Prophets are Sent – Ether 11:1-23

1 And there came also in the days of Com many prophets, and prophesied of the destruction of that great people except they should repent, and turn unto the Lord, and forsake their murders and wickedness. [Sometimes the Lord sends many prophets, and sometimes he sends only one or two. When an entire people are about to be destroyed he often sends many.]

2 And it came to pass that the prophets were rejected by the people, and they fled unto Com for protection, for the people sought to destroy them.

3 And they prophesied unto Com many things; and he was blessed in all the remainder of his days. [The prophets told the people if they did not repent they would be destroyed.]

4 And he lived to a good old age, and begat Shiblom; and Shiblom reigned in his stead. And the brother of Shiblom rebelled against him, and there began to be an exceedingly great war in all the land.

5 And it came to pass that the brother of Shiblom caused that all the prophets who prophesied of the destruction of the people should be put to death;

6 And there was great calamity in all the land, for they had testified that a great curse should come upon the land, and also upon the people, and that there should be a great destruction among them, such an one as never had been upon the face of the earth [a unique destruction] , and their bones should become as heaps of earth upon the face of the land except they should repent of their wickedness.

7 And they hearkened not unto the voice of the Lord, because of their wicked combinations; wherefore, there began to be wars and contentions in all the land, and also many famines and pestilences, insomuch that there was a great destruction, such an one as never had been known upon the face of the earth; and all this came to pass in the days of Shiblom.

8 And the people began to repent of their iniquity; and inasmuch as they did the Lord did have mercy on them.

9 And it came to pass that Shiblom was slain, and Seth was brought into captivity, and did dwell in captivity all his days.

10 And it came to pass that Ahah, his son, did obtain the kingdom; and he did reign over the people all his days. And he did do all manner of iniquity in his days, by which he did cause the shedding of much blood; and few were his days.

11 And Ethem, being a descendant of Ahah, did obtain the kingdom; and he also did do that which was wicked in his days.

12 And it came to pass that in the days of Ethem there came many prophets, and prophesied again unto the people; yea, they did prophesy that the Lord would utterly destroy them from off the face of the earth except they repented of their iniquities.

13 And it came to pass that the people hardened their hearts, and would not hearken unto their words; and the prophets mourned and withdrew from among the people.

14 And it came to pass that Ethem did execute judgment in wickedness all his days; and he begat Moron. And it came to pass that Moron did reign in his stead; and Moron did that which was wicked before the Lord.

15 And it came to pass that there arose a rebellion among the people, because of that secret combination which was built up to get power and gain; and there arose a mighty man among them in iniquity, and gave battle unto Moron, in which he did overthrow the half of the kingdom; and he did maintain the half of the kingdom for many years.

16 And it came to pass that Moron did overthrow him, and did obtain the kingdom again.

17 And it came to pass that there arose another mighty man; and he was a descendant of the brother of Jared.

18 And it came to pass that he did overthrow Moron and obtain the kingdom; wherefore, Moron dwelt in captivity all the remainder of his days; and he begat Coriantor.

19 And it came to pass that Coriantor dwelt in captivity all his days.

20 And in the days of Coriantor there also came many prophets, and prophesied of great and marvelous things, and cried repentance unto the people, and except they should repent the Lord God would execute judgment against them to their utter destruction;

21 And that the Lord God would send or bring forth another people to possess the land, by his power, after the manner by which he brought their fathers. [The Jaredites knew the miraculous manner in which their forebears had come to this land. Now, after over a thousand years of civilization, many wars and destructions, the prophets have foretold their destruction and replacement.]

22 And they did reject all the words of the prophets, because of their secret society and wicked abominations.

23 And it came to pass that Coriantor begat Ether, and he died, having dwelt in captivity all his days. [The prophet Ether is born in captivity, the grandson of a former king.]

