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2009, August 15

Book of Mormon | “Samuel the Lamanite’s Prophecy of Falling to the Earth and Its Fulfillment” by grego

Book of Mormon | “Samuel the Lamanite’s Prophecy of Falling to the Earth and Its Fulfillment”
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Samuel the Lamanite prophecies that at the time of the sign of Christ’s birth,

Helaman 14:7 And it shall come to pass that ye shall all be amazed, and wonder, insomuch that ye shall fall to the earth.

Helaman 14:8 And it shall come to pass that whosoever shall believe on the Son of God, the same shall have everlasting life.

Samuel gives no reason as to why the people would do that, and then he strangely seems to connect that with belief on the Son of God and everlasting life.

Later, we see why, and how:

3 Nephi 1:5 But there were some who began to say that the time was past for the words to be fulfilled, which were spoken by Samuel, the Lamanite.

3 Nephi 1:6 And they began to rejoice over their brethren, saying: Behold the time is past, and the words of Samuel are not fulfilled; therefore, your joy and your faith concerning this thing hath been vain.

3 Nephi 1:9 Now it came to pass that there was a day set apart by the unbelievers, that all those who believed in those traditions should be put to death except the sign should come to pass, which had been given by Samuel the prophet.

3 Nephi 1:11
And it came to pass that he went out and bowed himself down upon the earth, and cried mightily to his God in behalf of his people, yea, those who were about to be destroyed because of their faith in the tradition of their fathers.

3 Nephi 1:15 And it came to pass that the words which came unto Nephi were fulfilled, according as they had been spoken; for behold, at the going down of the sun there was no darkness; and the people began to be astonished because there was no darkness when the night came.

3 Nephi 1:16 And there were many, who had not believed the words of the prophets, who fell to the earth and became as if they were dead, for they knew that the great plan of destruction which they had laid for those who believed in the words of the prophets had been frustrated; for the sign which had been given was already at hand.

3 Nephi 1:17 And they began to know that the Son of God must shortly appear; yea, in fine, all the people upon the face of the whole earth from the west to the east, both in the land north and in the land south, were so exceedingly astonished that they fell to the earth.

3 Nephi 1:18 For they knew that the prophets had testified of these things for many years, and that the sign which had been given was already at hand; and they began to fear because of their iniquity and their unbelief.

The words of the Samuel being fulfilled, in addition to the prophecies about faith, caused astonishment and then fear in the wicked, as they realized they didn’t have faith in Jesus Christ and perhaps that they were fighting against the faithful of the true God. Nevertheless, Samuel connected the two so that the people would hopefully repent.

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