Understanding the Signs of the Times by Donald Parry – Book Notes

–nuke p16 McConkie prophecies of

–Christ’s coming will not be as a thief to the saints (they’ll expect it, be familiar with the timing, etc.) p6

for the Saints Christ’s coming won’t be a surprise; scrip refs about this

-we are now living in 6th seal last 1k years which began in 1k a.d. -McConkie p8

-restoration of the gospel most awesome sign of the times p25

–wasting time interpreting some signs and timings p17

–Elijah powers are keys of Melchizedek priesthood etc. p32

-why Elijah p33

-seal hearts p34

-seal or curse p34

-Book of Mormon (BFM) or no restoration p35

-Charles Anthon p37-8

-begin serious study of BFM for power p38

-number of angels to JS p39

-tutors to prophet p39

-“another angel” fulfillment ref p 41

-loses made up p55

-work for self not fullest aid you’ll receive. that’s to be had in the work of God. p51

-relax till prophet says go if you go at all p57

-follow sustained leaders as to when gather and won’t be lead astray p57

-like Moses in power the prophet leads the gathering p58

-10 tribes come when prophet calls them to p58, and p103-110 and footnote 55 there.

–1 of a city 2 of a family p59

-gather by baptism into the church p59

-challenges and risks yet to be had in the gathering of Israel p60

-could quickly change like Iran Curtain what prevents gospel from being in all places. It’s going to all the world. p60

-fullness of gospel in BFM doesn’t mean all, means all needed for salvation p60-1

-Israel is scattered so missionaries go everywhere p62

-Gentiles are the ones who gather Israel p62

-1st vision fulfills prophecy of gospel to Gentiles by an act of the father p63

-we are the modern Gentiles p63

-Ephraim is majority of church members. They gathered 1st since has birthright and is to gather the rest of Israel p63

-“standard” flag refs of types p64

-Isa 49 Kings and Queens may be who are righteous and join the church -Kimball p65

-lesser glory=lost opportunity, “worlds without end” *they not create! p___

-after missionaries and earth commotion, the words all earth will hear the Lord say in D&C p67

-warning to all people via God’s chosen disciples (LDS) in D&C p68

-eventually who won’t heed the Apostles will be cut off D&C p68

-LDS take the gospel to each individual human p69-70

-the end is after preaching to all world JS-M p70

-Lord’s arm to be revealed=his power manifest Isaiah and D&C p71

-all will have opportunity to hear the gospel between birth and resurrection several refs fn 24 read p71

-baptism then migration. Symbolizes Christ’s gifts migration does. Prophets on scrips on gathering to promised lands p72-3

-who are and what of the elect refs p75

-Gather Israel like a harvest p76

–Stand in holy places: these are LDS temples stakes chapels and homes refs and prophet on it p77 see fn28.

-broken heart heal p80

-curses on who choose not obey the Lord Deut. 28:15-68 and more refs p95

-in temple prophets get and all get all of Priesthood p96

-mountain top can be temple when no temple p96

-whole of America is Zion says JS p97

– temple place where all nations can come for endowments says JS p97-8

-2 religious centers/capitals in Millennium p98

-Constitution fills “law go forth from Zion” p98-99

-“times of the gentiles” is now, then time of the Jews at 2nd Coming. 42 months Gentiles trample Jerusalem and prophets preach during it and killed there, then Jesus comes. We are i the time of the Gentiles. of their gathering. p99-101.

-10 tribes to bring their riches “to the children of Ephraim my servants” D&C 133:30 p103

-Enoch power when he spoke earth trembled and rivers turned their courses Moses 7:13 this may be what like when 10 tribes return making a highway etc or a highway of righteousness requiring the power Enoch used but all analogical to that; fn 55 on McConkie more on 10 tribes p104

–BFM to help gather 10 tribes; Mormon 3:17-18 p107

–10 tribes initially to go local wards stakes etc. which is our way today; Pres Kimball p107

-much of 10 tribes come to America. All tribes but Judah will who are willing and obedient; Judah goes to old Jerusalem JS fn59 p107

-earth chaos in U.S. soon, prepare way for 10 tribes return; JS p107

–in 6th k yr.’s of earth temporal existence 12k High Priests faithful from e/ tribe D&C 77:10-11, 6 p07-108

-earth to exist temporally for 7 k yrs. D&C 77:6

–10 tribes return as primarily a Millennial event; McConkie Millennial Messiah 323-9 p108 fn61

-10 tribes last seen traveling north from middle east; 2 Esdras 13 p108

-10 lost tribes over all earth refs p105

-greater blessing is for Ephraim to bring souls many to Christ Levels of joy D&C p110

-Gathering to New Jerusalem list of things about it i.e. its pre-millennial p111-2

-Jews to their own land; Woodruf Nephi Zechariah p121-2

-many children p124

–new and old Jerusalem temple building for before Millennium fn of p126

-time for temple construction prophecies to be in the last days p126

-temple house analogy peace of parents at their house we go to seek p127

–water from under temple JS seems to say it’s literal; all you want can’t take it al healing power p128

-pre-Millennial water from under temple to heal the dead sea and rebuild temple and Jerusalem walls pre Second Coming of Jesus Christ JS p 129

-see also the doc on “Events preceding the Second Coming of Jesus Christ” I made and print in the Parry book as well as it is referenced so much therein.

