A few random thoughts on Alma 9, even more unorganized that unusual while I sit here sick.
Alma teaches: “And now for this cause, that ye may not be destroyed, the Lord has sent his angel to visit many of his people, declaring unto them that they must go forth and cry mightily unto this people, saying: Repent ye, for the kingdom of heaven is nigh at hand;”
Now this is interesting, considering the people say: “Who art thou? Suppose ye that we shall believe the testimony of one man, although he should preach unto us that the earth should pass away?”
Why all this discourse on Nephites versus Lamanites? There seems to be some explicit belief that the Nephites are always better than the Lamanites and hence why would a Nephite city need to repent?
The command to return to preach seems directly related to the potential Lamanite attack.
Alma does not introduce himself as Alma this time. Is he coming as a prophet rather than a high priest this time? The people even ask “Who art thou?”