Mosiah 11-17

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Highlighted text – Verses that are similar or exactly the same in the Bible

 

Hello! I’m Max.  Welcome to the Come Follow Me podcast. This review covers the lesson plan for Mosiah chapters 11-17.

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For the sake of time, I will not cite all the parallel phrases and words from the Old and New Testaments that are in the Book of Mormon text. While it can be argued that some of the parallels are only coincidental, most are so strong that it is impossible not to conclude that their, true source is the King James Version of the Bible. For a complete transcript of this lesson, please click on the link in the description below.

As we begin, I want to remind you that we are reading the words from Mormon’s abridgment of the plates.

Mosiah 11:1 We learned from the previous lesson, “that Zeniff conferred the kingdom upon Noah, one of his sons.”  There are interesting similarities between King Noah here in Mosiah, and the Jaradite King Riplakish who we will read about later in the book of Ether.

Mosiah 11:2 As it turns out, Noah was a wicked man, “And he had many wives and concubines. And he did cause his people to commit sin, and do that which was abominable in the sight of the Lord.  Yea, and they did commit whoredoms and all manner of wickedness.”  The phrase “keep the commandments” is also in Revelation 14:12 and, “he had many wives” is in Judges 8:30.  Noah openly violated God’s commandment not to practice plural marriage (see Jacob 2:27; 3:5). Though Noah was criticized for having many wives and concubines – God seemed to have changed his mind for Joseph Smith and other LDS Church leaders in the 1800’s (see D&C 132 and Gospel Topics Essay – Plural Marriage; T2M Polygamy Episodes 5 and 6). 

Mosiah 11:3 “And he laid a tax of one fifth part of all they possessed, a fifth part of their gold and of their silver, and a fifth part of their ziff, and of the copper, and of their brass and their iron; and a fifth part of their fatlings; and also a fifth part of all their grain.”  Noah made them give up a fifth of their ziff?  Umm? What the heck is ziff? The dictionary’s definition of “ziff” is “a beard.” I don’t think that is what Mormon meant here.

When it comes to taxes, in the United States there are seven federal tax brackets ranging from 10% to 37% with the average being 24.5%.  So, how does Noah’s taxation program compare the US income tax? About the same, 20%. The words “a fifth part” are also in 1 Kings 6:31.

Mosiah 11:4 Noah did all of this to support his wicked lifestyle.

Mosiah 11:5 He replaced his father’s priests with wicked priests.

Mosiah 11:6 The people had to work hard to support the growing wickedness of their government.

Mosiah 11:7 “Yea, and they also became idolatrous, because they were deceived by the vain and flattering words of the king and priests” The phrase “flattering words” is in 1 Thessalonians 2:5.

Mosiah 11:8 “And it came to pass that king Noah built many elegant and spacious buildings; and he ornamented them with fine work of wood, and of all manner of precious things, of gold, and of silver, and of iron, and of brass, and of ziff, and of copper.” Why is there no archeological evidence for these countless spacious buildings? ^The phrase “of wood, and of all manner of precious things, of gold, and of silver” is similar, to Daniel 5:4.

Mosiah 11:9 “And he also built him a spacious palace, and a throne in the midst thereof.”  The phrase “with gold and silver and with precious” is also in Daniel 11:38.

Mosiah 11:10 He also adorned the inside of the temple.

Mosiah 11:11 “And the seats which were set apart for the high priests, which were above all the other seats, he did ornament with pure gold; and he caused a breastwork to be built before them, that they might rest their bodies and their arms upon while they should speak lying and vain words to his people.”  ^The words “the high priests” are also in Luke 3:2. One of the most frequent mistakes in the first edition of the Book of Mormon is the use of the word “was” instead of the word “were.” In the 1830 edition page 178 it read “…and the seats which was set apart for the high priests, which was above all the other seats…”  In later editions the word “was” was changed to “were”.

Mosiah 11:12 King Noah also built a very high tower near the temple, so he could see everything in his kingdom.  ^The words “the top thereof” and “round about” are in Exodus 30:3.

 

Mosiah 11:13 He also built a great tower on the hill north of the land Shilom – probably to keep an eye on his enemies. ^The words “built on the hill” are in 1 Kings 16:24 and, “they fled out of” are in Acts 19:16.

Mosiah 11:14 He and his high priests spent their time in riotous living. The words “riotous living” are also in Luke 15:13.

Mosiah 11:15 They became winebibbers and drunkards. The words “round about, in the land” are also Deuteronomy 25:19 and, “wine in abundance” are also in Esther 1:7.

Mosiah 11:16-17 The Lamanites started attacking and killing Noah’s people in their fields and stole their flocks. ^The words “to destroy them” are also in Esther 9:24.

Mosiah 11:18-19 Noah’s army fought back in a great victory over the Lamanites. They started to boast in the pride of their hearts over being able to slaughter their enemies.  They have gone from depending on God for protection under King Zeniff, to having murder in their hearts under King Noah.

