Alma 12:1 Now Alma seeing that the words of Amulek had silenced Zeezrom—for he beheld that Amulek had caught him in his lying and deceiving to destroy him—and seeing that he began to tremble under a consciousness of his guilt, he opened his mouth and began to speak unto him and to establish the words of Amulek and to explain things beyond, or to unfold the scriptures beyond that which Amulek had done.
Alma 12:2 Now the words that Alma spake unto Zeezrom was heard by the people round about—for the multitude was great—and he spake on this wise:
Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.
KJV Bible, 1769, Acts 5:4
Alma 12:3 Now Zeezrom seeing that thou hast been taken in thy lyings and craftiness--for thou hast not lied unto men only, but thou hast lied unto God, for behold, he knows all thy thoughts—and thou seest that thy thoughts are made known unto us by his Spirit.
Alma 12:4 And thou seest that we know that thy plan was a very subtle plan, as to the subtlety of the devil, for to lie and to deceive this people, that thou mightest set them against us, to revile us and to cast us out.
Alma 12:5 Now this was a plan of thine adversary, and he hath exercised his power in thee. Now I would that ye should remember that what I say unto thee I say unto all.
Alma 12:6 And behold, I say unto you all that this was a snare of the adversary which he hath laid to catch this people, that he might bring you into subjection unto him, that he might encircle you about with his chains, that he might chain you down to everlasting destruction according to the power of his captivity.
Alma 12:7 Now when Alma had spoken these words, Zeezrom began to tremble more exceedingly; for he was convinced more and more of the power of God. And he was also convinced that Alma and Amulek had a knowledge of him; for he was convinced that they knew the thoughts and intents of his heart, for power was given unto them that they might know of these things according to the spirit of prophecy.
And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.
KJV Bible, 1769, Acts 24:15
Alma 12:8 And Zeezrom began to inquire of them diligently, that he might know more concerning the kingdom of God. And he saith unto Alma: What does this mean which Amulek hath spoken concerning the resurrection of the dead, that all shall rise from the dead, both the just and the unjust, and are brought to stand before God to be judged according to their works?
Alma 12:9 And now Alma began to expound these things unto him, saying: It is given unto many to know the mysteries of God; nevertheless they are laid under a strict command that they shall not impart, only according to the portion of his word which he doth grant unto the children of men, according to the heed and diligence which they give unto him.
Alma 12:10 And therefore he that will harden his heart, the same receiveth the lesser portion of the word. And he that will not harden his heart, to him is given the greater portion of the word until it is given unto him to know the mysteries of God, until they know them in full.
Alma 12:11 And he that will harden his heart, to him is given the lesser portion of the word until they know nothing concerning his mysteries; and then they are taken captive by the devil and led by his will down to destruction. Now this is what is meant by the chains of hell.
Alma 12:12 And Amulek hath spoken plainly concerning death and being raised from this mortality to a state of immortality and being brought before the bar of God to be judged according to our works.
Alma 12:13 Then if our hearts have been hardened—yea, if we have hardened our hearts against the word insomuch that it hath not been found in us—then will our state be awful, for then we shall be condemned.
And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne…
KJV Bible, 1769, Revelation 6:16
Alma 12:15 But this cannot be. We must come forth and stand before him in his glory and in his power and in his might, majesty, and dominion, and acknowledge to their everlasting shame that all his judgments are just, that he is just in all his works and that he is merciful unto the children of men and that he hath all power to save every man that believeth on his name and bringeth forth fruit meet for repentance.
Alma 12:16 And now behold, I say unto you: Then cometh a death, even a second death, which is a spiritual death. Then is a time that whosoever dieth in his sins as to the temporal death shall also die a spiritual death; yea, he shall die as to things pertaining unto righteousness.
…he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone…And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever…
KJV Bible, 1769, Revelation 14:10-11
Alma 12:17 Then is the time when their torments shall be as a lake of fire and brimstone whose flames ascendeth up forever and ever. And then is the time that they shall be chained down to an everlasting destruction according to the power and captivity of Satan, having subjected them according to his will.
Alma 12:18 Then I say unto you: They shall be as though there had been no redemption made, for they cannot be redeemed according to God’s justice; and they cannot die, seeing there is no more corruption.
Alma 12:19 Now it came to pass that when Alma had made an end of speaking these words, the people began to be more astonished.
Alma 12:20 But there was one Antionah, who was a chief ruler among them, came forth and said unto him: What is this that thou hast said, that man should rise from the dead and be changed from this mortal to an immortal state, that the soul can never die?
