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12 minutes ago, mfbukowski said:

No one knows the day or time of His coming

I am just plodding along until that happens

Resistance is futile. ;)

 

Ergo, what?  We should not bother preparing, because no one knows when it will happen?  When it comes to the issue of specific timing, both Brother Lund and Brother Ridges discourage speculation.

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2 hours ago, Kenngo1969 said:

Ergo, what?  We should not bother preparing, because no one knows when it will happen?  When it comes to the issue of specific timing, both Brother Lund and Brother Ridges discourage speculation.

Yes our church has taught us to be prepared for disasters.  I am fairly good on that- depending on how long obviously they last.  I feel I am spiritually prepared pretty well or at least better than I have been in the past, and I intend to get better as time passes.

And no, I do not speculate on when it will happen- I have reasonably large trials of faith on a regular basis anyway.

Ergo what yourself!!??  :)  :angel:🤓;)

 

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4 hours ago, mfbukowski said:

No one knows the day or time of His coming

I am just plodding along until that happens

Resistance is futile. ;)

 

Your assignment should you choose to accept it is to locate and post Matthew chapter 24, verses 32-35.

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Okay.  I just finished reading the First edition of The Coming of the Lord by Gerald N. Lund.  One possible weakness is, he relies a lot on the early restoration Brethren, but, certainly, no one can doubt his command of those sources.  He would have had to have spent, I think, a lot of time in a library somewhere, culling through Journal of Discourses, Millennial Star, Documentary History of the Church, and so on.

A lot has been said about the Second Coming by leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the last almost 50 years, since Coming first was published.  It'll be interesting to see how he makes use of those resources, how he might blend those resources in with material from the first edition, and so on.  One thing's for sure: A lot more resources are a lot more accessible now than they were 50 years ago.  I can barely fathom the kind of work that must have gone into such a source-intensive endeavor as Coming using early 1970s technology!  The mind reels!

 I'll see if I can format my notes into something readable here.  Wish me luck! 😉

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Pretty impressive, being a successful author for 50 years.  I wonder if that was his earliest book or if he wrote earlier ones (he would have been 31/32 in '71).

Probably spent a lot of money on xerox copies.

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53 minutes ago, Calm said:

Pretty impressive, being a successful author for 50 years.  I wonder if that was his earliest book or if he wrote earlier ones (he would have been 31/32 in '71).

Probably spent a lot of money on xerox copies. [Emphasis added by Kenngo1969.]

No kidding!  Can you imagine?!  :huh::shok::o

 Interestingly, the Wikipedia article on Brother Lund mentions the 2005 reprint of Coming in its introduction, but, for whatever reason, it doesn't list Coming in the list of works he has authored that appears elsewhere in the article.   The first non-fiction book it lists is Jesus Christ, Key to the Plan of Salvation, from 1991.  :unknw:  I haven't found anything earlier than Coming.  Heckuva first book!

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Looks like it was his first book

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During his time as institute teacher in Southern California, Lund began doing research on the prophecies of the Second Coming. As he shared what he was learning in classes and firesides, many people suggested he write a book and make the information more widely available. He did so, submitting it to Bookcraft Publishers in Salt Lake City. They accepted the manuscript, and The Coming of the Lord was published in 1971. It has been in continuous print for forty years and is still available in paperback format. That began his writing career. Since then he has published more than two dozen books, has contributed numerous other articles to Church magazines, seminars and symposia. When asked what motivated him to become a writer, his standard answer is: “I write because I love to teach. Writing is just another form of teaching, but with a much bigger and more diverse class.”  

 

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I. A LOOK AT PROPHECY

A. Preface

1. Purposes – (Coming, Preface, unnumbered single page, ellipses added)

a. Compile Reliable Statements – Compile “reliable statements on the important subject of the Savior’s second coming, while avoiding . . . sensational, speculative and otherwise questionable material[.]”

b. Challenges Notwithstanding, The Future Should Excite Us – “(S)timulate a positive, exciting outlook toward the future,” thus overcoming “negative, anxious feelings”

c. Gratitude to the Lord – We should be “grateful to the Lord for inspiring his prophets to instruct us so completely on how to prepare for his coming”

B. Introduction

1. God Wants to Guide Us – “[W]e . . . stand at the gates of the future pleading for light to guide us safely into the lowering storm clouds. . . . Prophecy is the hand of God extended in love to a groping, floundering world. . . . God is ever anxious to guide his children through perilous times[.]” Coming 2, ellipses and brackets added and italics removed.

2. Why The Saints are Calm – President Jedediah M. Grant, Second Counselor to President Brigham Young, said that the Saints are calm even amid the turmoil of the world because “the spirit of prophecy has made known to us that such things would actually transpire upon the earth.” Coming 3, quoting President Grant.

3. God’s Word a Loving Message, Not the Curse of a Wrathful Deity – God’s word is “the loving message from a concerned Father,” not “a curse from a wrathful deity bent on the destruction of those not willing to toe the mark.” Coming 3.

C. A Look at Prophecy

1. What Prophecy Is – Prophecy, Lund writes, is more than mere prediction, though “[p]rediction of future events is an . . . essential element of prophecy.” Quoting Acts 10:43, Lund writes that prophecy is “the testimony of Jesus,” and, quoting Peter 1:21, he writes that it is “the utterances of ‘holy men of God spoken as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” Coming 5.

2. Prophet/Prophecy – Greek Pro, “for or before”; phanai, “speak,” Coming 6.

3. Three Roles of a Prophet – Coming 6, brackets and ellipses added.

a. “[T]estify of the divinity of the savior”

b. “[W]arn the [earth’s] inhabitants . . . of . . . [results] if wrong choices are made”

c. “[P]redict future events that will profoundly affect [man’s destiny]”

4. “The Purposes of Prophecy” – Coming 7

a. To Warn – “At times, what [a prophet] predicts is necessarily terrible to contemplate, but this sis so because the choices his children make bring upon themselves terrible consequences.” Coming 7.

b. To Prepare – “Another important function is to prepare people for the crises in life that will confront them. This is especially true of the signs of the times. . . . Prophecy is one of the most direct ways that the Lord has for preparing his people.” Coming 7.

i. Example: Rainbow – Bro. Lund cites Joseph Smith’s prophecy that in a year in which the rainbow is absent, the Lord’s coming is “not far distant.” Coming 8, quoting Joseph Smith.

c. To Comfort – “[N]o matter how dark the intervening days, eventually [God’s] work will emerge triumphant. . . . Let us not forget that one of the great and significant purposes of the Lord is sharing this vision of the future with us is to give us comfort.” Coming 9, ellipses and material in brackets added.

5. Test for True Prophecy – “When visions, dreams, tongues, prophecy, impressions or any extraordinary gift or inspiration conveys something out of harmony with the accepted revelations of the Church or contrary to the decisions of its authorities, Latter-day Saints may know that it is not of God, no matter how plausible it may appear.” Coming 10, quoting August 1913 First Presidency Statement.

 

 

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II. HOW SOON THE END?

A. As Christ Departed, So Shall He Return – “Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.” Coming 13, quoting Acts 1:11.

B. People in Every Age of Christianity Have Anticipated Christ’s Return – “The mind thrills at the thought that one might actually see the realization of the millennial dream come true in his own life. And so from the earliest history of Christianity, there have been those who earnestly believed that Christ’s second coming was imminent.” Coming 12.

C. “Ye Know Not What Hour” – Well-meaning people have been mistaken in their belief as to the timing of Christ’s second advent, so what justification do Latter-day Saints have that it will be “soon”? Brother Lund points to Matthew 14, where Christ says “no man knoweth” the day nor the hour. But Christ also says, “Watch, therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.” Coming 15, third set of quotation marks quoting Matthew 24:42.

1. A Personal Observation; I Think Alma’s Attitude About Christ’s First Coming is Exactly the Right Attitude to Have About His Second Coming; Would That it Might Be in Our Day, but Whenever It Is, Let Us Rejoice In It – See Alma 13:25: “And now we only wait to hear the joyful news declared unto us by the mouth of angels, of his coming; for the time cometh, we know not how soon. Would to God that it might be in my day; but let it be sooner or later, in it I will rejoice.”

D. Don’t “Fear and Tremble”; Instead, “Watch and Pray” – “[W]hile the wicked fear and tremble at surrounding judgments, the Saints will watch and pray; and, waiting for the event in patience, will look calmly on the passing scenery of a corrupted world, and view transpiring events ans confirmation of the faith in the holy gospel which they profess, and rejoice more and more, as multiplied signs shall confirm the approach of the millennial day.” Coming 16, quoting Fifth General Epistle of the Presidency of the Church, issued April 7, 1851 and found in Millennial Star, Vol. 13, p. 210, July 15, 1851.

E. We Know His Coming is Nigh Because We See The Signs: President Joseph Fielding Smith – Joseph Fielding Smith testified that the Parable of the Fig Tree, in which Christ said that just as we know a fig tree is about to bear fruit when its leaves appear, when we see the signs of the times, we know that Christ’s coming is near, is being fulfilled. He also wrote “that the signs that have been pointed out [as harbingers of the Second Coming] are here.” See Coming 16-17.

F. Because We See the Signs, We Ought to Take Heed and to Prepare: President Joseph Fielding Smith – “[T]he signs that have been pointed out [as harbingers of the Second Coming] are here. The earth is full of calamity, of trouble. The hearts of men are failing them. We see the signs[,] . . . and knowing this time is near, it behooves . . . all men upon the face of the earth, to pay heed to the words of Christ, to his apostles and watch, for we know not the day nor the hour. But I tell you this, it shall come as a thief in the night, when many of us will not be ready for it.” Coming 17, quoting President Joseph Fielding Smith.

G. Natural Disasters, National and Civil Unrest Are Harbingers of His Coming: President Heber J. Grant – “The prevailing unrest among men and nations, the fury of the elements, the widespread destruction by land and sea, the frequency and intensity of volcanic and earthquake disturbances—all tell to the well-tuned ear that the gladsome yet terrible day of the Lord is nigh—aye, even at the doors!” Coming 17, quoting President Heber J. Grant, italics removed.

H. Signs That Have Already Been Fulfilled: President Joseph Fielding Smith, President of the Quorum of the Twelve on the 136th Anniversary of the Organization of the Church of Jesus Christ – Coming 18-19

1. Restoration of the Gospel

2. Organization of the Church

3. Restoration of the Priesthood

4. Dispensations Revealed, Keys of each given to the Church of Jesus Christ

5. Gathering of Israel

6. Return of Jews to Jerusalem

7. Preaching of the Gospel Throughout the World

8. Building of Temples, Performing of Saving Ordinances for the Dead

9. Hearts of the Children are Being Turned to the Fathers

10. Covenants the Lord Promised to Make With Israel Have been Revealed, Thousands are Entering Into Them

I. More Signs that His Coming is Near: Elder George Q. Morris of the Quorum of the Twelve on the 130th Anniversary of the Organization of the Church of Jesus Christ – Coming 19

1. Restoration of the Gospel

2. Rise of Communism (Elder Morris also notes the other ways in which Satan subjugates people)

3. Fulfillment of God’s Promise to Gather Jews to Jerusalem

J. The Savior Comes Tomorrow: President Joseph Fielding Smith – When someone asked him when the Savior would come, he answered “Tomorrow,” and quoted Doctrine & Covenants 64:23-24, which reads in part, “[V]erily I say, tomorrow all the proud and they that do wickedly shall be as stubble; and I will burn them up.” Coming 20.

K. Each of Revelations Seven Seals Represents a Millennium: What Will Happen at the Beginning of the Seventh Thousand Years – Revelation’s seven seals represent the seven thousand years of the Earth’s temporal existence. At the beginning of the seventh thousand years, “will the Lord God sanctify the earth, and complete the salvation of man, and shall judge all things, and shall redeem all things.” Coming 21, quoting D&C 77:12.

L. This is the “Last Day” Before the Millennium –(S)cholars disagree on how many years [have passed] since the Fall of Adam, . . . so it cannot be said that the Millennium will occur in the year 2,000 A.D. . . . But the scriptures and the prophets make it clear that this is the ‘last day’ before the Millennium, using Peter’s definition that a day with the Lord is as a thousand of our years.” Peter’s definition is given in 2 Peter 3:8. In Doctrine and Covenants 35:3, the Lord says “The field is white already to harvest, and this is the last time that I shall call laborers into my vineyard.” Coming 21, italics removed and material in brackets and ellipses added.

M. One Should Fear God Rather Than One’s Enemies: President Brigham Young – “All you who fear and tremble because of your enemies, cease to fear to offend them and learn to fear to offend God.” Coming 21, quoting President Brigham Young.

N. What Do the Scriptures Mean that Say that “This Generation Shall Not Pass Away” Before Christ Comes Again? Elder Wilford Woodruff – Apparently, the Scriptures and the Prophets use the words “generation” and “dispensation” interchangeably, as synonyms. Elder Wilford Woodruff said, “We are living in the generation and dispensation to which Jesus referred[.] . . . [Y]ou live in the day and generation when the God of Israel has set his hand to perform his work . . . in the latter- days.” Coming 23, quoting Elder Wilford Woodruff, ellipses added.

1. No Fixed Period for a Generation: President Charles W. Penrose – “[T]here is no fixed period for a generation, no set time in the revelations of God, no year or date given when these things shall take place, and it is folly for anybody to put a date on it. Leave that in the hands of the Lord and he will take care that his word is fulfilled[.]” Coming 33, quoting President Penrose, ellipses omitted and material in brackets added.

O. This is the Dispensation of the Fullness of Times – “This dispensation is called the dispensation of the fullness of times, for in this dispensation a fullness of the gospel and blessings down through time will be gathered together in one great whole.’ Coming 25, footnote omitted.

1. What it Means to Live in “The Dispensation of the Fullness of Times”: President Charles W. Penrose – “[His] people are [to] be gathered together, [and] the glorious truths which have been made manifest in the ages that are past will be brought forth in the dispensation in which we are living, and things kept hid from before the foundations of the world will be made manifest[.]” Coming 25, quoting President Charles W. Penrose, General Conference, October 1911.

P. Meaning of “Times of the Gentiles” – “The times of the Gentiles began with Peter’s vision and the baptism of Cornelius (see Acts 10). Paul and the other Apostles then began the great missionary work to the Gentiles, since the Jewish nation, for the most part, had rejected Jesus. As President Smith indicated, the times that the major gospel effort would be with gentile nations continued with the Restoration. The times of the Gentiles will be over, or fulfilled, when the major efforts of gospel teaching begin to focus on the house of Israel: the Lamanites, the Jews, and the ten tribes.” Doctrine and Covenants Student Manual, Section 45, Salt Lake City: Church Educational System of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, accessed on line at https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/manual/doctrine-and-covenants-student-manual/ section-45-looking-forth-for-the-great-day-of-the-lord?lang=eng  on August 29, 2020.

1. Establishment of the Nation and the Gathering of the People of Israel Heralds the Fulfillment of “The Times of the Gentiles”: President Joseph Fielding Smith – “Jerusalem, which was trodden down by the Gentiles, is no longer trodden down but is made the home for the Jews. They are returning to Palestine, and by this we may know that the times of the Gentiles are near their close.” Coming 29, quoting President Joseph Fielding Smith.

Q. “Angels of Destruction” Sent Forth to Reap – President Joseph Fielding Smith conducted research that shows that, in the 20th century, “calamities, destructions, and plagues” have increased from the year the Salt Lake Temple was dedicated in 1893 until about 1909. (Certainly, these things have not abated today.) Later, he referred to a study conducted by sociologists that shows an exponential increase in war in the 20th century. See Coming 31.

1. When the Angels of Destruction Would be Sent forth to Reap: President Joseph Fielding Smith – “The Lord has said that the sending forth of these angels [of destruction] was to be at the end of the harvest, and the harvest is the end of the world. Now, that ought to cause us some very serious reflections. And the angels have been pleading . . . before the lord to be sent on their mission. Until 1893 [when the Salt Lake Temple was dedicated] the Lord said to them no, and then He let them loose. According to the revelation of President Woodruff, the Lord sent them out on that mission.” Coming 32, ellipses added.

 

 

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III. A CRY OF WAR

A. The Prophecy on War

1. The Prophecy on War & The Civil War – Bro. Lund quotes D&C 87:1-3 and 6 on p. 35. Then on p. 36, he says that Pres. Jackson’s firm stand quelled rebellion in North Carolina, seemingly averting the crisis, but stating that, later, it was fulfilled with the advent of the Civil War.

2. Wars & Rumors of Wars: President Joseph Fielding Smith Said The Civil War Marked the Beginning of the End – “President Joseph Fielding Smith explained that the Civil War was the Lord’s sign that the beginning of the end had come.” Coming 36.

