Last of the Jaredite Kings
Ether was the last of the ancient line of Jaredite Kings descended from Jared through his youngest son Orihah. Orihah became the first Jaredite King after all his older brothers and all the sons of The Brother of Jared declined the Kingdom. Ether’s grandfather Moron was the last of that line to actually rule. Moron was a wicked man. The people rebelled against him because of the secret combinations, which were designed to increase the power and wealth of those in the king’s inner circle. Moron was finally overthrown by a man described as a “mighty man; and he was a descendant of the brother of Jared” and King Moron spent the rest of his life in captivity. This new usurper king was different. He was not of the traditional ancestry of Jared. Moroni felt it important to point out that this new king was a descendant of the Brother of Jared! He was different! While in captivity, Moron had a son named Coriantor, Ether’s father, who spent his entire life in captivity with his father. Yet Coriantor was not wicked like his father Moron. The text does not specifically state that Coriantor was a righteous man, only that in his days there came many prophets. We know that his son Ether was righteous. The prophets spoke of another people taking over the land because of the wickedness of the people, because of the Secret Combinations, Power and Wealth! Ether most likely grew up listening to and learning from those prophets.
14 And it came to pass that Ethem did execute judgment in wickedness all his days; and he begat Moron. And it came to pass that Moron did reign in his stead; and Moron did that which was wicked before the Lord.
15 And it came to pass that there arose a rebellion among the people, because of that secret combination which was built up to get power and gain; and there arose a mighty man among them in iniquity, and gave battle unto Moron, in which he did overthrow the half of the kingdom; and he did maintain the half of the kingdom for many years.
16 And it came to pass that Moron did overthrow him, and did obtain the kingdom again.
17 And it came to pass that there arose another mighty man; and he was a descendant of the brother of Jared.
18 And it came to pass that he did overthrow Moron and obtain the kingdom; wherefore, Moron dwelt in captivity all the remainder of his days; and he begat Coriantor.
19 And it came to pass that Coriantor dwelt in captivity all his days.
20 And in the days of Coriantor there also came many prophets, and prophesied of great and marvelous things, and cried repentance unto the people, and except they should repent the Lord God would execute judgment against them to their utter destruction;
21 And that the Lord God would send or bring forth another people to possess the land, by his power, after the manner by which he brought their fathers.
22 And they did reject all the words of the prophets, because of their secret society and wicked abominations.
23 And it came to pass that Coriantor begat Ether, and he died, having dwelt in captivity all his days.
The LDS Works of James H. Fullmer – Coriantumr
Enter Coriantumr and Ether
It is a safe assumption that Coriantomr was not the “mighty man” that overthrew Ether’s grandfather Moron, but he would, most likely, be that man’s son, making Coriantumr also a descendant of the brother Jared. He was different like his father. He was an outsider, usurper king, fighting against the corruption that had entrenched itself into the traditional ruling class. Coriantumr fought against the Secret Combinations.
1 And it came to pass that the days of Ether were in the days of Coriantumr; and Coriantumr was king over all the land.
2 And Ether was a prophet of the Lord; wherefore Ether came forth in the days of Coriantumr, and began to prophesy unto the people, for he could not be restrained because of the Spirit of the Lord which was in him.
The LDS Works of James H. Fullmer – Ether
Ether spent his days echoing the words of the prophets that he grew up around, saying that the people and the entire nation needed to repent and rid itself of the secret combinations, the internal corruption, that would surely destroy the nation. Still, the people and nation did not listen and they cast him out.
When Ether, the last prophet, was cast out, the war started. The secret combinations, those that wanted power and wealth above all, started an all-out effort to get rid of Coriantumr, who fought so hard against them.
13 And I was about to write more, but I am forbidden; but great and marvelous were the prophecies of Ether; but they esteemed him as naught, and cast him out; and he hid himself in the cavity of a rock by day, and by night he went forth viewing the things which should come upon the people.
14 And as he dwelt in the cavity of a rock he made the remainder of this record, viewing the destructions which came upon the people, by night.
15 And it came to pass that in that same year in which he was cast out from among the people there began to be a great war among the people, for there were many who rose up, who were mighty men, and sought to destroy Coriantumr by their secret plans of wickedness, of which hath been spoken.
Coriantumr was a different kind of leader. Remember, he was not from the traditional line of kings, he was from the lineage of the brother of Jared, not from Jared. He was an outsider, not a part of the ruling elites!
He was a man of the world, well acquainted with the strategies that would be needed to crush the opposition and restore the nation to the glory it had seen in centuries past.