-p134 the 2 prophets in Jerusalem killed will be of the 12 or the 1st Presidency (McConkie)

-God power over hell rev 20:1-3; see p 137

-says Lord gather for war, and says devils gather for war, may go to show that God is over all, and He causes all for His purposes. -Parry Signs pg.141

-God’s great love for us is why he keeps his covenants with us (this ref refers to how he will come through for the Jews and speaks of the reason why as being his love for them, so we see he keeps his covenants with them out of his love for them.) –pg. 149 and D&C 109:61.

-2 Ne. 25:15 and pg. 149 Jews scourged until come unto Christ.

-pg. 149 dedicatory temple prayer in our day saying how from then on Jerusalem begin to be blessed; and since that day many more Jews have gone there and are building stuff etc!

-until repented all carry a heavy burden of guilt see Isa. 58 : 6 pg. 149 on Jews to be delivered.

-JS on how prophets priests and kings looked forward to our day and wrote and sung of it but are dead and we are the privileged ones to see the glory of the last days. *It’s like we are going to experience heaven even in our day of earth trial! Don’t spare the flames eh’? We’ll have plenty of reproving along with it, and premarital preparation to enable us to withstand it, even Babylon, and Christ we seek unto for deliverance.

-expressions to characterize Zion refs and definitions of Zion pg. 153-4

-temple to be built in New Jerusalem pg154 D&C 57:1-3

-JS on Eden in Jackson County and there a great temple to be built pg155

-McConkie on how no need go Missouri Jackson County until Prophet says so, and then only needed delegates will go there the rest will remain where they are.

-Zion is all America, center of it is where temple is. p157 JS

-JS consecrated ground in Jackson County for a temple and location thereof exactly p157-8

-D&C 105:16-17 we’re commanded to throw down the towers of the wicked but are not obeying; *I see we must learn what they are doing and not participate and preach against them.

-p161 duties of church members

-Pres Lorenzo Snow taught the specific transgression of the Saints was a failure to obey the law of consecration pg. 162

–temple is the very foundation in Zion D&C 124:39 and pg. 163

-Lord’s people gather for the purpose of enjoying temple blessings. Church Hist. see ref on pg. 163.

-refs of Lord shall fight for you, Jehovah himself marching at the head of armies, battles being called the Lord’s battles. These a type for what will happen in Latter-day Zion as well perhaps. pg. 163.

-Zion not redeemed in day of early restoration for only a few answered the call to Zion’s camp the Lord’s army he wanted built. p164

–welfare program of the church is to prep us for a higher law to come. Zion not so until living Celestial kingdom law; Hinckley on how we will never build Zion without ridding of “Our Consuming selfishness.” p165.

-The church to have great power, like being ready trained for war with weapons around a standard, ready to war against Satan and all evil. It’s like something coming out of the wilderness a light which lights the night like the moon see pg. 165 and D&C 105:31.

-people will admit this is God’s and Christ’s kingdom rev 11:15 and D&C 105:32 and pg. 165.

-after redemption of Zion, law of Consecration will be in full effect D&C 105:34 and pg. 166.

–hope for many who are currently lost that they will be found; p 167 for refs like D&C 49:24-28 and Isa 35:1-2.

–2nd Comforter JC visiting select souls; JS teachings 149-50; pg. 169 see D&C 49:27 “I will be in your midst”

-who seek the Lord early find rest D&C 54:10, pg. 169, pg. 239.

-hear of war in own lands” D&C 45:63 was said to JS *so it’s the USA!

-New Jerusalem why safe refs including they don’t want war p170-171; D&C 45

–when wars come we shall have to flee to Zion. make haste to prepare it; JS; p171

-American Civil War prophecies in D&C p171

–when Christ come we (LDS) shall be a people all living together as one like was the city of Enoch; Pres. Eyring p172 (Ensign Nov. 1989 p13 thereof)

–Glory of the Lord to be seen upon New Jerusalem; see D&C; p172

–war words characterize the wicked; songs of everlasting joy characterize the righteous p173

–fire to protect New and Old Jerusalem causing the wicked to fear Zion; Isa. 31:9; p173; also D&C 45:70 & D&C 64:43 on how wicked will be afraid of Zion

-people will confess Zion can’t fail and that God is there; D&C 97:18-19; p173

-sorrow and sighing shall flee away” Isa 35:10

-Hebrew for Zion denotes citadel, hill crest, castle, stronghold p172

-time to come but when no peace but in Zion; JS; p175

-Chiasm of Isa. speaking of all world dark except rising Zion p175-6 isa60:1-3

-“Independence Missouri is the center place; and a spot for the temple is lying westward, upon a lot which is not far from the courthouse.” D&C 57:3

-now is the time when we must enlarge Zion and carry out the plan of Salvation throughout the world p176 Harold B Lee Pres

-eventually the stakes of Zion will get so big there will be a new name for them p176; D&C 101:21

-SAVE from violence p180

–more in Zion then more principals of Zion we can have until receive the amount we need to receive Christ’s coming. p179

-strengthen where live=Zion must increase in batty fulfillment of prophecy says a prophet

-definition of Zion being those who go to the poor to care for them and the needy and who obey and who have no guile in them/ 2nd motives.

-wicked will die ref. like sweeping whirlwind.

–scourge till Jesus Christ comes. “all” tormented by it.