3. Christ Spoke of “Wars and Rumors of Wars” for His “Elect’s Sake” – “And they shall hear of wars and rumors of wars. Behold I speak for mine elect’s sake; for nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there shall be famines and pestilences, and earthquakes in divers places.” Joseph Smith—History 1:28-29, at Coming 36.

4. War Upon All Nations

a. War the Means by Which Other Kingdoms Are Broken Up – “[T]he nations of the world will be broken up for the coming of the King of [K]ings when there shall be only one government in the world, the Kingdom of Christ. War is the means by which this end will be brought about.” Coming 37.

b. Wars to Cause People to Turn to God: President Lorenzo Snow – “Lorenzo Snow stated that these wars would help bring people to the Church [of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints] for protection.” Coming 38.

5. Peace is Taken from the Earth – “And after your testimony cometh wrath and indignation on the people. For after your testimony cometh the testimony of earthquakes, that shall cause groanings in the midst of her, and men shall fall upon the ground and shall not be able to stand. And also cometh the testimony of the voice of thunderings, and the voice of lightnings, and the voice of tempests, and the voice of the waves of the sea heaving themselves beyond their bounds. And all things shall be in commotion; and surely men’s hearts shall fail them; for fear shall come upon all people.” D&C 88:87-91, quoted at Coming 41.

6. More Than War

a. Storm, Hail, and Famine: John Taylor – John Taylor prophesied of coming “storm and hail enough to cause a famine.” Coming 42, quoting John Taylor, Nauvoo Neighbor, August 6, 1845 (no page given, italics omitted).

b. Missionaries to be Called Home: H.C. Kimball, Brigham Young, Orson Pratt – Heber C. Kimball, Brigham Young and Orson Pratt all testified that missionaries will be called home. See Coming 42, 43.

c. God Speaking Through Elements: Elder Melvin J. Ballard – “God is speaking through the elements.” Coming 43.

7. A New Kind of Sermon – “Both Heber C. Kimball and Brigham Young taught that the calling home of the missionaries was a literal event and one of the signs of the times. ‘The judgments of God will be poured out upon the wicked to the extent that our elders from far and near will be called home. Or, in other words, the gospel will be taken from the Gentiles and Later on will be carried to the Jews.’" Heber C. Kimball, Deseret News, Church Department [sic] May 23, 1931 3, italics omitted, at Coming 42.

8. Safety to be Found in Zion and in Her Stakes – Joseph Smith said, “God told us to flee, not dallying, or we should be scattered, one here and another there. There your children shall be blessed, and you in the midst of friends where you may be blessed[.]” Coming 44, ellipses omitted and bracketed material added.

a. New Jerusalem Will Be a Refuge – “The Lord specifically told the Prophet Joseph in a revelation that the city of New Jerusalem would be a place of refuge and safety and a land of peace for the Saints of the Lord. So great will be its glory that it will strike terror into the hearts of the wicked so that they dare not come up to battle against it. And those who will not take up the sword against their neighbor will flee to Zion for safety.” Coming 44-45, citing D&C 45:68.

9. God’s Chastening Hand – While “God must take vengeance upon the wicked because they will not repent [see D&C 29:17]”—not to mention the ways in which the wicked take vengeance on each other—“this vengeance comes only after he pleads over and over for them to forsake their evil ways and come unto him.” Coming 45.

10. Still, God Pleads With Us to Repent – “[Y]et, [despite] our eagerness to turn from him, he still patiently and lovingly seeks to warn us of future destruction so that we can repent and turn his judgments aside.” Bro. Lund then quotes Elder Melvin J. Ballard from October 1923 General Conference, who said that if the world had heeded Joseph Smith’s warning, much war and suffering would have been avoided. Coming 46.

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IV. THE UNITED STATES IN PROPHECY

A. A Land Choice Above All Others

1. The Lord Told Both the Jaredites and the Nephites the Land Was “Choice Above All Others” – “[T]he Lord testified that the land to which they [both] were goingwas the promised land, a land so abundant in wealth that all who lived there in righteousness would prosper.” Coming 47, bracketed material added.

2. A Choice Land Requires a Choice People – “A land choice above all other lands requires a people choice above all other peoples. The Lord made it very clear that this land was reserved only for a people willing to serve him and keep his commandments.” Coming 47.

a. We Must Serve God or Be Swept Off – Ether 2:8-10, Coming 48.

3. The Wickedness of This Generation

a. Promise in (2)(a), Above Reiterated in Doctrine & Covenants – D&C 1:11-16, Coming 48.

b. Lord Will Rule Wicked With a “Rod of Iron”: Joseph Smith – “The nations of the Gentiles are like the waves of the sea, casting up mire and dirt. . . . [T]hey are preparing to act the part allotted to them, when the Lord rebukes the nations, when He shall rule them with a rod of iron.” Coming 48, quoting Joseph Smith (1833) (ellipses and bracketed material added).

c. Anguish, Wrath, Tribulation, Withdrawing of Spirit: Joseph Smith – “I prophesy, in the name of the Lord God of Israel, anguish and wrath and tribulation and the withdrawing of the Spirit of God from the earth await this generation.” Coming 49, quoting Joseph Smith (1833).

d. Terrible Day of Reckoning: Taylor – “A Terrible day of reckoning is approaching the nations of the earth; the Lord is coming out of his hiding place to vex the inhabitants thereof; the destroyer of the gentiles, as prophesied of, is already on his way[.]” Coming 49, quoting John Taylor (1882), bracketed material added.

e. Reaping Angels Waiting to Descend on Wicked: Woodruff – “The angels of God are waiting to fulfill the great commandment . . . to go forth and reap down the earth because of the wickedness of men.” Coming 49, quoting Wilford Woodruff (1875), ellipses added.

f. Wilford Woodruff’s Vision: “Wickedness, Abominations, Corruptions, Judgment, Destruction” – “I saw the wickedness of the nation, its abominations and corruptions and the judgments of God and the destruction that awaited it[.]” Coming 50, quoting Matthias F. Cowley, Wilford Woodruff: History of His Life and Labors, bracketed material added and ellipses removed.

g. To Vex This Nation – “This general state of wickedness violates the decree of God that all who would possess the land must do so in righteousness and will bring upon all the nations of the promised land swift destruction if they do not repent.” Coming 51.

i. The Lord Promised to Vex the Nation if the Saints’ Pleas for Redress of Injustices Went Unheard – See Doctrine & Covenants 101:86-89, Coming 51.

ii. United States Destiny Sealed by Her Government’s Disregard of Saints’ Pleas – “It was in the lack of response to these petitions that the government of the United States sealed her destiny upon the land of promise.” Coming 52.

iii. Saints’ Pleas for Redress Unsuccessful – “Although Elias Higbee was left to continue to plead the cause of the saints” after Joseph Smith’s departure, “no action to redress the saints was ever taken.” Coming 53.

4. The Future Destiny of the United States

a. States, Cities, Neighborhoods, and People All Will Turn on One Another: President Brigham Young – “Mobs will not decrease but will increase until the whole government becomes a mob, and eventually it will be State against State, city against city, neighborhood against neighborhood[.]” President Brigham Young, paraphrasing Joseph Smith at Coming 54.

b. America Falls Below Its Privileges: President John Taylor – President John Taylor said that America was “blessed with the freest, the most enlightened and magnificent government in the world today, with privileges which would exalt people to heaven if they lived up to them,” but lamented that they did not do so. John Taylor at Coming 54-55, quoting Journal of Discourses Vol. 22 p. 141, July 3, 1881, italics removed from original in Coming.

c. President Wilford Woodruff Prophesies America’s Downfall – “The American nation will be broken in pieces like a potter’s vessel, and will be cast down to hell if it does not repent—and this, because of murders, whoredoms, wickedness, and all manner of abominations, for the Lord has spoken it.” Coming 55 quoting Wilford Woodruff (1881), italics removed.

d. America, For Her Wickedness, Not to be Spared: President Woodruff – Just as the Lord destroyed Book of Mormon civilizations, “because of [its] wickedness, so will he [destroy America], and sooner or later [it] will reap the fruits of [its] own wicked acts, and be numbered among the past. [] There are changes awaiting us, they are even nigh at our very doors[.]” Coming 55, quoting Wilford Woodruff (1881), italics removed.

e. As America Permitted the Saints to Suffer, So Shall She Suffer: Orson Pratt – “If it be asked, why is America thus to suffer? The answer is, because they [sic] have rejected the kingdom of God, and one of the greatest divine messages ever sent to man: because they have sanctioned the killing of the Saints, and the martyrdom of the Lord’s Prophets, and have suffered his people to be driven from their midst, and have robbed them of their houses, and homes, and land, and millions of property [sic], and have refused to redress their wrongs.” Coming 56, quoting Orson Pratt, Millennial Star, Vol. 28 pp. 633-634, October 6, 1866.

5. The Constitution By A Thread – “One of the things that has made the United States of America unique in the annals of government is its Constitution. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches that such a document is too unique to have come solely from the minds of men. The Lord has stated clearly in his revelations that he established the constitution by raising up wise men for that very purpose.” Bro. Lund then cites Doctrine and Covenants 101:77, 80 at Coming 56.

a. Constitution Will Not, However, Be Destroyed – “Will the Constitution be destroyed? No: it will be held inviolate by this people; and, as Joseph Smith said, ‘The time will come when the destiny of this nation will hang upon a single thread. At that critical juncture, this people will step forth and save it from the threatened destruction.’ It will be so.” Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 7, p. 15, July 4, 1854, quoted at Coming 57, italics removed.

b. Elders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Will Save It – “When the Constitution of the United States hangs, as it were, upon a single thread, they will have to call for the ‘Mormon’ [sic] elders to save it from utter destruction; and they will step forth and do it.” Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 2, p. 182, February 18, 1855, quoted at Coming 57.

c. Elder Orson Hyde’s Recollection: If the Constitution is to Be Saved, Latter-day Saint Elders Will Do It – “‘If the Constitution be saved at all, it will be by the elders of this Church.’ I believe this is about the language, as nearly as I can recollect it.” Elder Hyde goes on to say that whether the Constitution is saved or not, the Lord will provide for his people. Orson Hyde, quoting Joseph Smith, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 6 p. 152, January 3, 1858, at Coming 57.

d. Constitution’s Spirit to be Preserved in Government Church Establishes: Orson Pratt – “Orson Pratt felt that although the United States would lose the power to govern in the chaos that will be present, the spirit of the Constitution would be preserved in the government set up by the members of the Church.” Coming 58.

e. Liberties Lost Can Only be Repurchased by Blood: President J. Reuben Clark Jr. – “I say unto you with all the soberness I can, that we stand in danger of losing our liberties and that, once lost, only blood will bring them back; and once lost, we of this church will, in order to keep this church going forward, have more sacrifices to make and more persecutions to endure than we have yet known, heavy as our sacrifices and grievous as our persecutions of the past have been.” J. Reuben Clark Jr., The Improvement Era, May, 1944, p. 337, as quoted at Coming 59, italics omitted.

f. Defending the Constitution One of the Most Important Things Members of the Church of Jesus Christ Can Do: President David O. McKay – “In an editorial in The Instructor in 1956,” President McKay wrote: “‘Next to being one in worshipping God there is nothing in this world upon which this Church should be more united than in upholding and defending the Constitution of the United States.’” Coming 59, quoting David O. McKay, The Instructor, February 1956, p. 34.

g. Day to Come When Liberty Only to be Found Among the Saints: George Q. Cannon – “The day will come . . . when good government, constitutional government—liberty—will be found among the Latter-day Saints, and it will be sought for in vain elsewhere.” George Q. Cannon (citing Joseph Smith as the originator of the prophecy), Journal of Discourses, Vol. 23, p. 104, November 20, 1881, italics removed and ellipses added, as quoted at Coming 60.

6. A “Desolating Scourge” – “Webster defines a scourge as ‘an instrument of punishment or criticism; a cause of widespread or great affliction.’” Websters Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary (G. & C. Merriam Co., Springfield Mass. 1965) p. 773 at Coming 61. “This scourge seems to involve many forms of terrible calamities, including great hailstorms [D & C 29:16], tempests [D & C 88:90], plagues, pestilence, and war [D & C 97:26].” Coming 61, footnotes citing scriptures replaced with scripture references in brackets.

a. Nations in the Promised Land Must Serve God, or Other Nations Will Come Against Them – “[T]he Prophet Lehi told his son that if a nation upon the promised land did not serve the Lord [such rebellion] would result in other nations coming against it.” Bro. Lund then cites 2 Nephi 1:10-12. Coming 62.

b. The Desolating Scourge and the Civil War – “Were we surprised when the last terrible war took place here in the United States?”—that is to say, the Civil War. “No. Good Latter-day Saints were not, for they had been told about it. Joseph Smith had told them where it would start in South Carolina.” Coming 62, quoting John Taylor, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 20, p. 318, October 6, 1879, italics removed.

7. City Against City – “The war, pestilence, famines, hailstorms, etc., etc., mentioned by so many of the prophets shall evidently cause such chaos in America that ordered government shall cease and the nation shall be wracked by mob violence more terrible than normal warfare.” Coming 63.

a. Family Members to Turn Against One Another – Joseph Smith “saw the father shed the blood of the son and the son the blood of the father; the mother put to death the daughter and the daughter the mother; and natural affection forsook the hearts of the wicked[.]” Elder Jedediah M. Grant, citing a vision that the Prophet Joseph Smith reported to Elder Grant, The Improvement Era, February 1915, pp. 286-287, italics removed, at Coming 64.

b. Elder Orson Pratt Prophesied the Destruction of New York City – He also said that conditions would be so terrible that people would be grateful simply to be able to flee from city to city. See Coming 65.

c. President Brigham Young on the Increase of Mobs – “Mobs will not decrease but will increase until the whole government becomes a mob, and eventually it will be State against State, city against city, neighborhood against neighborhood.” Brigham Young, Deseret News, Vol. 9, p. 2, May 1, 1861, italics removed, at Coming 66.

8. To Repent or Be Swept Off: We Are Warned So that We Might Prepare – “These times predicted so often by the prophets of the Lord will be grim ones indeed. But it is precisely for this reason that the Lord has given us a warning of their coming. When they come upon the world, those saints who have been looking forth to the signs of the times and making preparations, in terms of their own personal righteousness, will then have strength to endure.” Coming 67-68.

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V. UPON MY HOUSE SHALL IT BEGIN

A. Upon the Wicked

1. If Righteousness Will Allow One to Escape the Judgments to Befall the Wicked Before the Second Coming, Then How Righteous Must One Be? – “[T]he very nature of the terrible judgments [to befall the wicked before the Second Coming is] such as to motivate a person to do all he can to avoid their consequences. It is only natural that one becomes concerned about his personal rating on the scale of righteous and evil behavior, if that behavior is to become the criteria [sic] for determining who shall escape these judgments.” Coming 69, material in brackets added.

B. Judgments On the House of God

1. Upon My House Shall It Begin – “And upon my house shall it begin, and from my house shall it go forth, saith the Lord. First among you, saith the Lord, who have professed to know my name and have not known me, and have blasphemed against me in the midst of my house, saith the Lord.” Doctrine & Covenants 112:25-26 as quoted at Coming 70.

2. Why the Saints Were Unable to Redeem Zion When, First, They Tried to Do So – Doctrine & Covenants 101:6-7, Coming 70

a. Jarrings (Discord)

b. Contentions

c. Envyings

d. Strifes

e. Lustful and Covetous Desires

f. Slow to Hearken to God

3. The Antidote – “Zion shall escape if she observe to do all things whatsoever I have commanded her.” Doctrine and Covenants 97:21, Coming 71.

a. Latter-day Saints Must Keep Covenants: Joseph F. Smith – The Latter-day Saints must live their religion, must keep their covenants, must honor the Priesthood, and must “try faithfully to bring themselves into subjection to the laws of God.” Coming 71, quoting Joseph F. Smith (1880).

b. How Zion May Escape – Purity of Heart and Obedience: President Joseph F. Smith – “We believe that [God’s] judgments are poured out to bring mankind to a sense of his power and his purposes, that they may repent of their sins and prepare themselves for the second coming of Christ to reign in righteousness upon the earth. We firmly believe that Zion—which is the pure in hear—shall escape if she observes to do all things whatsoever God has commanded[.]” Coming 72, quoting Joseph F. Smith, Improvement Era, Vol. 9, p. 653, June, 1906, italics removed.

c. Gathering Not Enough; Saints Must Live Righteously

i. President Daniel H. Wells – “But if we are going to partake of her [Babylon’s] sins in Zion, and to nourish and cherish the wicked and ungodly, what better shall we be for gathering? Shall we escape her plagues by so doing? No.” Coming 72, quoting Daniel H. Wells, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 18, p. 98, October 1, 1875, italics removed and bracketed material added.

i. Elder Orson Pratt – “If we will not keep the commandments of God . . . then we shall be visited like the wicked, then we shall have the hand of the Lord upon us in judgment[.]” Coming 73, quoting Orson Pratt, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 12, p. 345, December 27, 1868, ellipses added and italics removed.

