Abinadi: A Type/Shadow of Christ's Life

Introduction

To explain what a type or shadow is I resort to examples. Colloquially, if someone says, "He is the spitting image of his father!" we understand it to mean that a son looks extremely familiar to his father.

In the case of a type or a shadow, it means looking back on historical events determining that they are representations of another central event.

Jesus Christ's life, ministry, death and resurrection have many types or shadows--events that testify of His exemplary life, ministry, death and resurrection.

Abinadi is the spitting image of his Savior Jesus Christ. A portion of Abinadi's life indicates what will happen to Jesus--saying WILL because Abinadi came about 148 B.C., so it was in his future.

Now, all types of the Savior need not come prior to His birth and resurrection, but can come after. All people who testify of Christ through persecution, tribulations, and martyrdom serve as shadows or types of Christ's life.

Abinadi serves as a type or shadow of the life of Christ because of the several things that occurred to him after he began his public ministry among a remote group of Nephites; a people who are believed to be a mixture--with another group called the Lamanites--of the principle ancestors of the Natives of the Americas. (Notice America is plural; so not just the USA!).

Historical Background of Abinadi's Soceity

A soldier by the name of Zeniff disobeyed orders from his commander to destroy their enemy the Lamanites. A small army of spies/operatives were deployed from Zarahemla (Zarahemla was the capital city of the Nephite government) to gain intelligence on the Lamanite confederacy in order to destroy them.

After being among the Lamanites for some time, Zeniff and like-minded operatives decided that there was hope for the Lamanites and did not want to act in a way to destroy their society. Zeniff disobey a direct order by way of conscious and took with him a large number of followers leading to a war among the Nephite operatives! Zeniff's action was akin to a revolt in the US military by a low ranking operations officer against his commander!

From the record, it appears that Zeniff did not actively solicit followers, but he did not relent and submit to the command of his leader. Zeniff describes his leader's title as ruler. saying,

he being an austere and a blood-thirsty man commanded that I should be slain...(Mosiah 9:2).

Zeniff and his followers prevailed in the battle and returned to Zarahemla to relate the tale to the citizens--especially the families of the deceased operatives. Zeniff wanted "that our ruler should make a treaty with them," the Lamanites (Mosiah 9:2). The unnamed ruler declined and the aforementioned battle commenced.

After Zeniff returned to Zarahemla with his report, he and his group recruited others to return to the Land of Nephi, as they called it, to inherit that land--as it once belonged to the Nephites but was lost through intrigue and war to the Lamanites.

Zeniff was a man of faith. He also was the father of King Noah, the King who would kill Abinadi.

To the point... Zeniff established a kingdom among the Lamanites and his son ascended to the throne following Zeniff's death.

The factors that make Abinadi a type or shadow of Christ

  1. Both Abinadi and Christ preach to an apostate society.

  2. Neither Abinadi or Christ were authorized by local priesthood.·
  3. Both Abinadi and Christ informed the people to repent.·
  4. Both Christ and Abinadi were rejected by the priests and the king·
  5. The priests of both societies accused Christ and Abinadi of treason.
  6. The king for both men could have released them from bondage, but did not.
  7. Both men were martyred for their preaching.

Societal Context of Abinadi's Ministry

The Zeniffites were wicked. This group, as I call them, the Zeniffites in honor of the founder of their society, did not start out as a wicked society, but they quickly matched the personality of their new king, King Noah.

King Noah did things in his kingdom that had not been done among the Nephites, ever! I assume he took his queues from his Lamanite neighbors who were virtually pagans.

The first thing he did was replace the priest that his father consecrated to teach the people the Gospel and perform the ordinances relating to the Law of Moses.

King Noah did not live his father's religion. He had multiple wives, he taxed his people one-fifth of all they had perpetually, and he introduced idolatry to the people.

He did cause many great and spacious building to be erected, but all for the glory of his own name and the vanity of his kingdom. He created vineyards and introduced wineries to his people who became drunk with him as their kingdom prospered among their enemies the Lamanites, who started to attack their citizens in small numbers destroying outlying settlements and farms.

