The angel informed King Benjamin that Christ's blood is intended to atone for the sins of those who sinned ignorantly, or those who died without knowing God's will. (Mosiah 3: 11) However, there is a two-fold wo pronounced on those who know they rebel against God. They are cast down, and for them there will be no hope, no salvation, "except it be through repentance and faith on the Lord Jesus Christ." (Mosiah 3: 12.) That of course, must happen before they die.
The angel explained the Lord has sent "his holy prophets among all the children of men." (Mosiah 2: 13.) When the Lord sends someone with a message, they are by definition "holy" because they bear the message of God. Having been entrusted with His word, they are derivatively holy. (See Acts 9: 15) It does not mean they are better than other men because everyone sins. The content of what God has given them makes them "holy" before God. Since King Benjamin has just been entrusted with God's message for his people, King Benjamin has become "holy" also.
The messages have been sent, at one time or another, "among all the children of men." All nations have had some portion of the word of God given to them. This does not mean they have been given a fullness, for that is rarely given. It does mean the Lord has concern over all of us and will call and send prophets to everyone.
How people react to what they are offered determines how much a prophet is able to teach them. If they will not give heed, then the audience receives only a portion of what they might have received. (Alma 12: 9.) Sometimes people can be offered a "fullness" and reject it, and then have it taken from them. (D&C 124: 28.)
The purpose of the message is for all to have "exceedingly great joy." (Mosiah 3: 13.)
This joy comes from knowing the Lord. Knowing Him comes from obeying the words given to them through the "holy prophets."
One of the greatest laments of the Lord arises from how the world reacts to His holy prophets. He makes the same offer every time, whenever He calls someone as His spokesman. The offer is by His word, to gather His people into one and be their shelter. (D&C 43: 24; see also 3 Ne. 10: 4-6.) Despite the many times when this might have happened, there have been fewer than four occasions we have a record of the Lord actually gathering His people.
The purpose of giving His word to His people is to lead them to Him. If they will actually come to Him, He will come and dwell with them. We were once given that opportunity. (D&C 104: 59.)
We are promised the Lord will return again (10th Article of Faith), and there will be people prepared to meet Him. It will happen, and will be on this land. (Ether 13: 5-6.) Any gentiles who are going to survive the coming calamities will need to flee there. (D&C 133: 12; 42: 9.)
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