Mosiah 11:20 It is about 150 B.C. “And it came to pass that there was a man among them whose name was Abinadi; and he went forth among them, and began to prophesy, saying: Behold, thus saith the Lord, and thus hath he commanded me, saying, Go forth, and say unto this people, thus saith the Lord – Wo be unto this people, for I have seen their abominations, and their wickedness, and their whoredoms; and except they repent I will visit them in mine anger.”  The phrase “have seen their abominations, and their” is also in Deuteronomy 29:17 and, “except they repent” is the same in Revelation 2:22. 

Mosiah 11:21 “And except they repent and turn to the Lord their God, behold, I will deliver them into the hands of their enemies; yea, and they shall be brought into bondage; and they shall be afflicted by the hand of their enemies.”  ^The phrase “turn to the Lord their God” is also in Luke 1:16 and, “behold I will diver them into the hands” is similar, to Jeremiah 29:21. 

Mosiah 11:22 “And it shall come to pass that they shall know that I am the Lord their God, and am a jealous God, visiting the iniquities of my people.”  The words “I am the Lord their God” are in Zechariah 10:6.

Mosiah 11:23 “And it shall come to pass that except this people repent and turn unto the Lord their God, they shall be brought into bondage; and none shall deliver them, except it be the Lord the Almighty God.”  ^The words “turn unto the Lord their God” are similar, to Luke 1:16.

Mosiah 11:24 “Yea, and it shall come to pass that when they shall cry unto me I will be slow to hear their cries; yea, and I will suffer them that they be smitten by their enemies.”  The phrase “they shall cry unto me I will” is also in Jeremiah 11:11.

Mosiah 11:25 “And except they repent in sackcloth and ashes, and cry mightily to the Lord their God, I will not hear their prayers, neither will I deliver them out of their afflictions; and thus saith the Lord, and thus hath he commanded me.”  The phrase “sackcloth and ashes” is also in Daniel 9:3 and, “and cry mightily to the Lord their God” is similar, to Jonah 3:8.

Mosiah 11:26-29 After Abinadi was done with his prophesying, the people were angry and tried to kill him, but he escaped. When King Noah heard about him, he ordered that Abinadi be brought to him so he could kill him. Noah did not want Abinadi stirring up contention amongst his people.

Mosiah 11:26 The phrase “were wroth with him” is in 1 Samuel 29:4 and, “delivered him out of their hands” is the same in Genesis 37:21.

Mosiah 11:27 ^The words “had spoken unto the people” are also in Joshua 6:8 and, “who is the Lord, that” are the same in Exodus 5:2 and, “should be judged of” are also in 1 Corinthians 4:3.

Mosiah 11:28 The phrase “that I may slay him” is also in 1 Samuel 19:15.

Mosiah 11:29 ^The words “Now the eyes” are in Genesis 48:10 and, “against the words of” are in Psalm 107:11 and, “against the word of the Lord” are the same in 1 Chronicles 10:13.

Mosiah 12:1 “And it came to pass that after the space of two years that Abinadi came among them in disguise, that they knew him not, and began to prophesy among them, saying: Thus has the Lord commanded me, saying – Abinadi, go and prophesy unto this my people, for they have hardened their hearts against my words; they have repented not of their evil doings; therefore, I will visit them in my anger, yea, in my fierce anger will I visit them in their iniquities and abominations.”  The words “the space of two years” are also in Acts 19:10 and, “repented not of their evil doings” are similar, to Revelation 16:11.

Mosiah 12:2-8 The Lord tells Abinadi to preach to them, that this generation because of their iniquities, will be killed and their dead bodies fed to the vultures, dogs, and wild beasts.  That King Noah will be burned to death and God will strap loads on their backs like they were a bunch of dumb asses. He will make them howl all day long, send hail to smite them, and insects to pester them. And then he will kill them all with diseases and starvation unless they repent. When God gets done with them, there will be nothing left but the, record they will leave behind.

Mosiah 12:2 ^The phrase “Stretch forth thy hand” is also in Luke 6:10 and, “of the air, and the” is also in Psalm 8:8.

Mosiah 12:3 ^The words “shall be valued” are also in Leviticus 27:16.

Mosiah 12:4 ^The words “I will smite” are also in Numbers 14:12 and, “they shall howl” are in Jeremiah 48:39.

Mosiah 12:5 The words “and they shall be driven” are also in Isaiah 8:22.

Mosiah 12:6 The phrase “the east wind” is also in Habakkuk 1:9.

Mosiah 12:9 The people bring Abinadi before the king, who listens to what Abinadi said would happen to him because of his wickedness. LDS artist, Arnold Friberg depicts Abinadi as a buff elderly man – but the text gives us no description of his physical appearance. ^The words “the king, and said unto the king” are the same in 2 Samuel 19:41.

Mosiah 12:10-16 The people try to convince the king, that nothing Abinadi predicts would happen to his people. 

Mosiah 12:10 ^The words “in a furnace of fire” are similar, to Matthew 13:42.

Mosiah 12:12 ^The words “the wind bloweth” are similar, to John 3:8 and, “except thou repent” are also in Revelation 2:5.

