1 And now I, Moroni, proceed to finish my record concerning the destruction of the people of whom I have been writing.
2 For behold, they rejected all the words of Ether; for he truly told them of all things, from the beginning of man; and that after the waters had receded from off the face of this land it became a choice land above all other lands, a chosen land of the Lord; wherefore the Lord would have that all men should serve him who dwell upon the face thereof; [Why do you suppose that North America was designated “a choice land above all others?” It is because herein lies the land of Adam and his children. It was dedicated to the Lord from the beginning. The land up until the time of Noah was divided according to the sacred triangle of space reaching from Missouri, to the Gulf of Mexico, and the western side of the Rocky Mountains.]
3 And that it was the place of the New Jerusalem, which should come down out of heaven, and the holy sanctuary of the Lord. [When the earth becomes new, the New Jerusalem, after having been lifted up, will be placed upon the earth after its baptism of fire.]
4 Behold, Ether saw the days of Christ, and he spake concerning a New Jerusalem upon this land. [which shall be built in the original place of the land of Adam]
5 And he spake also concerning the house of Israel, and the Jerusalem from whence Lehi should come—after it should be destroyed it should be built up again, a holy city unto the Lord; wherefore, it could not be a new Jerusalem for it had been in a time of old; but it should be built up again, and become a holy city of the Lord; and it should be built unto the house of Israel— [Ether prophesied of the Jewish Diaspora and the rebuilding of Jerusalem. There is still more that must occur.]
6 And that a New Jerusalem should be built up upon this land, unto the remnant of the seed of Joseph, for which things there has been a type. [The city will be mostly built by the Remnant of Jacob, or in other words, the Lamanite descendants.]
7 For as Joseph brought his father down into the land of Egypt, even so he died there; wherefore, the Lord brought a remnant of the seed of Joseph out of the land of Jerusalem, that he might be merciful unto the seed of Joseph that they should perish not, even as he was merciful unto the father of Joseph that he should perish not.
8 Wherefore, the remnant of the house of Joseph shall be built upon this land; and it shall be a land of their inheritance; and they shall build up a holy city unto the Lord, like unto the Jerusalem of old [This is a reference to the “City of Peace,” or as it is referred to as the city of Salem which was taken up to the Lord. The current location of Jerusalem is near this location.]; and they shall no more be confounded, until the end come when the earth shall pass away. [This is a profound prophecy, for the city of Jerusalem had not even been thought of yet. Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob had not yet walked the earth. But, Ether prophesied what would become of the land of the Jaredites.]
The city of Salem was taken before the people of Jared migrated away from Babel. They were a remnant that had not lived up to the covenants given of Melchezedek to the people. But, because of the prayers of the brother of Jared were spared and given an opportunity to dwell in the most sacred of lands.
9 And there shall be a new heaven and a new earth; and they shall be like unto the old save the old have passed away, and all things have become new. [When Christ comes the earth will be bathed in fire and all life upon it shall cease. The spirit of the world itself shall be resurrected and all shall be new. In other words it will not inhabit the same body of material and space, but ascend to a new glory in the terrestrial realm. A “new heaven, and a new earth.”]
10 And then cometh the New Jerusalem; and blessed are they who dwell therein, for it is they whose garments are white through the blood of the Lamb; and they are they who are numbered among the remnant of the seed of Joseph, who were of the house of Israel.
11 And then also cometh the Jerusalem of old; and the inhabitants thereof, blessed are they, for they have been washed in the blood of the Lamb; and they are they who were scattered and gathered in from the four quarters of the earth, and from the north countries, and are partakers of the fulfilling of the covenant which God made with their father, Abraham.
There a two places which the Lord will actually preserve to be placed upon the new earth. That is the Old and New Jerusalem. Why does the Lord preserve those two places? Because they will stand as a monument to His work among the House of Israel for the eternities.
12 And when these things come, bringeth to pass the scripture which saith, there are they who were first, who shall be last; and there are they who were last, who shall be first. [A reference to the 4th estate, the Saviors Upon Mount Zion, who assisted the Lord in saving the House of Israel.]
13 And I was about to write more, but I am forbidden; but great and marvelous were the prophecies of Ether; but they esteemed him as naught, and cast him out; and he hid himself in the cavity of a rock by day, and by night he went forth viewing the things which should come upon the people. [Even today, these prophesies are considered ridiculous to the world.]
14 And as he dwelt in the cavity of a rock he made the remainder of this record, viewing the destructions which came upon the people, by night.
15 And it came to pass that in that same year in which he was cast out from among the people there began to be a great war among the people, for there were many who rose up, who were mighty men, and sought to destroy Coriantumr by their secret plans of wickedness, of which hath been spoken.
16 And now Coriantumr, having studied, himself, in all the arts of war and all the cunning of the world, wherefore he gave battle unto them who sought to destroy him.
17 But he repented not, neither his fair sons nor daughters; neither the fair sons and daughters of Cohor; neither the fair sons and daughters of Corihor; and in fine, there were none of the fair sons and daughters upon the face of the whole earth who repented of their sins.
18 Wherefore, it came to pass that in the first year that Ether dwelt in the cavity of a rock, there were many people who were slain by the sword of those secret combinations, fighting against Coriantumr that they might obtain the kingdom.
19 And it came to pass that the sons of Coriantumr fought much and bled much.
20 And in the second year the word of the Lord came to Ether, that he should go and prophesy unto Coriantumr that, if he would repent, and all his household, the Lord would give unto him his kingdom and spare the people— [A final plea for repentance and deliverance. It grieved the Lord to see this part of His vineyard perish.]
21 Otherwise they should be destroyed, and all his household [his people] save it were himself. And he should only live to see the fulfilling of the prophecies which had been spoken concerning another people receiving the land for their inheritance; and Coriantumr should receive a burial by them; and every soul should be destroyed save it were Coriantumr.
22 And it came to pass that Coriantumr repented not, neither his household, neither the people; and the wars ceased not; and they sought to kill Ether, but he fled from before them and hid again in the cavity of the rock.
23 And it came to pass that there arose up Shared, and he also gave battle unto Coriantumr; and he did beat him, insomuch that in the third year he did bring him into captivity.
24 And the sons of Coriantumr, in the fourth year, did beat Shared, and did obtain the kingdom again unto their father.
25 Now there began to be a war upon all the face of the land, every man with his band fighting for that which he desired.
26 And there were robbers, and in fine, all manner of wickedness upon all the face of the land.
27 And it came to pass that Coriantumr was exceedingly angry with Shared, and he went against him with his armies to battle; and they did meet in great anger, and they did meet in the valley of Gilgal; and the battle became exceedingly sore.
28 And it came to pass that Shared fought against him for the space of three days. And it came to pass that Coriantumr beat him, and did pursue him until he came to the plains of Heshlon.
29 And it came to pass that Shared gave him battle again upon the plains; and behold, he did beat Coriantumr, and drove him back again to the valley of Gilgal.
30 And Coriantumr gave Shared battle again in the valley of Gilgal, in which he beat Shared and slew him.
31 And Shared wounded Coriantumr in his thigh, that he did not go to battle again for the space of two years, in which time all the people upon the face of the land were shedding blood, and there was none to restrain them.
At this point it is a freefall into death and destruction for the Jaredite people.