4. The Saints to Be Tried

a. President Joseph Fielding Smith: God’s Judgments Upon the Wicked Will Be Withheld if We Keep our Covenants – “All of these things will be withheld [i.e., the judgments of God upon the wicked] while the nations are being punished, if the members of the Church will keep faithfully their commandments.” Coming 73, quoting President Joseph Fielding Smith, The Progress of Man, (Genealogical Society of Utah: Salt Lake City 1936) 467.

b. President Heber C. Kimball: Salt Lake City to Turn to Wealth, Wickedness – “President Heber C. Kimball . . . spoke of when Salt Lake City would become one of the wicked cities of the world as the saints turned their hearts to worldly wealth.” Coming 73, ellipses added.

c. President Brigham Young: Blessed if Obedient, Cursed if Not – President Young said that if we would be blessed of the Lord, we must be obedient to the commandments he has given us, but if we are not, we would be cursed. See Coming 74.

d. Zion Will Not Be Moved Out of Her Place: President Wilford Woodruff – “Zion is not going to be moved out of her place. The Lord will plead with her strong ones, and if she sins he will chastise her until she is purified before the Lord. I do not pretend to tell how much sorrow you or I are going to meet with before the coming of the Son of Man. That will depend upon our conduct.” Wilford Woodruff, Millennial Star Vol. 31, p. 547 (1889), italics removed, at Coming 75.

5. Power and Protection to the Righteous – See Coming 75

a. What we Must Do to Be Counted Among the Righteous

i. Repent

ii. Be baptized

iii. Receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands

iv. Endure to the end in righteousness

v. Keep covenants

b. Why the Lord Chastened the Saints: Joseph Smith – “We have been chastened by the hand of God heretofore for not obeying His commands . . . [W]e have treated lightly His commandments, and departed from his ordinances, and the Lord has chastened us sore[.] . . . [L]et us be wise in time to come and ever remember that ‘to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.’” Joseph Smith, Documentary History of the Church, Vol. 5, p. 65, July 15, 1842, as quoted at Coming 76, ellipses and brackets added.

c. How we Achieve the Unity of the Faith – Obey Counsel: Brigham Young – “There is not another people on the earth whose faith and works are directed for the accomplishment of good like the Latter-day Saints. But we do not obey counsel as we should. . . . We must learn to listen to the whispering of the Holy Spirit, and the counsels of the servants of God, until we come to the unity of the faith.” Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses Vol. 12, p. 241, July 25, 1868, at Coming 76.

d. We Must Prepare Temporally to Sustain Ourselves: President Wilford Woodruff – “There are certain events awaiting the nations of the earth as well as Zion: and when these events overtake us we will be preserve if we take the counsel that is given us and unite our time, labor and means, and produce [or obtain] what we need for our own use; but without this we shall not be prepared to sustain ourselves and we shall suffer loss and inconvenience thereby.” Wilford Woodruff, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 17, p. 70, May 8, 1874, italics removed, at Coming 76- 77.

6. Not All Suffering Comes from Wickedness

a. Sources of Suffering – Ken K. Gourdin ((i)-(v) are mine; others are Bro. Lund’s)

i. Man’s inhumanity to man

ii. Living in a fallen world

iii. Chastening to cause us to turn from sin

iv. Chastening to cause us to turn to God

v. Crap happening

vi. Persecution

b. It is Far More Important to be Saved in the Kingdom of God Than it is to Be “Saved” (i.e., to be Spared Tribulation) in the Flesh: Joseph Smith – “I explained concerning the coming of the Son of Man; also that it is a false idea that the Saints will escape all the judgments whilst the wicked suffer; for all flesh is subject to suffer, and ‘the righteous shall hardly escape;’ . . . [M]any of the righteous shall fall a prey to disease, to pestilence, etc., by reason of the weakness of the flesh, and yet be saved in the kingdom of God.” Coming 77, quoting Joseph Smith, Documentary History of the Church, Vol. 4, p. 11, September 29, 1839, italics removed.

c. Are You a Hothouse Plant? – “God does not shield the righteous from all pain and sorrow, for this is the very purpose of our existence. [Bro. Lund’s footnote references 2 Nephi 2:11.] Hothouse plants are beautiful to behold but they have no durability to weather the heat and cold of everyday life.” Coming 77-78.

d. Sources of Suffering: Persecution – “Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will persecute you.” John 15:20, quoted at Coming 78.

e. Mercy in Calamities: Joseph F. Smith – “Judgment is not an end in itself. Calamities are permitted by a merciful Father, in order to bring about redemption.” Coming 78, quoting Joseph F. Smith, Improvement Era, Vol. 9, p. 653, June, 1906.

f. Suffering May Increase the Faith and Humility Even of the Already- Faithful-and-Humble – “Even though the suffering may come upon a person as a result of someone else’s wickedness, it still serves to bring him to greater depths of faith and humility.” Bro. Lund then quotes Doctrine and Covenants 98:3. I would throw Romans 8:28 in here, too. Coming 79.

g. The Nations of the Earth Will Be Arrayed Against the Saints: Brigham Young – “If we live, we shall see the nations of the earth arrayed against this people; for that time must come in fulfillment of prophecy.” Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 5, p. 339, October 18, 1857, italics removed, at Coming 79.

h. Why Live Righteously if We Won’t Be Spared Tribulation?

i. “[T]here is a joy and satisfaction in obedience to gospel principles which would, in and of itself, justify the Christ-like life.” Coming 79.

ii. “[E]ven if the righteous should fall prey to the weaknesses of the flesh, they will be saved in the kingdom of God.” Eternal glory is worth more than “a brief flash of comfort and painlessness in mortality.” Coming 79.

iii. “Although the righteous have no guarantee of escape, the wicked have no hope. It is true that some of the righteous will suffer, but all of the wicked will, and without the assurance of an eternal reward that the righteous have.” Coming 80, emphasis in original.

iv. “[T]he person who seeks diligently to live the obedient life has nothing to lose, and everything to gain. . . . The Christ-like life is not a burden but a blessing. Coming 80-81, emphasis in original, ellipses added.

7. The Chastening Hand of God

a. Calamities Inspire Charity Toward Others, Devotion to God – “[W]e believe that these severe, natural calamities are visited upon men by the Lord for the Good of His children, to quicken their devotion to others, and to bring out their better natures, that they may love and serve him.” Quoting Joseph F. Smith, Improvement Era, Vol. 9, p. 653, June, 1906, italics removed and brackets added, at Coming 81.

b. Calamities Herald the Judgment, Warn People to Prepare – “We believe, further, that they [these calamities] are the heralds and tokens of his final judgment, and the schoolmasters to teach the people to prepare themselves, by righteous living, for the coming of the Savior to reign upon the earth, when every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is the Christ.” Quoting Joseph F. Smith, Improvement Era, Vol. 9, p. 653, June, 1906, italics removed and brackets added, at Coming 81.

c. Purpose of Chastisement: Wilford Woodruff – “It matters not what the minds and feelings of men are, the Lord is determined to raise up a people that will worship Him; and if He has to whip, and scourge, and drive it through a whole generation, He will chastise us until we are willing to submit to righteousness and truth, or until we are like clay in the hands of the potter.” Coming 81, quoting Wilford Woodruff, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 2, p. 198, February 25, 1855, italics omitted.

d. Bro. Lund on Chastisement – “Strange as it may seem at first glance, these judgments are the work of a loving Father, deeply concerned about the eternal and temporal welfare of his children. If the children are wise, they shall heed the warning signs and diligently apply themselves to the task of ordering their lives in accordance with the plan laid down by the Father and his Divine Son. Only in this way will any person be sure that when the judgments start upon the house of God, he will not be in that part of the house that needs to be swept clean.” Coming 82.

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VI. REFUGE IN THE MIDST OF TERROR

A. Judgments to Come Upon the World – “[T]he United States and the rest of the world will see great disasters and severe chaos before the millennial reign of the Savior begins. War, pestilence, mobocracy, famine, storms, earthquakes and other judgments of the Lord will sweep the wicked of this generation from the face of the earth. These judgments of the Almighty are necessary to cleanse theearth in preparation for the coming of the Lord.” Coming 83, bracketed material added.

B. Gathering is the Key to Safety – “[T]he righteous will generally be preserved and protected, even though some suffering will naturally come upon them.” This will be accomplished by gathering the Saints and others who are just to safety. Coming 83, bracketed material added.

1. Joseph Smith on the Gathering – “(I)f we are not sanctified and gathered to the places God has appointed . . . we must fall; we cannot stand; we cannot be saved; for God will gather out his Saints from the Gentiles, and then comes desolation and destruction, and none can escape except the pure in heart who are gathered.” Coming 85, quoting Joseph Smith, Documentary History of the Church, Vol. 2, p. 52, April 21, 1834, italics removed and ellipses added.

2. John Taylor on the Gathering – “The testimony of God is first to be made known [i.e., before the gathering], the standard is to be raised, the Gospel of the Kingdom is to be preached to all nations, the world is to be warned, and then come the troubles. The whole world is in confusion, morally, politically, and religiously; but a voice was to be heard, ‘Come ye out of her, my people, that you partake not of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” Coming 85, quoting John Taylor, The Government of God, (S.W. Richards: Liverpool, England, 1852), p. 101, italics removed and bracketed material added.

C. Joseph F. Smith: Gathering is as Necessary as Any Saving Ordinance – “The gathering of this people is as necessary to be observed by believers, as faith, repentance, baptism, or any other ordinance. It is an essential part of the Gospel in this dispensation[.]” Coming 85, quoting Joseph F. Smith, Journal of Discourses, Vol 19 p. 182, September 30, 1877.

D. Gathering For Deliverance – “[T]hat this gathering together upon the land of Zion, and upon her stakes, may be for a defense, and for a refuge from the storm, and from wrath when it shall be poured out without mixture on the whole earth.” Doctrine and Covenants 63:33 at Coming 84.

E. Purity, Faithfulness & Unity Required of Those Who Gather – Those who gather must be pure in heart; “every man should take righteousness in his hands and faithfulness in his loins” (Doctrine & Covenants 63:37); “If ye are not one, ye are not mine.” (Doctrine and Covenants 38:29); See Coming 86.

F. No Peace but in Zion and in Her Stakes

1. Characteristics of Zion – Doctrine and Covenants 45:66-67, Coming 87

a. "(I)t shall be called the New Jerusalem”

b. “[A] land of peace”

c. “[A] city of refuge”

d. “[A] place of safety for the saints of the Most High God”

e. “[T]he glory of the Lord shall be there”

f. “[T]he terror of the Lord also shall be there”

g. “[T]he wicked will not come unto it”

2. “Songs of Everlasting Joy” – Isaiah 35: 10 – “[T]he ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads”

G. Notwithstanding the Saints’ Earlier Failure to Establish Physical Zion, It Would Not be Moved Out of the Place that the Lord Appointed – See Doctrine and Covenants 101:17-20, Coming 87.

H. Wilford Woodruff Witnessed Joseph Smith’s Prophecy Regarding the Church’s Destiny – That tens of thousands of Saints would gather to the Rocky Mountains and that the Church would fill North and South America, and the world. Wilford Woodruff, Conference Report, April, 1898 57, at Coming 89-90.

I. Other Places of Refuge

1. The Idea that Saints Must Gather to Utah for Safety is Mistaken – See Coming 91-95

2. How We Live is More Important than Where We Live

a. Joseph Fielding Smith – “We shall not escape [the judgments God is to pour out upon the wicked] unless we repent, turn to the Lord, honor our Priesthood and our membership in this church, and be true and faithful to our covenants.” Coming 93, quoting Joseph Fielding Smith, Conference Report, April, 1937 62, italics omitted.

b. John A. Widtsoe – “There is safety wherever the people of the Lord live so worthily as to claim the sacred title of citizens of the Zion of our Lord. . . . The only safety that we can expect in this or any other calamitous time lies in our conformity to gospel requirements.” Coming 93, quoting John A. Widtsoe, Conference Report, April, 1942 33, italics omitted and ellipses added.

c. Harold B. Lee –(S)afety is where the pure in heart are, and . . . there is just as much safety wherever you are [as there may be anywhere else] if you are living and keeping the commandments of God.” Coming 95, quoting Harold B. Lee, Conference Report, April, 1970 36, ellipses and bracketed material added.

3. Live to Be Ready to Gather, Wherever, Whenever – Whoever may be called to gather, wherever, and whenever, “[t]he important thing is for the person to so live that when the instructions come from the Lord through his servants, he will be ready to heed them and to gather to the designated place[ ], be it Salt Lake City, the outlying stakes, or wherever.” Coming 95.

a. Spencer W. Kimball: Saints Should Gather to Build Zion in their Homelands – “We are building up the strength of Zion—her cords or stakes—throughout the world. Therefore, we counsel our people to remain in their native lands and gather out the elect of God and teach them the ways of the Lord. There temples are being built and the saints will be blessed wherever they live in all the world.” President Spencer W. Kimball, 148th Semiannual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (October 1978), Ensign, Nov. 1978 76, as quoted in Graham W. Doxey (April 1979), “Missouri Myths,” Ensign, Salt Lake City UT: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, accessed on line at the following address on September 6, 2020: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/ensign/1979/04/missouri- myths?lang=eng

J. The “Pure-in-Heart” Qualification is Not Limited to Members of the Church: Others Will Gather to Zion With Us – Gentiles to Come “As a Flowing Stream” 1. Orson Pratt: Gentiles Will Want to Come to Zion Simply to Escape World’s Disastrous Conditions – “Orson Pratt . . . spoke about” the gathering to Zion “on several different occasions. . . . n 1855 he spoke of the time when the Gentiles would come to the Church as a flowing stream, not because they will want to join the Church but simply to escape the disastrous conditions that will prevail in the world.” Coming 97, ellipses added, alluding to (but not quoting) Orson Pratt.

2. Orson Pratt Again: Gentiles Will Come to Zion Because They “Hear that Peace and Health” Prevail Among Us and that “Our Officers are Men of Righteousness – “Many” Gentiles “will come that have never heard the servants of God; but they will hear that peace and health dwell among us, and that our officers . . . [are] men of righteousness.” Coming 97, ellipses and bracketed material added, quoting Orson Pratt, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 3, p. 16, May 20, 1855.

3. George Q. Cannon: Gentiles Will Come to Zion So They Can Enjoy a Peaceful Government – “[W]e are leaving the old constitutional landmarks, and . . . the time is not far distant when there will be trouble in consequence of it, when there will be civil broils and strife; and, to escape them, we believe, men will be compelled to flee to the ‘Mormons’ [sic], despised as they are now.” Coming 97, ellipses and bracketed material added, Quoting George Q. Cannon, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 18, p. 10, April 8, 1875, italics removed.

K. God Watches Over His Own – “The times which are coming will, indeed, be such that many wonder how anyone could survive. . . . [¶] The primary task of each member of the Church today is to make sure that he has placed his own hand in the hand of God.” Coming 98. We are to gather if the Lord commands us to gather. If He does not, as we do His will, He will watch over us and make the best use of us where we are.

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Okay.  I know that my absence from this thread and failure to post updates more regularly have cast my loyal followers (both of you! :D) into the very nadir of the pit of abject despair!  Fear not!  Since I know you were waiting, with 'bated breath, on the very edges of your seats, all aquiver with anticipation, I have returned! :rofl:  I got side-tracked by another book, Behold, I Come Quickly: The Last Days and Beyond, by Hoyt W. Brewster Jr.  (Yes, if you're as astute as I'm sure you are, surely, you have detected a pattern in my reading lately! :D)  Anyway, without further ado, here is the latest installment:

VII. FACES EASTWARD

A. A Holy City – The great Jaredite prophet, Ether, spoke of a New Jerusalem to be built in America. See Ether 13:4, 6, and 8. When the Saints asked Joseph Smith to inquire where it would be built, by revelation, he received Doctrine and Covenants 57:1-4, stating that it would be built in Independence, Jackson County, Missouri. See Coming 99.