Mosiah 12:14 ^The words “thou, O king, hast” are also in Daniel 3:10 and, “has not sinned” are also in 1 Corinthians 7:28.

Mosiah 12:16 ^The phrase “do with him as seemeth thee good” is similar, to Judges 19:24.

Mosiah 12:17 King Noah decides to throw Abinadi into prison, until he and his priests decided what to do with him.

Mosiah 12:18 The priests wanted to interrogate and question Abinadi. The words “Bring him hither” is also in Luke 19:30.

Mosiah 12:19 So, they brought him before the King’s court “And they began to question him, that they might cross him, that thereby they might have wherewith to accuse him; but he answered them boldly, and withstood all their questions, yea, to their astonishment; for he did withstand them in all their questions, and did confound them in all their words.”  ^The phrase “and they began to question him” is similar, to Mark 8:11 and “they might have wherewith to accuse him” is similar, to John 8:6.

I want to remind you, that one of the wicked priests, whose name is Alma was there listening to Abinadi. At some point Alma will be convinced of Abinadi’s words. In fact, Alma will nearly lose his own life for trying to defend Abinadi.

Mosiah 12:20-24 Next, one of the priests will pretend to be asking sincere questions quoting scripture in order to appear being holy. The priest quotes Isaiah 52:7-10 and asks Abinadi to explain the meaning of the passage to them.

Mosiah 12:25-27 Abinadi refuses to interpret the Isaiah passage at this time and began asking them questions about why they – as holy priests – do not understand the verses and why they do not teach the people the truth.

Mosiah 12:25 The words “what these things mean” are the same in Acts 17:20.    

Mosiah 12:26 The phrase “the ways of the Lord” is also in Psalm 138:5 and “ye have perverted the” is the same in Jeremiah 23:36.

Mosiah 12:27 The phrase “applied your hearts to understanding” is similar, to Proverbs 2:2 and, “therefore ye have not been” is also in Luke 16:11.

Mosiah 12:28-29 “And they said: We teach the law of Moses. And again he said unto them: If ye teach the law of Moses why do ye not keep it?”  Why are they committing immoral sins? ^The words “again he said unto them” are also in John 13:12.

Mosiah 12:30 “Know ye not that I speak the truth? Yea, ye know that I speak the truth; and you ought to tremble before God.”  The phrase “Know ye not that I” is similar, to John 19:10 and, “I speak the truth” is in 1 Timothy 2:7.

Mosiah 12:31 Abinadi asks them “And what know ye concerning the law of Moses? Doth salvation come by the law of Moses?”  Latter-day Saints would answer, “no.”  They believe that a person can be saved through the atonement of Christ, plus obedience to the laws of Mormonism and the ordinances of the Melchizedek priesthood. It is not the law of Moses – but a different set of laws. The words “by the law of Moses” are also in Acts 13:39.

Mosiah 12:32 “And they answered and said that salvation did come by the law of Moses.” Buzz…Wrong answer! ^The words “And they answered and said” is also in Mark 11:33.

Mosiah 12:33 Abinadi is about to become the teacher. And, remember Alma is listening. Abinadi tells them “I know if ye keep the commandments of God ye shall be saved.” He is talking about being saved physically from destruction. ^The words “of Sinai, saying” are also in Numbers 3:14.

Mosiah 12:34 This verse is almost the same as Exodus 20:2.

Mosiah 12:35-37 Then he specifically mentions two of the Ten Commandments – to have no other Gods and to not make any graven images – which they have failed to do on both accounts.

Mosiah 12:35 This verse is almost the same as Exodus 20:3.

Mosiah 12:36 This verse is almost the same as Exodus 20:4.

Mosiah 12:37 ^The words “said unto them, Have ye” and “all these things” are similar, to Matthew 13:51.

Mosiah 13:1-3 Noah did not like what he was hearing, so he ordered Abinadi to be taken away and killed. But, Abinadi told them if they touched him God would smite them.

Mosiah 13:1 The phrase “Away with this fellow” is similar, to Luke 23:18 and, “what have we to do with him” is similar, to Matthew 8:29.

Mosiah 13:2 ^The words “lay their hands on” are the same in Luke 21:12.

Mosiah 13:3 ^The phrase “Touch me not, for” is also in John 20:17 and, “which the Lord sent me” is the same in 1 Samuel 15:20 and, “I shall be destroyed” is in Genesis 34:30.

Mosiah 13:4 He was not done preaching to them. The words “and because I have told you the truth ye” are similar, to John 8:45 and “ye have judged me” are the same in Acts 16:15.

Mosiah 13:5 “Now it came to pass after Abinadi had spoken these words that the people of king Noah durst not lay their hands on him, for the Spirit of the Lord was upon him; and his face shone with exceeding luster, even as Moses’ did while in the mount of Sinai, while speaking with the Lord.”  The words “his face shone” and “mount of Sinai” are similar, to Exodus 34:29.

Mosiah 13:6 “And he spake with power and authority from God; and he continued his words, saying:” ^The phrase “power and authority” is also in Luke 20:20.

