Joe has pointed out to me before that the Book of Mormon doesn’t talk about the millennium or the Second Coming. Today I noticed that Nephi actually points out that he has much to say, but has been commanded to leave it out. The Book of Mormon is quiet on this topic, on purpose.
Just an example, from 1 Ne 22:
25And he gathereth his children from the four quarters of the earth; and he numbereth his sheep, and they know him; and there shall be one fold and one shepherd; and he shall feed his sheep, and in him they shall find pasture.
26And because of the righteousness of his people, Satan has no power; wherefore, he cannot be loosed for the space of manyyears; for he hath no power over the hearts of the people, for they dwell in righteousness, and the Holy One of Israel reigneth.
27And now behold, I, Nephi, say unto you that all these things must come according to the flesh.
28But, behold, all nations, kindreds, tongues, and people shall dwell safely in the Holy One of Israel if it so be that they willrepent.
29And now I, Nephi, make an end; for I durst not speak further as yet concerning these things.
30Wherefore, my brethren, I would that ye should consider that the things which have been written upon the plates of brass are true;
Remember also that Nephi was commanded not to write all of his vision (and John would write the rest). In both cases, Nephi lets us know that there is more he has seen and could tell, but has been told not to. I think in 1 Ne 22 he points to the Bible to say what he can’t say himself.
So this is interesting in and of itself, but then the next question: why keep the Book of Mormon silent on this topic? Thoughts?