1. Though the Saints Were Driven Out, the Lord Made Clear That Zion Would Not Be Moved – Notwithstanding that the Saints were driven out, the Lord made clear that their expulsion would not change where Zion was to be established, saying “only that the redemption of Zion would have to wait for a season, evidently until he had a people worthy to build and possess a city of such [a] special nature.” See Doctrine and Covenants 101:16-20. Coming 100.

2. Independence is Still the Centerplace of Zion, Notwithstanding the Church’s Massive Investment Elsewhere – “It is inconceivable that after so much investment of time, labor, and money that the Church should ever want to leave its headquarters. And yet, during the [187] years that the Church has been exiled from the lands of Jackson County, Missouri, the saints have ever been taught that Jackson County, not Utah, is to be their final, permanent headquarters.” Coming 100-101.

3. George Q. Cannon: The Saints Have Been Favored in the Intermountain West, but Zion Ever Beckons – Elder George Q. Cannon said that while other lands have been favored of God for the saints, “we look forward to that land [Zion] with indescribable feelings because it is the place where God said His City shall be built.” Coming 101, quoting George Q. Cannon, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 11, pp. 336-337, March 3, 1857, italics removed.

4. Orson F. Whitney: Zion (Independence) “The Joy of the Whole Earth” – Speaking of Independence, Jackson County, Missouri, Elder Whitney said, “There Zion will arise and shine, ‘the joy of the whole earth,’ and there the Lord will come to his temple in his own time, when the people shall have made the required preparation.” Orson F. Whitney, address given in Salt Lake City, April 9, 1916, recorded in Hyrum M. Smith and Janne M Sjodahl, Doctrine and Covenants Commentary (Deseret Book Co.: Salt Lake City, 1967) 147 at Coming 101.

5. Lorenzo Snow: Notwithstanding Future Promises, We Should Build Zion Where We Are – “President Lorenzo snow cautioned the saints against feeling that the return to Jackson County was so close that they should not try [to] build up the area in which they were presently living.” Coming 102, bracketed material added.

6. Brigham Young: Saints Will Return “From the West” – “Brigham Young spoke of a vision he had received before the saints were driven from Missouri . . . [in which he] saw them returning to Jackson County from the west. Said he: ‘When this people return to the Center Stake of Zion, they will go from the west.’” Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 11, p. 17, December 11, 1854, quoted at Coming 102.

B. Not All Shall Return

1. Two Reasons We Should Continue to Build Zion Where We Are

a. Only by Building Zion Where We Are Will We Be Prepared to Do so in Missouri – “No one yet knows exactly when the call [to gather to Zion will come; until it does come the Church must continue to build Zion and the kingdom of God in that location in which they find themselves. For only in this way will they be prepared to build up the center place of Zion.” Coming 104.

b. The Church Has Invested Such Great Resources Elsewhere That it Would be Illogical for it to Abandon Them – “The investment . . . the Church and its members have made in the building up of the Western Empire is not simply to be abandoned.” Coming 104, capitalization sic and ellipses added.

2. How Long Will the Church of Jesus Christ Stay in Utah and in the Intermountain West? Brigham Young – “If we live our religion, we shall stay here in these mountains for ever and for ever.” Coming 104, quoting Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 11, p. 16, December 11, 1864, italics removed.

3. Brigham Young: Physical Zion Not Large Enough to Hold all the Saints – Brigham Young said that the country [i.e., Zion, in Jackson County MO] “is not large enough to hold our present numbers,” and if that was true then, it’s certainly true now! Coming 105, quoting Journal of Discourses, Vol. 18, pp. 355-356, August 6, 1877, italics removed.

C. The Army of the Lord

1. The Parable of the Vineyard: Doctrine and Covenants 101 – A nobleman commanded his servants to raise up a vineyard in a choice spot of ground and to set watchmen and to build a tower to guard it. At first, they were watchful, but gradually, they became slothful, and did not build the tower, and the enemy broke down the hedge and destroyed the trees. The nobleman told one of his servants to gather an army to reclaim the vineyard. The Lord told the saints He would raise up someone to lead them to redeem Zion who is like Moses. See Coming 106-108 and Doctrine and Covenants 101:43-62.

2. Zion to be Redeemed by Purchasing It, Not by Force or by Bloodshed – Notwithstanding the Lord’s use of an army for a metaphor, physical Zion is to be redeemed by purchasing it, not by fighting for it. See Doctrine and Covenants 63:21, Coming 108.

a. Lorenzo Snow Said the Same Thing – “We will not take possession of the land of Zion by force. If we should do [so], it would turn out to us as it did with the people who were upon the land when this revelation [Doctrine and Covenants 63?] was given.” Coming 108, quoting Lorenzo Snow, Conference Report, October 1900 63, italics removed.

3. Orson Pratt: Cloud and Pillar to Accompany the Saints in Their Return to Jackson County? – The organization of those returning will “consist[ ] of thousands, and tens of thousands, and they will march forward, the glory of God overshadowing their camp by day in the form of a cloud, and a pillar of flaming fire by night, the Lord’s voice being uttered forth before his army[.]” Coming 109, quoting Orson Pratt, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 15, p. 364, March 9, 1873, italics removed and bracketed material added.

a. The Imagery of “Pillar and Shadow” Comes from the Scriptures – Of course, the imagery of pillar and shadow did not originate with Pratt, as, according to Exodus 13:21-22, a cloud accompanied Israel by day and a pillar accompanied her by night in her journey out of Egypt.

4. However it is Done, The Lord’s Hand Will be Evident in the Saints’ Return to Jackson County – “Unquestionably, the return of the saints to Jackson County, Missouri, will require the power of the Lord, both in the preparation of the area round about and also in the actual journey itself.” Coming 111-112.

5. The Actual Identity of the Man “Like Unto Moses” is Less Important than Is Our Willingness to Follow Him Whom The Lord Appoints – According to Elder John A. Widtsoe, “The man like unto Moses in the Church is the President of the Church.” Bro. Lund goes on to say, “The important fact to remember is that there will be a mighty prophet of God, raised up by the Lord to deliver his people back to the site of the New Jerusalem.” John A. Widtsoe, Evidences and Reconciliations (Bookcraft, Salt Lake City, 1943) 197, italics removed, Coming 113.

D. Only The Worthy – Just as it is the worthy who will avoid God’s judgments, who will escape the desolating scourge, and so on, “[o]nly the worthy will be called upon to build up that great city[,]” the New Jerusalem. Coming 113.

1. We Must Prepare Ourselves

a. Joseph F. Smith: Righteousness is Key to Preparation – “[W]hen the Latter-day Saints have prepared themselves through righteousness to redeem Zion, they will accomplish that work.” Coming 114, quoting Joseph F. Smith, Millennial Star, Vol. 46, p. 385, June 18, 1894, italics removed.

b. Brigham Young: The Lord is More Prepared for Us to Redeem Zion than We Are to Redeem It – “We must be pure to be prepared to build up Zion. To all appearance the Lord is preparing that end of the route faster than we are preparing ourselves to go there.” Coming 114, quoting Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 9, p. 137, July 28, 1861, italics removed.

c. Lorenzo Snow: If We Are to Return, We Must Be Prepared to Do What the Early Saints Failed to Do – “Do you suppose that the Lord would ever send you and me back to Jackson cCounty until He could feel perfectly assured that we would do those things which the people of Jackson County failed to do for lack of experience and faith?” Coming 115, quoting Lorenzo Snow In Conference Report, October 1900, 62.

E. “All That I Have is Thine”

1. To Be a Zion People We Must Live the Law of Consecration – Evidently, the Saints’ failure to live the Law of Consecration and Stewardship led to their failure to redeem Zion. This law also is called the United Order, and it was “designed to provide for God’s children in such a way that poverty would be eliminated and all members would live together in perfect harmony and brotherhood. . . . [A]nyone returning to Jackson County must be able and willing to live the principles of the Law of Consecration.” Coming 115, 116, ellipses and brackets added.

a. John Taylor: If We Want to Live In Zion, We Will be Unable to Get Around the Law of Consecration – See Coming 116, quoting John Taylor.

b. Joseph F. Smith: We Must Love God More Than We Love the World, and Rid Ourselves of Selfishness and Greed – We will not be prepared to go to Zion as long as we “have in [our] heart[s] the love of this world more than the love of God” and as long as we are “possessed of that selfishness and greed that would induce [us] to cling to the world or [our] possessions in it, at the sacrifice of principle or truth.” Coming 116, quoting Joseph F. Smith, Millennial Star, Vol. 56, pp. 385-387, June 18, 1894, italics removed.

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VIII. A LAND OF PEACE, A CITY OF REFUGE

A. Zion a Favored Land

1. Zion Holds a Special Place in the Hearts of the Saints – The Saints are not ungrateful for any other lands we have been given, but Jackson County, Missouri holds a special place in the hearts of the Saints because God said that’s where his city should be built. See Coming 119, quoting President George Q. Cannon.

2. The Lord’s Description of Zion – “And it shall be called the New Jerusalem, a land of peace, a city of refuge, a place of safety for the saints of the Most High God. . . . And it shall come to pass that the righteous shall be gathered out from among all nations, and shall come to Zion, singing with songs of everlasting joy.” Coming 120, quoting Doctrine and Covenants 45:66, 71, ellipses in original.

3. Joseph Smith’s Description of Zion – “[W]hen the splendor of the Lord is brought to our consideration for the good of His people, the calculations of men and the vain glory of the world vahnish, and we exclaim, ‘Out of Zion the perfection of beauty, God hath shined.’” Joseph Smith, Documentary History of the Church, Vol. 1, p. 198, August 2, 1831, quoted at Coming 121.

4. Just as God Preserved the Manna Put into the Ark of the Covenant, He Will Preserve New Jerusalem: Orson Pratt – New Jerusalem, said Elder Pratt, “will not decay any more than the pot of manna which was gathered by the children of Israel and put into a sacred place in the ark of the covenant. It was preserved from year to year by the power of God; so will he preserve the city of the New Jerusalem, the dwelling houses, the tabernacles, the Temples, etc., from the effects of storms and time.” Orson Pratt, Journal of Discourses, Vol, 21, p. 153, November 1, 1879, italics omitted, quoted at Coming 121.

5. State of the Earth After it is Renewed on Christ’s Return: Orson Pratt – “Once the Earth is renewed, said Elder Pratt, New Jerusalem ‘will still be endurable as the earth itself, no more to be subject to the curse, and therefore, will no more waste; death is gone—everything that is corruptible in its nature has ceased, so far as this habitable globe is concerned, and all sorrow and mourning are done away.’” Orson Pratt, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 18, p. 348, February 28, 1877, italics omitted, quoted at Coming 121.

6. Founding of Zion to be Accompanied by Technological and Material Advancements: David O. McKay – President McKay says that, in Zion, natural resources will abound, and progress—including advances in communication, transportation, and technology—will ensue. See Coming 121. Interestingly, he spoke of people being able to communicate “with radio in our pockets . . . . from any point at any given moment.” Did President McKay foresee the modern cell phone?

B. Built by Revelation

1. Brigham Young: Gathering, Unity, Sanctification, Necessary to Build Zion – The people must “be gathered together to be taught, that they may sanctify themselves before the Lord and become of one heart and one mind” to build Zion. Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 12, p. 38, April 14, 187 at Coming 123.

2. Orson Pratt: Role of Revelation in Building Zion – “Suffice it to say that God by revelation will inspire his servants and will dictate to them the order of the buildings of the city—the number and width of the streets, the kind of houses, the character of the Temple that is to be built therein, the kind of rock, timber, and the various materials that will have to be brought from a distance to enter into the composition of that beautiful city.” Orson Pratt, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 15, p. 365, March 9, 1873, italics removed at Coming 123.

3. John Taylor: Zion from Above Will Meet Zion from Below – “[T]he people, from the President down, will all be under the guidance and direction of the Lord in ann the pursuits of human life, until eventually they will be enabled to erect cities that will be fit to be caught up—that when Zion descends from above, Zion will also ascend from beneath, and be prepared to associate with those from above.” John Taylor, Journal of Discourses, Vol, 10, p. 147, April 6, 1863, italics removed, at Coming 123-124.

4. Wilford Woodruff: Joseph Smith Received a City Plan by Revelation – “The plan which he [Joseph] presented was given to him by vision, and in the future will prove that the visions of Joseph concerning Jackson County, all the various stakes of Zion and the redemption of Israel will be fulfilled in the time appointed by the Lord.” Wilford Woodruff, Journal History, April 6, 1837, italics removed, at Coming 124.

C. Built Through Effort and Obedience – “The fact that the city will be built under the inspiration and revelations of God does not in any way imply that there will not be a great labor to perform.” Coming 124. Indeed, as the Lord teaches in the Doctrine and Covenants, revelation and inspiration are active, often labor-intensive, processes.

1. Brigham Young: We Must Allow the Lord to Work “By, Through, and With, Us” – The Lord “has called upon us to do this work; and if we will let Him work by, through, and with us, He can accomplish it; otherwise we shall fall short and shall never have the honor of building up Zion on the earth. Is this so? Certainly. Well, then, let us keep the commandments.” Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 13, p. 313, April 7, 1870 at Coming 125.

2. John Taylor: Other Characteristics Necessary in Those Who Would Build Up Zion – Those who would build up Zion must be those “who are seeking to build up the Church and Kingdom of God upon the earth; [those] of clean hands and pure hearts, every [man] honoring his Priesthood and magnifying it.” John Taylor, Journal of Discourses, Vol 26, p. 109, October 20, 1881 at Coming 125.

D. Others to Come to Zion Besides Latter-day Saints

1. Brigham Young: Religious Freedom Will Prevail in Zion – Brigham Young stated that “every knee has got to bow and every tongue confess. When you have paid this tribute to the Most High, who created you and preserves you, you may then go and worship what you please, or do what you please, if you do not infringe upon your neighbors.” Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 2, p. 317, July 8, 1855 at Coming 126.

2. John Taylor: Those Seeking Just and Equitable Administration of Law Will Come to Zion – “Those who will not take up their sword to fight against their neighbor must needs flee to Zion for safety. And they will come, saying, . . . we perceive that you are an honest community; you administer justice and righteousness, and we want to live with you and receive the protection of your laws[.]” John Taylor, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 21, p. 8, August 31, 1879, italics removed, at Coming 126.

a. Elders Will Proclaim Liberty Under the Constitution – “When the peoples [sic] shall have torn to shreds the Constitution of the United States the Elders of Israel will be found holding it up to the nations of the earth and proclaiming liberty and equal rights to all men, and extending the hand of fellowship to the oppressed of all nations.” John Taylor, Id.

E. Life in the City of Zion

1. Residents of Zion Will Excel in All Pursuits: John Taylor – “We believe that this people will excel in literature, in science, in the arts, and in manufacture. . . . [M]en will be inspired in regard to all these matters in a manner and to an extent that they have never been before . . . [that we will be] the most healthy and most intellectual people that will reside upon the earth. This is part and parcel of our faith.” John Taylor, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 10, p. 147, April 6, 1863, italics removed, at Coming 127. I’m reminded, also, of a particular passage from the Temple endowment.

2. Orson Pratt: Education to Play a Central Role in Zion – The saints will erect elementary and secondary schools and institutions of higher learning in Zion just as they have everywhere else they have settled. See Coming 127-128.

a. Orson Pratt: Zion Will Be Densely Populated – One man, said Elder Pratt, will not take “up six to eight miles of land.” Rather, “we expect a very dense settlement in that region of country.” Orson Pratt, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 24, p. 23, October 26, 1879, italics removed, at Coming 128.

b. Zion’s Excellence Will Attract the Attention of Learned, Wise, and World Leaders – See John Taylor, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 6, p. 169, January 17, 1858 at Coming 128.

3. Joseph Smith: Prophets Looked Upon Our Day “With Peculiar Delight” – “It will, without question, be a highly privileged people fortunate enough to live in such a city. Little wonder that an editorial quoted by the Prophet Joseph Smith said that the prophets down through hisory looked upon our own day ‘with peculiar delight.’” Joseph Smith, Documentary History of the Church, Vol. 4, p. 609, May 2, 1842, at Coming 129.

F. Inheritances in the Land of Zion – “When the saints were driven from Jackson County they were forbidden by revelation to sell their inherintances even though they were not permitted to dwell on them at that time. Not only that, but the saints were commanded to continue to purchase lands there, even after their expulsion. This, the Lord explained, was so that the armies of the Lord would be justified in reclaiming the land of Zion when the time of its redemption would come.” Coming 129, see also Doctrine and Covenants 101:96-101, 105:28-29, and 105:30.

G. “The One Mighty and Strong”: He Who Shall Give Inheritances to Those Written “In the Book of the Law of God” – See Coming 131-135, which quotes extensively a 1905 statement from the First Presidency Regarding “The One Mighty and Strong.” All quotations in this section refer to that statement.