Mosiah 13:7-10 Abinadi senses his message is getting through to their hearts. He is going to finish his message, and then it does not matter what they do to him. 

Mosiah 13:7 The phrase “because I tell you the truth” is also in Galatians 4:16.

Mosiah 13:8 The phrase “fill you with wonder and amazement” is similar, to Acts 3:10.

Mosiah 13:9 The words “whither I go” are also in John 8:14.

Mosiah 13:10 The phrase “a shadow of things” is in Colossians 2:17.

Mosiah 13:11 In the previous chapter, Abinadi started but did not finish quoting the Ten Commandments. Now he will finish them. ^The words “for I perceive that they” is similar, to Acts 8:23.

Mosiah 13:12-24 Abinadi recites the Ten Commandments to them.

Mosiah 13:12 Another common mistake in the first edition of the Book of Mormon is the use of the word “is” when it should read “are”. This verse in the 1830 edition page 184 read “…or any likeness of things which is in heaven above, or which is in the earth beneath, or which is in the water under the earth.”  Those uses of the word “is” have been changed in recent editions to “are”.

Mosiah 13:25-26 He asks the priests if they have taught these commandments to their people – and the answer would be “Nay.”     

Mosiah 13:25 ^The words “end of these things” are in Daniel 12:8.

Mosiah 13:27 “And now ye have said that salvation cometh by the law of Moses. I say unto you that it is expedient that ye should keep the law of Moses as yet; but I say unto you, that the time shall come when it shall no more be expedient to keep the law of Moses.” We know that in the New Testament the Jewish scribes and Pharisees and chief priests failed to understand the Savior when he came among them telling them that the Law was a schoolmaster and that He was the fulfillment of the law. ^The words “that it is expedient” are also in John 11:50.

Mosiah 13:28 “And moreover, I say unto you, that salvation doth not come by the law alone; and were it not for the atonement, which God himself shall make for the sins and iniquities of his people, that they must unavoidably perish, notwithstanding the law of Moses.”  ^The phrase “God himself shall” is in Revelation 21:3 and, “sins and iniquities” is also in Hebrews 10:17.

Mosiah 13:29-30 Next, Abinadi explains to the priests why the Law of Moses was given in the first place.

Mosiah 13:29 The phrase “that it was expedient that” is also in John 18:14 and, “given to the children of” is also in Psalm 115:6 and, “And now I say unto you” is also in Acts 5:38.

Mosiah 13:31 “But behold, I say unto you, that all these things were types of things to come.”  In other words, the Law of Moses was designed to point people toward the Messiah. ^The words “that all these things” are in Peter 3:11.

Mosiah 13:32 The last part of this verse says, “for they understood not that there could not any man be saved except it were through the redemption of God.”  And, tying it into the next verse – that “God” is – Christ. The words “understand the law” are in Nehemiah 8:7 and “through the redemption” are also in Romans 3:24 and, “the hardness of their hearts” are the same in Mark 3:5.

Mosiah 13:33 “For behold, did not Moses prophesy unto them concerning the coming of the Messiah, and that God should redeem his people? Yea, and even all the prophets who have prophesied ever since the world began – have they not spoken more or less concerning these things?”  In other words, every Old Testament prophet taught about the Savior and the Atonement. But because there is no evidence of that in the Old Testament – Latter-day Saints are mistakenly led to believe that those “plain and precious things” were systematically taken out of the Bible. However, it says in 1 Nephi 13:24-29 that it was “the book” itself that would go forth “from the Jews in purity unto the Gentiles”, and only “after” that did he see “the formulation of that great and abominable church, which…has taken away from the gospel of the Lamb many parts which are plain and most precious.”  But, with the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls dating back 2,000 years ago – we have documented archeological proof that the Old Testament we have today has never been altered. Consequently, there is no proof as Verse 33 says, that “all the prophets who have prophesied ever since the world began” spoke about Jesus Christ in the Old Testament era. ^The words “did not Moses” are also in John 7:19 and “since the world began” are in Luke 1:70.

Mosiah 13:34 Abinadi says something next, that is interesting “Have they not said that God himself should come down among the children of men, and take upon him the form of man, and go forth in might power upon the face of the earth?”  These verses are entirely monotheistic – meaning a belief in One God. It is “God himself” who will come down “in the form of man” and become the Messiah, or Jesus the Christ, in order to redeem humankind. They are one and the same being in these descriptions. The phrase “take upon him the form of man” is similar, to Philippians 2:7.

Mosiah 13:35 The words “the resurrection of the dead” are also in Matthew 22:31.

Mosiah 14 The heading note to this chapter says – Isaiah speaks messianically—The Messiah’s humiliation and sufferings are set forth—He makes His soul an offering for sin and makes intercession for transgressors—Compare Isaiah 53. So Abinadi brings this beautiful passage of Isaiah in as another witness to what he has been teaching the priests of Noah.

