What Caused the Destruction and Darkness in the Book of Mormon Lands at the Time of the Savior’s Death and Resurrection?
While reading the prophecies of the prophet Zenos recorded on the brass plates, Nephi noted “the three days of darkness, which should be a sign given of [the Savior’s] death” unto his people and others of the house of Israel (1 Ne. 19:10). Zenos also prophesied the physical destruction which would accompany the darkness by “the thunderings and the lightnings of [the Lord’s] power, by tempest, by fire, and by smoke, and vapor of darkness, and by the opening of the earth, and by mountains which shall be carried up” (1 Ne. 19:11-12). Nephi beheld his own vision of these same three days of darkness which he described as “a mist of darkness” and “the vapor of darkness.” He also saw “lightnings” and heard “thunderings” and “earthquakes” and saw cities which “were burned with fire” (1 Ne. 12:4-5). Some 600 years later Samuel the Lamanite was sent to warn the people of Zarahemla and prophesy the same catastrophic “signs” and “wonders” which would shortly befall them at the time of the Savior’s death (Hel. 14:20-29). Mormon in his abridgment of the Nephite record described with remarkable detail the actual occurrence of three hours of physical destruction and three days of “mists of darkness,” and added the Savior’s words as a voice from heaven declaring the cause and extent of the devastation and the darkness which the people were then experiencing (3 Ne. 8:5-25; 9:1-22; 10:1-14; 4 Ne. 1:8-9). The Savior’s first words to the survivors were “wo, wo, wo unto this people,” a lament on the causes of their grief and distress.
Updated: Saturday, 6 February 2016
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