1. Who is “The One Mighty and Strong”? – The First Presidency statement regarding “the one mighty and strong” pointed out that Doctrine and Covenants 85, which refers to this individual, was given to Edward Partridge, appointed bishop in Jackson County, Missouri. See Coming 134, 135.

2. Who is NOT “The One Mighty and Strong”? – “Certainly, this prophecy does not allude in any way to the President of the Church, past, present, or to come. The revelation under consideration does not relate to matters that especially concern the duties of the President of the Church: but to the arranging ‘by lot the inheritances of the Saints,’ and that is the whole substance of the revelation, a matter distinctly placed under the jurisdiction of the Bishop of the Church[.]” Coming 134-135, ellipses removed and period added.

3. Role of “The One Mighty and Strong” – Doctrine and Covenants 85 states that “the one mighty and strong” shall give inheritances “to those whose names are found written in ‘the book of the law of God’”—referring to the then-still-future event of the saints settling of the New Jerusalem in Jackson County, Missouri. Coming 130.

4. Who are the Heirs Whose Names are Written “in The Book of the Law of God”? – President Joseph F. Smith said that originally, these heirs were those who were living the law of consecration, but, since the saints proved themselves incapable of living that higher law, the law of tithing was substituted in its stead. President Smith said that “those who are now recorded in that book are those who are faithfully paying their tithes. This will be the basis for determining the inheritances in Zion, according to President Smith.” Coming 130.

5. How is “The One Mighty and Strong” to be Chosen?“[W]hen the man who shall be called upon to divide unto the Saints their inheritance comes, he will be designated by the inspiration of the Lord to the proper authorities of the Church, appointed and sustained according to the order provided for the government of the Church.” Though the statement points out that the revelation containing reference to “the one mighty and strong” was given to Edward Partridge, if, in fact, it refers to a future event (or also to a future event), the person so called “will be a future bishop of the Church who will be with the saints in Jackson County, Missouri” who “will be so blessed with the spirit and power of his calling that he will be able to set in order the house of God, pertaining to the department of the work under his jurisdiction; and in righteousness and justice will ‘arrange by lot the inheritances of the saints.’ He will hold the same high and exalted station that Edward Partridge held.” Coming 134.

6. Who is the One Who Was “To Fall by the Shaft of Death”? – This phrase, as does the phrase “the one mighty and strong,” also refers to Bishop Partridge, who, because of apostasy, had fallen out of favor with God. However, Bishop Partridge repented, so this future curse was lifted, and he later went on to serve faithfully despite further persecutions in the state of Missouri. See Coming 133- 134.

H. The Great Temple at Zion

1. Wilford Woodruff’s Vision of the Construction of the Temple at Zion – Wilford Woodruff had a dream in which angels, some of whom were clothed in Temple robes, came to help with the construction of the temple and to bring materials used therein. See Matthias F. Cowley, Wilford Woodruff, History of His Life and Labors, Bookcraft: Salt Lake City, 1964 505, Coming 135.

2. Structure and Purpose of the Temple at Zion, as Well as Other Edifices: Orson Pratt – There will be 24 rooms in the Temple, each of which will be given a specific name that was revealed to Joseph Smith and which are arranged in a circular form and arched over the center. Each room be for the specific use of a particular “order, quorum, or council” of the Priesthood. See Coming 135-136, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 24, pp. 24-25, October 26, 1839.

a. Other Edifices as Distinct from the Temple – “There will be tabernacles, there will be meeting houses for the assembling of the people on the Sabbath day. There will be various places of meeting so that the people may gather together, but the Temple will be dedicated to the Priesthood of the Most High God, and for most sacred and holy purposes.” Pratt, Id.

3. Sacrifice to be Restored: Joseph Smith – Joseph quoted Malachi 3:3, then said: “These sacrifices, as well as every ordinance belonging to the Priesthood, will, when the Temple of the Lord shall be built, and the sons of Levi be purified, be fully restored and attended to in all their powers, ramifications, and blessings.” Joseph Smith, Documentary History of the Church, Volume 4, pp. 211-212, October 5, 1840, italics omitted, at Coming 137.

4. Temple to Serve as Repository for Records: Orson Pratt – All of the records Mormon and Moroni had in their possession will be deposited in the Temple at Independence. See Coming 137.

I. We Shall See Him Face to Face – The promise of the Beatitudes, that the pure in heart would see God, will be fulfilled, literally, for some of the saints at Independence. The word translated “blessed” in the Beatitudes literally means “happy.” Brigham Young, Orson Pratt, and Charles Penrose testified that this would be so. See Coming 137-139. Lorenzo Snow suggested that some of the saints would even get the privilege of inviting the Savior into their homes. See Coming 139.

J. Seek to Be Found Worthy – “When the blessings of those who dwell in Zion are enumerated . . . [t]he desire to repent in order to escape the fearful judgments of God is swallowed up in the poingnant longing to be found worth [of] such distinctive blessings. How accurately the Lord predicts the feelings of the heart when he says: ‘And it shall come to pass that the righteous shall be gathered out from all nations, and shall come to Zion, singing with songs of everlasting joy.” Coming 139, ellipses and brackets added, quoting Doctrine and Covenants 45:71.

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VIII. A LAND OF PEACE, A CITY OF REFUGE

A. Zion a Favored Land

1. Zion Holds a Special Place in the Hearts of the Saints – The Saints are not ungrateful for any other lands we have been given, but Jackson County, Missouri holds a special place in the hearts of the Saints because God said that’s where his city should be built. See Coming 119, quoting President George Q. Cannon.

2. The Lord’s Description of Zion – “And it shall be called the New Jerusalem, a land of peace, a city of refuge, a place of safety for the saints of the Most High God. . . . And it shall come to pass that the righteous shall be gathered out from among all nations, and shall come to Zion, singing with songs of everlasting joy.” Coming 120, quoting Doctrine and Covenants 45:66, 71, ellipses in original.

3. Joseph Smith’s Description of Zion – “[W]hen the splendor of the Lord is brought to our consideration for the good of His people, the calculations of men and the vain glory of the world vahnish, and we exclaim, ‘Out of Zion the perfection of beauty, God hath shined.’” Joseph Smith, Documentary History of the Church, Vol. 1, p. 198, August 2, 1831, quoted at Coming 121.

4. Just as God Preserved the Manna Put into the Ark of the Covenant, He Will Preserve New Jerusalem: Orson Pratt – New Jerusalem, said Elder Pratt, “will not decay any more than the pot of manna which was gathered by the children of Israel and put into a sacred place in the ark of the covenant. It was preserved from year to year by the power of God; so will he preserve the city of the New Jerusalem, the dwelling houses, the tabernacles, the Temples, etc., from the effects of storms and time.” Orson Pratt, Journal of Discourses, Vol, 21, p. 153, November 1, 1879, italics omitted, quoted at Coming 121.

5. State of the Earth After it is Renewed on Christ’s Return: Orson Pratt – “Once the Earth is renewed, said Elder Pratt, New Jerusalem ‘will still be endurable as the earth itself, no more to be subject to the curse, and therefore, will no more waste; death is gone—everything that is corruptible in its nature has ceased, so far as this habitable globe is concerned, and all sorrow and mourning are done away.’” Orson Pratt, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 18, p. 348, February 28, 1877, italics omitted, quoted at Coming 121.

6. Founding of Zion to be Accompanied by Technological and Material Advancements: David O. McKay – President McKay says that, in Zion, natural resources will abound, and progress—including advances in communication, transportation, and technology—will ensue. See Coming 121. Interestingly, he spoke of people being able to communicate “with radio in our pockets . . . . from any point at any given moment.” Did President McKay foresee the modern cell phone?

B. Built by Revelation

1. Brigham Young: Gathering, Unity, Sanctification, Necessary to Build Zion – The people must “be gathered together to be taught, that they may sanctify themselves before the Lord and become of one heart and one mind” to build Zion. Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 12, p. 38, April 14, 187 at Coming 123.

2. Orson Pratt: Role of Revelation in Building Zion – “Suffice it to say that God by revelation will inspire his servants and will dictate to them the order of the buildings of the city—the number and width of the streets, the kind of houses, the character of the Temple that is to be built therein, the kind of rock, timber, and the various materials that will have to be brought from a distance to enter into the composition of that beautiful city.” Orson Pratt, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 15, p. 365, March 9, 1873, italics removed at Coming 123.

3. John Taylor: Zion from Above Will Meet Zion from Below – “[T]he people, from the President down, will all be under the guidance and direction of the Lord in ann the pursuits of human life, until eventually they will be enabled to erect cities that will be fit to be caught up—that when Zion descends from above, Zion will also ascend from beneath, and be prepared to associate with those from above.” John Taylor, Journal of Discourses, Vol, 10, p. 147, April 6, 1863, italics removed, at Coming 123-124.

4. Wilford Woodruff: Joseph Smith Received a City Plan by Revelation – “The plan which he [Joseph] presented was given to him by vision, and in the future will prove that the visions of Joseph concerning Jackson County, all the various stakes of Zion and the redemption of Israel will be fulfilled in the time appointed by the Lord.” Wilford Woodruff, Journal History, April 6, 1837, italics removed, at Coming 124.

C. Built Through Effort and Obedience – “The fact that the city will be built under the inspiration and revelations of God does not in any way imply that there will not be a great labor to perform.” Coming 124. Indeed, as the Lord teaches in the Doctrine and Covenants, revelation and inspiration are active, often labor-intensive, processes.

1. Brigham Young: We Must Allow the Lord to Work “By, Through, and With, Us” – The Lord “has called upon us to do this work; and if we will let Him work by, through, and with us, He can accomplish it; otherwise we shall fall short and shall never have the honor of building up Zion on the earth. Is this so? Certainly. Well, then, let us keep the commandments.” Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 13, p. 313, April 7, 1870 at Coming 125.

2. John Taylor: Other Characteristics Necessary in Those Who Would Build Up Zion – Those who would build up Zion must be those “who are seeking to build up the Church and Kingdom of God upon the earth; [those] of clean hands and pure hearts, every [man] honoring his Priesthood and magnifying it.” John Taylor, Journal of Discourses, Vol 26, p. 109, October 20, 1881 at Coming 125.

D. Others to Come to Zion Besides Latter-day Saints

1. Brigham Young: Religious Freedom Will Prevail in Zion – Brigham Young stated that “every knee has got to bow and every tongue confess. When you have paid this tribute to the Most High, who created you and preserves you, you may then go and worship what you please, or do what you please, if you do not infringe upon your neighbors.” Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 2, p. 317, July 8, 1855 at Coming 126.

2. John Taylor: Those Seeking Just and Equitable Administration of Law Will Come to Zion – “Those who will not take up their sword to fight against their neighbor must needs flee to Zion for safety. And they will come, saying, . . . we perceive that you are an honest community; you administer justice and righteousness, and we want to live with you and receive the protection of your laws[.]” John Taylor, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 21, p. 8, August 31, 1879, italics removed, at Coming 126.

a. Elders Will Proclaim Liberty Under the Constitution – “When the peoples [sic] shall have torn to shreds the Constitution of the United States the Elders of Israel will be found holding it up to the nations of the earth and proclaiming liberty and equal rights to all men, and extending the hand of fellowship to the oppressed of all nations.” John Taylor, Id.

E. Life in the City of Zion

1. Residents of Zion Will Excel in All Pursuits: John Taylor – “We believe that this people will excel in literature, in science, in the arts, and in manufacture. . . . [M]en will be inspired in regard to all these matters in a manner and to an extent that they have never been before . . . [that we will be] the most healthy and most intellectual people that will reside upon the earth. This is part and parcel of our faith.” John Taylor, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 10, p. 147, April 6, 1863, italics removed, at Coming 127. I’m reminded, also, of a particular passage from the Temple endowment.

2. Orson Pratt: Education to Play a Central Role in Zion – The saints will erect elementary and secondary schools and institutions of higher learning in Zion just as they have everywhere else they have settled. See Coming 127-128.

a. Orson Pratt: Zion Will Be Densely Populated – One man, said Elder Pratt, will not take “up six to eight miles of land.” Rather, “we expect a very dense settlement in that region of country.” Orson Pratt, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 24, p. 23, October 26, 1879, italics removed, at Coming 128.

b. Zion’s Excellence Will Attract the Attention of Learned, Wise, and World Leaders – See John Taylor, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 6, p. 169, January 17, 1858 at Coming 128.

3. Joseph Smith: Prophets Looked Upon Our Day “With Peculiar Delight” – “It will, without question, be a highly privileged people fortunate enough to live in such a city. Little wonder that an editorial quoted by the Prophet Joseph Smith said that the prophets down through hisory looked upon our own day ‘with peculiar delight.’” Joseph Smith, Documentary History of the Church, Vol. 4, p. 609, May 2, 1842, at Coming 129.

F. Inheritances in the Land of Zion – “When the saints were driven from Jackson County they were forbidden by revelation to sell their inherintances even though they were not permitted to dwell on them at that time. Not only that, but the saints were commanded to continue to purchase lands there, even after their expulsion. This, the Lord explained, was so that the armies of the Lord would be justified in reclaiming the land of Zion when the time of its redemption would come.” Coming 129, see also Doctrine and Covenants 101:96-101, 105:28-29, and 105:30.

G. “The One Mighty and Strong”: He Who Shall Give Inheritances to Those Written “In the Book of the Law of God” – See Coming 131-135, which quotes extensively a 1905 statement from the First Presidency Regarding “The One Mighty and Strong.” All quotations in this section refer to that statement.

1. Who is “The One Mighty and Strong”? – The First Presidency statement regarding “the one mighty and strong” pointed out that Doctrine and Covenants 85, which refers to this individual, was given to Edward Partridge, appointed bishop in Jackson County, Missouri. See Coming 134, 135.

2. Who is NOT “The One Mighty and Strong”? – “Certainly, this prophecy does not allude in any way to the President of the Church, past, present, or to come. The revelation under consideration does not relate to matters that especially concern the duties of the President of the Church: but to the arranging ‘by lot the inheritances of the Saints,’ and that is the whole substance of the revelation, a matter distinctly placed under the jurisdiction of the Bishop of the Church[.]” Coming 134-135, ellipses removed and period added.

3. Role of “The One Mighty and Strong” – Doctrine and Covenants 85 states that “the one mighty and strong” shall give inheritances “to those whose names are found written in ‘the book of the law of God’”—referring to the then-still-future event of the saints settling of the New Jerusalem in Jackson County, Missouri. Coming 130.

4. Who are the Heirs Whose Names are Written “in The Book of the Law of God”? – President Joseph F. Smith said that originally, these heirs were those who were living the law of consecration, but, since the saints proved themselves incapable of living that higher law, the law of tithing was substituted in its stead. President Smith said that “those who are now recorded in that book are those who are faithfully paying their tithes. This will be the basis for determining the inheritances in Zion, according to President Smith.” Coming 130.

5. How is “The One Mighty and Strong” to be Chosen?“[W]hen the man who shall be called upon to divide unto the Saints their inheritance comes, he will be designated by the inspiration of the Lord to the proper authorities of the Church, appointed and sustained according to the order provided for the government of the Church.” Though the statement points out that the revelation containing reference to “the one mighty and strong” was given to Edward Partridge, if, in fact, it refers to a future event (or also to a future event), the person so called “will be a future bishop of the Church who will be with the saints in Jackson County, Missouri” who “will be so blessed with the spirit and power of his calling that he will be able to set in order the house of God, pertaining to the department of the work under his jurisdiction; and in righteousness and justice will ‘arrange by lot the inheritances of the saints.’ He will hold the same high and exalted station that Edward Partridge held.” Coming 134.

6. Who is the One Who Was “To Fall by the Shaft of Death”? – This phrase, as does the phrase “the one mighty and strong,” also refers to Bishop Partridge, who, because of apostasy, had fallen out of favor with God. However, Bishop Partridge repented, so this future curse was lifted, and he later went on to serve faithfully despite further persecutions in the state of Missouri. See Coming 133- 134.

H. The Great Temple at Zion

1. Wilford Woodruff’s Vision of the Construction of the Temple at Zion – Wilford Woodruff had a dream in which angels, some of whom were clothed in Temple robes, came to help with the construction of the temple and to bring materials used therein. See Matthias F. Cowley, Wilford Woodruff, History of His Life and Labors, Bookcraft: Salt Lake City, 1964 505, Coming 135.