The people, because of their leaders, had gone astray from the ordinances of the Gospel as revealed through Moses. The society at large submitted to fornication and false teachings that made them vulnerable to their enemies.

FYI

The Lamanites were not a God-fearing people; but, were the descendants of people who rebelled against Mosaic law for several generations. (see First and Second Nephi in The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ.)

I would suppose that since they were a minority in the area, that the major culture of the Lamanite confederacy filtered into their micro-society, which consisted of the lands in and around Shilom. No matter how the people became wicked, God sent Abinadi to teach the Zeniffites how to return to their faith.

Societal Context of Christ's Ministry

The Jewish Kingdom was submerged into the Roman culture and paid tribute to that empire. Pontius Pilate was, for purposes here, the King and did all in his power to oppress his people religiously according to two writers from antiquity Philo and Josephus. He was a Gentile (non-Jewish) ruler over the province of Judea called a prefect or governor.

The Jews were a devout people during this time, but their interpretation of the Law of Moses differed to the point where there existed several sects, the Sadducee, the Pharisees and a society of Scribes or record keepers to name the most modernly familiar.

Because of the leaders of religion and ceremony during this time, the general population of Jewish people were lead astray from the original intent of the Law of Moses. There needed to be a change in societal norms so that the Gospel could be taught in its puritanical form.

Christ's society was filled with people of murderous intent, yet they did not express the same disdain for the Law of Moses as did the Zeniffites. If anything, the Jewish leaders retreated into the technical law surrounding The Law of Moses with a hedge of protection that made the law itself the god of Israel instead of Jehovah.

An idol nonetheless, the apostate religion of Judaism was a deception that fooled the people at large. Jesus ventured to correct the problem for all who would hear his words. His peers were products of the culture in which they were reared. They thought of the Messiah as a military conqueror who would put all their enemies down so that they could live freely and in peace.

These devout people were not wrong in their estimation of Messiah, just a few centuries off on His mission. The military triumph of Christ was not set to occur until the second advent of Jesus as the King of kings and Lord of lords. His first offensive feat occurred in the subjection of life itself to His will, the will of the Father in Heaven, by suffering for the sins of humanity and claiming his right to life again, which he did.

Unfortunately, in the society of Christ's generation, the aspect of His spiritual battle was lost to apostasy and misapplication of the Law of Moses.

Abinadi the Herald, the Elias

Elias is not only the Greco-form of the name Elijah, it is a title given to one who comes before or a forerunner. Abinadi. like John the Baptist, was a forerunner of Christ. His purpose was to prepare the way before the coming of Messiah. His purpose was to prime the people to receive their King, be it spiritually of temporally.

It is important that in paralleling Abinadi's life with that of the Messiah's does not go too far in an attempt to prove a point. Abinadi was an Elias and does in no way reflect complete parallelism with the entire life of Christ.

Point Taken

As a reminder, this article is about how Abinadi's life was a testimony of Christ as much as his words are a testimony of Him as recorded in scripture.

  1. Both Abinadi and Christ preach to an apostate society.
  2. Neither Abinadi or Christ were authorized by local priesthood.·

  3. Both Abinadi and Christ informed the people to repent.·
  4. Both Christ and Abinadi were rejected by the priests and the king·
  5. The priests of both societies accused Christ and Abinadi of treason.
  6. The king for both men could have released them from bondage, but did not.
  7. Both men were martyred for their preaching.

A New Order of Things

Abinadi was not a priest ordain or consecrated by King Noah, the reigning Zeniffite king. He could very well have been one of the priest that King Zeniff consecrated--or at least of that order of priest. King Noah does not appear to know Abinadi before he began prophesying to the people of his kingdom.

By what authority that Abinadi spoke was in question by the court of King Noah as soon as Abniadi opened his mouth. This statement attributed to King Noah in Mosiah 11:27 leads me to believe that Abinadi was outside of the priestly circle:

Who is Abinadi, that I and my people should be judged of him, or who is the Lord, that shall bring upon my people such great affliction?