-firmly believe Zion may escape a prophet said p181-182 JFS

-Zion as a bride refs (*so learn working marriage principals in order to draw nearer to God!) p182

-glory of Lord at temple if worshipers clean (*not now such, so we must repent) p183

-D&C 97:19 Zion can’t fall for God is to be there p183

-ref people intimidated by Zion it being so blessed p183

-we will be with Enoch’s city p185

-we to go up like Enoch’s city being translated and will meet and embrace and kiss and weep with them; Pres. John Taylor; p187

-commanded to bow before Jesus Christ and rejoice in his presence p187

-Zion=the perfection of beauty p188

-before 2nd coming temple built in New Jerusalem p188

-2 reasons why LDS church: restore God’s people; gather them to New Jerusalem p 188

-resurrected Saints and the 144 k and the LDS’s to stand upon Mt. Zion with Christ. unknown timing. p189

-Ensign symbolism=the gospel and BFM and their light p189 fn.

-earlier not able stab. Zion in Missouri, but prophecy D&C we will still.

-refs that New Jerusalem and it’s temple to be built by the Saints p191

-Zion of certain O.T. refs be built in America; JS; p192

-Lord appear personally like was with Enoch. Him to be with those of His city! p193


-never was a time more cut off from Christ than ours; Pres. Hugh B Brown ; p200

-Satan is prince of this world and prince of the power of the air; dc; john; p200

–challenges of this era will rival any of the past, and these will increase SPIRITUALLY AND TEMPORALLY.; Pres. Benson; p200

-Moses veil of darkness to cover earth prophecy came to pass in the great apostasy; p201

-Hebrew roots show that “ordinance” means to carve or engrave. shows these aren’t meant to be changed and loose their power when are; Parry; p203.

-people to be desolate translates to guilty in Hebrew; and hence must pay for their sin p203

-many false prophets in days of true NT prophets p 206

-false Christ’s oft are ideas and churches not oft people; McConkie and Joseph Fielding McConkie; p207

-people working wonders by the power of Satan even leading them to war against God Almighty p208

-deceive elect according to the covenant means LDS church members may be deceived by the world; Pres. HB Lee; p209

-wolves among LDS membership seeking lead away the weak some following own notions others sinister motives; only way to guided aright in our day is follow our leaders and seek guidance of the HG; Pres HB Lee; p209

-how to tell if imposter among us via regular ordination by heads of the church; quote pg 210

-false prophets rising in and out of the church; Elder Ballard quote p210

-run from who claims special authority from God outside the church p210 Elder Ballard quote

-antichrist is one who assumes the guise of Christ John says p211

-antichrist messages include all to have eternal life, and no existence of Christ p212

-man of sin that shall be revealed “son of perdition” from bible speaking of apostasy is Satan himself; McConkie quote p 213

-beasts in book of rev are not individuals but organizations cultures and philosophies that follow Satan

-lengthy list of modern transgressions by Pres. Kimball p215-6 quote

-“perhaps never before has the world accepted sin so completely as a way of life” Pres Kimball quote p216

-none accept who have the wedding garment permitted to eat and drink in presence fo the Bridegroom; quote history of church p217

– world we live in today is sick neigh unto death from unrighteousness ; MG Romney quote p 217

-signs of moral decay include spreading of AIDS and graffiti which is an insult to art, endless sex and violence on TV, the emphasis on sex education; quote Pres Hinckley p217

-TSM business without morality; science without humanity; knowledge without character; worship without sacrifice; pleasure without conscience; politics without principle; wealth without works; p217

-immorality homosexuality these are Sodomic practices evidences of loving Satan more than God; McConkie quote 217

-space age Sodom we live in; aided by some movie producers and so called educators; ungodly pursuit of pleasure at any price; David B Haight quote p 218

-Pres McKay says we are near the time when the LDS will save the USA p227

-Elder Benson suggests LDS save USA constitution by natural way, grow up and get employment and step up p227

-USA constitution won’t be saved in Washington but where there are LDS who care about it; subscribing to and living by it; Elder Benson p227

-proliferation of wars, emphasis on sexual situations on TV and movies, loss of civility in our discourse, assisted suicide are signs of moral decay; Parry p218, see Bork’s book referenced below as well.

-*Prophets publicly denounce homosexuality, so need I do.

-incontinent=without self control p219 (Greek)

-heady=rash p219 (Greek)

-highminded=lifted up with pride (Greek) p219

-lack of recognition of God’s power to the point of denial p220 refs scrips 3ne29:6; morm9:26

-NIV bible silly women= weak willed women swayed with evil desires and with sins weighed down p220

-to learn things of eternal significance we need cast away our own learning and consider ourselves fools; 2ne9:42; alma 17:2-3; p220

-1960-1990 500% increase in violent crime; 400%increase in illegitimate births; tripling of % of children living in single-parent homes; tripling in teenage suicide rate; doubling in divorce rate; Elder Ballard; see talk refed; p221;

-godly in Jesus shall suffer persecution great tribulation ; JS p223

-our history is one of being driven ; Pres Hinckley; quote p223

-fruit of sin is pride, namely secret combinations; will yet be the fall of many nations; 1989 gen conference quote p224

-characteristics scriptural of secret combinations p224-5

-communism is secret combination p225 McConkie

-LDS staff upon which USA will lean at brink of destruction and LDS will save constitution JS quote p226

-constitution won’t be destroyed but will hang by a thread. LDS save it p226 BY quote

-we are on the brink of losing some freedoms and once that occurs only blood will bring them back and the saints will have to sacrifice much more than they do now; yes more persecutions in order to keep the church going forward; quote p226 in book referred to thereon, J Reuben Clark.