2. Structure and Purpose of the Temple at Zion, as Well as Other Edifices: Orson Pratt – There will be 24 rooms in the Temple, each of which will be given a specific name that was revealed to Joseph Smith and which are arranged in a circular form and arched over the center. Each room be for the specific use of a particular “order, quorum, or council” of the Priesthood. See Coming 135-136, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 24, pp. 24-25, October 26, 1839.

a. Other Edifices as Distinct from the Temple – “There will be tabernacles, there will be meeting houses for the assembling of the people on the Sabbath day. There will be various places of meeting so that the people may gather together, but the Temple will be dedicated to the Priesthood of the Most High God, and for most sacred and holy purposes.” Pratt, Id.

3. Sacrifice to be Restored: Joseph Smith – Joseph quoted Malachi 3:3, then said: “These sacrifices, as well as every ordinance belonging to the Priesthood, will, when the Temple of the Lord shall be built, and the sons of Levi be purified, be fully restored and attended to in all their powers, ramifications, and blessings.” Joseph Smith, Documentary History of the Church, Volume 4, pp. 211-212, October 5, 1840, italics omitted, at Coming 137.

4. Temple to Serve as Repository for Records: Orson Pratt – All of the records Mormon and Moroni had in their possession will be deposited in the Temple at Independence. See Coming 137.

I. We Shall See Him Face to Face – The promise of the Beatitudes, that the pure in heart would see God, will be fulfilled, literally, for some of the saints at Independence. The word translated “blessed” in the Beatitudes literally means “happy.” Brigham Young, Orson Pratt, and Charles Penrose testified that this would be so. See Coming 137-139. Lorenzo Snow suggested that some of the saints would even get the privilege of inviting the Savior into their homes. See Coming 139.

J. Seek to Be Found Worthy – “When the blessings of those who dwell in Zion are enumerated . . . [t]he desire to repent in order to escape the fearful judgments of God is swallowed up in the poingnant longing to be found worth [of] such distinctive blessings. How accurately the Lord predicts the feelings of the heart when he says: ‘And it shall come to pass that the righteous shall be gathered out from all nations, and shall come to Zion, singing with songs of everlasting joy.” Coming 139, ellipses and brackets added, quoting Doctrine and Covenants 45:71.

 

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When it comes to the Second Coming, I think this is one of the best talks I've heard:

 

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My generation was not immune either from the effects of what I call Second-Coming fever. As young missionaries, some of us serving in the Italy Milan Mission speculated that 1974 would be a critical year—and possibly the very year of the Second Coming. We were highly imaginative as we wove together a tapestry of various bits of data, including the facts that the April annual general conference that year was to be the 144th annual conference of the Church and President Spencer W. Kimball, the twelfth president of the Church, would be sustained as prophet, seer, and revelator in a special solemn assembly to be held on April 6. What better day than this, a day filled with historical tradition and scripturally significant numbers such as 12 and 144, for the Lord to return to earth to begin His millennial reign? You may laugh, but we took our wild speculation very seriously. Of course that historic and spiritually uplifting conference has come and gone, and we are still here. (See CR, April 1974, or Ensign, May 1974.)

Even today I encounter scores of people who believe they will witness the Second Coming in their lifetime. For my part, I am now somewhat reserved and wiser. I teach my students these guiding principles: prepare a will, buy life insurance, put funds away in a retirement program, and, if they really want to be nice to their family, purchase a pre-need funeral program that includes a cemetery plot! For many of my students, this last bit of advice is a little morbid, but it makes my point. Live today as if you will meet Jesus this evening, but plan your life as though you will live to be 100 years old.

https://speeches.byu.edu/talks/richard-neitzel-holzapfel/glass-half-full-second-coming-lord-jesus-christ/

 

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1 hour ago, cinepro said:

When it comes to the Second Coming, I think this is one of the best talks I've heard:

 

 

I'm not encouraging alarmism or out on a street corner shouting "Prepare ye, prepare ye, for the day is soon at hand!", if that's what you think. <_< :rolleyes:  There is nothing in that address with which I disagree, nor is anything I've posted in this thread at odds with it, if that's what you believe.  I'll leave such disagreement to people like Chad and Lori Vallow Daybell.

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IX. THE HOUR APPROACHES

A. Five Important Events to Accompany Zion’s Establishment – Five important events will take place “either during the establishment of Zion or shortly thereafter.” They are not listed in chronological order (Coming 141):

1. “[T]he establishment of the kingdom of God”

2. “[T]he restoration of the Lamanite peoples”

3. “[T]he return of the Lost tribes of Israel”

4. “[T]he great council that is to take place at Adam-ondi-Ahman”

5. “[T]he last great missionary call to all the world”

B. The Kingdom of God

1. Daniel Interprets Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream – The Millennial Kingdom of God will break other kingdoms into pieces, and “shall stand forever.” Daniel 2: 44, Coming 142-143.

a. Joseph Fielding Smith: Kingdom of God Supersedes All Other Kingdoms – The kingdom that Daniel saw which breaks up other kingdoms is “the Church of Jesus Christ, which has been established in the earth for the last time. It is not to be destroyed but is to continue to endure and increae until it shall fill the earth in the due time of the Lord[.]” Coming 143, quoting Joseph Fielding Smith, “What is the Status of the ‘Fundamentalists?’,” The Improvement Era, February 1967, p. 4, italics removed and brackets added.

2. The Political Kingdom of God Will Shield the Ecclesiastical Kingdom of God: Brigham Young – “The Church of Jesus Christ will produce the government and cause it to grow and spread, and it will be a shield round about the Church. And under the influence and power of the Kingdom of God, the Church of God will rest secure and dwell in safety, without taking the trouble of governing and controlling the whole earth. The Kingdom of God will do this . . .” Coming 144, quoting Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 2, p. 317, July 8, 1855, italics removed and ellipses added.

3. God’s Government Will “Produce Happiness, Promote Union, and Establish [the People] in Strength, Righteousness, and Everlasting Peace”: Charles W. Penrose – “Of necessity some form of government must be set up among them, as they will exist in a national as well as an ecclesiastical capacity. The government will be a theocracy, or, in other words, the Kingdom of God. The laws, ordinances, regulations, etc., will be under the direction of God’s priesthood, and the people will progress in arts, sciences, and everything that will produce happiness, promote union, and establish them in strength, righteousness, and everlasting peace.” Coming 144, quoting Charles W. Penrose, “The Second Advent,” Millennial Star, Vol. 21, p. 582, September 10, 1859.

4. The Kingdom is Literal: John Taylor – “[N]ot only will there be a spiritual kingdom and organization; but there will also be a literal kingdom, a nation, or nations, a Zion, and the people will gather to that.” John Taylor, The Government of God, (S. W. Richards: Liverpool, England, 1852 97, italics removed at Coming 145.

5. God as Sovereign, Privileges of Those Who Serve God in Righteousness: John Taylor – “The Lord will be king over all the earth, and all mankind literally under his sovereignty, and every nation under the heavens will have to acknowledge his authority, and bow to his sceptre. Those ho serve him in righteousness will have communications with God, and with Jesus; will have the ministering of angels, and will know the past, present, and future.” John Taylor, The Government of God, (S. W. Richards: Liverpool, England, 1852 97, italics removed at Coming 145.

6. The Kingdom of God Will Govern All People, Both Members of the Church and Not

a. Brigham Young – While not everyone will be compelled to join the Church of Jesus Christ (they will, as the Article of Faith says, be free to “worship how [or] where . . . they may”), every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is the Christ. See Coming 145, quoting Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 11, p. 275, December 23, 1866.

b. Joseph Fielding Smih – “This government [of God] which embraces all the peoples of the earth both in and out of the Church, is also sometimes spoken of as the kingdom of God, because the people are subject to the Kingdom of God which Christ shall set up; but they have their agency and thousands will not be members of the Church until they are converted; yet at the same time they would be subject to the theocratic rule.” Coming 146 quoting Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines of Salvation (Bruce R. McConkie, comp.) Vol. 1, p. 229 (Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1954)

7. The Church of God vs. the Kingdom of God – The church of God is different from the kingdom of God. The former is an ecclesiastical entity, and the latter is a political one. B.H. Roberts said that there may be people serving in the kingdom of God who are not members of the Church. See Coming 147.

a. The Kingdom of God Will Protect All People: B.H. Roberts – ”The Kingdom of God when established will not be for the protection of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints alone, but for the protection of all men, whatever their religious views or opinions may be. Under its rule, no one will be permitted to overstep the proper bounds or to interfere with the rights of others[.]” Coming 147, quoting Note by B.H. Roberts, Documentary History of the Church, Volume 7, p. 382, italics and ellipses omitted.

b. The Political Kingdom Will be Given to Christ When He Comes: Joseph Fielding Smith – “When Christ comes, the political kingdom will be given to the Church. [Here President Smith cites Daniel 7:27]. The Lord is going to make an end to all nations; that means this nation as well as any other.” Coming 148 quoting Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines of Salvation (Bruce R. McConkie, comp.) Vol. 1, pp. 229-230 (Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1954), bracketed material in original.

8. Theocracy

a. “Theocracy” Comes from the Greek – Coming 148.

i. God = Theos

ii. Kratein = To rule (infinitive)

iii. Theocracy = A government in which God rules

b. Brigham Young’s Definition of Theocracy – “What do I understand by a theocratic government. One in which all laws are neacted and executed in righteousness, and whose officers possess that power which proceedeth from the Almighty. That is the kind of government I allude to when I speak of a theocratic government, or the kingdom of God upon the Earth. It is, in short, the eternal powers of the Gods.” Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 6, pp. 346, 347, July 31, 1859, italics removed, at Coming 149.

C. The Lamanites to Blossom as a Rose

1. Lamanites’ Gathering Began Before Church Organized, When Book of Mormon Translated – Gathering of scattered Israel among the Lamanites actually commenced before the organization of the Church of Jesus Christ, with the translation of the Book of Mormon. In Doctrine and Covenants 3, God told Joseph Smith that “the promises of the Lord might be fulfilled which he made to his people,” the branch of the House of Israel that had been scattered on the American Continent. See Doctrine and Covenants 3:18-19, Coming 149-150.

2. Gentiles Provide Means to Gather Scattered Israel on American Continent – “The Savior, himself, foretold that the Gentiles would be established in the land of America and be the means of bringing the word”—as contained in the Book of Mormon—“to the remnants of Israel left in the land.” 2 Nephi 21:4-6 is footnoted at Coming 150.

3. Gentiles to do “A Marvelous Work” Among Scattered Israel on the American Continent – “And after our seed is scattered the Lord God will proceed to do a marvelous work among the Gentiles, which shall be of great worth unto our seed, wherefore, it is likened unto being nourished by the Gentiles and being carried in their arms and upon their shoulders.” 2 Nephi 22: 6, 8, quoted at Coming 150; 2 Nephi 10:9, 18 also is footnoted.

4. Scattered Israel on the American Continent an Heir to God’s Greatest Blessings – Speaking, in the first person, of how others treated the Lamanites, yet claiming his title as an heir of Israel, one of the gathered, in an 1845 Proclamation of the Twelve Apostles, says, “You have hated me, and sold me, and thought I was dead; but lo! I live and am heir to the inheritance, titles, honours, priesthood, sceptre, crown, throne, and eternal life and dignity of my fathers, who live for evermore.” Coming 152.

5. We Must Reclaim Scattered Israel Among the Lamanites if We Are to Retain God’s Approval: John Taylor – “The work of the Lord among the Lamanites must not be postponed, if we desire to retain the approval of God.” Coming 153, quoting John Taylor, Millennial Star, Vol. 44, p. 733, October 18, 1882, italics removed.

6. We Must Nourish the Lamanites if We Wish to Be Saved in God’s Kingdom: Wilford Woodruff – “Those who will feed and clothe these Lamanites and see to their wants, as our President has told us”—spiritually as well as temporally— “they shall be blessed and prosper, while those who despise them shall go down and shall not stand in the kingdom of God.” Coming 153, quoting Wilford Woodruff, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 9, p. 222, July 15, 1855, italics removed.

7. As a Young Lion

a. If the Gentiles Fail to Fulfill Their Duty to the Lamanites – The Gentiles had best take heed regarding their duty to the Lamanites. If they do not, the Lamanites will “be among them . . . as a young lion among the flocks of sheep, who, if he goeth through, both treadeth down and teareth in pieces, and none can deliver.” The footnote at Coming 154 refers to 3 Nephi 20:15-16.

b. The Book of Mormon is Not the Only Source for This Prospect – The Doctrine and Covenants speaks of this possibility as well, in Section 87, verse 5. See Coming 154.

c. Who Are the Lamanites that Rise Up “As a Young Lion”? – “Evidently, this is not the remnant of the Lamanites that are converted to the gospel and participate with the members of the Church in the building up of Zion; rather, they seem to be a minority of the Lamanites which have not yet come into the Gospel fold.” Coming 154.

8. Building the City and the Temple of New Jerusalem With the Lamanites – A portion of the Lamanites, as the House of Israel, will have a hand in building the New Jerusalem, after which missionaries will be sent forth to gather more of the Lamanites into the New Jerusalem. See statements of Orson Pratt at Coming 155-156, 3 Nephi 21:22-23.

a. Glory of Remnant of House of Israel Fulfilling Lord’s Purposes – “What grand and glorious fulfillment of the purposes of the Lord, that this people so long despised of men should have the privilege of engaging in this great work of the last days!” Coming 157.

9. Who are the “Remnant of Jacob”?

a. Lamanites are a Part—But Not the Whole—of the Remnant of Jacob – “[E]ven though the evidence is clear that the Lamanites form a part of this group known as the ‘remnant of Jacob,’ that does not imply that they alone constitute the remnant.” Coming 157.

b. Joseph Fielding Smith: Members of the Church of Jesus Christ, Too, are Part of the Remnant of Jacob – President Joseph Fielding Smith “clearly shows that the intent” of scriptures referring to the remnant of Jacob “is broader than many think. He explains that the whole house of Israel who have been scattered qualify as being a part of the ‘remnant of Jacob’ and will be gathered in [to] assist in the building of Zion and the other great works of the last great day of preparation.” The footnote refers to Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines of Salvation (Bruce R. McConkie comp.), Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1955, Vol. 2, pp. 247-250, italics omitted, at Coming 158.

D. From Out of the North: The Lost Ten Tribes to Return

1. The Lost Ten Tribes – The Israelites tired of King Solomon levying heavy taxes upon them to finance his empire. They asked his son and successor, Rehoboam, to lower the taxes, and Rehoboam refused. The Northern ten tribes split off and formed the Northern Kingdom of Israel, while Rehoboam formed the Kingdom of Judah, so called because it consisted primarily of the tribe of Judah, of the remaining two tribes. The Northern Kingdom degenerated into wickedness and was overthrown by Assyria in 721 BC. Evidently, some remained in Assyria and assimilated into Assyrian culture, while others traveled north and were lost to history. See Coming 159.

2. Idea That They Have Returned Already is Erroneous: They Shall Come as a Body – The idea that they have returned already is erroneous, because “the prophets have definitely stated that they shall come as a body; their coming shall be so miraculous that it could not be mistaken for a gradual response to missionary work.” Doctrine and Covenants 133:26-33 describes this miraculous return. See also Jeremiah 23:7-8. Coming 160-161, emphasis in original.

3. Return NOT Figurative – “Several of the latter-day prophets have made it clear that the return of the ten tribes is not to be some figurative event but an actual return of the group so long lost.” Coming 161-162.

a. See Charles W. Penrose, “Something About the ‘Lost Tribes’,” The Improvement Era, October, 1910, pp. 1087-1088, excerpt quoted at Coming 162.

b. James E. Talmage, Conference Report, April, 1916 130; James E. Talmage, Conference Report, October 1916 76; excerpts of both quoted at Coming 163.

4. Timing: After Building the New Jerusalem

a. Joseph Fielding Smith, Church History and Modern Revelation, Melchizedek Priesthood Course of Study, Published by the Council of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1948, Vol. 2, p. 141, excerpt quoted at Coming 163-164.

b. Orson Pratt, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 18, p. 68, July 25, 1875, excerpted quoted at Coming 164.

5. Blessings and Counter-Blessings – “As can be seen from the Statements of the Lord and the various prophets, this will be one of the great events of the entire world’s history and one that should be inspiring indeed to those privileged to witness it. The promises speak of these lost peoples coming to be ‘crowned with glory, even in Zion, by the hands of the servants of the Lord, even the children of Ephraim.’ [The footnote refers to Doctrine and Covenants 133:32.] . . . This crowning of the Children of Israel by the children of Ephraim will consist in part of helping them come to a fulness of the gospel and obtaining the blessings of the temple.Coming 165, ellipses added.