However, Coriantumr was far from being a perfect man. He, like everyone, needed to repent. Moroni does not enumerate Coriantumr’s sins, we might assume he was an adulterer, as is so common in men. He was prideful!
16 And now Coriantumr, having studied, himself, in all the arts of war and all the cunning of the world, wherefore he gave battle unto them who sought to destroy him.
Coriantumr fought against the secret combinations, those of the established ruling elite, who sought power and wealth. His children were caught up in the fight and they too fought and bled much!
Yet, through it all, Coriantumr still needed to repent but would not.
17 But he repented not, neither his fair sons nor daughters; neither the fair sons and daughters of Cohor; neither the fair sons and daughters of Corihor; and in fine, there were none of the fair sons and daughters upon the face of the whole earth who repented of their sins.
18 Wherefore, it came to pass that in the first year that Ether dwelt in the cavity of a rock, there were many people who were slain by the sword of those secret combinations, fighting against Coriantumr that they might obtain the kingdom.
19 And it came to pass that the sons of Coriantumr fought much and bled much.
Marvelous Were the Prophecies of Ether – Walter Rane
After the first year of Coriantumr’s rule, the Lord commanded Ether to confront Coriantumr and give him an ultimatum straight from the Lord. Ether had been in hiding all that first year. The people all wanted him dead. Now he had to go right into the palace, right to the throne, that he himself should have been occupying, and tell the outsider king that if he and his family repented, that God would sanction his rule, transfer the right to rule to him and his posterity, who were descendants of the brother of Jared, ending the original ancient line of kings established by Orihah and the descendants of Jared.
However, if Coriantumr and his family did NOT repent, they would ALL be destroyed, the Jaredites as a nation would no longer exist, and the entire lands of the mighty Jaredite nation would then be turned over to a completely different people that God would bring into the land. Then finally after his nation had been destroyed, Coriantumr alone would survive to witness the transfer of land to the newcomers and he would even die among them and be buried by them.
20 And in the second year the word of the Lord came to Ether, that he should go and prophesy unto Coriantumr that, if he would repent, and all his household, the Lord would give unto him his kingdom and spare the people—
21 Otherwise they should be destroyed, and all his household save it were himself. And he should only live to see the fulfilling of the prophecies which had been spoken concerning another people receiving the land for their inheritance; and Coriantumr should receive a burial by them; and every soul should be destroyed save it were Coriantumr.
Trump versus Modern Secret Combinations
As I watch the national news, it is easy to associate the ancient secret combinations with factions in our modern US government. There are those in government who have established themselves as the “ruling class”, accumulating power and wealth for themselves and their families. This political environment is referred to by many as “the swamp”! When Donald Trump announced his candidacy for president, he pledged to “drain the swamp”, to fight against the established “secret combinations.”
Many see Coriantumr as an evil, prideful ruler who caused the destruction of his nation. A more careful reading of Ether shows us a deeply flawed man that God would use, despite his weakness, to fight against a much greater, national evil, the Secret Combinations, the national corruption of power and wealth of the ruling elites.
Like Coriantumr, Trump was a political outsider, a usurper!
Like Coriantumr, Trump has been well trained in “the cunning of the world”.
Like Coriantumr, Trump is fighting against the corrupt ruling establishment, the swamp.
Like Coriantumr, the minute Trump took office, the “swamp”, the secret combinations, started an all-out attack to rid themselves of this newcomer, and over the past 4 years have never let up in their attacks!
Like Coriantumr, even Trump’s children have been caught up in the fight.
Like Coriantumr, Trump is an imperfect man, in need of repentance.
I see Donald Trump as a modern Coriantumr. I believe that God would have Donald Trump in The Office of the President of the United States, the modern “Gentile Nation” spoken of by Ether, at this time when the “secret combinations” in Washington are as corrupt and outright brazen about their plans as never before. Trump is uniquely qualified, despite his imperfections and weaknesses. He has committed to “drain the swamp” as I believe he has started and will continue to do.
Unlike Coriantumr, who saw the demise of his nation because of internal corruption, Donald Trump must be allowed to continue his fight against the internal corruption! Our modern “Gentile Nation” must never allow itself to follow the path of those ancient civilizations, the Jaredites and the Nephites, that have inhabited this very land in times past, whose own internal corruption, those seeking power and wealth, those secret combinations, brought about their own destruction.
Donald Trump is our Modern Day Coriantumr!
Coriantumr would have said “Make Jaredite Great Again!”