This week in the Book of Mormon we’ll continue with our Endtime theme and examine the role of organized evil that seeks to obtain wealth and power through murder and control of the government. The Book of Mormon calls this organized evil “secret combinations” and is the reason we see a loss of liberty in the Book of Helaman and here in 3 Nephi before the coming of the Messiah. At the end of the world there is a showdown between the forces of good and the forces of evil. This showdown of the forces of good and evil at the end of the world is necessary to transition the world into a millennial era of peace and prosperity polarizing people between those who won’t embrace good and life through God and those who will. We are going to cover this topic in multiple parts because current events are directly related to this topic.
Scriptural history shows that when civilizations corrupt themselves from within and yield to conspiratorial powers, it is only a matter of time before the people’s liberties are lost. Israel’s prophets predict that nowhere is that more evident than at the end of the world, when every kind of wickedness wrought by former generations resurfaces in a final showdown between good and evil. – Gileadi, Endtime Prophecy.
Mahan – Murderers for Gain
Next to Perdition on Isaiah’s Ladder to Heaven are those who murder of money and power. Those who reach this level of wickedness are not able to access the Atonement for forgiveness – they must suffer for their own sins. Under the Law, restitution for murder is death. Here is our Ladder to Heaven.
In the Book of Mormon, we see that those who become apart of this organized evil – secret combinations - engage in murder for gain. So, central to these secret combinations is murdering for gain, and power by taking control of the government.
Ignorant or Evil
Another concept to understand is that people on the lower level of these secret organizations can be deceived into accepting their narrative as being good, but their ignorance allows them to be manipulated into believing what they are doing is good.
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