Mosiah 14:1-12 I challenge you to read Isaiah 53 in the King James Bible and compare it to Mosiah 14. The same words are in both books. When reading from Isaiah, you will notice some italicized words – which the same are not italicized in the Mosiah account. In fact, within those 12 verses of Isaiah 53, you can count at least 15 italicized words. The fact is those italicized words were not in the original Greek Manuscripts. They were added by the translators of the King James Bible to help the reader. But to make sure that everyone understood these words were not in the original manuscripts – the translators set them in italics.  

Do you see the obvious problem the Book of Mormon has here? If Abinadi or Mormon who is telling this story, quoted these Isaiah verses – why are there italicized words which were not added to Isaiah for another 1752 years?  This is a, huge anachronistic and plagiaristic problem for the Book of Mormon. Mosiah chapter 14 had to have been taken directly from the King James Version of the Bible.  And, Abinadi could not have been reading from the brass plates. 

Mosiah 15 Abinadi will now explain the words of Isaiah which he read to Noah and his priests.

Mosiah 15:1 Mormon goes on to say, “And now Abinadi said unto them: I would that ye should understand that God himself shall come down among the children of men, and shall redeem his people.”  There are other references like this one in the Book of Mormon talking about God becoming the Son, who becomes the Holy Ghost – making God, modalistic. Modalism is a term describing God as, not three distinct separate persons – but rather three modes or forms of activity under which God manifests Himself. ^The words “said unto them: I would” are also in Judges 8:24. 

 As we read the next three verses, it might become a little confusing to the Latter-day Saint.     

Mosiah 15:2 “And because he dwelleth in flesh he shall be called the Son of God, and having subjected the flesh to the will of the Father, being the Father and the Son – “  First of all, Latter-day Saint leaders have taught that He will literally be the Son of Heavenly Father when He comes to earth as a mortal.  They try to explain that He will be the Father in the sense that He is the Father of our salvation. So, He is both the Father and the Son. The title “Son of God” used here in Verse 2 is unique to the New Testament as a title for Jesus Christ. The Book of Mormon uses the title 55 times before Jesus Christ was even born. The words “shall be called the Son of God” are also in Luke 1:35 and “the Father and the Son” are in 1 John 2:22.

Mosiah 15:3 “The Father, because he was conceived by the power of God; and the Son, because of the flesh; thus becoming the Father and the Son – “  They explain He was literally the Son of God, which gave Him power over death and hell.  And the Son because He was born as a mortal to an immortal Father in Heaven and a mortal mother, Mary. The phrase “he was conceived” is also in Luke 2:21 and, “by the power of God” is the same in 1 Peter 1:5.

Mosiah 15:4 “And they are one God, yea, the very Eternal Father of heaven and of earth.”  This verse sounds particularly Trinitarian – meaning three Persons in One Being. The Testimony of the Three Witnesses reinforces the same theme, “And the honor be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost, which is one God.” (see also, 2 Nephi 31:21) All of this upholds the Protestant doctrines of the Godhead during the early years of Joseph Smith. The words “of heaven and of earth” are also in Genesis 2:4.

Latter-day Saints would say, they are three separate Gods, but one in purpose who work in perfect unity. But it does not say three separate Gods nor does it say, one in purpose. We cannot read it as one in purpose. 

In our lesson on the Introductory Pages to the Book of Mormon, regarding the Title page it says the purpose of the Book of Mormon is “…to the convincing of the Jew and Gentile that JESUS is the CHRIST, the ETERNAL GOD.” But if you were to ask the average Latter-day Saint “who is Eternal God”? most likely they would tell you that Eternal God is Heavenly Father. Whereas, the Title page says Jesus Christ is “the Eternal God.” 

Mosiah 15:5 Listen carefully to this next line, “And thus the flesh becoming subject to the Spirit, or the Son to the Father, being one God.”  ^The words “be mocked” are also in Luke 18:32 and “and scourged” are in John 19:1.  At the time the Book of Mormon was “translated,” Joseph Smith not only had a monotheistic view of God – that God is one – but he still believed that God the Father was Spirit, as it refers to it in this verse.  Later, he taught that God the Father had a physical body when God appeared to him in 1820. But, in 1829 he was translating the Book of Mormon teachings that said, God was Spirit (see Alma 18:24-26 and Alma 22:9-11). That God was Spirit is supported by the New Testament (see John 4:24; John 5:37; Luke 24:39; Colossians 1:15; 1 Timothy 1:17; 1 Timothy 6:16; Hebrews 12:29).  

Mosiah 15:6-10 Abinadi continues as he draws on catch phrases from Isaiah 53. He describes how God, the Eternal Father, or in other words Christ will work miracles.  He will be crucified, resurrected, and ascend into heaven – having broken the bands of death and paid for sin. He will make intercession for the children of men.

Mosiah 15:6 The phrase “And after all this” is also in 2 Chronicles 21:18 and “as a sheep before the shearer is dumb, so he opened not his mouth” is similar, to Isaiah 53:7.

Mosiah 15:7 The words “crucified, and slain” are also in Acts 2:23.