Alma 12:21 What does this scripture mean which saith that God placed cherubims and a flaming sword on the east of the garden of Eden lest our first parents should enter and partake of the fruit of the tree of life and live forever? And thus we see that there was no possible chance that they should live forever.
Alma 12:22 Now Alma saith unto him: This is the thing which I was about to explain. Now we see that Adam did fall by partaking of the forbidden fruit, according to the word of God. And thus we see that by his fall that all mankind became a lost and a fallen people.
Alma 12:23 And now behold, I say unto you that if it had been possible for Adam for to have partaken of the fruit of the tree of life at that time that there would have been no death and the word would have been void, making God a liar, for he said: If thou eat, thou shalt surely die.
We shall now present the reader with a few of the arguments in favour of the possibility of the final apostacy of the saints. 1. It is argued from the probationary state of man throughout the present life. By a state of probation "we mean," (in the words of Mr. H.) "a time in which we are allowed to act on trial for the retributions of a future world." "It is a time in which we may choose life or death; with the assurance that according to our choice will be our future condition."
Alma 12:24 And we see that death comes upon mankind, yea, the death which has been spoken of by Amulek, which is the temporal death. Nevertheless there was a space granted unto man in which he might repent. Therefore this life became a probationary state, a time to prepare to meet God, a time to prepare for that endless state which has been spoken of by us, which is after the resurrection of the dead.
Alma 12:25 Now if it had not been for the plan of redemption which was laid from the foundation of the world, there could have been no resurrection of the dead. But there was a plan of redemption laid which shall bring to pass the resurrection of the dead, of which has been spoken.
Alma 12:26 And now behold, if it were possible that our first parents could have went forth and partaken of the tree of life, they would have been forever miserable, having no preparatory state. And thus the plan of redemption would have been frustrated, and the word of God would have been void, taking none effect.
Alma 12:27 But behold, it was not so, but it was appointed unto man that they must die. And after death they must come to judgment, even that same judgment of which we have spoken, which is the end.
Alma 12:28 And after God had appointed that these things should come unto man, behold, then he saw that it was expedient that man should know concerning the things whereof he had appointed unto them.
Alma 12:29 Therefore he sent angels to converse with them, which caused men to behold of his glory.
Alma 12:30 And they began from that time forth to call on his name; therefore God conversed with men and made known unto them the plan of redemption which had been prepared from the foundation of the world. And this he made known unto them according to their faith and repentance and their holy works.
Alma 12:31 Wherefore he gave commandments unto men, they having first transgressed the first commandments as to things which were temporal and becoming as Gods, knowing good from evil, placing themselves in a state to act, or being placed in a state to act according to their wills and pleasures, whether to do evil or to do good.
Alma 12:32 Therefore God gave unto them commandments after having made known unto them the plan of redemption, that they should not do evil, the penalty thereof being a second death, which was an everlasting death as to things pertaining unto righteousness; for on such the plan of redemption could have no power, for the works of justice could not be destroyed, according to the supreme goodness of God.
For, in the mean time, Hardy had sent a messenger to the inhabitants, saying, If ye will not prove wicked, and will refrain from sending your evil torpedoes amongst our vessels, then will we spare your town.
The Late War, 1816, 43:11-12
Alma 12:33 But God did call on men in the name of his Son, this being the plan of redemption which was laid, saying: If ye will repent and harden not your hearts, then will I have mercy upon you through mine Only Begotten Son.
Alma 12:34 Therefore whosoever repenteth and hardeneth not his heart, he shall have claim on mercy through mine Only Begotten Son unto a remission of their sins; and these shall enter into my rest.
Alma 12:35 And whosoever will harden his heart and will do iniquity, behold, I swear in my wrath that they shall not enter into my rest.
Alma 12:36 And now my brethren, behold, I say unto you that if ye will harden your hearts, ye shall not enter into the rest of the Lord. Therefore your iniquity provoketh him that he sendeth down his wrath upon you as in the first provocation—yea, according to his word in the last provocation as well as in the first—to the everlasting destruction of your souls, therefore according to his word unto the last death as well as the first.
Alma 12:37 And now my brethren, seeing we know these things and they are true, let us repent and harden not our hearts, that we provoke not the Lord our God to pull down his wrath upon us in these his second commandments which he hath given unto us; but let us enter into the rest of God, which is prepared according to his word.