1 Now behold, I will show unto you that they did not establish a king over the land; but in this same year, yea, the thirtieth year, they did destroy upon the judgment-seat, yea, did murder the chief judge of the land.
About the very same time that the Nephite government is toppled, the works of Christ began His three and one-half year ministry amongst the Jews.
2 And the people were divided one against another; and they did separate one from another into tribes, every man according to his family and his kindred and friends; and thus they did destroy the government of the land. [And so it shall be in our land.]
3 And every tribe did appoint a chief or a leader over them; and thus they became tribes and leaders of tribes. [Today we would call these factions, or self governing bodies, either by state or city, according to separate geographical locations and ideologies.]
4 Now behold, there was no man among them save he had much family and many kindreds and friends; therefore their tribes became exceedingly great. [In the last days people will gather according to familiarity, both the wicked and the righteous.]
5 Now all this was done, and there were no wars as yet among them; and all this iniquity had come upon the people because they did yield themselves unto the power of Satan.
6 And the regulations [laws and statutes] of the government were destroyed, because of the secret combination of the friends and kindreds of those who murdered the prophets.
7 And they did cause a great contention in the land, insomuch that the more righteous part of the people had nearly all become wicked; yea, there were but few righteous men among them. [This shall be a similitude of what shall befall America.]
8 And thus six years had not passed away since the more part of the people had turned from their righteousness, like the dog to his vomit, or like the sow to her wallowing in the mire. [Six years from the time the people had turned their back against the wickedness of Gadianton.]
9 Now this secret combination, which had brought so great iniquity upon the people, did gather themselves together, and did place at their head a man whom they did call Jacob;
10 And they did call him their king; therefore he became a king over this wicked band; and he was one of the chiefest who had given his voice against the prophets who testified of Jesus. [A man is chosen to lead who is of the greatest and most wicked among them.]
11 And it came to pass that they were not so strong in number as the tribes of the people, who were united together save it were their leaders did establish their laws, every one according to his tribe; nevertheless they were enemies; notwithstanding they were not a righteous people, yet they were united in the hatred of those who had entered into a covenant to destroy the government. [The various sovereign states and cities (tribes) had no trust for any government.]
12 Therefore, Jacob seeing that their enemies were more numerous than they, he being the king of the band, therefore he commanded his people that they should take their flight into the northernmost part of the land, and there build up unto themselves a kingdom, until they were joined by dissenters, (for he flattered them that there would be many dissenters) and they become sufficiently strong to contend with the tribes of the people; and they did so. [A call for the wicked to gather.]
13 And so speedy was their march that it could not be impeded until they had gone forth out of the reach of the people. And thus ended the thirtieth year; and thus were the affairs of the people of Nephi.
14 And it came to pass in the thirty and first year that they were divided into tribes, every man according to his family, kindred and friends; nevertheless they had come to an agreement that they would not go to war one with another; but they were not united as to their laws, and their manner of government, for they were established according to the minds of those who were their chiefs and their leaders. But they did establish very strict laws that one tribe should not trespass against another, insomuch that in some degree they had peace in the land; nevertheless, their hearts were turned from the Lord their God, and they did stone the prophets and did cast them out from among them.
15 And it came to pass that Nephi—having been visited by angels and also the voice of the Lord, therefore having seen angels, and being eye-witness, and having had power given unto him that he might know concerning the ministry of Christ, and also being eye-witness to their quick return from righteousness unto their wickedness and abominations; [It is interesting that it is noted that Nephi is visited by angels, but only the voice of the Lord. How did the Lord Himself while in the flesh administer the affairs of His Kingdom? As always, by the means of His Holy Angels, and at times directly through the Spirit.]
16 Therefore, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts and the blindness of their minds—went forth among them in that same year, and began to testify, boldly, repentance and remission of sins through faith on the Lord Jesus Christ.
17 And he did minister many things unto them; and all of them cannot be written, and a part of them would not suffice, therefore they are not written in this book. And Nephi did minister with power and with great authority. [A great and last effort before Christ would come to them.]
18 And it came to pass that they were angry with him, even because he had greater power than they, for it were not possible that they could disbelieve his words, for so great was his faith on the Lord Jesus Christ that angels did minister unto him daily. [What does this say to you? Can your faith be so great in the Lord that angels will teach you daily? Yes! And what is great faith? To seek the Lord’s will by revelation and to act upon it.]
19 And in the name of Jesus did he cast out devils and unclean spirits; and even his brother [Timothy] did he raise from the dead, after he had been stoned and suffered death by the people. [An interesting irony considering what would happen when Christ came and anointed him as a special disciple.]
20 And the people saw it, and did witness of it, and were angry with him because of his power; and he did also do many more miracles, in the sight of the people, in the name of Jesus.
21 And it came to pass that the thirty and first year did pass away, and there were but few who were converted unto the Lord; but as many as were converted did truly signify unto the people that they had been visited by the power and Spirit of God, which was in Jesus Christ, in whom they believed. [Truly the calm before the storm.]
22 And as many as had devils cast out from them, and were healed of their sicknesses and their infirmities, did truly manifest unto the people that they had been wrought upon by the Spirit of God, and had been healed; and they did show forth signs also and did do some miracles among the people.
23 Thus passed away the thirty and second year also. And Nephi did cry unto the people in the commencement of the thirty and third year; and he did preach unto them repentance and remission of sins. [There is nothing of greater value than to preach repentance unto baptism. No other doctrine will save you. Peripheral commandments are not to be a part of the conversion process. “Come unto Christ, and be made clean!”]
24 Now I would have you to remember also, that there were none who were brought unto repentance who were not baptized with water.
25 Therefore, there were ordained of Nephi, men unto this ministry, that all such as should come unto them should be baptized with water, and this as a witness and a testimony before God, and unto the people, that they had repented and received a remission of their sins. [There are two important purposes of baptism: to witness before the Father that you have accepted His Son, and that you witness before the Church (body of believers) that you are one of them.]
26 And there were many in the commencement of this year that were baptized unto repentance; and thus the more part of the year did pass away.
This chapter can easily raise many questions regarding our time and the events that may occur in the near future. For more information regarding the fate of America you can refer to “A Witness of the End of Times.” I do not know the exact dates these events will transpire. The Lord has told me to focus upon the events, not the dates. We are counseled to “stand in holy places,” which is to have your lamps filled and become holy that you may be led to safety as these events begin to unfold.