1 Nephi 16-22

Is there archaeological evidence in the Arabian region that supports the Book of Mormon narrative? Is the place called Nahom exclusive to the Book of Mormon or is it derived from a Biblical source?

The Lord will gather the house of Israel in the last days.

“Liahonas.”

Boat Building and Sailing to America.

Book of Mormon Names Derived from the Bible.

After Nephi answered all the questions his brothers asked about their father Lehi’s dream – Laman and Lemuel found them to be 1 Nephi 16:1 “hard things, more than we are able to bear.”

1 Nephi 16:2-5 Nephi exhorts them to be righteous, to keep the commandments, and to be humble. 

1 Nephi 16:3 The phrase “speakest hard things” is similar, to Psalm 94:4.

1 Nephi 16:5 The words “in the paths of righteousness” is the same as Psalm 23:3.

1 Nephi 16:7 When Nephi made an end to his speaking, he, his brothers, and Zoram all got married to Ishmael’s nameless daughters.  It was a group wedding.  It must have been a huge ceremony – and quite a honeymoon night. The phrases “took one of the daughters of” is also in Nehemiah 7:63. The words   “daughter of Ishmael” is found in Genesis 28:9.

 1 Nephi 16:9 The word-string “And it came to pass that…on the marrow” is the same as Numbers 17:8.

This group had been camping in the wilderness – when the Lord told Lehi to continue their journey until they eventually arrived at the ocean – where they will build a ship and cross the waters to the promised land.  Lehi was told that along the way, many trials will take place.   

1 Nephi 16:10 One morning, Nephi woke up and found that outside his tent was “upon the ground a round ball of curious workmanship; and it was of fine brass.  And within the ball were two spindles; and the one pointed the way whither we should go into the wilderness.”  We learn later in Alma 37:38 that it is called a   “director – or our fathers called it Liahona, which is, being interpreted, a compass.” (picture of the ball)  

The Sunday School Manual suggests that we have our own “Liahonas” in the form of the Holy Ghost, General Conference, and patriarchal blessings.  I certainly agree the Holy Spirit can be our guide.

 1 Nephi 16:13 The words “the space of four” is also in Acts 13:20.

1 Nephi 16:14 They traveled “keeping in the most fertile parts of the wilderness, which were in the borders of the Red Sea.”  And they killed food with their bows and arrows and slings.  So far, so good. The phrase “forth into the wilderness to slay” is similar, to Exodus 16:3.

1 Nephi 16:18 But then, Nephi broke his bow “which was made of fine steel.”  And his brothers were ticked-off.  Of course, steel didn’t exist at that time – wouldn’t work well for a bow anyway – and would be extremely hard to break.  Apparently, none of the other bows worked either. It also appears the brothers were terrible archers – because no one could kill a thing.   The phrase “and it came to pass that as I” is similar, to Acts 22:6. 

Everyone including Lehi became upset with the Lord.  

 1 Nephi 16:20 The words “exceedingly sorrowful, even” is similar, to Matthew 16:38.

 1 Nephi 16:22 The words “because they had hardened their” is similar, to Jeremiah 19:15.

But Nephi had a solution.  1 Nephi 16:23 He made a bow and arrow out of wood and with a sling – he asked his father where he should go – a hunting.  The phrase  “with a sling and with stones” is similar, to 1 Samuel 17:50. 

 1 Nephi 16:25 The phrase  “the voice of the Lord came unto” is the same in Acts 7:31.

1 Nephi 16:26-27  “And it came to pass that the voice of the Lord said unto him: Look upon the ball and behold the things which are written.”  Seems this ball worked in the same manner as the Joseph Smith’s seer stone – actual words appeared on it.  The phrase “the things which are written” is the same as Revelation 22:19.

1 Nephi 16:28 Here’s how the Liahona works:  “I Nephi, beheld the pointers which were in the ball, that they did work according to the faith and diligence and heed which we did give unto them.”  So, the pointers pointed in just the right directions – if you believed that they pointed in the right directions. 