Not only does King Noah question Abinadi's credentials upon hearing of the things he prophesied, but he also questioned the God of whom Abinadi spoke.

I believe that Noah was so far away from the truth, that he did not recognize the God of which his very apostate religion was patterned after.

I could not blame this oversight since King Noah did not serve God. I assume he worshiped many idols of which the Jehovah-idol existed as one. The King and his priest did not acknowledge Abinadi's authority.

The several sects in Jerusalem did not acknowledge Christ as an authoritative rabbi, since he did not originate with any of the sects. Now, John the Baptist was of priestly heritage through his father Zachariah.

Jesus sought out John for a proper baptism. But as for Christ's own authority to preach, He took it from Himself, being God in the flesh!

The priestly sects of His society did not believe Jesus to be the promised Messiah. however. Jesus Christ taught in the temple, one of the unifying symbols of God, Jehovah, to the Jewish community of Christ's day. All the sects went there to preform the rituals of the Mosaic Law.

The leaders of the sects,

...the chief priests and the elders of the people came unto him as he was teaching, and said, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority? (Matt 21:23)

The sects wanted to know where Jesus received his authorization to teach. It was not from either of them!

John was known to have priestly parentage, but he did not officiate in the same circles as the sects of his community. The leaders of the sects could understand people following John the Baptist, though they appear to have not believed John's position on Judaism.

Christ's interrogative about their understanding of John's authority caused a conundrum for them politically. They could not support John or deny him because both answers would cause political fallout with the people and Rome; so, the consensus was they could not tell.

Jesus' answer to them came with biting rejoinder in my opinion,

Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things. (Matt 21:27)

To the thoughtful reader, we know where the authority to act for God came to both Jesus and Abinadi, God. To those who were present with them and threatened by their words, authority was cloudy water.

Alma was the only convert from the message that Abinadi present to the Zeniffites. He, in opposition to King Noah's command, hid away and wrote from memory the words Abinadi taught and later started a church. Churches or synagogues were not known among the Nephites until after Alma. This religious institution was a new method of promulgating the gospel thereafter.

Alma was one of the priest consecrated by King Noah. Apparently there was some authority given to Alma from God as a consecrated priest, because he never met Abinadi to receive priesthood from him.

Jesus gave priesthood to his followers on the contrary, starting with His twelve Apostles. The parallel ends there regarding by whose authority each man taught, Both taught with God's authority.

  1. Both Abinadi and Christ preach to an apostate society.
  2. Neither Abinadi or Christ were authorized by local priesthood.·
  3. Both Abinadi and Christ informed the people to repent.·

  4. Both Christ and Abinadi were rejected by the priests and the king·
  5. The priests of both societies accused Christ and Abinadi of treason.
  6. The king for both men could have released them from bondage, but did not.
  7. Both men were martyred for their preaching.

Abinadi's Premiere Message

Behold, thus saith the Lord, and thus hath he commanded me, saying,

"Go forth, and say unto this people, thus saith the Lord—Wo be unto this people, for I have seen their abominations, and their wickedness, and their whoredoms; and except they repent I will visit them in mine anger.

"...I will deliver them into the hands of their enemies; yea, and they shall be brought into bondage; and they shall be afflicted by the hand of their enemies."

...thus saith the Lord, and thus hath he commanded me.

God singled out Abinadi and commanded him to inform the people of their eventual bondage and destruction if they did not repent. The destruction would be much more pronounced upon the Nephites in that they would cease to be a people separate from the Lamanites.

The prophesy had multiple meanings and levels of fulfillment since it would take generations to be completely fulfilled; but suffice it to say, it was not a pleasant thing for the people of Zeniff, the people of King Noah to hear.

Abinadi taught many profound truths to the Zeniffites before his demise. He taught them the true purpose of the Law of Moses, which is to point the adherents towards their coming Lord and Messiah. He taught them the nature of God. He taught them about Christ by name.

