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KnoWhy #187 - Why Does Mormon State that Angels Did Appear unto Wise Men? (Helaman 16:14)
|Title||KnoWhy #187 - Why Does Mormon State that Angels Did Appear unto Wise Men? (Helaman 16:14)|
|Year of Publication||2016|
|Corporate Authors||Book of Mormon Central Staff|
|Publisher||Book of Mormon Central|
|Place Published||Springville, UT|
|Keywords||Angel; Dream; Messenger; Mormon (Prophet); Narrative; Prophet; Revelation; Vision|
In his abridgment of the book of Helaman, Mormon declared that “the scriptures began to be fulfilled” when angels started to appear to the people in the 90th year of the reign of the judges (Helaman 16:14). In making this statement, one of the scriptures that Mormon may have been referring to is Alma 13:26, in which Alma declared that the coming of Christ “shall be made known unto just and holy men, by the mouth of angels,” just as it had been made known unto their fathers. Mention of the appearance of angels bringing information concerning the coming of the Savior into the world recurs frequently in the Book of Mormon.
Mormon knew that our merciful Father in Heaven desired that His children have the ability to recognize the signs of the coming of Christ, whether it was in the time of father Lehi, the prophet Samuel, in Mormon’s own time, or in the days leading up to Christ’s Second Coming. Our unchanging God would always send angels to visit worthy individuals who would have the faith, strength, and wisdom (hence “wise men”) to declare the “glad tidings” and fortify the faith of those who have not had the same eye-witness manifestation.
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