But, the coolest thing of all were the text messages.  1 Nephi 16:29  “And there was also written upon them a new writing, which was plain to read, which did give us understanding concerning the ways of the Lord; and it was written and changed from time to time” depending on their obedience to them.   The phrase “according to the faith” is the same as Titus 1:1.

1 Nephi 16:30-31 The ball tells Nephi to go up on top of the mountains and kill a bunch of animals – which made everyone happy. The phrase “up into the top of the mountains” is also in Numbers 14:40.

After Lehi’s group traveled some distance in the Arabian desert 1 Nephi 16:34  “Ishmael died, and was buried in a place which was called Nahom.”  I ask the question – What is in a name? The, LDS Church was excited about the discovery of a rock or altar in Yemen with the three letters NHM on it.  Since vowels were not used in the ancient writing, they thought that “Nahom” in this passage, was a distinct possibility.  We have, to keep in mind that the Book of Mormon derives its names from the King James Bible which is a Semitic source.  For example – the name: “Lehi” is in Judges 15:9. “Laban” in Genesis 24:30, and “Lemuel” in Proverbs 31:1-9.  With slight alterations you can get “Jarom” from “Joram” in 2 Samuel 8:10, “Omni” from “Omri” in 1 Kings 16:16, “Nehor” from “Nahor” in Genesis 11:22 and “Nahom” from “Nahum” in Nahum 1:1, which is also a book of the Old Testament.   

1 Nephi 16:34-37 Ishmael’s daughters mourn exceedingly and wanted to return to their home in Jerusalem.  At which time, Laman and Lemuel conspire with their brother-in laws to kill Lehi and Nephi.  The words “let us slay” is also in Genesis 37:20.

1 Nephi 16:38 The words  “he has thought to make himself a king and a ruler” is similar, to 2 Chronicles 11:22.

1 Nephi 16:39 But God spoke to them and blessed them with food.  So, they decided to spare the lives of their father and brother.   The phrase “the voice of the Lord came” is the same as Acts 7:31.

Chapter 17. Now it was time for some serious trekking.  They began heading east across the Arabian, peninsula. 

 1 Nephi 17:4 The words “sojourn for the” is the same in 2 Kings 8:1.

The women bore children and after eight years Verse 5  “And we did come to the land which we called Bountiful, because of its much fruit and, also wild honey, and these things were prepared of the Lord that we might not perish.  And we beheld the sea, which we called Irreantum, which, being interpreted, is many waters.”   The phrase “which being interpreted” is the same as Matthew 1:23.

 1 Nephi 17:7 The phrase “and went up into the mountain” is also in Deuteronomy 1:24.

But there was no time to rest.  1 Nephi 17:8 The Lord tells Nephi to get busy building a ship.   The phrase “that the Lord spake unto me, saying” is also in Deuteronomy 2:17.

1 Nephi 17:10 The Lord tells Nephi where to find ore, so he could make ship-building tools. 

1 Nephi 17:11 The words  “to blow the fire” is also in Ezekiel 22:20.

1 Nephi 17:16 The words  “molten out of the rock” is similar, to Job 28:2.

1 Nephi 17:17 But when Nephi’s brothers saw what he was doing  “they began to murmur” – which is a way of saying “complain.”  They said,  “Our brother is a fool.” 

1 Nephi 17:18 They had no desire to help him and took great pleasure in the grief they were causing him.
 The words
“that I was instructed” is also in Jeremiah 31:19.

1 Nephi 17:19 The phrase  “because of the hardness of their hearts” is similar, to Matthew 19:8.

1 Nephi 17:20 They said,  “And thou art like unto our father, led away by the foolish imaginations of his heart.”

 1 Nephi 17:22 The phrase  “for they  kept the statutes and judgments of the Lord, and all his commandments” is similar, to Deuteronomy 26:17. 

1 Nephi 17:23-44 Next, Nephi delivers a major message to his spiritually needy brothers from the scriptures.  Using the example of Moses leading the Children of Israel out Egypt to the promise land – he will emphasize past blessings from the Lord and the importance of using those blessings as a basis for being loyal to the Lord now. 