FYI

Joseph Smith Jr. translated Alma's record of Abinadi and chose to use the Greco-form of Messiah to express Abinadi's intentions which are the word, Christ. Since the collection of books that compose The Book of Mormon are expressly written for the last days, it is conceivable why such an intimate knowledge of Christian principles permeates the entire record.

Christ is the God of the world and His principles were the same from the beginning. Abinadi's message includes such teachings, which caused quite a stir among the priest of King Noah who apparently had no such religious concept.

Abinadi had the audacity to say that God would make an atoning sacrifice for all mankind! To the priest of his day, Abinadi sounded insane! Teaching that God should make such an atonement was akin to promoting human sacrifice, which apparently was not something to which the Zeniffites had devolved.

The priests could not conceive of a sacrifice that was more than the shedding of the blood of animals to honor the traditions of religious practices handed down from Moses. These people could not see that those ancient rites were a type or shadow of the sacrifice Christ would make--nor could they without revelation from God.

After counseling with his priest, the best legal ground King Noah could use to justify his poor treatment of Abinadi was apostasy--the very thing of which Abinadi accused the Zeniffites!

Said King Noah,

For thou hast said that God himself should come down among the children of men; and now, for this cause thou shalt be put to death unless thou wilt recall all the words which thou hast spoken evil concerning me and my people. (Mosiah 17:8)

Not because he wanted salvation for the people, but because he wanted Abinadi to take back his words that they would all be destroyed if they did not repent did King Noah accuse Abinadi!

Repent, or change from sin to virtue again. The Zeniffites had once prospered in righteousness under a righteous king. Abinadi was calling them back to the old ways; but King Noah did not enjoin him in this efforts--quite the opposite.

Abinadi acted in a dual role when presenting his revelations to the people as do many prophets. He was Elias and shadow/type of Christ. He heralded His coming and his life testified of Him.

Christ's Opening Statements

Jesus also played a dual role. Not only was He a prophet to His people and Savior to His people, he was Prophet and Savior to the world! Shortly following His baptism,

Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand (Matt 4:17).

Christ did not prolong His message to the people. He may have taught in parables, but He let the people know what they must do in order to receive the reward of Heaven, repent.

When certain leaders of the Jews asked Him for a sign toward the conclusion of His mortal ministry to prove His claims, Jesus told them that the sign of Jonas would be given to them as a witness--eluding to the three days He would spend in the tomb juxtaposed the three days in the belly of a fish that Jonas experienced, which constitutes another shadow/type of Christ's life!.

He then added as a biting accusation towards these so called holy men of Israel, teachers,as they would have it--rabbis, that

The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here (Matt 12:41).

At least the Ninevehites listened! Those repentant souls of Nineveh will stand as a witness against the children of Israel because they listened when a mere man as a messenger of God approached them as opposed to the Jews of Christ's day who would not listen when a God approached them!

Point Taken

Now, to be fair to this generation of Christ's, the first Christians came to being. The first Christians were Jews. Christianity was not meant to be a separate religion from Judaism though that is what occurred. It was meant as a fulfillment of Mosaic prophecy.

  1. Both Abinadi and Christ preach to an apostate society.
  2. Neither Abinadi or Christ were authorized by local priesthood.·
  3. Both Abinadi and Christ informed the people to repent.·
  4. Both Christ and Abinadi were rejected by the priests and the king·

  5. The priests of both societies accused Christ and Abinadi of treason.
  6. The king for both men could have released them from bondage, but did not.
  7. Both men were martyred for their preaching.

He is not one of Us!!

In the Lion King !!, King Simba was attacked and almost killed. He assumed that the questionable Kovu had something to do with the incident and banished him from the pride/kingdom. Enjoy the song from the animated feature to the right and below.

Not unlike King Simba, King Noah was deceived and ended up banishing Abinadi; however, Abinadi's banishment included the loss of his life.

Twice did Abinadi go before the people trying to teach them what the Lord had revealed to him about their wicked behavior. The people cast him out and sought to kill him at the command of the king!