Mosiah 15:8 The phrase “having gained the victory over” is similar, to Revelation 15:2 and, “to make intercession for” is also in Hebrews 7:25 and, “the victory over” is also in Revelation 15:2.

Mosiah 15:9 The words “ascended into heaven” are similar, to Acts 2:34 and “towards the children of men” is  similar, to Psalm 66:5.

Mosiah 15:10 The phrase “And now I say unto you” is also in Acts 5:38 and, “who shall declare his generation?” is in Acts 8:33 and “an offering for sin he shall see his seed” is similar, to Isaiah 53:10.

Mosiah 15:11 “Behold I say unto you, that whosoever has heard the words of the prophets, yea, all the holy prophets who have prophesied concerning the coming of the Lord – I say unto you, that all those who have hearkened unto their words, and believed that the Lord would redeem his people, and have looked forward to that day for a remission of their sins, I say unto you, that these are his seed, or they are the heirs of the kingdom of God.”  According to Mormon theology – Abinadi is defining the Savior’s seed as those who believe in Christ, who live the gospel, and who ultimately attain exaltation in the celestial kingdom. The words “the coming of the Lord” are also in James 5:7 and “heirs of the kingdom” are in James 2:5 and, “the holy prophets” are in 2 Peter 3:2.

Mosiah 15:13 ^The phrase “all the holy prophets ever since the world began” is similar, to Acts 3:21.

Mosiah 15:14-15 Abinadi now comes full circle back to the question posed by Noah’s priests in Chapter 12:21. He will explain that the holy prophets are those whose “feet” are “beautiful upon the mountains” for publishing the message of peace and salvation. 

Mosiah 15:14 ^The words “have brought good tidings” are also in 2 Samuel 4:10 and “published salvation; and said unto Zion: Thy God reigneth!” are similar, to Isaiah 52:7.

Mosiah 15:18 Then speaking of Christ, Abinadi says, “And behold, I say unto you, this is not all. For O how beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that is the founder of peace, yea, even the Lord, who has redeemed his people; yea, him who has granted salvation unto his people.” The phrase “redeemed his people” is also in Luke 1:68 and, “salvation unto his people” is also in Luke 1:77.

Mosiah 15:19 “For were it not for the redemption which he hath made for his people, which was prepared from the foundation of the world, I say unto you, were it not for this, all man-kind must have perished.” 

Mosiah 15:20 Abinadi will now teach several doctrines about resurrection.

Mosiah 15:21 He mentions the “first resurrection” of the just – from Adam and Eve down to the time of Christ’s resurrection. The word “resurrection” comes from a Latin term “resurgere.”  While the notion of coming back from the dead is found in the Old Testament – the resurrection as a practical concept and word is unique to the Greek New Testament. The Book of Mormon uses “resurrection” 53 times before Jesus was even born. The phrase “the resurrection of Christ” is also in Acts 3:31.

Mosiah 15:22 The phrase “God, shall come forth” is also in Ecclesiastes 7:18 and, “the first resurrection” is the same in Revelation 20:6.

Mosiah 15:23 “They are raised to dwell with God who has redeemed them; thus they have eternal life through Christ, who has broken the bands of death.”  To a Latter-day Saint this means exaltation in the celestial glory. The phrase “eternal life through Christ” is also in Romans 6:23.

Mosiah 15:24 Abinadi will now speak of those who did not have an opportunity to hear the gospel while on earth. “And these are those who have part in the first resurrection; and these are they that have died before Christ came, in their ignorance, not having salvation declared unto them. And thus the Lord bringeth about the restoration of these; and they have a part in the first resurrection, or having eternal life, being redeemed by the Lord.”  ^The words “who have part in the first resurrection” are similar, to Revelation 20:6 and, “have eternal life” are similar, to 1 John 3:15.  Latter-day Saints believe that those who did not have an opportunity to hear the Mormon gospel on earth with be taught in the spirit world.  And, depending on whether they accept it or reject it, they may also come forth in the “first resurrection.”  The problem is that Alma 34:33-35 teaches that there is only this life to repent and forsake all sins if there is ever a hope of reaching the Celestial Kingdom. So, you see – the Book of Mormon doesn’t teach what the modern LDS Church teaches about repentance after death.  Today’s Mormonism teaches that the gospel will be preached to those in the Spirit World. And baptism for the dead is being performed on earth in LDS temples for those who choose in the Spirit World to repent and accept the Mormon gospel.  

Mosiah 15:25 “And little children also have eternal life.” – Meaning, exaltation in the celestial glory. So those children who died before the age of accountability, Abinadi promises they will be exalted. You might wonder – Since little children did not have the required temple marriage and sealing while on earth, how could they receive exaltation? According to Joseph Fielding Smith in Doctrines of Salvation vol. 3, page 65 – They are adult spirits after they die. As such, they can meet, fall in love, and choose an eternal companion in the Spirit World. There must be a divine dating service set up there. Anyway, during the Millennium they can inform mortals on earth as to whom they wish to marry. Those mortals can then go to the temple and be sealed by proxy for that couple waiting in the Spirit World. Make sense? Yeah, me neither!