 1 Nephi 17:25 The phrase  “grievous to be borne” is the same as Luke 11:46.

 1 Nephi 17:26 The phrase  “were divided hither and thither” is also in 2 Kings 2:8.

 1 Nephi 17:28 The words  “manna in the wilderness” is also in John 6:49.

 1 Nephi 17:29 The phases  “according to the power of God” same as 2 Timothy 1:8 and  “quench their thirst” is the same in Psalms 104:11.

 1 Nephi 17:33 The phrase  “in the land of promise” is also in Hebrews 11:9.

1 Nephi 17:37 The words  “a righteous nation” is also in Genesis 20:4.

 1 Nephi 17:39 The phrase “the heavens, for it is his throne, and this earth is his footstool” is similar, to Matthew 34-35.

 1 Nephi 17:40 The words  “bring them out of the land of Egypt” is the same in Jeremiah 31:32.

 

 1 Nephi 17:42 The words  “against Moses, and also against God” is similar, to Acts 6:11.

1 Nephi 17:45 This is another well-known passage in the
Book of Mormon.  
“Ye are swift to do
iniquity but slow to remember the Lord your God.  Ye have seen an angel, and he spake unto you;
yea, ye have heard his voice form time to time; and he hath spoken unto you in
a still small voice, but ye were past feeling, that ye could not feel his
words; wherefore, he has spoken unto you like unto the voice of thunder, which
did cause the earth to shake as if it were to divide asunder.”
   The phrases “have heard his voice” is also in Deuteronomy
5:24
and  “a still
small voice”
is in 1 Kings 19:12 and  “past feeling” is the same as Ephesians 4:19.

 1 Nephi 17:46 The
words
“the rough places” is also in Isaiah 40:4.

1 Nephi 17:47 Nephi cares strongly for his brothers in
spite, of their hateful treatment towards him.   The words
“full of the Spirit of” is also in Deuteronomy
34:9
.

1 Nephi 17:48 But they wanted to throw him into to the
depths of the sea anyways. The
phrases
“into the depths of the sea” is also in Micah 7:19 and “touch me
not, for I am”
is
same as
John 20:17.

 1 Nephi 17:52 The
phrases
“they durst not” is the same as Luke 20:40 and “they were confounded” is also in Job 6:20.

1 Nephi 17:53 The Lord told Nephi to  “stretch forth thine hand again unto they brethren,
and they shall not wither before thee, but I will shock them, saith the Lord,
and this will I do, that they may know that I am the Lord their God.” 
And that did the trick!  They were convinced that God was talking to
Nephi and telling him to build the ship, so they left him alone for the time
being.   The words
“shall not wither” is the same in Psalms 1:3.

1 Nephi 17:54 The
words
“I stretched forth my hand unto” is similar, to Romans 10:21.

1 Nephi 17:55 The phrase  “We know of
a surety that the Lord is with thee”
is similar, to Genesis 26:28.  
 The phrases
“I am thy brother” is also in Esther 15:6 and “honor thy father and thy mother, that thy days may be
long”
is the same in Exodus 20:12. 

I Nephi Chapter 18. This is the chapter we’ve all been waiting for – where
Nephi discovers America. 

1 Nephi 18:1-4 Now that Nephi and the Lord have everyone working together on the
construction of the ship under the Lord’s direction – the ship took less than four
verses
to build and by all accounts it turned out
 “exceedingly fine.”   The words “after the manner of
men” is also in Galatians 3:15.
   I’m a little disappointed that they didn’t
come up with a cool name for the sailing vessel – like the SS Minnow in the TV
sitcom – Gilligan’s Island.  Even though
it took Noah approximately 75 years to build the ark – Nephi obviously was much
more efficient in his ship building skills. 
 

1 Nephi 18:5-6 The extended family gathered up their stuff and boarded the ship.   The
phrase “the voice of the Lord came unto” is the same as Acts 7:31.  The
phrase “And it came to pass that on the morrow” is also in Numbers 17:8.