-Almighty God will spare the USA for the LDS churchs’ sake. They are the leaven. p228

-1/3 plants burned may be symbolic to say less than half p229

-Christs disciples will stand in holy places and be not moved but the wicked will curse God and die ; D&C; p231

-Kimball says lands bank accounts, leisure, boats , cars, and luxuries are our idols p232

-vengeance to come immediately before the 2nd Coming

-worship is what we take action towards, and may be toward our farms and cattle p232

-normal activities of life will be going on before Christ’s coming, and the unmindful and unbelieving will be shocked at Christ’s coming like they were at the coming of the flood. p233

-there will be a world war that will destroy 1/3 of mankind. p235

-this generation is as corrupt as the one that crucified Christ, and were he here today would kill him for what he would preach ; JS; p235

-I the Lord am angry with the wicked and am withholding my spirit from the inhabitants of the earth ; to JS; p237

-who hardens heart gets less of the word till they have none; Alma p238

-not being a respecter of persons means that the Lord does respect more who obey him. He gives all equal opportunity of have his blessings if they will obey him. p239; JFiS;

-no excuse for us not to be prepared for Christ’s coming, being fully warned, although it will happen suddenly. ;JFiS; p240

-the Lord’s soon may be our century, like at 11:45 we say midnight will be soon; Maxwell; p240

-Satan leads captive all who will not hearken to God’s voice p241; Moses;

Ch6 Wars and Rumors of Wars

-not many years until wars in our own lands p 242

-the wicked shall slay the wicked p243

-WW1 killed over 10 million soldiers; WW2 killed 45 million p243

-war is a living testimony that Satan lives; the greatest cause of human misery; I hate it; promoter of hate, waster of treasure; moans most tragic misadventure; Hinckley p244

-the day when peace shall be taken from the earth has come say the prophets; p244 fn.

-Civil War as a sign that marks the beginning of the latter-day wars, the commencement of the difficulties; D&C ; p245

-Zion will be the only people that will not be at war with one another p245; D&C

-WW1 was mostly European war with Turkey and USA joining, WW2 was more of a world war. p246

-list p246

-US Civil war killed 1 million men p247

-US Civil war lost us 8 trillion $, cost of 3/4 of the current property taxable at the time p247

-US Civil war not the final fulfillment of the prophecy of war being on our land p248; JFiS etc.

-communist countries may be the fulfillment of countries whose slaves rise up against their masters p250

-US natives risen up against and vexed the Gentiles p251

-if Gentiles not receive the BofM like a lion treads they will be tread down p251

-unleashing of hell upon the earth p253; after opening the 7th seal before the coming of Christ.

-armies perhaps unknowingly lead by Satan into battle p253 will kill all but who have the Lords mark on their foreheads

-star fall from heaven in Rev. refers to Lucifer p253

-bottomless pit is place of imprisonment for unembodied spirits; king of the abyss is Lucifer; called Abaddon and Apollyon p254

-JS said the saints will have little peace from hence forth; bottomless pit is opened and evil like never before seen is to now be seen p254

-the locusts in Rev. are armies of men p254

-mark on the foreheads on the righteous is symbolic meaning those who have their CALLING AND ELECTION MADE SURE. p255

-locust army to hurt of kill all save saints with the mark in the forehead of Christ p255

-mark put on a parent enables the posterity to be protected as well. ; JS; p255

-4 destroying angels having power of the 4 parts of the earth ; JS; p255

-righteous in Zion to be safe p256

-biological warfare disabling but not killing p256

-5 months may rep a short time not 5 months exactly p256

-locusts shapes rep army men and tanks etc. He may see that era or our era military. p257

-prepared to battle signifies wearing armor. p257

-crowns of gold banding together may mean countries combining to war p257

-long hair sign of strength in the scriptures; they had hair as long as womans p258

-Satan has been called roaring lion who goes about seeking to destroy -258

-breastplates may refer to armored war vehicles p258

-tails like scorpions may refer to variety of weapons them having possession of p258

-Abbadon means destruction/ruin; Apollyon means destruction or destroyer, names for Satan and his work p258-9

-rev9:13-21 description of Armageddon p260

-7 trumpets and their judgments; 7 vials and their judgments p260-1

-loose bound angels may be those that sinned p262

-6th woe separates righteous from the wicked p262

-2 armies of armies p262

-1/3 humans killed by fire smoke brimstone such is a weapon of these armies p263

-them having tails of snakes with heads is evidence of them being sent from the devil p263

-lion head horses signifies their torment p263

-Armageddon will usher in the Millennium, the war of wars, covers all the earth, involves all nations, long and perilous; McConkie; p264

-the battles will be fought by earth warriors but God’s hand will be in it “”””

-will be a religious war; Satan’s servants vs God’s servants; way of worship and God are the issues of the war “”””

-then billions of the earths inhabitants will be in open rebellion against the gospel and every principal of truth found therein “”””

-at the end of all the nations f the earth comes the defeat of God and Magog “”””