6. Blessings and Counter-Blessings, Continued – “The blessings will not flow in one direction only, however. The children of Ephraim shall receive many blessings from these children of God so long lost to us. The Doctrine and Covenants states that they will bring their rich treasures to the members of the Church awaiting them in Zion. [The footnote refers to Doctrine and Covenants 133:30.] Part of these riches will undoubtedly consist of a new book of scripture —sacred records of God’s dealings with this group of people equal to our own standard works.” Coming 165.

a. A Note on Something Intriguing in the Book of Mormon: The Lost Tribes Have Records of Their Own – Just as the Holy Bible is a record of God’s dealings with His people at Jerusalem and in other areas of the Old World, and as the Book of Mormon is a record of God’s dealings with His people in the New World, in the Book of Mormon, Christ tells us that He will speak, also, to the Lost Tribes, and that they, also, will have kept a record of His dealings with them. Consider 2 Nephi 29:12-13 (emphasis added):

“12 For behold, I shall speak unto the Jews and they shall write it; and I shall also speak unto the Nephites and they shall write it; and I shall also speak unto the other tribes of the house of Israel, which I have led away, and they shall write it; and I shall also speak unto all nations of the earth and they shall write it.

“13 And it shall come to pass that the Jews shall have the words of the Nephites, and the Nephites shall have the words of the Jews; and the Nephites and the Jews shall have the words of the lost tribes of Israel; and the lost tribes of Israel shall have the words of the Nephites and the Jews.

b. A Note on Something Intriguing in the Book of Mormon, Continued: Christ Told the Nephites that He Had Still Other Sheep Which the Father had Commanded Him to Visit – When Christ visited the Nephites, not only did He tell them that they were the “other sheep” of whom He spoke to the Jews as recorded in Matthew 10:16, He also told them that He had still other sheep who were neither at Jerusalem nor in the Americas, in 3 Nephi 16:1-3 (emphasis added):

“1 And verily, verily, I say unto you that I have other sheep, which are not of this land, neither of the land of Jerusalem, neither in any parts of that land round about whither I have been to minister.

“2 For they of whom I speak are they who have not as yet heard my voice; neither have I at any time manifested myself unto them.

“3 But I have received a commandment of the Father that I shall go unto them, and that they shall bhear my voice, and shall be numbered among my sheep, that there may be one fold and one shepherd; therefore I go to show myself unto them.”

E. Adam-Ondi-Ahman

1. Daniel’s Vision – Daniel had a vision of Adam-Ondi-Ahman: See Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14, quoted at Coming 166.

2. Joseph Smith Speaks of What Will Happen in the Last Days at Adam-Ondi- Ahman – “Daniel, in his seventh chapter, speaks of the Ancient of Days: he means the oldest man, our Father Adam, Michael, he will call his children together and hold a council with them to prepare them for the coming of the son of man. . . . The Son of Man stands before him, and there is given him glory and dominion. Adam delivers up his stewardship to Christ, that which was delivered to him as holding the keys of the universe, but retains his standing as head of the human family.” Coming 167, quoting Joseph Smith, Documentary History of the Church, Vol. 3, pp. 386-387, July 2, 1839, italics removed and ellipses added.

3. Orson Pratt Speaks of What Will Happen in the Last Days at Adam-Ondi- Ahman – The Ancient of days “comes, then, as a great judge, to assemble this innumerable host of which Daniel speaks[,] . . . to set in order the councils of the Priesthood pertaining to all dispensations, to arrange the Priesthood and the councils of the Saints of all former dispensations in one grand family and household. [¶] What is all this for? . . . It is to prepare the way for another august personage whom Daniel saw coming with the clouds of heaven, namely the Son of Man before the Ancient of days, behold a kingdom was given to the Son of Man, and greatness and glory, that all people, nations, and languages should serve him, and his kingdom should be an everlasting kingdom, a kingdom that never should be done away.” Coming 167-168, quoting Orson Pratt, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 17, pp. 185-186, October 11, 1874, ellipses and bracketed material added and italics removed.

4. The Great Priesthood Council: Joseph Fielding Smith – “The Ancient of Days will sit. There will stand before him those who have held the keys of all dispensations, who shall render up their stewardships to the first Patriarch of the race, who holds the keys of salvation. This shall be a day of judgment and preparation. . . . Judgment will be set and all who have held keys will make their reports and deliver their stewardships, as they shall be required. Adam will direct this judgment, and then he will make his report, as the one holding the keys for this earth, to his Superior Officer, Jesus Christ. Our Lord will then assume the reins of government; directions will be given to the Priesthood there assembled. This grand council of priesthood will be composed . . . of those who are faithful who now dwell on this earth, [and] also of the prophets and apostles of old, who have had directing authority.” Coming 169, quoting Joseph Fielding Smith, The Way to Perfection, (Utah Genealogical Society: Salt Lake City, 1931), pp. 289-

291, italics removed and ellipses and bracketed material added.

a. Timing and Notice of the Great Council at Adam-Ondi-Ahman – The world, along with the majority of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will be unaware that the council has taken place. Since it is to be held in Missouri, it probably will not take place until Zion is reestablished. Daniel said that the meeting would not take place until after earthly thrones “were cast down.” See Coming 171.

F. The Last Call

1. A Great Missionary Force, 144,000 Strong – The 144,000 spoken of by John the Revelator is a great missionary force—12,000 chosen from each of the tribes of Israel, who will be called to reap one last time. They are ordained “to bring as many as will come to the Church of the Firstborn.” Coming 173, quoting Doctrine and Covenants 77:11; see also Jacob 5:62-64 (that’s my addition or suggestion, not Brother Lund’s).

a. When Will These Missionaries Be Called? – “[W]hether it [i.e., the calling of these missionaries] would happen before, during, or after the Council at Adam-Ondi-Ahman is not clear.” Coming 174.

G. The Hour Approaches – “Well did the Lord speak when he promised, “And unto you it shall be given to know the signs of the times, and the signs of the coming of the Son of Man. [Doctrine and Covenants 68:11.] [¶] The establishment of the kingdom of God, the blossoming of the Lamanite people, the return of the ten tribes, the great priesthood meeting at Adam-Ondi-Ahman and the last call to the nations of the earth are five of those signs and will signal the approaching hour of the coming of the Lord.” Coming 175.

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On 8/29/2020 at 11:11 AM, Kenngo1969 said:

Ergo, what?  We should not bother preparing, because no one knows when it will happen?  When it comes to the issue of specific timing, both Brother Lund and Brother Ridges discourage speculation.

I think some don't like to think about the turmoil in the world, because it makes them feel anxious and unhappy.  Some may feel that if they don't think about it, it doesn't exist.  Some might rather 'eat drink and be merry' and be completely ingrossed in this world, their own lives, because that's what 97% of the population is doing.  The gospel, the scriptures want us to prepare, they tell us to prepare and there's no question we live in 'perilous times', but we can choose to ignore their admonitions.  I don't know when the second coming will be, but personally, I'd rather be able to say that I listened to our prophets, followed their counsel as best I could, to be prepared and 'watch' for the signs, even if the 'end' doesn't happen in my lifetime. There's no question the signs are happening, and they should help keep us focused on what's important in this life, and we can teach this to our children so they can prepare as well.

 

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X. THE HOUSE OF JUDAH

A. Creation of the State of Israel a Key Sign of the Times – “When the independent state of Israel was created in 1948, the words of prophets long dead were fulfilled and a new era in the long and troubled history of the House of Israel was born. With it one of the great signs of the Lord’s coming, predicted by prophets many centuries before, entered the final stages of its fulfillment.” Coming 177.

B. Elder George Q. Morris: Three Signs of the Times – Elder George Q. Morris, Conference Report, April, 1960 pp. 100-101 at Coming 177.

1. Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ

2. Rise of an Evil Power

3. Gathering of Jews to Jerusalem

C. Israel The Unfaithful

1. The Abrahamic Covenant

a. All Nations of the Earth to be Blessed Through Abraham – “Abraham was promised that the hand of Jehovah would be over him and his posterity. Through the . . . covenant[ ] people which came from this great patriarch, were all the nations of the earth to be blessed. [Abraham 2:8- 11]” Coming 178, ellipses and first set of brackets added, material bracketed by second set of brackets provides references given in footnotes.

b. Abraham Given Land as “Everlasting Possession” – “As part of that covenant, Abraham was told that he and his posterity would be given a promised land as their ‘everlasting possession’ and, said Jehovah, ‘I will be their God.’ [Genesis 17:5-8].” Coming 178, reference given in footnote enclosed in brackets.

2. Israel Apostatized, and Prophets Predicted its Scattering – Though Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob were faithful, “as time passed, much of their posterity were not . . . [N]otwithstanding the efforts of mighty prophets like Moses, Samuel, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel, and others, the House of Israel turned to idolatry and wickedneess. . . . [T]hus[,] the stage for the future tragedy of the nation was set. The prophets of israel began early in their history to predict the great scattering of the people” Coming 178, ellipses and brackets added.

3. Israel’s Repentance Was Episodic, Sporadic, and Transient: Prophetic Warnings

a. Jeremiah – “So Jeremiah warned: ‘I will scatter them also among the heathen, whom neither they nor their fathers have known: and I will send a sword after them, till I have consumed them.’ [Jeremiah 9:16].” Coming 179, reference given in footnote enclosed in brackets.

b. Ezekiel – “I will scatter toward every wind all that are about him, to help him [i.e., to help Israel?], and all his bands; and I will draw out the sword after them. And they shall know that I am the Lord, when I shall scatter them among the nations, and disperse them in the countries. [Ezekiel 12:14-15].” Coming 179, reference given in footnote enclosed in brackets.

c. Christ – Even Christ Himself mourned, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate! [Matthew 23:37-3]” Coming 180, reference given in footnotes enclosed in brackets.

4. The Scattering

a. The Kingdom Splits – “After Solomon’s death, Israel was split into two kingdoms—the northern kingdom of Israel and the southern kingdom of Judah.” Coming 179.

b. Assyrian Capture of Northern Kingdom – “In 721 B.C., the Assyrians under Shalmanazer swept the northern kingdom into captivity and those ten-and-a-half-tribeswere lost to history, and remain lost to this day.” Coming 179.

c. Babylonian Capture of Southern Kingdom – In 587 B.C., “King Nebuchadnezzar brought the Babylonians against Judah, and that kingdom too was carried away. Through the righteousness of men like Daniel, his three companions, and Ezra, the house of Judah was not destroyed, but seventy years later Cyrus freed them to return to Jerusaelm. Even this did not change the hearts of the remaining idols for very long. . . . Soon, the Jews were back in virtual slavery to a variety of conquering nations.” Coming 179, ellipses added.

d. Conquest of Jerusalem by Vespasian and Titus – “The final scattering of that royal tribe was completed less than forty years after Christ was crucified. Vespasian and Titus, Roman generals, brought the mighty Roman legions to crush a Jewish revolt. The rebellion spread until Judah itself came under siege, and, in one of the great catastrophes of the world’s history the Jewish nation ceased to exist.” Coming 180.

D. Israel and Judah to Return

1. Christ Told the Nephites Israel’s Gathering is a Sign That His Return is Imminent – And verily I say unto you, I give unto you a sign that ye know the time when these things shall be about to take place—that I shal gather in, from their long dispersion, my people, O house of Israel, and shall establish again among them my Zion.” 3 Nephi 21:1, quoted at Coming 181.

2. Orson Hyde Dedicates Israel for the Return of the Jews – “Grant, therefore, O Lord, in the name of Thy well-beloved Son, Jesus Christ, to remove the barrenness and sterility of this land, and let springs of living water break forth to water its thirsty soil. Let the vine and the olive produce in their strength, and the fig tree bloom and flourish. Let the land become abundantly fruitful when possessed by its rightful heirs; let it again flow with plenty to feed the returning prodigals who come home with a spirit of grace and supplication: upon it let the clouds distil [sic] virtue and richness, and let the fields smile with plenty. Let the flocks and herds greatly increase and multiply upon the mountains and the hills: and let Thy great kindness conquer and subdue the unbelief of Thy people. Do Thou take from them their stony heart, and give unto them a heart fresh; and may the Sun of Thy favor dispel the cold mists of darkness which have beclouded their admosphere. Incline them to gather in upon this land according to Thy word. Let them come like clouds and like doves to their windows. Let the large ships of the nations bring them from the distant isles: and let kings become their nursing fathers and queens with motherly fondness wipe the tear of sorrow from their eye.” Joseph Smith, Documentary History of the Church, Vol. 4, p. 457, October 24, 1841, italics added by Bro. Lund, quoted at Coming 182.

3. Jews’ “Tenacity for National Life in the Face of Nearly Overwhelming Odds” A Fulfillment of God’s Promises – “The continuing miracle of the Jewish tenacity for national life in the face of nearly overwhelming odds is yet another testimony that the promises of the Lord concerning this downtrodden people are being fulfilled.” Coming 183.

4. The Great Gathering Home

a. Return of the Jews a Sign That Must Be Fulfilled Before Christ’s Coming

i. Joseph Smith – “Judah must return, Jerusalem must be rebuilt, and the temple, and water come out from under the temple and the waters of the dead sea be healed. It will take some time to rebuild the walls of the city and the temple etc.; and all this must be done before the Son of Man will make his appearance.” Joseph Smith, Documentary History of the Church, Vol 5, p.337, April 6, 1843, quoted at Coming 185.

ii. Wilford Woodruff I – “He will never come until the Jews are gathered home and have rebuilt their temple and city and the Gentiles have gone up to battle against them.” Wilford Woodruff, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 18, p. 111, September 12, 1875, quoted at Coming 185.

iii. Wilford Woodruff II – “For the fullness of the Gentiles has come in, and the Lord has decreed that the Jews should be gathered from all the Gentile nations where they have been driven, into their own land, in fulfillment of the words of Moses, their law-giver.” Wilford Woodruff, Millennial Star, Vol. 41, p. 244, April 21, 1879, italics removed, quoted at Coming 185.

5. Jerusalem for the Jews and the Temple Rebuilt

a. Christ’s Prophecy of Jerusalem’s Downfall – “Christ spoke of the time when Jerusalem would be encompassed about with armies, and warned the Jews to flee from these days of vengeance. [Luke 21:20-22]. He then continued: ‘But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! For there shall be great distress in the land and wrath upon this people. And they shall fal by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive unto all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles until the time of the Gentiles be fulfilled.’ [Luke 21:23- 24].” Coming 186, footnoted scripture references provided in brackets.

b. Subsequent Developments – See Coming 186-187.

i. Circa AD 70: Vespasian and Titus conquered Jerusalem

ii. AD 687: Khalif Omar and the Arabs take Jerusalem

iii. Christians held Jerusalem for a few years after the crusades, but it fell back under Turkish control

iv. Control alternated between Arabs and Turks for hundreds of years

v. WWI: British forces under General Allenby retook Jerusalem

vi. Not until after the Six Day War in 1967 was Jerusalem finally under complete Jewish control

c. The Temple Still Needs to be Rebuilt – The Temple still needs to be constructed on the Temple Mount. However, cf. David J. Ridges, 65 Signs of the Times Leading Up to the Second Coming 125 – “Nowhere in the scriptures does it state that the Jerusalem Temple has to be built on the exact site of the Dome of the Rock, a mosque that is so sacred to Muslims. There is actually plenty of room on the so-called ‘Temple Mount’ for both.”

6. The Great War—The Jews Find Their Messiah – “Ezekiel pictures them [i.e., Jerusalem’s enemies in the great final battle, from which Christ will deliver her] as coming up from the north [Ezekiel 38:15] and as being so numerous as to be like ‘a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou, and all thy bands, and many people with thee’ [Ezekiel 38:9]. Their purpose shall be to spoil and ravage the land of Israel [Ezeikiel 38:13]. [¶] And yet strangely enough, it out of this great catastrophe that the Jews will finally come to know their Master, Jesus of Nazareth.” Coming 189-190, footnoted scripture references included in brackets.

