Book of Mormon Notes– How deep can you dig?

2011, November 18

LDS/ Mormon | “Book of Mormon: Origins of Lehi’s 600-Year Prophecy of the Coming of the Messiah/ Savior Jesus Christ” by grego

Book of Mormon: Origins of Lehi’s 600-Year Prophecy of the Coming of the Messiah/ Savior Jesus Christ

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Near the beginning of the Book of Mormon, we see that Lehi prophesies that Jesus would come around 600 years:
1 Nephi 10:4 Yea, even six hundred years from the time that my father left Jerusalem, a prophet would the Lord God raise up among the Jews—even a Messiah, or, in other words, a Savior of the world.

How did Lehi know that?? Some say that it was just a nice little thingy that Joseph Smith put in the book, to bolster its “prophecy power”. Let’s see what else the book says…

Nephi says:
1 Nephi 19:8 And behold he cometh, *according to the words of the angel*, in six hundred years from the time my father left Jerusalem.

And lastly:
2 Nephi 25:19 For *according to the words of the prophets*, the Messiah cometh in six hundred years from the time that my father left Jerusalem; and according to the words of the prophets, and also the word of the angel of God, his name shall be Jesus Christ, the Son of God. (Which is the first mention of “Jesus Christ” in the Book of Mormon.)

I believe that Lehi did not just invent or have a completely new revelation on this fact. Note that 1 Nephi 10, and its content, seems to be closely related to Lehi’s study of the brass plates. Then note that in 2 Nehpi 25:19, Nephi writes that the 600-year prophecy is given “according to the words of the prophets”. My conclusion is that this prophecy (though maybe not in its “600-year” form) is given on the brass plates.

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4 Comments »

  1. the brass plates were the books of moses and the geneology of his Lehi’s geneology. up to the point of jerusulems distruction

    Comment by Anonymous — 2011, November 28 @ 6:37 pm

  2. the brass plates are the books of moses , Genises,Levidicus, Numbers, etc

    Comment by Anonymous — 2011, November 28 @ 6:39 pm

  3. Anonymous,

    That’s a lot of it; here’s more:
    1 Nephi 5:10 … Lehi, took the records which were engraven upon the plates of brass, and he did search them from the beginning.
    11 And he beheld that they did contain the five books of Moses, which gave an account of the creation of the world, and also of Adam and Eve, who were our first parents;
    12 And also a record of the Jews from the beginning, even down to the commencement of the reign of Zedekiah, king of Judah;
    13 And also the prophecies of the holy prophets, from the beginning, even down to the commencement of the reign of Zedekiah; and also many prophecies which have been spoken by the mouth of Jeremiah.
    14 And it came to pass that my father, Lehi, also found upon the plates of brass a genealogy of his fathers…

    1 Nephi 13:23 …The book (the Bible) that thou beholdest is a record of the Jews, which contains the covenants of the Lord, which he hath made unto the house of Israel; and it also containeth many of the prophecies of the holy prophets; and it is a record like unto the engravings which are upon the plates of brass, save there are not so many

    2 Nephi 4:2 2 For behold, he (Joseph of Egypt) truly prophesied concerning all his seed. And the prophecies which he wrote, there are not many greater. And he prophesied concerning us, and our future generations; and they are written upon the plates of brass.

    “Many quotations from these plates, citing Isaiah and other biblical and nonbiblical prophets, appear in the Book of Mormon.”
    These probably include Zenos, Zenock, Neum, and Ezias.

    Comment by grego — 2011, November 29 @ 7:59 am


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