Mosiah 15:26 Abinadi addresses the plight of the wicked who refuse to repent. He is speaking of those who “willfully rebelled against God, that have known the commandments of God, and would not keep them; these are they that have no part in the first resurrection.”  In other words, they will not attain celestial glory. ^The words “that rebel against” are also in Job 24:13 and, “and die in their sins” are similar, to John 8:21.

Mosiah 15:27 These people are unredeemable. ^The words “he cannot deny himself” are also in 2 Timothy 2:13.

Mosiah 15:28 “And now I say unto you that the time shall come that the salvation of the Lord shall be declared to every nation, kindred, tongue, and people.”  The Mormon gospel will be taught to every soul both on earth and in the Spirit World. The phrase “the time shall come” is in John 16:4 and, “to every nation, kindred, tongue, and people” is similar, to Revelation 14:6.

Mosiah 15:29 This verse is similar, to Isaiah 52:8.

Mosiah 15:30 This verse is the same in Isaiah 52:9.

Mosiah 15:31 This verse is the same in Isaiah 52:10.

(no reference on screen) In Mosiah chapter 14, Abinadi quoted Isaiah 53 – italicized words and all, from the King James Bible. In Mosiah Chapter 15, he explained the words of Isaiah – giving it his own insights. In Mosiah Chapter 16, Abinadi will conclude with his own witness of these things to King Noah and his priests. Remember, one of those wicked priests is Alma. We will soon find out how Alma has been impacted by these teachings. 

Mosiah 16:1 The phrase “he stretched forth his hand” is also in Matthew 12:49.

Mosiah 16:2 Abinadi speaks of the outcome for the wicked on the final Judgment Day. “And then shall the wicked be cast out, and they shall have cause to howl, and weep, and wail, and gnash their teeth; and this because they would not hearken unto the voice of the Lord; therefore the Lord redeemeth them not.”  The words “weep, and wail, and gnash their teeth” are similar, to Matthew 8:12 and, “unto the voice of the Lord therefore the Lord” are in 1 Kings 13:26.

Mosiah 16:3 “For they are carnal and devilish, and the devil has power over them.”  The words “that old serpent” are in Revelation 12:9 and, “sensual, devilish” are in James 3:15.

Mosiah 16:4-9 Because of the Fall of Adam and Eve, all mankind was lost and would have remained lost if Christ had not come to redeem the world. And if Christ had not risen from the dead there would be no resurrection for us.

Mosiah 16:4 The words “redeemed his people” is also in Luke 1:68.

Mosiah 16:7 The phrase “And if Christ had not risen” is also in 1 Corinthians 15:14 and, “the grave should have no victory, and that death should have no sting” is similar, to 1 Corinthians 15:55 and “there could have been no resurrection” is similar, to 1 Corinthians 15:12.

Mosiah 16:8 ^The words “the grave hath no victory, and the sing of death” are similar, to 1 Corinthians 15:55 and, “the sting of death is” are also in 1 Corinthians 15:56 and, “death is swallowed up in” are the same in 1 Corinthians 15:54.

Mosiah 16:9 The words “He is the light and the life of the world” are similar, to John 8:12 and John 6:51 and, “be no more death” is also in Revelation 21:4.

Mosiah 16:10 Everyone ever born will be resurrected and will face Christ at His judgment bar. This verse comes straight from apostle Paul’s teaching. ^The phrase “this mortal shall put on immortality, and this corruption shall put on incorruption” is similar, to 1 Corinthians 15:54 and, “and shall be brought to” is the same in Ezekiel 21:7 and, “whether they be good or whether they be evil” is similar, to Ecclesiastes 12:14.

Mosiah 16:11 The good people will be resurrected to life eternal and the bad people will be resurrected to endless damnation. The words “If they be good, to the resurrection of endless life and happiness; and if they be evil, to the resurrection of endless damnation” are similar, to John 5:29 and, “who hath subjected” are the same in Romans 8:20.

Mosiah 16:12 In this verse we have another example of the 1830 edition page 189 using “was” which was later correctly changed to “were”. ^The phrase “and yet they would not” is also in Judges 2:17 and “being warned of” is in Matthew 2:12.

Mosiah 16:13 “And now, ought ye not to tremble and repent of your sins, and remember that only in and through Christ ye can be saved?”  How and why are they mentioning the name of “Christ” 150 years before Jesus was born?

Mosiah 16:14 “Therefore, if ye teach the law of Moses, also teach that it is a shadow of those things which are to come – “  ^The phrase “it is a shadow of those things which are to come” is similar, to Colossians 2:17.

Mosiah 16:15 ”Teach them that redemption cometh through Christ the Lord, who is the very Eternal Father.” Jesus who is the Son of God is also the Eternal Father. The words “through Christ” are also in Galatians 4:7.  Assuming the that the official 1838 First Vision Account is truthful and accurate – why would Joseph Smith hold a Trinitarian view of the Godhead in the writing of the Book of Mormon, if he personally saw God the Father and Jesus Christ as separate and embodied beings 18 years earlier in the Sacred Grove?  The Book of Mormon does not clear up questions regarding the Godhead, but on the contrary just adds to the confusion.