6a. Regarding the Battle of Armageddon – Regarding the Battle of Armageddon, see Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39. Coming 213, referencing President Joseph Fielding Smith.

a. The Nations That Come Against Israel Will Do So to Avail Themselves of Her Wealth – See Charles W. Penrose, “The Second Advent,” Millennial Star, Vol 21, pp. 582-583, September 18, 1859 and excerpt at Coming 190.

b. Satan Will Show Forth False Miracles to Facilitate Gathering of Army to Go Forth Against Israel – See Orson Pratt, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 7, p. 189, July 10, 1859, excerpt at Coming 190-191.

c. President Joseph Fielding Smith, Great Earthquakes Will (a): Split Mount of Olives and (b): Save the Jews, Respectively – These earthquakes will be felt worldwide. Joseph Fielding Smith, Signs of the Times, (Deseret Book Company: Salt Lake City, 1964) 170, excerpts at Coming 191-192.

d. Gentile Nations to Wage War Against Israel; Two Prophets Sent to Jerusalem

i. Gentiles Siege Jerusalem – “In the book of Revelation, John also spoke of this last struggle and told of the Gentiles treading down the holy city for a period of forty-two months, or three and a half years. [Revelation 11:2].” Coming 192, footnoted reference in brackets.

ii. Two Prophets Prophesy at Jerusalem – “During this period, there will be two witnesses who will be given power to prophesy and to work with the people of Judah. John spoke of the tremendous power which they would have, which probably explains the success of the Jews in holding off such a powerful army for three and one-half years. [Revelation 11:3-6].” Coming 192, footnoted reference in brackets.

iii. Doctrine and Covenants Confirms This – Joseph Smith explained that the two witnesses are prophets raised up to the Jewish nation prior to the end. ‘Q: What is to be understood by the two witnesses in the eleventh chapter of Revelation[ ]? A: They are two prophets that are to be raised up to the Jewish nation in the last days, at the time of the restoration, and to prophesy to the Jews after they are gathered and have built the city of Jerusalem in the land of their fathers.” Coming 192, quoting Doctrine and Covenants 77:15, brackets used to denote correct name of final New Testament book.

iv. Fate of the Witnesses – “John went on to say that after the witnesses had finished their testimony, they would be caught and killed by the troops besieging Jerusalem. This would cause much rejoicing and merrymaking among the armies of Gog. Rather than the bodies being buried, John predicted that they would be lying in the streets, evidently as a sign of Gog’s triumph. [Revelation 11:7-12].” Coming 191-192, footnoted reference in brackets.

v. The Witnesses Resurrected – John in the 11th Chapter of Revelation, gives us many more particulars concerning the same event[s, i.e., the witnesses’ ministry at Jerusalem, the siege of the Gentile armies there, et etera]. He informs us that, after the city and temple are rebuilt by the Jews, the Gentiles will tread it under foot forty and two months, during which time there will be two Prophets continually prophesying and working mighty miracles. And it seems that the Gentile army shall be hindered from utterly destroying and overthrowing the city, while these two Prophets continue. But, after a struggle of three years and a half, they at length succeed in destroying these two Prophets, and then overrunning much of the city, they send gifts to each other because of the death of the two Prophets, and in the meantime will not allow their dead bodies to be put in graves, but suffer them to be in the streets of Jerusalem three days and a half, during which the armies of the Gentiles, consisting of many kindreds, tongues, and nations, passing through the city, plundering the Jews, see their dead bodies lying in the street. But after three days and a half, on a sudden, the spirit of life from God enters them, and they will rise and stand upon their feet, and great fear will fall upon them that see them. And then they shall hear a voice from heaven saying, ‘Come up hither,’ and they will ascend up to heaven in a cloud, and their enemies beholding them.” Coming 193, quoting Parley P. Pratt, A Voice of Warning, Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1897) 41-42.

E. The Second Coming – According to Revelation 11:14-15, Christ’s coming in glory occurs shortly after the two prophet-witnesses spoken of are taken up. See Coming 194.

F. No Middle Ground – “You cannot, therefore, stand as idle and disinterested spectators of the scenes and events which are calculated, in their very nature, to reduce all nations and creeds to one political and religious standards, and thus put an end to Babel forms and names, and to strife and war. You will, therefore, either be led by the good Spirit to cast your lot, and to take a lively interest with the Saints of the Most High, and the covenant people of the Lord; or, on the other hand, you will become their inveterate enemy, and oppose them by every means in your power.” Excerpt of “Proclamation of the Twelve Apostles,” Millennial Star, Vol 6, pp. 6-7, October 22, 1845, italics removed

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Personally, I think most, if not all, of these people making predictions about the progress of the SC, know very little of what they are talking about. Sure there are plenty of things in the scriptures, but which of them are in play at any given time?  

I'm just trying to watch carefully. At some point the waste product will hit the atmospheric propulsor. I may or may not be alive by then. In the meantime I am trying to maintain my status as a practicing Latter-day Saint. I'm sure the Lord will let me know in some reliable fashion that I need to do -- whatever is needed -- when the time comes.

 

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18 hours ago, Stargazer said:

Personally, I think most, if not all, of these people making predictions about the progress of the SC, know very little of what they are talking about. Sure there are plenty of things in the scriptures, but which of them are in play at any given time?  

I'm just trying to watch carefully. At some point the waste product will hit the atmospheric propulsor. I may or may not be alive by then. In the meantime I am trying to maintain my status as a practicing Latter-day Saint. I'm sure the Lord will let me know in some reliable fashion that I need to do -- whatever is needed -- when the time comes.

 

People who are making predictions about the Second Coming like, the Savior Himself?  The Apostle Paul?  Joseph Smith?  Brigham Young?  Orson Pratt?  Spencer W. Kimball?  Ezra Taft Benson?  

Okay. :huh: :unknw: 

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XI. THE END—AND THE BEGINNING

A. Prophecy the Hand of a Loving Father – “[P]rophecy is the hand of a kind and loving Father extended to his groping and frightened children. Guiding his children through foreboding days of violence, war, corruption, and decay seems to be one of the major tasks of the Lord, and as has been amply demonstrated, he has abundantly marked the future course of the world and of his Church.” Coming 197.

B. What We Know – Coming 197-198.

1. “We know that the great turmoil and chaos that will reign on the earth prior to the return of the Master is necessary to prepare a world for his reign.”

2. “We know that Satan shall rage in the hearts of men but shall not triumph.”

3. “We know that God shall closely watch over the worthy, protecting them in times of crises and blessing them as they draw near unto him”—with such scriptures as Matthew 10:28 and Doctrine and Covenants 122:9 as important caveats.

4. “We know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was restored specifically to prepare the world for the great millennial day.”

5. “We know that the face of the future is known to God and that he is anxious to prepare his children so that its dreadful visage may be smoothed into one of smiling promise.”

6. “We know that the day shall come that the earth shall burn as an oven and the wicked as stubble.”

7. “But we also know that the signs of the times have been given so that the wicked may take heed and turn from their paths of self-destruction.”

8. “We know that the Lord Jesus Christ is coming to claim his kingdom and this magnificent King shall set the affairs of the world in order that peace shall dwell in the hearts of men.”

C. Those Who Will Not See – “It seems a difficult thing to understand how any person could live through the great events which lead to the return of the Son of God and still refuse to change his heart in preparation for that coming. Yet, there will be vast multitudes of people who shall be caught as were those in the days of Noah [Matthew 24:37-41]— living their lives of spiritual apathy; laughing at or ignoring the mounting evidence that the day of reckoning approaches.” Coming 198.

1. “Even at the Doors”? – If Christ Himself said His coming is “even at the doors,” it is probably best to not live as though it is in the far-off, indefinite future—if, indeed, one believes it is to occur at all. See Coming 200-201 and, e.g., Doctrine and Covenants 110:16.

D. Righteous Caught Up, Two Zions Unite – “As the righteous from all ages—both living and dead—are caught up to meet the coming Lord, a group of people who long ago distinguished themselves for their righteousness will also descend and join the millennial band who are to take up abode with the saints on the earth. This group of saints were so righteous in an age of wickedness that the Lord took up the entire city to himself. [Moses 7:67-69. See also Doctrine and Covenants 38:4]. That, of course, was the City of Enoch.” This will occur at the commencement of the Millennium. Coming 201.

E. He Comes!

1. See Charles W. Penrose, “The Second Advent,” Millennial Star, Vol. 21, p. 583, September 10, 1859 and excerpt at Coming 202.

F. The Great and Dreadful Day

1. Elijah and Malachi – Elijah fulfilled Malachi’s prophecy by appearing to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery in the Kirtland Temple. See Malachi 3:1, Doctrine and Covenants 110, Coming 202-203.

2. Why “Great and Dreadful”? – “To those who have been eagerly watching and waiting for the coming of the Lord, who have made the necessary preparations so as to be included in that group which Christ described as his ‘first fruits’ [Doctrine and Covenants 88:98], it shall indeed be a great day. To those who have ignored or rejected the innumerable warnings, who have felt sure that the Lord was delaying his coming”—or, indeed, those who have felt sure that he would not come at all—“who are not worthy to endure the brilliant presence of the Son of God, what better way to describe their experience on that day than ‘dreadful’?” Coming 203.

3. Fair Warning

a. Doctrine and Covenants 38:8-9 – “But the day soon cometh that ye shall see me, and know that I am; for the veil of darkness shall soon be rent, and he that is not purified shall not abide the day. Wherefore, gird up your loins and be prepared.” Quoted at Coming 203, italics and ellipses removed.

b. Doctrine and Covenants 45:44 – “And then they shall look for me, and behold, I will come; and they shall see me in the clouds of heaven, clothed with power and great glory; with all the holy angels; and he that watcheth not for me shall be cut off.” Quoted at Coming 203, ellipses removed.

c. Doctrine and Covenants 54:10 – “And again, be patient in tribulation until I come; and behold, I come quickly, and my reward is with me, and they who have sought me early shall find rest unto their souls.” Quoted at Coming 204.

G. A New World Like Unto Eden

1. Articles of Faith 1:10 – “We believe . . . that Christ will reign personally upon the earth; and that the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisaical glory.”

2. Conditions “Like Unto Eden”

Doctrine and Covenants 101:26-34

a. “Enmity of all flesh shall cease from before my face”

b. “Whatsoever any man shall ask, it shall be given him”

c. “There shall be no sorrow because there is no death”

d. “An infant shall not die until he is old; his age as that of a tree”

e. “Changed in the twinkling of an eye; caught up; glorious rest”

f. “Lord shall reveal all things”

i. “Things that have passed”

ii. “Hidden things which no man knew”

iii. “Things of the earth, by which it was made, and the purpose and end thereof”

iv. “Things most precious”

v. “Things that are above”

vi. “Things that are beneath”

vii. “Things that are in the earth”

viii. “And” things that are “upon the earth”

ix. “And” things that are “in heaven”

Isaiah 65:17-25

g. “I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind”

h. “Rejoice”; “I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and here people a joy”; “And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and the voice of weeping shall no more be heard in her, nor the voice of crying”

i. “There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days”

j. “And they shall build houses, and inhabit”; “They shall not plant, and another eat”; “mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands”

j. “They shall not labor in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the Lord, and their offspring with them”

k. “Before they call, I will answer and while they are yet speaking I will hear”

l. “Before the call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear”

m. “The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpents meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the Lord”

3. Only Paradisaical People May Live on a Paradisaical [Terrestrial] Earth – “The rebellious and the wicked who refuse to live according to the laws of God will be destroyed so that the paradise of God may be ushered in. [Thus], the great judgments of the Lord . . . are to prepare the world for its paradisiacal glory.” Coming 205, ellipses and brackets added.

H. Moral Agency Still Preserved During the Millennium

1. During the Millennium, People of Varying Religious Stripes, as Well as People Who Do Not Believe in Christ but Who Acknowledge His Kingly Government, Will Inhabit the Earth – Brigham Young taught that although every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is the Christ, this will include people of varying religious stripes. Others will not believe in Christ, “but they will be obliged to acknowledge his kingly government.” See Coming 207.

2. Only Paradisaical People May Live on a Paradisiacal [Terrestrial] Earth, Revisited “[O]nly those living a telestial order of things will be swept off in preparation for the Millennium. This will leave many good people who live good lives but not the kind of lives that would take them to the celestial kingdom. In short, there will be people living the terrestrial law and the celestial law during the millennium.” Coming 207.

3. “Wickedness” During the Millennium: Joseph Smith – “The heathen nations who will not come up to worship will be visited with the judgments of God, and must eventually be destroyed from the earth.” Coming 208, quoting Joseph Smith, Documentary History of the Church, Vol. 5, p. 212, December, 1842, italics removed.

I. The Great Work of the Millennium

1. In the Millennium, Humankind Will Need to Spend Much Less Time Making a Living, and Can Spend Far More Time Making a Life—Both Temporal and Eternal – “Isaiah spoke of the time when the people would have the privilege of enjoying the full fruits of their labor, and when their efforts to produce goods would not be in vain. [Isaiah 65:17-25]. This would seem to indicate that the people then will find it much easier to provide enough food and materials to take care of their temporal needs. This would free man from much of the presently required time needed to produce enough for his wants. In the telestial world in which we live, the effort a man puts into sustaining himself and his family is often robbed by storm, pestilence, disaster, or through high taxes, vandalism, and robbery. In the conditions predicted for the Millennium, it seems as though a person would have to spend much less of his time trying to maintain life than he does today.” Coming 208.

2. Likely Pursuits: Much of this List is Mine, Not Bro. Lund’s – Temple ordinances, family history research, missionary work, self-actualization activities, development of talents, pursuit of worthy interests, learning, growth, discovery, et cetera.

3. Importance of Temple Work in the Millennium

a. Brigham Young – “The Gospel is now preached to the spirits in prison, and when the time comes for the servants of God to officiate for them, the names of those who have received the Gospel in the spirit world will be revealed by the angels of God and the spirits of just men made perfect; also the places of their birth, the age in which they lived, and everything regarding them that is necessary to be recorded on earth, and they will then be saved so as to find admittance into the presence of God, with their relatives who have officiated for them.” Coming 209, quoting Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 6, p. 347, July 31, 1859, italics removed.

b. Many Temples to be Built: Wilford Woodruff – “President Wilford Woodruff also referred to the great number of temples that will be built to accommodate the vast scope of this work.” Coming 210.

c. Knowledge of Those Awaiting Temple Ordinances to Come Through Urim and Thummim? President Joseph F. Smith – See Coming 210- 211.

d. Communication With the Deceased a Daily Occurrence: Joseph Fielding Smith – “The Great work of the millennium . . . will be for the salvation of those souls. Those who will be living here then will be in daily communication with those who have passed through the resurrection,” who will come with the information necessary for their ordinances to be completed. Coming 211, quoting Joseph Fielding Smith; the source of this quotation is unclear, ellipses added.

4. Oh, to Live in the Millennium! – “What an exciting thought! To live and work in such a way that daily communication with resurrected beings can be expected! Add to that the feelings that come when one realizes that he may raise his children in a land of peace, plenty, and love, when disease and death shall no longer run rampant through the masses of humanity, and what heart cannot help but long for the privilege to see the millennial reign of Christ ushered in!” Coming 211.

5. The Final Scenes

a. Alas, Millennial Peace and Prosperity to Be Interrupted One Last Time – “For nearly a thousand years, the earth shall know a period of paradisaical glory which shall be a great blessing to all the inhabitants thereof. But this state is not to continue forever. When Christ promised that Satan would be bound during the millennium he also told us that he would once again be loosed for a little season. [Then, Doctrine and Covenants 88:110-111 is quoted].” Coming 211-212.

b. Satan to be Loosed “For a Little Season” – “At the close of the Millennium, Satan shall once again begin to gain power over the hearts of the children of men, so much so, that he shall begin to stir them up once more to make war against the saints of the Most High God. George Q. Cannon taught that this power would result as mankind once again began to drift away from the principles of righteousness, including the Law of Consecration. [¶] . . . This rebellion will evidently lead to a last great conflict between the forces of Satan and the servants of Jesus Christ. The Lord described this great battle in the Doctrine and Covenants. [Section 88:112-114 is quoted.] [¶] As the Lord describes the hosts of heaven arrayed in battle against the hosts of hell, it brings to mind the war in heaven. It would seem that the original conflict was not decisively settled as far as Satan is concerned and he still feels he can triumph over the work of the Almighty.” Coming 212-213.

c. “Battle of Armageddon” vs. “Battle of Gog & Magog” – Per President Joseph Fielding Smith, the battle before the Millennium “is more appropriately titled the battle of Armageddon, and the second at the end of the Millennium as the battle of Gog and Magog.” Coming 213.

d. Just as a Battle Will End the Telestial World and Inaugurate the Terrestrial, a Battle Also Will End the Terrestrial World and Inaugurate the Celestial – “That final contest between the enemies of righteousness and the saints of God will end just as did the first one, fought so many years before this earth was inhabited. And just as the battle of Armageddon will signal the end of the telestial world and the coming of the terrestrial, so will the battle of Gog and Magog at the close of the Millennium signal the end of the terrestrial order and the coming of the celestial.”

J. The Celestial Kingdom—The Final Destiny – “This earth, in its sanctified and immortal state, will be made like unto crystal and will be a Urim and Thummim to the inhabitants who dwell thereon, whereby all things pertaining to an inferior kingdom, or all kingdoms of a lower order, will be manifest to those who dwell on it; and this earth will be Christ’s.” Doctrine and Covenants 88:22, quoted at Coming 214.

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