-then comes the triumph of the people of the Lord; of Israel as a nation

-the destruction of the political kingdom of Lucifer and fall of great and abominable church “”””

-ancient battles can serve as types of Armageddon “”””

-list of Armageddon traits: occur in 7th seal during 7th thousand year period of earth; Lord use it to his purposes; Satan stirs people up to fight it; all nations come to battle from far countries; the enemy will come speedily; the enemy army will come in great numbers and will be very powerful; the gathering of all nations is specifically directed against Israel; those in Israel will suffer great fear and consternation; the righteous will respond with faith and many pleadings for protection; the war will last many years; may well be during this that the prophets are killed in Jerusalem streets; land of Israel to be laid waste; taking of Jerusalem fulfill prophecies about the abomination of desolation

will be like when Romans destroyed Jerusalem in AD70 an abomination of desolations; hostility among who attack Israel to lead them into a civil war; 1/6 of the enemy of God and Israel will survive the battle; eventual fear against attacking Zion; Israel’s enemy to be spoiled after conquered; hailstone fire and brimstone; God will send a fire on Magog that they know that He is the Lord; great earthquake; darkening of sun and moon and stars from the smoke and atomic warfare or something; God provides deliverance for his people Israel; God’s power manifest through the outcome of the war; plagues of flies maggots and decaying fish; peoples flesh consumed while they are on their feet from atomic warfare or something; beasts eat the dead and it’s the feast of the Lord; will take Israel 7 years to burn the war weapons once it’s over (many years)

-stench and burial of dead of Gog and his people; conflict of Jaredites and Nephites reminiscence of battle of Armageddon to come.

-the devils church has dominion over all earth but the Christ’s church only few in number throughout the earth

-JS said JC said he promises to fight the last battle himself personally p273; prob refers to Armageddon battle.

-nations united under one great head God calls Gog. Pratt. p274

-Jerusalem events 3 in order 1:. 2 prophets slain in Jerusalem and resurrected 2. shaking earth 3. Jesus at olive mount

-dragon beast and false prophet the satanic trinity

-river representing the lies coming from the mouth of the dragon

-frogs evil spirits compared to are unclean animals in the law of Moses

-like the evil men stand as agents of Satan and his spirit followers, Priesthood holders can stand for agents of God on earth.

-“spirits of devils” is better translated as “spirits that are devils” p277

-miracles of Satan and of God can be indistinguishable from the outward senses.

-Lord suffers the devil to work miracles is to allow the world to be deceived because they previously rejected the gospel and this will lead to their entire destruction.

-Satan causes the kings to gather together to battle.

– p278 Megiddo a famous place of travel and battle historically

-battle of Armageddon will be not a localized conflict but the center of a worldwide war -McConkie

-the saints shall hardly escape p279; they have no guarantee of safety

-the wicked will slay the wicked, but what of defending ones country? were the battles in the Book of Mormon all by bad men including the Book of Mormon heroes? WHEN IT’S IN DEFENSE IT’S GOOD WHEN IT’S OFFENCE IT’S BAD.

-As a body the LDS will escape but not every individual

-Lord to bring the Saints into a place of protection into the garner before he burns the vineyard

-pray always to escape the things which will come to pass and watch always p280

-God can feel anger at those who choose wickedness scrips listed p280

-fear on all because of the violent acts and wars

-a full end of nations p281

-the nation bound to the Lord by covenant to continue, perhaps a constitutional America p282

Ch. 7 The Babylon of the Last Days

-p283 just after Lehi warned to leave Jerusalem destroyed in 597 B.C. King Neb. came in and took over.

-Johns depiction of Babylon obviously undesirable p284

-since Satan can appear as an angel of light Babylon may appear as a beautiful woman.

-existence of Babylon is not a sign of the times but her growing in power then falling is

-constantly look past the symbol to the reality

-Fall of Babylon is merely ending of those beliefs and sins and associations all over earth

-church of the devil every worldly organization on earth; who perverts the pure perfect gospel; McConkie says it’s Islam, modern Christianity, Buddhism, communism, Stalin, Mussolini, Hitler, Capital of USA, all places of it’s influence. all pervading evil in high places is one of the signs of the times.

-p288 prostitution image used on bible to show extreme rebellion against God scrip refs given

-fornication via selling what is good even their souls for the pleasures and power of the whore forsaking their true husband who they are betroved to, God.

-p289 people carried away in the spirit include Nephi Lehi Adam Mary mother of Jesus Ezekiel.

-apparently HG can carry people to other locations, and transcend physical limitations and rend the veil.

-p290 purple and scarlet of the woman’s apparel suggest royalty wealth nobility and priest. scrips on it being in the temple the Priesthood given; this is counterfeit religion suggestion which leads to worship of Satan himself.

-Doesn’t compare to the beauty of the woman clothed in the sun in her simple beauty not with trappings.

-gold cup indicates wealth and would expect a pleasurable drink but it’s full of wrath and sin and filth.

-some believe it was common in ancient Rome for prostitutes to write their names on their foreheads, probably on a headband. p291 ref

-Babylon is the mother of harlots, meaning she fosters evil organizations. p291

-book on 291

-list of abominations engendered by Babylon p292

-wondered with admiration at Babylon from Rev. 17:6 better translate admire as astonishment

-horns and crowns symbolize great power

-Rev. 13:17 Babylon has power over “all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.”