I was thinking how a people can so easily turn from righteousness to complete depravity. My 18 year old son asked me the other day why everyone talks about things being so bad in the country. Things seemed pretty good to him. I responded that we live in a bubble in our isolated community. Much of the country is struggling for its soul. The Jaredite people often struggled to remember the Lord and to have peace. Truly the path of kings led these people to much wickedness. The United States follows a Constitution, yet in many ways we have kings and royalty among us, as not all are held to the same accountability under the law. Great wickedness has corrupted our county as many standards of liberty and morality have been replaced with permissiveness and excessiveness. 

Prophets are being sent among the people today. How do you recognize them? They preach repentance without mincing words. They offend others, because they do not speak flattery. They call out wickedness: abortion, promiscuity, idolatry, pride, apathy, lasciviousness, secret combinations, and warn the people (all people) in the name of the Lord to come unto Him or face the wrath of God. Who is doing this? Their numbers will grow in the future until the time when all will have heard the warning.

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4 Responses to Prophets are Sent – Ether 11:1-23

  1. John Crane says:

    We need the story of the fate of the Jaredites as a second witness to the story of the fate of the Nephites. There are a multitude of prophets in the land warning of the evils of our society, and impending destruction, but they are also inviting us to come to the Lord, to save ourselves, and to join them in warning others.

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  2. TSJ says:

    Hi PR,

    1 And there came also in the days of Com many prophets, and prophesied of the destruction of that great people except they should repent, and turn unto the Lord, and forsake their murders and wickedness.
    12 And it came to pass that in the days of Ethem there came many prophets, and prophesied again unto the people; yea, they did prophesy that the Lord would utterly destroy them from off the face of the earth except they repented of their iniquities.
    20 And in the days of Coriantor there also came many prophets, and prophesied of great and marvelous things, and cried repentance unto the people, and except they should repent the Lord God would execute judgment against them to their utter destruction;

    So in these 3 verses the prophets were sent and all three times the people would not be prevailed upon.

    I haven’t heard anything that remotely seems to mirror what this chapter is saying the Lord does. In fact I have had to go searching for “prophets” who aren’t popular, who aren’t polished, who will proclaim repentance. And of the ones I have been lead to are many are women. YouTube, Blogs, Social Media like Facebook, are the mediums I have found them, but it seems that I have to go searching, or perhaps more correctly stated is that I have been sent in search of them.

    Do you know why we aren’t hearing from prophets like this chapter describes? Are you encountering others like me who have presumed that the ancient warnings from Isaiah, Jeremiah, John the Revelator, and many others including the Book of Mormon prophets are the only ones bold enough to speak because of how the mainstream media has silenced so much of the free speech in the world? Or do you know if the Lord hasn’t sent these kind of prophets yet because of timing? [There has been prophets who have spoken out from various places, but they are generally ignored. They do not come from institutional religions. More prophets will raise their voices and become more prevalent as we near the end. PR]

    Thanks for all you do PR. I am truly grateful.

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  3. S Silver says:

    “Who is doing this? Their numbers will grow in the future until the time when all will have heard the warning.”

    I know the Lord does not tell you times but this sentence seems to hint that we still have a time (a few years) of warning, even though we may see some judgement events.

    Is this accurate? [We are in the middle of some of the events, but the full judgment of God is a way to go. I can’t say how many years. Wish I knew. PR]

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  4. Sandy Skinner says:

    PR, were the plates of the Jaredites given to the Nephites for the same reason the story of the Nephites was given to, us, the Gentiles? To teach them? The Nephites had the records also…so I was wondering if the Nephites were offered the same thing as what we have been offered thru the Book of Mormon? And it seems the record shows that “many” prophets were sent three different times…is there significance to this? [The Nephites mostly studied the brass plates and the words of their prophets since Nephi. The Jaredite record was available as a portion, like what we have. They understood the Doctrine of Christ until the people fell. The Lord sends many prophets to warn His people when they begin to fall. Such was the case with the people of Israel, Jerusalem, the Nephites, and even today. How many generations have the Christians looked forward to His coming in modern times. Since the days of Joseph Smith there has been such a call to repent. I know of prophets coming from every corner of the earth speaking of His coming and the need to repent and prepare. Is there any adult that has not heard that message from somewhere? Usually it is scoffed at and ignored. PR]

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