Abinadi returned two years after his first appearance to warn his brethren in disguise with the same message.

Apparently, he was not interested in keeping his identity a secret since he identified himself to the public in a statement I think is humorous:

Abinadi came among them in disguise, that they knew him not, and began to prophesy among them, saying:

Thus has the Lord commanded me, saying—Abinadi, go and prophesy unto this my people, for they have hardened their hearts against my words;

they have repented not of their evil doings; therefore, I will visit them in my anger, yea, in my fierce anger will I visit them in their iniquities and abominations (Mosiah 12:1).

Now, I laugh each time I read this because Abinadi is a wanted man, yet he self-identifies while he is yet in disguise! What is the disguise for in such an event? The people knew him! They took him bound before the king where he met his doom; I should say where it appeared that he met his doom.

Source
  1. Both Abinadi and Christ preach to an apostate society.
  2. Neither Abinadi or Christ were authorized by local priesthood.·
  3. Both Abinadi and Christ informed the people to repent.·
  4. Both Christ and Abinadi were rejected by the priests and the king·
  5. The priests of both societies accused Christ and Abinadi of treason.
  6. The king for both men could have released them from bondage, but did not.
  7. Both men were martyred for their preaching.

Rejects

The words Abinadi spoke to the Zeniffites were rejected as false and provocative from the very beginning. He did not have the luxury to teach his people the way Christ did; so, there is no shadow/type regarding that.

Because he was pegged a treasonous man he had to wait to deliver the revelations God had given to him. His hiatus landed him in prison when he surfaced.

Once they had him in prison, the priests sent the accusations a-fly! No doubt he suffered as the Savior did who also stood accused of those who did not know Him.

The priest put Abinadi on display and stood before him questioning him on ways to make a charge stick where they could justify ridding their community of him! The people worried them. If the people believed Abinadi, then that might cause no small stir.

The people's memory was short, but the words of Abinadi might just help them recall the time before King Noah--a righteous time. The same with the Savior.

Caiaphas urged the Savior to claim His status as King of the Jews so that he could present him to the Romans as an inciter!

The funny thing about that situation is Christ inflamed them even more by what He did admit to in that den of accusers. He basically told them that He was equal to their God!

All hell broke out in that place when Christ said,

Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven. (Matt 26:64)

First, He had the audacity to enter Jerusalem and disrupt the religious life of the people, mostly women and peasants. Second, He cleared their temple as if it was His own house. Third, He preached on the Sabbath and it was not by any established school of Scribe, Pharisee, or Sanhedrin.

The last straw came when He dared to equate himself to God by sitting on the right hand of power! Caiaphas went into a rage!

...the high priest rent his clothes, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy; what further need have we of witnesses? behold, now ye have heard his blasphemy (Matt 26:65).

The man taught among them for three years! Finally, He had said enough for at least the Sanhedrin to seek his life as a blasphemous traitor.

Jesus gave it to him! Caiaphas held no evidence to justify the nighttime abduction. Deception and libel were his employs to entrap the Savior to get him out of the way so that society could go on and enjoy the "sweet life."

Caiaphas tore his clothes! He had found a reason to kill, kill, kill the traitor of Judaism. To appease the Jews the Romans would listen too!

  1. Both Abinadi and Christ preach to an apostate society.
  2. Neither Abinadi or Christ were authorized by local priesthood.·
  3. Both Abinadi and Christ informed the people to repent.·
  4. Both Christ and Abinadi were rejected by the priests and the king·
  5. The priests of both societies accused Christ and Abinadi of treason.
  6. The king for both men could have released them from bondage, but did not.
  7. Both men were martyred for their preaching.

Let MY Prophet Go!

Immediately when Abinadi set foot into the lands of Shimlon and begin to preach, the loyalist wasted no time presenting him and laying thickly their version of what Abinadi said in his sermons, bound before the king. The man had a two-year-old death warrant on his head!

