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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