Multitudes and Nations of Gentiles

1 Nephi



1 Nephi 13:Verse 1

AND it came to pass that the angel spake unto me, saying: Look! And I looked and beheld many nations and kingdoms.

1 Nephi 13:Verse 2

And the angel said unto me: What beholdest thou? And I said: I behold many nations and kingdoms.

1 Nephi 13:Verse 3

And he said unto me: These are the nations and kingdoms of the Gentiles.

1 Nephi 14:Verse 11

And it came to pass that I looked and beheld the whore of all the earth, and she sat upon many waters; and she had dominion over all the earth, among all nations, kindreds, tongues, and people.

Revelation 17:Verse 1

AND there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:

Revelation 17:Verse 15

And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.

Isaiah 13:Verse 4

The noise of a multitude in the mountains, like as of a great people; a tumultuous noise of the kingdoms of nations gathered together: the LORD of hosts mustereth the host of the battle.

This vision begins with a panorama of the nations of the earth, and peoples of the world. The scriptures teach that, the directions of the "masses" are predictable, however, the individual goals are not, because of agency and repentance. Babylon, has "dominion over all the earth" and is comprised of the "peoples of the world," masses and multitudes, nations and kingdoms, that cover the earth like "water." The masses that were seen by the prophets are under the control of Satan and his organizations. The prophet Nephi observes Babylon, or in the words of his father Lehi, "the great and spacious building." Nephi sees that this building was composed of "the multitudes of the earth," and "numberless concourses of people," and "great was the multitude" that were gathered in the "great and spacious building" to "fight against the apostles of the Lamb" (1 Nephi 11:34-35; 1 Nephi 8:21, 27, 33). Nephi also learns that this "great and spacious building" is the "world and the wisdom thereof" also described as "the pride of the world" and that the eventual fall of Babylon would be the "destruction of all nations, kindreds tongues, and people, that shall fight against the twelve apostles of the Lamb" (1 Nephi 11:36). The visions of the peoples of the earth has been given to many prophets of God. The responsibility that a prophet has, is to declare repentance unto the generation in which he lives, This begins by declaring what the sins are, of his dispensational generation. Only by declaring the sins of his generation, and then declaring repentance, unto that generation, may the saints know how to become free and clean from the sins of the generation in which they live. Thus, a need for living prophets. Moses, when he received his call to become a prophet and leader of the children of Israel, is carried away in vision, and he "beheld the world and the ends thereof, and all the children of men which are, and which were created, of the same he greatly marveled and wondered" (Moses 1:8). To understand the extent of his responsibility he again beheld "the earth, yea, even all of it; and there was not a particle of it which he did not behold, discerning it by the spirit of God. And he beheld also the inhabitants thereof, and there was not a soul which he beheld not; and he discerned them by the Spirit of God; and their numbers were great, even numberless as the sand upon the sea shore. And he beheld many lands; and each land was called earth, and there were inhabitants on the face thereof" (Moses 1:27-29). Moses, who holds the "keys of the gathering of Israel" beholds all of mankind, and receives a glimpse of his responsibility. Enoch, in Moses Chapter Seven, also views the inhabitants of the earth, from beginning to end, and the power that Satan will have over them:

Moses 7:21-45

21 And it came to pass that the Lord showed unto Enoch all the inhabitants of the earth; and he beheld, and lo, Zion, in process of time, was taken up into heaven. And the Lord said unto Enoch: Behold mine abode forever.

22 And Enoch also beheld the residue of the people which were the sons of Adam; and they were a mixture of all the seed of Adam save it was the seed of Cain, for the seed of Cain were black, and had not place among them.

23 And after that Zion was taken up into heaven, Enoch beheld, and lo, all the nations of the earth were before him;

24 And there came generation upon generation; and Enoch was high and lifted up, even in the bosom of the Father, and of the Son of Man; and behold, the power of Satan was upon all the face of the earth.

25 And he saw angels descending out of heaven; and he heard a loud voice saying: Wo, wo be unto the inhabitants of the earth

26 And he beheld Satan; and he had a great chain in his hand, and it veiled the whole face of the earth with darkness; and he looked up and laughed, and his angels rejoiced.

28 And it came to pass that the God of heaven looked upon the residue of the people, and he wept; and Enoch bore record of it, saying: How is it that the heavens weep, and shed forth their tears as the rain upon the mountains?

32 The Lord said unto Enoch: Behold these thy brethren; they are the workmanship of mine own hands, and I gave unto them their knowledge, in the day I created them; and in the Garden of Eden, gave I unto man his agency;

33 And unto thy brethren have I said, and also given commandment, that they should love one another, and that they should choose me, their Father; but behold, they are without affection, and they hate their own blood;

41 And it came to pass that the Lord spake unto Enoch, and told Enoch all the doings of the children of men; wherefore Enoch knew, and looked upon their wickedness, and their misery, and wept and stretched forth his arms, and his heart swelled wide as eternity; and his bowels yearned; and all eternity shook.

45 And it came to pass that Enoch looked; and from Noah, he beheld all the families of the earth; and he cried unto the Lord, saying: When shall the day of the Lord come? When shall the blood of the Righteous be shed, that all they that mourn may be sanctified and have eternal life?

After the brother of Jared was taken into the presence of God, he was given the "urim and thummim," at which time the Lord "showed unto the brother of Jared all the inhabitants of the earth which had been, and also all that would be; and he withheld them not from his sight even unto the ends of the earth" (Ether 3:25). Prophetic visions are often about the peoples of the earth, and the responsibilities that a prophet might have, yet, many prophets have the privilege of seeing the Lord's work from the beginning to the end. Included often, in this type of vision is the power and influence that Satan will have upon the children of men, and how wickedness will spread upon the face of the earth. However, the hope that exists, and the light at the end of the tunnel, is that wickedness will be destroyed. The goal of every dispensation, and the prophets of each and every dispensation, has been to establish "Zion," a people "pure in heart" who are of "one heart and one mind, and dwelt in righteousness; and there was no poor among them" (Moses 7:18). Every dispensation has failed in the goal of "Zion" (that is why there are dispensations) except for Enoch, however, the peoples of the earth became so wicked that "Zion fled" and was taken away before the mass destructions that were required to destroy the church of the devil that existed before the days of Noah. Every dispensation has failed because of the "secret oaths and combinations" that lie at the heart of Babylon, and the church of the devil. Notwithstanding, it has been prophesied that the "dispensation of the fullness of times" will establish "Zion" and usher in the millennial reign of peace. This can only be done by the "fall of Babylon" and the destruction of the wicked and proud, who shall burn as stubble. The powers and priesthoods of Satan are bestowed upon him by the pride of men, which pride, leads to the wickedness and evil, upon which Babylon and the church of the devil are founded. The nations and peoples of the world are all committing fornication with the great whore, and there are "none save a few only who do not lift themselves up in the pride of their hearts" (Mormon 8:36).

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