The record does not contain the parts of Abinadi's sermon that verified the words he was accused of saying by the loyalist. Maybe that part of his sermon is in the two-thirds of the Book of Mormon that was not translated. Maybe the loyalist just lied!

Either way, they said the following as recorded in Mosiah 12:9-12:

Behold, we have brought a man before thee who has prophesied evil concerning thy people, and saith that God will destroy them.

And he also prophesieth evil concerning thy life, and saith that thy life shall be as a garment in a furnace of fire.

And again, he saith that thou shalt be as a stalk, even as a dry stalk of the field, which is run over by the beasts and trodden under foot.

And again, he saith thou shalt be as the blossoms of a thistle, which, when it is fully ripe, if the wind bloweth, it is driven forth upon the face of the land. And he pretendeth the Lord hath spoken it. And he saith all this shall come upon thee except thou repent, and this because of thine iniquities.

After reading what these loyalists testified that Abinadi said about King Noah's life, I wanted him punished! Kidding aside, Abinadi was in a precarious situation with no friends to get him out.

Jesus Christ was also thrust before Pontius Pilate with no escape; except Jesus had the stuffing beaten out of him by the leaders of the Jewish sects before they handed him over for judgement as a seditious traitor to the Roman empire.

Such a charge was taken very seriously since it was common knowledge that the province of Judea was a hotbed of trouble. The Jews were a hard bunch to rule--especially since they abhorred their station as tributary to Rome.

Abinadi preached such a fiery and a troubling sermon to King Noah that his confidence failed him and he was about to let Abinadi go. Said Abinadi:

I say unto you, I will not recall the words which I have spoken unto you concerning this people, for they are true; and that ye may know of their surety I have suffered myself that I have fallen into your hands.

Yea, and I will suffer even until death, and I will not recall my words, and they shall stand as a testimony against you.

And if ye slay me ye will shed innocent blood, and this shall also stand as a testimony against you at the last day. (Mosiah 17:9-10)

Bold words for a man in fetters, yet Abinadi said that he would suffer death before he would recall his words to the Zeniffites. He also claimed that he had allowed them to capture him for the purpose of giving them the choice to repent, or take the life of an innocent man who told the truth.

Resolve broken, "king Noah was about to release him, for he feared his word; for he feared that the judgments of God would come upon him." (Mosiah 17) King Noah had a righteous father, Zeniff. Inklings of that righteousness must have still simmered somewhere in the heart of that man.

But just like the seeds from the parable taught by the Savior of the seeds placed on thorny ground, the weeds choked the tender plants that grew until they died; so did the priest of his court choke King Noah's last bit of sensibility out of him.

Because the "priests lifted up their voices against him and began to accuse him, saying: He has reviled the king."

"Therefore the king was stirred up in anger against him, and he delivered him up that he might be slain." (Mosiah 17:11-12)

Jesus Christ or Barabbas?

After Jesus had received thirty lashes from the guard, which was known to have killed lesser men, Pontius Pilate, as was customary for him to do in honor of their Passover, offered to commute one of the prisoners' sentences.

Jesus Barabbas was a seditious activist who was most likely sentenced to death for treason against Rome. It is interesting that Barabbas's name meant, Jesus son of the father. Some people think it was the very Jesus Christ, secularist. That no such other Jesus existed with Jesus of Nazareth.

Either way, Pontius Pilate offered to release a well-known separatist, Jesus Barabbas, to the crowds in Jerusalem and a man who was convicted of Heresy against the faith, Jesus Christ. The leaders of the Sanhedrin and cohorts who had beaten the Savior would not have accented to a traitor to the faith. Of course, they chose Barabbas.

It is unclear how Pilate would have pulled this off being the releasing a subversive against Rome who was sentenced to death could very well have meant his own death sentence. The Gospels confirm that is what occurred though as Pilot washed his hands of the situation.

Pilate did not remain in office long afterwards. I assume he was replaced because of his release of a traitor to Rome among other acts Josephus records against the peace with the people of Jerusalem.