1 Nephi 18:7 Nephi tells us that his parents had two more sons during those eight
years in the wilderness. 
 “the
elder was called Jacob and the younger Joseph.”  The word-strong
“the elder was…the younger” is in Genesis 29:16.

1 Nephi 18:8
The word-strings “gone down into the ship…forth into the sea” is found in Jonah 1:5,15.
And they all sailed off toward the promised land. 

Now, there
are three group crossings of the ocean to the New Word reported in the Book of
Mormon: Jared’s party around 2200 B.C., Lehi’s party around 590 B.C., and
Mulek’s party about 587 B.C.  There is
fragmentary information about the voyage of Lehi’s party from Arabia to
America.  No mention of stops along the
way to stock up on food, make boat repairs, etc.  Even if the weather cooperated, it still would
have taken at least one to two years to complete the voyage.  Odd that not much was written about it in their
account.

After a few
days – everyone but Nephi and his parents started singing and dancing – in some
inappropriate ways.  So, Nephi tried to speak
to them with soberness – but they wouldn’t have it.  They tied him up with cords and treated him
harshly. 

1 Nephi 18:10
The phrase  “We will not that our younger
brother shall be a ruler over us” is similar, to Luke
19:14
.

1 Nephi 18:12 Suddenly, the compass ceased to, work and they didn’t know where to steer
the ship – which must have had a rudder. The words “that after they had bound me” is similar, to Matthew 27:2.

1 Nephi 18:13 A terrible storm came up which caused them to go backwards.  The phrase  “the ship, insomuch
that there arose a great storm, yea, a great and terrible tempest” similar, to Mark 4:37.
Interestingly, this story bears
a remarkable resemblance to the New Testament account of Jesus calming the seas.

1 Nephi 18:15 And just when they were about to  “be
swallowed up in the depths of the sea”, they untied Nephi.   “swallowed up in” is same as 1 Corinthians 15:54.

1 Nephi 18:17-18 The behavior of Laman and Lemuel and the sons of Ishmael almost brought
Lehi and Sariah to their deathbeds.  The word-string “grey
hairs…brought down…with sorrow into a watery grave” is similar, to Genesis 44:29.
    

1 Nephi 18:19 Young Jacob and Joseph and Nephi’s nameless wife and children were all
suffering because of the dire circumstance they were in.  The words “Jacob and Joseph” is also in Psalm 77:15. 

1 Nephi 18:20 Once again, Laman and Lemuel and their rebellious in-laws repented – but
only when their own lives were threatened by the stormy seas.  The phrase “save it were the power of God” is the same in 1 Corinthians 1:18.  

1 Nephi 18:21 After they cut Nephi loose – the compass began to work again, and the
storm ceased.  The word-string “the winds did cease…and there was
a great calm” is similar, to Mark 4:39.

The word “compass” used in verses 12
and 21
poses a slight problem for the Book of Mormon – if it was engraved
upon the gold plates, in reformed Egyptian, and not being interpreted and
translated in Smith’s hat.  “Compass” was
an unknown word for which there was not a Hebrew or Egyptian equivalent.  Up to that time in 600 BC there was no
technology for a magnetic compass which had not yet been invented.   

1 Nephi 18:22-23 And after many days (this was approximately 589 BC), they
arrived in the promised land – that’s what they called it.  “the land of promise” is the same in Hebrews
11:9
.

We are being
asked to believe that a family with zero experience sailed around Africa and
then to the Americas.  A trip many times
longer than that of Columbus, who lived thousands of years later.  Heck, Paul on his short little excursions
across the Mediterranean Sea, was shipwrecked THREE times – despite the
expertly made ships and experienced seamen. 

