And now in the eighty and six year, the Nephites did remain in great wickedness, while the Lamanites did keep the commandments of God.
And in this year there was one Samuel, a Lamanite, who came into the land of Zarahemla, and began to preach unto the people.
And they would not suffer that he should enter into the city; therefore he went and got upon the wall thereof, and stretched forth his hands and cried with a loud voice, and prophesied unto the people.
And he said unto them: Yea, heavy destruction awaiteth this people, and nothing can save this people save it be repentance and faith on the Lord Jesus Christ, who surely shall come into the world, and shall suffer many things and shall be slain for His people.
Behold, I give unto you a sign; for five years more cometh, and then cometh the son of God. And another sign I give unto you, a sign of His death. Behold, the sun shall be darkened; and there shall be no light upon the face of this land, for the space of three days, to the time that. He shall rise again from the dead.
And now, there were many who heard the words of Samuel the Lamanite, which he spake upon the walls of the city.
But as many as there were who did not believe in the words of Samuel were angry with him; and they cast stones at him upon the wall, and also many shot arrows at him as he stood upon the wall; but the spirit of the Lord was with him, insomuch that they could not hit him with their stones, neither with their arrows.
And as they went forth to lay their hands on him, he did cast himself down from the wall, and flee out of their lands, even unto his own country. And behold, he was never heard of more among the Nephites.
Abridged from the Book of Helaman
In the words of the artist:
“With the next picture, SAMUEL THE LAMANITE PROPHESIES FROM THE CITY WALLS, we are drawing close to the time of the birth of Christ. It is a notable point in the Book of Mormon that long before the Savior’s time on earth there was clear talk of His name and of His future appearance. His followers were already called Christians, and there was cruel persecution of those who believed and who looked forward to His coming.
One strong voice for Christ was the prophet Samuel the Lamanite. He proclaimed not only the coming of the Savior, but boldly foretold the signs, and even the very time of His birth and death. Here we are witness to the violent determination of his enemies to silence him, seeking to kill him with their slings and arrows. So that for his “pulpit” he had to stand atop the high walls of the city, from whence he then escaped. The artist has sought to convey the powerful drama of this epic event.” Arnold Friberg
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