THE BOOK OF HELAMAN
Samuel predicts light during the night and a new star at Christ’s birth—Christ redeems men from temporal and spiritual death—The signs of his death include three days of darkness, the rending of the rocks, and great upheavals of nature. About 6 B.C.
now it came to pass that aSamuel
, the Lamanite, did prophesy a great many more things which cannot be written.
And behold, he said unto them: Behold, I give unto you a sign; for afive
years more cometh, and behold, then cometh the Son of God to redeem all those who shall believe on his name.
And behold, this will I give unto you for a asign
at the time of his coming; for behold, there shall be great lights in heaven, insomuch that in the night before he cometh there shall be no darkness, insomuch that it shall appear unto man as if it was day.
Therefore, there shall be one aday
and a night and a day, as if it were one day and there were no night; and this shall be unto you for a sign; for ye shall know of the rising of the sun and also of its setting; therefore they shall know of a surety that there shall be two days and a night; nevertheless the night shall not be darkened; and it shall be the night before he is bborn
And behold, there shall a new astar
arise, such an one as ye never have beheld; and this also shall be a sign unto you.
And behold this is not all, there shall be many asigns
and wonders in heaven.
And it shall come to pass that ye shall all be amazed, and wonder, insomuch that ye shall afall
to the earth.
And it shall come to pass that whosoever shall abelieve
on the Son of God, the same shall have everlasting life.
And behold, thus hath the Lord commanded me, by his angel, that I should come and tell this thing unto you; yea, he hath commanded that I should prophesy these things unto you; yea, he hath said unto me: Cry unto this people, repent and prepare the way of the Lord.
And now, because I am a Lamanite, and have spoken unto you the words which the Lord hath commanded me, and because it was hard against you, ye are angry with me and do seek to destroy me, and have acast
me out from among you.
And ye shall ahear
my words, for, for this intent have I come up upon the walls of this city, that ye might hear and know of the judgments of God which do await you because of your iniquities, and also that ye might know the conditions of repentance;
And also that ye might know of the coming of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the aFather
of heaven and of earth, the Creator of all things from the beginning; and that ye might know of the signs of his coming, to the intent that ye might believe on his name.
And if ye abelieve
on his name ye will repent of all your sins, that thereby ye may have a remission of them through his bmerits
And behold, again, another sign I give unto you, yea, a sign of his adeath
For behold, he surely must die that asalvation
may come; yea, it behooveth him and becometh expedient that he bdieth
, to bring to pass the cresurrection
of the dead, that thereby men may be brought into the dpresence
of the Lord.
Yea, behold, this death bringeth to pass the aresurrection
, and bredeemeth
all mankind from the first death—that spiritual death; for all mankind, by the cfall
of Adam being dcut
off from the presence of the Lord, are considered as edead
, both as to things temporal and to things spiritual.
But behold, the resurrection of Christ aredeemeth
mankind, yea, even all mankind, and bringeth them back into the presence of the Lord.
Yea, and it bringeth to pass the condition of repentance, that whosoever repenteth the same is not ahewn
down and cast into the fire; but whosoever repenteth not is hewn down and cast into the fire; and there cometh upon them again a bspiritual
death, yea, a second death, for they are cut off again as to things pertaining to righteousness.
Therefore repent ye, repent ye, lest by knowing these things and not doing them ye shall suffer yourselves to come under condemnation, and ye are brought down unto this second death.
But behold, as I said unto you concerning another asign
, a sign of his death, behold, in that day that he shall suffer death the sun shall be darkened and refuse to give his blight
unto you; and also the moon and the stars; and there shall be no light upon the face of this land, even from the time that he shall suffer death, for the space of cthree
days, to the time that he shall rise again from the dead.
Yea, at the time that he shall yield up the aghost
there shall be bthunderings
and lightnings for the space of many hours, and the earth shall shake and tremble; and the crocks
which are upon the face of this earth, which are both above the earth and beneath, which ye know at this time are solid, or the more part of it is one solid mass, shall be dbroken
Yea, they shall be rent in twain, and shall ever after be afound
in seams and in cracks, and in broken fragments upon the face of the whole earth, yea, both above the earth and beneath.
And behold, there shall be great atempests
, and there shall be many mountains laid low, like unto a valley, and there shall be many places which are now called bvalleys
which shall become mountains, whose height is great.
highways shall be broken up, and many cities shall become desolate.
And many agraves
shall be opened, and shall yield up many of their dead; and many saints shall appear unto many.
And behold, thus hath the aangel
spoken unto me; for he said unto me that there should be thunderings and lightnings for the space of many hours.
And he said unto me that while the thunder and the lightning lasted, and the tempest, that these things should be, and that adarkness
should cover the face of the whole earth for the space of three days.
And the angel said unto me that many shall see greater things than these, to the intent that they might believe that athese
signs and these wonders should come to pass upon all the face of this land, to the intent that there should be no cause for unbelief among the children of men—
And this to the intent that whosoever will believe might be saved, and that whosoever will not believe, a arighteous
judgment might come upon them; and also if they are condemned they bring upon themselves their own condemnation.
And now remember, remember, my brethren, that whosoever perisheth, perisheth unto ahimself
; and whosoever doeth iniquity, doeth it unto himself; for behold, ye are bfree
; ye are permitted to act for yourselves; for behold, God hath given unto you a cknowledge
and he hath made you free.
He hath given unto you that ye might aknow
good from evil, and he hath given unto you that ye might bchoose
life or death; and ye can do good and be crestored
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.