1 Nephi 18:24 First thing they did was plant the seeds they
brought with them. 

1 Nephi 18:25 The new visitors to the promise land found  “that there were beasts in the forests of
every kind, both cow and the ox, and the ass and the horse, and the goat and
the wild goat, all manner of wild animals, which were for the use of men.”  Spoiler alert: None of these domesticated
animals existed in the Western Hemisphere before the Europeans brought them
over 2000 years later.  Somehow, the Book
of Mormon managed to include the major animals that did NOT exist at all – like
the cow, ox, ass, horse, goat, bull, calf, cattle, elephant, sheep, sow, swine,
and “cureloms” and “cumoms” – whatever they are!  And exclude the ones that DID exist – like
the alpaca, bear, boar, bison, coyote, deer, duck, guinea-pig, jackrabbit,
antelope, jaguar, Llama, monkey, sloth, tapir, turkey, and turtle.  Nephi adds  “And we did find
all manner of ore, both of gold, and of silver, and of copper”
– just
laying around on the ground, I suppose. 

Chapter 19
Nephi will pause here in the story to explain again that he has been
commanded to make two sets of records, or plates.  As explained in
1 Nephi chapters 6 and 9,
these two sets are referred to as the Large Plates of Nephi and the Small
Plates of Nephi.  He will also explain
why the words of Isaiah are so valuable. 

1 Nephi 19:6 Nephi admits that he might have made some
mistakes in writing – like the guys who wrote the Bible did.  Not that he is making any excuses, of
course.   
“And, now, if I do err, even did they err of old;
not that I would excuse myself because of other men, but because of the
weakness which is in me, according to the flesh, I would excuse myself.”
   The phrase “according to the flesh” is the same in Acts 2:30. 

 1 Nephi 19:7 The phrases “trample
under their feet”
is
also in
Matthew 7:6 and “set him at naught” is same as Luke 23:11.

1 Nephi 19:8 An angel tells Nephi that the Messiah
will come  
“in six hundred years from the time my
father left Jerusalem”
That is how those dates at the bottom of each
page in the Book of Mormon are calculated.  
  

 1 Nephi 19:9 The word-string “scourge him, and…spit upon him” is also in Mark 10:34.

1 Nephi 19:10 This verse is positive evidence of Joseph
Smith’s monotheistic views when the Book of Mormon was produced.
  The verse explains that it
was
“God” who “yieldeth himself” “as a
man” “to be lifted up” “to be crucified”
and “to be buried”.  That is what Christian’s
believe – that Christ was God incarnate. 
That is what the Old and New Testament teaches – God is One.  Mormonism teaches that Jesus was the God of
the Old Testament, but by contrast to Christianity – their God and Jesus are
two separate and distinct beings, each with a body of flesh and bones.  The shift in Joseph Smith’s theology is
apparent from the time the Book of Mormon was written to later on – in Joseph’s
Smith’s life.

1 Nephi 19:9-10 Nephi finds out that three prophets whose
names sound like mythical gods – are not mentioned anywhere else other than the
Book of Mormon.  “
Zenock,” “Neum,” and “Zenos” and
their writings – were apparently left out of the Bible. (Episode 41-Lost books) Anyway, they knew all about Jesus. 
That He would be crucified, buried, and there would be “
three days of darkness.” 

Three DAYS of darkness? It would be predicted again in Helaman 14:27 and
fulfilled in
3 Nephi 8:20-23 with the entire earth turning dark.  Of course, that’s not what the Bible
says.  Matthew, Mark, and Luke report that
it was dark for three HOURS just before Jesus died.  Did the church of devil remove this fact from
the Bible?    

1 Nephi 19:11-12 Zenos prophesied all kinds of catastrophic
events that were to take place. The phrases
 
“the
thunderings and the lightnings”
is the same in Exodus 20:18 and  “the kings
of the Isles”
is the same in Jeremiah 25:22. These were fulfilled in 3 Nephi 8

1 Nephi 19:13-14 Then Zenos explains how all kinds of bad
stuff would happen to the Jews because they crucified the God of Israel.   The phrase
“be hated among all nations” is similar, to Matthew 24:9.