Mosiah 17 In this chapter, we are finally introduced to Alma. If you go back to Mosiah 11:2-14 you will see, a description of how wicked Noah and his priests are.  Alma was one of these wicked priests. As we now read Mormon’s account of Alma, we have an indication of the impact Abinadi’s preaching had on him. 

In this chapter, you might notice striking resemblances are found between the trial and death of Abinadi – and the trial and death of Jesus as recorded in the New Testament: In both cases, their preaching made the rulers angry, and they sought to kill them. Both were arrested and bound and accused of not being loyal to the king or the Caesar. In both cases, the ruler of the people questioned the prisoner and began to be afraid. In both cases, the rulers (Noah and Pilate) wanted to release the prisoner. In both cases, the people cried out against the prisoner. Also, in both cases, the voice of the people prevailed. And again, in both cases, Abinadi and Jesus died asking God to receive their spirits.

Mosiah 17:1 “And now it came to pass that when Abinadi had finished these sayings, that the king commanded that the priests should take him and cause that he should be put to death.” ^The phrase “And now it came to pass that when Abinadi had finished these sayings” is similar, to Matthew 19:1 and, “the king commanded that the” is the same in 2 Chronicles 29:24.

Mosiah 17:2 “But there was one among them whose name was Alma, he also being a descendant of Nephi. And he was a young man, and he believed the words which Abinadi had spoken, for he knew concerning the iniquity which Abinadi had testified against them; therefore he began to plead with the king that he would not be angry with Abinadi, but suffer that he might depart in peace.” ^The phrase “and he believed the words which Abinadi had spoken” is similar, to John 4:50 and “depart in peace” is also in Luke 2:29.  It says Alma was a young man.  Since Alma died at the age of 82 in 91 BC according to Mosiah 29:45, that would make him 25 years old at this time of his conversion.

Mosiah 17:3 “But the king was more wroth, and caused that Alma should be cast out from among them, and sent his servants after him that they might slay him.”  The words “out from among them” are also in 2 Corinthians 6:17 and, “and sent his servants” are similar, to Luke 14:17.

Mosiah 17:4 “But he fled from before them and hid himself that they found him not. And he being concealed for many days did write all the words which Abinadi had spoken.” 

Mosiah 17:5-6 In the meantime, Abinadi was thrown in prison. Then brought before the King.   

Mosiah 17:5 The words “and they bound him” are in Judges 15:13 and, “and cast him into prison” are the same in Matthew 18:30.

Mosiah 17:6 The phrase “And after three days” is also in Revelation 11:11.

Mosiah 17:7 “And he said unto him: Abinadi, we have found an accusation against thee, and thou art worthy of death.”  Noah has found a legal reason to execute Abinadi. The phrase “we have found an accusation against thee” is similar, to Luke 6:7 and, “thou art worthy of death” is also in 1 Kings 2:26.

Mosiah 17:8 “For thou hast said that God himself should come down among the children of men; and now, for this cause thou shalt be put to death unless thou wilt recall all the words which thou hast spoken evil concerning me and my people.”  ^The words “has spoken evil concerning” are similar, to 1 Kings 22:23.  King Noah who lacks faith in God and his commandments is being hypocritical as he accuses Abinadi for preaching that God would stoop so low as to come to earth and associate with mortals.  In effect, they are accusing Abinadi of blasphemy against God for demeaning Deity.

Mosiah 17:9-10 Abinadi tells King Noah that he will not recall his words. And if they kill him, they are shedding innocent blood.

Mosiah 17:9 The words “I say unto you, I will not” are also in Matthew 26:29.

Mosiah 17:10 The phrase “shed innocent blood” is also in Jeremiah 22:17.

Mosiah 17:11 “And now king Noah was about to release him, for he feared his word; for he feared that the judgments of God would come upon him.”  ^The words “to release him” are also in John 19:12.

Mosiah 17:12-15 But the corrupt priests goaded the king on, until he was forced to kill Abinadi.

Mosiah 17:12 The words “and began to accuse him, saying” are also in Luke 23:2.

Mosiah 17:14 The phrase “to scorch him” is similar, to Revelation 16:8.

Mosiah 17:15 The words “the pains of death” are also in Acts 2:24 and “because they believe” are the same in John 16:9.

Mosiah 17:16-19 As Abinadi is being scorched to death, he prophecies of the terrible things that will happen to King Noah’s people by the hands of their enemies. God will have His vengeance.

Mosiah 17:18 The words “And in that day ye shall” are also in John 16:23 and “be hunted, and ye shall” are in Ezekiel 13:21 and “shall be taken by the hand of” are also in Jeremiah 38:23.

Mosiah 17:19 Like Jesus said from the cross in Luke 23:46 “Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit”, Abinadi said “O God, receive my soul.” 

Mosiah 17:20 And, Abinadi dies having sealed the truth of his words by his death. ^The words “because he would not” are also in Acts 20:16.

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