-rev. 13:16-17 the beast controls the economy; will require people to associate themselves with the beast if they are to be a part of that economy. May mean can’t get rich without conforming to the beasts ways.

-Enoch’s preaching was so great it made rivers turn their coarse and all nations feared him (Moses 7, D&C 45)

-D&C “eyes of all nations” means everyone will recognize the deliverance of God.

-“The days of tribulation are fast approaching, and the time to test the fidelity of the Saints, has come.— Rumor with her ten thousand tongues is diffusing her uncertain sounds in almost every ear: but in these times of sore trial, let the saints be patient and see the salvation of God. Those who cannot endure persecution and stand in the day of affliction, cannot stand in the day when the Son of God shall burst the veil, and appear in all the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” JS Teachings p42, http://josephsmithpapers.org/paperSummary/letter-to-the-church-not-after-18-december-1833

-“Babylon was truly the great enemy of the Lord’s people anciently, and her overthrow and the destruction of her worldliness was one of the things of greatest interest and concern to them What was more natural, then, than for John and all the prophets to use Babylon as the symbol of sin, and her destruction as the overthrow of the wickedness on earth.” (McConkie Doctrinal New Testament Commentary 3:559) p303

-“she [Babylon] must fall after she has been warned with the sound of the everlasting gospel.” (Elder Orson Pratt ref. p304)

-Rev. 18:3 the merchants of the earth have taken part in the luxuries of babylon and are thus a part of her. p309

-we live in a society of near worship of sports and entertainment and look to “stars” and put our own goals above those of God. p309

-Rev 18:7 deliciously better translation is riotously (for how Babylon lived) (ref p311)

-estimated there were 60 million slaves in the Roman Empire alone. Rev. 18:13 speaks against slavery. ref. p314

-Rev 18:22 ” the sound of the millstone shall be heard no more in thee” means there will cease to be food p317

-Rev 18:23 loss of sound suggests that life as usual will have ceased.

-Rev 18:23 miracles of Babylon cause people to be deceived. This causes her to be able to rule the world. But in the end she has not power of save (Isaiah 47:12-14 “there shall not be a coal to warm at.”)

Ch. 8 God’s Judgements on Satan’s Followers on earth

-we are indebted to God no matter what (Mosiah 2:20-24) thus no one can ever be correct in accusing God of being unfair.

-“Concerning events yet to transpire, we must trust them in the hands of God, and feel that ‘whatever is is right.’ and that God will control all things for our best good and the interest of his Church and kingdom on the earth….By-and-by, when we come to gaze on the fitness of things that are now obscure to us, we shall find that…., although he has moved in a mysterious way to accomplish his purposes on the earth…, all things are governed by that wisdom which flows from God, and all things are right and calculated to promote every person’s eternal welfare before God.” (John Taylor Journal of Discourses, 6:114.)

-“The scripture is ready to be fulfilled when great wars, famines, pestilence, great distress, judgements, &c., are ready to be poured out on the inhabitants of the earth.” (Joseph Smith in History of the Church, 6:363-64)

-“the coming of the Son of Man never will be- never can be till the judgments spoken of for this hour are poured out: which judgements are commenced.” ( Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith p 286)

-“Some of these things seem to be occurring with ever-increasing regularity. If you measured the natural disasters that have occurred in the world during the last ten years and plotted that year by year, you would see an acceleration.” (Elder Ballard from When Shall these things be? 186)

-“It is not the design of the Almighty to come upon the earth and crush it and grind it to powder, but he will reveal it to His servants the prophets” (Joseph Smith in History of the Church, 5:336-37)

-“In consequence of rejecting the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Prophets whom God hath sent, the judgements of God have rested upon people , cities, and nations, in various ages of the world, which was the case with the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, that were destroyed for rejecting the Prophets” (Joseph Smith in History of the Church, 5:256-57)

-because of his mercy God will uphold his Saints of the last days during the judgements (D&C 109:38)

-“it is a false idea that the Saints will escape all the judgements… all flesh is subject to suffer, and ‘the righteous shall hardly escape;’ still many of the Saints will escape, of the just shall live by faith; yet many of the righteous shall fall a prey to is ease, to pestilence, etc., by reason of the weakness of the flesh, and yet be saved in the Kingdom of God” (Joseph Smith in History of the Church, 4:11)

-“our spirits are special spirits and were reserved until this generation to stand strong against the evil winds that blow, and to stand straight and upright with the heavy burdens that will be placed on us.” (Elder James E. Faust, Ensign April 1994, 10.)

-a catalog of judgements D&C 88:87-92

-“While the wicked fear and tremble at surrounding judgements, the Saints will watch and pray; and waiting the final event in patience, will look calmly on the passing scenery of a corrupted world, and view transpiring events as confirmation of their faith in the holy gospel which they profess and rejoice more and more, as multiplied signs shall confirm the approach of the millennial day.” (The First Presidency consisting of Brigham Young and his councilors, Heber C. Kimball and Willard Richards, “Fifth General Epistle,” 209, 216.)