1 Nephi 19:16-17 Here, Nephi is teaching about the gathering
of Israel when the gospel is restored in the last days.  The gospel – in other words, Mormonism – will
go to all the earth in the last days.  The phrases  
“the four
quarters of the earth”
is
same in
Revelation 20:8 and “the earth
shall see the salvation of the Lord”
is similar, to Isaiah 52:10.

 1 Nephi 19:19 The
words
“speak unto all the house of Israel” is similar, to 1 Samuel 7:3.

1 Nephi 19:22-24 At this point, Nephi explains why it was so
important that he and his people had access to the Brass Plates.  It’s because of what’s contained in the Books
of Moses and the Book of Isaiah concerning the coming Messiah.  Since Lehi and Nephi already had a copy of
Isaiah, it seems that Nephi might have wasted important space on the Small
Plates – which should have been devoted to information concerning
“the ministry” (1 Nephi
9:3)
among the Nephites.   The phrases “which were written in the books” is also in Revelation 20:12 and, “saying: Hear ye the words of the prophet” is similar, to Jeremiah 11:6.

In Chapters 20 and 21 of 1 Nephi, the chapter headings say
to
“Compare Isaiah
48
and Isaiah 49.”  But most
verses in these two Book of Mormon chapters reads differently than in
Isaiah 48 and 49 in
the Bible. 

For example, here in 1 Nephi 20:1 are
added the words
“or out of the waters of baptism.” 
Some of you are probably asking how Isaiah could have
included
“or out
of the waters of baptism”
since baptism was totally unknown in Old
Testament times.   Interestingly enough –
this phrase was not in the 1830 edition p. 52 of the Book of
Mormon.  But it was added later in the 1964
edition
of the Book of Mormon. 
Sneaky, huh! The Greek word “baptizo” was first introduced in the
Gospels with John the Baptist.  Absent in
the Jewish Canon or Old Testament Septuagint but mentioned 58 times in the Old
Testament era of the Book of Mormon. 

Considering what time, we have left – I will let you read
chapters 20 and 21 on
your own.

And, we will wrap up this lesson – and the First Book of Nephi – with
Chapter 22.  It’s a good thing we have
Nephi around to explain Isaiah for us. 
In this case,
1 Nephi 22 will explain what Isaiah said in chapters 20 and 21.    

Just to note: There are a lot of Old and New Testament
phrases used in
Chapter 22. Don’t forget we have a 
complete transcript of these references on our website, click on the
link in the description below.

1 Nephi 22:1 In the original 1830 edition p.56 it
read:
“And now
it came to pass that after I, Nephi, after that I, had read these
things”
which the 1964 edition deleted the words after that I.  Laman and Lemuel wanted to know if Isaiah was
speaking of things which are spiritual or literal? 

1 Nephi 22:3 Nephi said,  “the things of which I have read are things pertaining
to things both temporal and spiritual.”  

1 Nephi 22:3-7 He is speaking of the scattering and
gathering of Israel. The
phrases  
“scattered upon all the face of the earth” is also in Ezekiel 34:6 and,  “upon the isles of the sea” is also in Esther 10:1. 

1 Nephi 22:5 The
phrase
“shall be hated of all men” is the same in Mark 13:13.

1 Nephi 22:8-9 Nephi will explain and apply Isaiah’s
prophecy specifically to the Lamanites.  The phrases
“the Lord God will proceed to do a marvelous work” is similar, to Isaiah 29:14 and, “unto
Abraham, saying: In thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed”
similar, to Acts 3:25.

1 Nephi 22:10-12 Mormonism teaches that all who join the LDS
Church are considered to, be covenant Israel. 
 The phrases
“bare his arm in the eyes of the nations” is similar, to Isaiah 52:10 and, “and they shall be gathered together” is also in Isaiah 24:22 and, “shall
know that the Lord is their Savior and their Redeemer, the Mighty One of
Israel”
is similar, to Isaiah 49:26.

