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Source:Stephen E. Robinson:1998:an often misunderstood concept: the great and abominable church of the devil
Stephen E. Robinson (1998): "an often misunderstood concept: the great and abominable church of the devil"
In 1 Nephi 13–14, the prophet Nephi relates a vision in which he saw the future of the world and its kingdoms as it related to his posterity. Nephi's vision is the type of revelation known in biblical literature as apocalyptic, a type represented in the New Testament most fully by the Revelation of John. The two revelations have more in common, though, than apocalyptic form, for they both deal in part with an often misunderstood concept: the great and abominable church of the devil. The visions together give us prophetic information about the matter. —(Click here to continue) 
- Stephen E. Robinson, "Nephi's 'Great and Abominable Church'," Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 7:1 (1998).