-this period “will be a time of great and terrible fears, of cataclysmic upheavals of nature, of weeping and wailing, of repentance too late, and of crying out unto the Lord for mercy” to the wicked, but to the righteous this will “be a day of thanksgiving.” (President Gordon B. Hinckley, “We Need Not Fear His Coming” 82-83)

-speaking of the phrase “all things shall be in commotion in D&C 88:91, “Our whole world is in confusion. The wisdom of our wise men has provided inadequate to stay the rising crisis. With the means to unleash universal destruction in the hands of evil men, fear and apprehension ride with every breeze. In the past, situations similar to ours have generally terminated in destruction. It would seem that the judgements of God are about to be once more poured out upon the nations.” (Elder Marion G. Romney, Conference Report, Apr. 1958, 128-29)

-Rev. 15:3 “the song of Moses…and the song of the Lamb” contains phrases from many Old Testament sources, in this order: Ps. 111:2; 139:14; Amos 4:13; Ps. 145:17; Deut. 32:4; Jer. 10:7; Ps. 86:9; Mal. 1:11.)

-D&C 29:19 “And their tongues shall be stayed that they shall not utter against me; and their flesh shall fall from off their bones, and their eyes from their sockets;” sounds like the effects of atomic warfare, see book Hersey, Hiroshima (describes the effect on the skin and eyes, see pg 59 and 67 of that book).

-The wicked will be forced to drink blood (Isa. 49:26); this may mean slaughter by the sword (Davidson, New Bible Commentary, 1187)

-Nuclear war effects on the ozone layer, read Schell, Fate of the Earth, 20-21, 79-92. Speaks of how nuclear war could remove the earths protection from the deadly rays of the sun.

-” 21 And he shall utter his voice out of Zion, and he shall speak from Jerusalem, and his voice shall be heard among all people;

22 And it shall be a voice as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder, which shall break down the mountains, and the valleys shall not be found.

23 He shall command the great deep, and it shall be driven back into the north countries, and the islands shall become one land;

24 And the land of Jerusalem and the land of Zion shall be turned back into their own place, and the earth shall be like as it was in the days before it was divided.

25 And the Lord, even the Savior, shall stand in the midst of his people, and shall reign over all flesh.” (D&C 133:21-25)

-“One of the plainest and most-oft-repeated statements about the ushering in of the Millennium is the promise of a great shaking of the earth, of earthquakes that are everywhere at one and the same time, and of mountains and valleys and seas and landmasses that move. ‘Yet once, it is a little while,’ saith the Lord, ‘and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the try land; and I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come.’ (Hag. 2:-7) Christ, the Desire of all nations, shall come amid the greatest shaking of the earth and of al things that there has ever been or ever will be in the entire history of this planet. Everything on earth- the historical events then in progress, the beasts and all forms of life, and the inanimate objects that do not act for themselves- everything on earth will be affected by the great shaking.” (McConkie, Millennial Messiah, 620-21)

-Referring to Isaiah 40:1-4 ” 1 Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God.

2 Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.

3 ¶The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

4 Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain:”

Elder Parley P Pratt said “From these verses we learn, first, that the voice of one shall be heard in the wilderness, to prepare the way of the Lord, just as the time when Jerusalem has been trodden down of the Gentiles long enough to have received, at the Lord’s hands, double for all her sins, yea, when the warfare of Jerusalem is accomplished, and her iniquities pardoned. Then shall this proclamation be made as it was before by John [the Baptist], yea, a second proclamation, to prepare the way of the Lord, for his second coming; and about that time every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and rough places plain, and then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it…. Having restored the earth to the same glorious state in which it first existed- leveling the mountains, exalting the valleys, smoothing the rough places, making the deserts fruitful, and bringing all the continents and islands together, causing the curse to be taken off, that noxious weeds, and thorns, and thistles shall no longer be produced; the next thing is to regulate and restore the brute creation to their former state of peace and glory, causing enmity to cease from off the earth. But this will never be done until there is a general destruction poured out upon man, which will entirely cleanse the earth, and sweep all wickedness from its face.” ()Voice of Warning, 159-60, 162)

-Each hailstone weighs between 45-90 pounds (this is “weight of a talent” (Rev. 16:21) p346

-“Repent ye, repent ye, and embrace the everlasting covenant, and flee to Zion, before the overflowing scourge overtake you.” ( Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, 18; cf. D&C 45:31)

-“the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads’ [Isa. 35:10]; and then they will be delivered from the overflowing scourge that shall pass though the land.” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, 17)

-“[In that] city of Zion…[the saints] will be delivered from the overflowing scourge that shall pass through the land.” (History of the Church, 1:315)

D&C 5;19-20 “19 For a desolating scourge shall go forth among the inhabitants of the earth, and shall continue to be poured out from time to time, if they repent not, until the earth is empty, and the inhabitants thereof are consumed away and utterly destroyed by the brightness of my coming.

20 Behold, I tell you these things, even as I also told the people of the destruction of Jerusalem (they failed to repent, preferring rather to mock God’s prophet (1 Ne. 1:18-19; cf. 2 Ne. 25:9); and my word shall be verified at this time as it hath hitherto been verified.”

-“Behold, vengeance cometh speedily upon the inhabitants of the earth, a day of wrath, a day of burning, a day of desolation, of weeping, of mourning, and of lamentation; and as a whirlwind it shall come upon all the face of the earth, saith the Lord.

25 And upon my house shall it begin, and from my house shall it go forth, saith the Lord;

26 First among those 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.” (D&C 122:24-26). Here we see that the judgements of God will occur suddenly like a whirlwind, without forewarning.

