Going backwards one tiny step here… when I started reading Helaman 13, I noticed that the year was approximately 6 BC. And my original thoughts were excitement that it is almost time for Christ to be born and be alive on the earth. I get a little anxious and excited when this part comes. It’s a great part of the Book of Mormon and we will hear some more from Samuel the Lamanite here in Helaman 14 and look to see if there are and cause and effect statements within the chapter.
Verse 2 starts us by learning that Christ will come in five years… this is getting exciting! Samuel then tells us that the people in this land shall know that He will come when there are great lights in heaven and that there will be a day and a night and a day as if it were one day… there would be no darkness. Christ is the light! There will also be a new star that rises in the sky, this goes right along with the prophesy that we read in the New Testament. We learn more that Samuel has had communication with an angel who has told him what to say unto the people, and that is to “repent and prepare the way of the Lord.” (verse 9).
Samuel continues and recognizes that the Nephites are angry with him and want to destroy him because of his prophecy, but he clearly states that he will say what needs to be said and that they will not be able to deny that they have been told. Do we not see this in today’s world with missionaries all over? People are told of Christ, people choose not to listen…. it shall bring them to a final destination of their choosing. As Samuel still stands atop the wall, the explains the Atonement and Resurrection of Christ. The need for repentance is made clear and that if one chooses not to repent in this life, they choose their eternal damnation.
Next, Samuel tells us of the perilous times to come when Christ perishes from the earth. We learn that there shall be a night for the space of three days and that there shall be terrible storms upon the planet and there will be great destruction. Many graves shall be opened and saints shall appear unto many…. While I wouldn’t really want to be present for all the storms, would you just love to see the saints coming?
In closing of this post, I’m going to quote the last two verses, because I feel that they are truly a great summation of what needs doing, yesterday, today, and until the Second Coming of Christ.
“And now remember, remember, my brethren, that whosoever perisheth, perisheth unto himself; and whosoever doeth iniquity, doeth it unto himself; for behold, God hath given unto you a knowledge and he hath made you free. He hath given unto you that ye mnight know good from evil, and he hath given unto you that ye might choose life or death; and ye can do good and be restored unto that which is good, or have that which is good restored unto you; or ye can do evil, and have that which is evil restored unto you.” Your call.
In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.