1 Nephi 22:13  “And the blood
of that great and abominable church, which is the whore of the earth, shall
turn upon their own heads; for they shall war among themselves, and the sword
of their own hands shall fall upon their own heads, and they shall be drunken
with their own blood.”
  The phrase “the whore of all the
earth”
is similar, to Revelation 19:2.

1 Nephi 22:14 And whoever fights against Zion – meaning, the
Latter-day Saints – will be destroyed.   
“yea, that great and abominable church, shall
tumble to the dust and great shall be the fall of it.” 
The phrases “that great whore, who hath
perverted”
is similar, to Revelation 19:2 and, “and great shall be the fall of it” is
similar, to Matthew 7:27.

Next, in verses 15 through 17,
Nephi is quoting from Isaiah’s writings – which these verses are found nowhere
else in scripture.  They were on the
Brass Plates but were left out of the Bible somewhere along the way.  These three verses project ahead to the
Second Coming of the Savior and scenes immediately preceding it. 

1 Nephi 22:15 The phrase  “for the day
soon cometh that all the proud and they who do wickedly shall be as stubble;
and the day cometh that they must be burned”
is similar, to Malachi 4:1.

 1 Nephi 22:17 The
phrase
“shall be saved, even if it so be as by
fire” is
similar, to 1 Corinthians 3:15.

Then, in verses 18 through 22, he
will explain what he just quoted from Isaiah in
verses 15-17,
above.

1 Nephi 22:18 The
phrase
“blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke” is similar, to Acts 2:19.

1 Nephi 22:20 The
phrase  
“A
prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you, like unto me; him shall ye
hear in all things whatsoever, he shall say unto you.  And it shall come to pass that all those who
will not hear that prophet shall be cut off from among the people”
is similar, to Acts 3:22-23.  The Book of
Mormon here is quoting anachronistically from the King James Bible.  The Book of Acts records the apostle Peter –
paraphrasing Moses in
Deuteronomy 18:18-19 during his sermon at
Pentecost around 60 AD.  In
1 Nephi 22:20,
Nephi claims to also quote from Moses, around 580 BC., – but INSTEAD he quotes
Peter’s PARAPHRASING of Moses verbatim – 640 years before Peter gave his
sermon.  A little confusing – I know.

 1 Nephi 22:21 The
words
“he shall execute judgment” is also in Jeremiah 33:15.

1 Nephi 22:22  “And the righteous need
no fear, for they are those who shall not be confounded.  But it is the kingdom of the devil, which
shall be built up among the children of men, which kingdom is established among
them which are in the flesh.” 
In
other words, it is literal – that Satan will gain tremendous power among the
wicked in the last days upon the earth. 

1 Nephi 22:23 All churches who are after wealth, power, and
popularity – belong to the kingdom of the devil – and will be brought down to
the dust.

(I guess the doesn’t include the LDS Church) 

1 Nephi 22:24-26 Nephi describes conditions of the world
during the Millennium. 

 1 Nephi 22:24 The
words
“must be led up as calves of the stall”
is similar, to Malachi 4:2.

1 Nephi 22:25 listen carefully to this verse  “And he gathereth his children from the four
quarters of the earth; and he numbereth his sheep, and they know him; and there
shall be one fold and one shepherd; and he shall feed his sheep, and in him
they shall find pasture.” 
The words “the four quarters of the earth” is also in Revelation 20:8. In the middle of this Nephi passage is the phrase “and there shall be one fold and one shepherd” same as in John 10:16.  The words “find pasture” is found in John 10:9.

1 Nephi 22:26  “And because of
the righteousness of his people, Satan has no power; wherefore he cannot be
loosed for the space of many years; for he hath no power over the hearts of the
people, for they dwell in righteousness, and the Holy One of Israel reigneth.”   

1 Nephi 22:31 Nephi concludes his interpretation of
Isaiah by warning his brothers  “
Wherefore, if ye shall be
obedient to the commandments, and endure to the end, ye shall be saved at the
last day.  And thus it is, Amen.” 
The phrase “endure to the end, ye shall
be saved”
is similar, to Matthew 10:22.

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