very good “warrior” yet and would love some insight for how to anticipate spiritual enemy attacks or better tactics for battle. Thank you for these posts, they have helped strengthen my relationship with the Lord. [That is a broad question, but a good one. I would review what is written in the “Adversary” category on the website. I have experienced a wide range of things with contending with the dark realm, but the Lord didn’t want me to write a book on that. He wants you to step into the dark and trust in Him. The key to this part of a servant’s training is to learn to “Trust in the Lord.” As the scripture says, “Perfect love (for the Lord) casteth out all fear.” As you allow the Lord to dictate what is allowed to happen and you lean on Him to know how to proceed at each moment, you learn more about revelation and the power of priesthood than most any other way. This is how Jesus Himself spent most of His forty days in the wilderness. This is my advice. PR]

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  8. Myrsmakeup says:

    Is this scripture likened unto Enoch’s Zion? And what does “ falling upon their neck” mean in a literal sense? [to embrace. PR]
    Your books have been my Liahona in searching, pondering, praying and asking. Just love you PR😇
    Revelations 14:1 “And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads. [I am likening these circumstances in terms of gathering to what will occur before Zion, yes. PR]

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  9. Merrill Pyper says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your understanding. It is so enlightening and helpful!
    I was wondering if the time referred to in the above, (Those who “worship” or pay allegiance to the Adversary, the gratifications of the flesh, the ideologies of the carnal man, which include all forms of subjugation, are subject to the buffetings of Satan. In the last days, if one does not conform to the kingdom of the beast it will reach a point where they cannot buy or sell in that society. They will be persecuted even unto death.) has already started with those who boycott certain items because of the production methods and how workers and animals are subjugated? [I was specifically referring to the subjugation of people, limiting their freedom. Cruelty to people and animals in all forms is a part of this world we live in. When people are forced to participate in such a society, that is subjugation. It hasn’t quite reached that level in its fullness in America today like it does in other parts of the world. PR]

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  10. Merrill Pyper says:

    Do you think it will reach a fullness in America (the faithful will not be able to buy and sell and will be persecuted even unto death) before we are given the opportunity to retreat to places of refuge? [When the Kingdom of the Beast is fully established America as we know it will not exist. PR]

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  11. S Silver says:

    Will Christians be persecuted before we flee to places of refuge?

    It seems to me that the United States goes through a period of judgement first, before the rise of the beast and before the world-wide tribulation. That it gets bad here in the states first and we have to flee when we are invaded. But I’ve heard that Christians are going to be persecuted even before we are invaded. Is that true, that Christians in the US are going to be persecuted before the full invasion by Russia & China? [They are persecuted now, but if you mean like they are in the Middle East, not until the country collapses and only in certain areas of the country. This is my understanding from what I have seen. PR]

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  12. Merrill Pyper says:

    Do you believe that events will transpire as you and others have seen, or do you believe that you have seen one possibility, and the events, sequence and timing may change depending on choices made by us all? [I have never offered a “timing” to what I have seen. The Lord has told me to focus on the events. I was never given the instruction that what I saw were only possibilities. PR]

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