Zenos

Prophet of Israel

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Zenos

Zenos, like Zenock, was a Hebrew prophet of the lineage of Joseph whose writings were included in the brass plates and were thus available to the Book of Mormon prophets. As cited by Nephi, Zenos prophesied that the Redeemer would be buried in a sepulchre after His crucifixion, and that three days of darkness would be experienced by those “who should inhabit the isles of the sea, more especially given unto those who are of the house of Israel”. Zenos also prophesied of widespread natural calamities that would occur at the time, with the result that “many of the kings of the isles of the sea shall be wrought upon by the Spirit of God, to exclaim: The God of nature suffers” —while those in Jerusalem would be scourged and scattered for rejecting the Holy One of Israel. Nevertheless, prophesied Zenos, when the House of Israel would turn their hearts again to the Savior, then He would remember the covenants He had made with their fathers and “all the earth shall see the salvation of the Lord, saith the prophet; every nation, kindred, tongue and people shall be blessed”.

In Jacob’s writings, he included Zenos’ magnificent and all-encompassing allegory of the tame and wild olive trees, symbolic of the divine scattering and gathering of Israel over the generations of time. Amulek reinforced Alma’s witness that Zenos taught “that redemption cometh through the Son of God”. Moreover, Nephi, son of Helaman, referenced Zenos in bearing witness before his unyielding countrymen about the mission of the Savior. “And now I would that ye should know, that even since the days of Abraham there have been many prophets that have testified these things; yea, behold, the prophet Zenos did testify boldly; for the which he was slain”. Samuel the Lamanite, as well, cited Zenos in prophesying to the people that the Lamanites would one day be restored to a knowledge of the truths of the gospel.

Next to Isaiah, the prophet Zenos is quoted in the Book of Mormon more extensively than any other of the ancient Hebrew prophets.

(Source: Ed J. Pinegar, Richard J. Allen, Book of Mormon Who’s Who)

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