It makes sense that the crowd chose Barabbas since the leaders of the religious sects of the day all hated Christ, the Nazarene for supposed crimes against God. It would be better to release a criminal against Rome than one against God.

Christ was not released due to the chanting of the People. "Crucify him!"

John records in John 19:11-16,

...Pilate sought to release him: but the Jews cried out, saying, If thou let this man go, thou art not Cæsar’s friend: whosoever maketh himself a king speaketh against Cæsar.

The Jews reported Pilate to his superior before according to Josephus. Pilate was not about to face another reprimand in regards to these people. So,

When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he brought Jesus forth, and sat down in the judgment seat...and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King!

But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him.

Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King?

The chief priests answered, We have no king but Cæsar.

Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified. And they took Jesus, and led him away.

  1. Both Abinadi and Christ preach to an apostate society.
  2. Neither Abinadi or Christ were authorized by local priesthood.·
  3. Both Abinadi and Christ informed the people to repent.·
  4. Both Christ and Abinadi were rejected by the priests and the king·
  5. The priests of both societies accused Christ and Abinadi of treason.
  6. The king for both men could have released them from bondage, but did not.
  7. Both men were martyred for their preaching.

Martyr

As the scriptures teach, Christ was taken by His people, who beat Him and betrayed Him to the gentiles who crucified Him.

He could not be taken until He delivered His message. He could not be taken by force. He went with the band of cutthroats who delivered Him to be beaten and judged of the Sanhedrin.

He told Peter, who aggressively defended Him, to stop and realize that if necessary He could call down a legion of angels, but it was not to be so.

Peter was told he would deny Christ thrice. In my opinion, it was a command from Christ for Peter to deny Him so that he could live. That's another story...

Abinadi was put in a similar situation. The King placed him bound to burn him with faggots or hot sticks. He cried out that they would cause many more to die in that way. Mosiah 17:14-20 records that

...when the flames began to scorch him, he cried unto them, saying:

Behold, even as ye have done unto me, so shall it come to pass that thy seed shall cause that many shall suffer the pains that I do suffer, even the pains of death by fire; and this because they believe in the salvation of the Lord their God.

And it will come to pass that ye shall be afflicted with all manner of diseases because of your iniquities.

Yea, and ye shall be smitten on every hand, and shall be driven and scattered to and fro, even as a wild flock is driven by wild and ferocious beasts.

And in that day ye shall be hunted, and ye shall be taken by the hand of your enemies, and then ye shall suffer, as I suffer, the pains of death by fire.

Thus God executeth vengeance upon those that destroy his people. O God, receive my soul.

And now, when Abinadi had said these words, he fell, having suffered death by fire

Points to Ponder

Abinadi, like Christ did after him:

  1. could not be taken without allowing it
  2. was not prevented from finishing his ministry
  3. willingly gave up his life to fulfill God's purposes
  4. died a martyr's death
  5. facilitated the growth of a religion due to his martyrdom

There are more parallels than I place here, but the grand point here is that Abinadi gave his life as a testimony of the Saviors life. He taught the Zeniffites the word of God through Moses about the coming of Christ. He then demonstrated that he willing would give up his life efficaciously to seal his testimony with his blood, though in his case, fire.

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graceinus 13 months ago from those of the Ekklesia

Anothere pile of garbage in the form of a article.


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Rodric29 13 months ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Graceinus, I do not peg you for a troll. I will not delete your comment, but come up with something better Graceinus, I would be glad to read it. Until then...


graceinus 13 months ago from those of the Ekklesia

I have nothing further to say with regards to the BOM than what I've already mentioned. I have no problems talking about the Holy Bible and the teachings of Jesus Christ which His main focus was the Kingdom of heaven. This is not the case with the BOM which is why I know the BOM is a false teaching.

If you truely want to understand the Kingdom of heaven then I suggest you pick up the "Holy Bible" make a indepth study of Christ's teachings on the subject starting in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Everything you need to know is right there. It took me 12 years, but it finally sunk in.

And for your information I do not belong to any church , but I am one of many in the ecclesia. And you're right I not a troll.

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