“Great and Terrible Judgments of the Lord”

Brant Gardner

This is very clearly a prophecy of the events of 3 Nephi. That such events were obviously not part of the expectations of the people who survived the great calamity is perhaps an indication that the content of the small plates of Nephi slipped from the mainstream of Nephite historical/religious tradition by that time.

Multidimensional Commentary on the Book of Mormon