-Referring to D&C 122: 24-26, Elder Ezra Taft Benson spoke of the cleansing that is coming, “It is well that our people…not be misled by those apostates within the Church who have not yet repented or been cut off. But there is a cleansing coming. The Lord says that his vengeance shall be poured out ‘upon the inhabitants of the earth….And upon my house shall it begin, and from my house shall it go forth, saith the Lord; First among those among you, saith the Lord, who have professed to know my name and have not known me….” (D&C 122:24-26). I look forward to that cleansing.” (Conference Report, Apr. 1969, 10.)

-“We firmly believe that Zion- which is the pure in heart- shall escape, if she observe to do all things whatsoever God has commanded; but in the opposite event, even zion shall be visited ‘with sore affliction, with pestilence, with plague, with sword, with vengeance, and with devouring fire. (D&C 97:26) All this that her people may be taught to walk in the light.” (President Joseph F. Smith, ‘Lesson in Natural Calamities’ 653)

-“All the acts of governments, all the armies of the nations, all the learning and the wisdom of man together cannot turn these calamities aside. The only way they can be averted is for men to accept and conform to the way of life reveal by God our Heavenly Father. Calamities will come as a matter of cause and effect.” (Elder Marion G. Romney, Conference Report, Apr. 1977, 76)

-Joseph Smith teaches that calamities of the earth are judgements of God in the prayer of the Kirtland temple dedication, (D&C 109), “O Jehovah” “O Lord” “we beseech thee” “thy will be done” “let thy peace” “let not thy judgements” “let it be upon that city”. p354

-D&C 133:72 “bind up the law and seal up the testimony” Hebrew word bind can read “tie up” or “shut up”. Hebrew word seal can read “affix a seal”. These suggest a divine pattern: the saints are endowed, preach the gospel, then the judgements come. Joseph Smith explained these things to the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on 12 November 1835, “But when you are endowed and prepared to preach the Gospel to all nations, kindreds, and tongues, in their own languages, you must faithfully warn all, and bind up the testimony, and seal up the law, and the destroying angel will follow…upon the children of disobedience; and destroy the workers of iniquity, while the Saints will be gathered out from among them, and stand in holy places ready to meet the bridegroom when he comes.” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, 92)

-referring to ‘bind the law and seal the testimony’ Hugh Nibley wrote, “We seal and bind up things to keep them safe from fire and flood, or, in nautical terms, we ‘batten down the hatches’ for what is to come, in this case a burning….The words sealing and binding are not vague theological jargon; they actually mean putting things in such a condition as to resist destructive forces.” (House of Glory, 44)

-“The temple is associated with abundance and prosperity, indeed is perceived as the giver of these.” (John Lundquist)

-“as the Holy Ghost falls upon one of the literal seed of Abraham, it is calm and serene; and his whole soul and body are only exercised by the pure spirit of intelligence; while the effect of the Holy Ghost upon a Gentile, is to purge out the old blood, and make him actually of the seed of Abraham” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, 149,50) (3 Ne. 27:20)

-Isa. 4:5 Zion shall be a defense; defense should be translated as canopy or protective covering (Brown, Diver, and Briggs, Hebrew and English Lexicon, 342)

-whatever God chooses to do is just and merciful and right (Alma 42:15) p361

-“14 And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle.

15 And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.

16 And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped.

17 And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle.

18 And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe.

19 And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.

20 And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.” (Isa. 14:14-20).

-From Isa. 14:14-20 we learn that in God’s justice, there will be blood running so deep it reaches to a horse’s bridle. p361 It reaches “sixteen hundred furlongs” which is about 184 miles, approximate size of the land of Palestine. Rev. 14:20 “blood came out of the winepress”. The slaughter of the wicked at the day of their destruction creates a river of blood. see p365

-Rev. 14:14 “on his head a golden crown” in Greek (original language of the text) is stephanos, a golden wreath, such as victors would wear. (Harrington, Revelation, 154)

-white cloud symbolism and timing see p. 362

-the unrepentant souls must be cast into the winepress themselves like how Jesus had to suffer in the Atonement. ” 11 Eternal punishment is God’s punishment.

12 Endless punishment is God’s punishment.

13 Wherefore, I command you to repent, and keep the commandments which you have received by the hand of my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., in my name;

14 And it is by my almighty power that you have received them;

15 Therefore I command you to repent—repent, lest I smite you by the rod of my mouth, and by my wrath, and by my anger, and your sufferings be sore—how sore you know not, how exquisite you know not, yea, how hard to bear you know not.

16 For behold, I, God, have suffered these things for all, that they might not suffer if they would repent;

17 But if they would not repent they must suffer even as I;

18 Which suffering caused myself, even God, the greatest of all, to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, and to suffer both body and spirit—and would that I might not drink the bitter cup, and shrink—

19 Nevertheless, glory be to the Father, and I partook and finished my preparations unto the children of men.” (D&C 19:11-19)

-“I will tread them in mine anger,…and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments.” (Isa. 63:3)

Ch. 9 Signs and Wonders in the Heavens and in the Earth

-During the creation of the earth God “organized the lights in the expanse of the heaven” so that they would “be for signs and for seasons, and for days and for years (Abr. 4:14; see also Gen. 1:14)

-Joseph Smith saw signs in the heavens he called a “shower of fire” and “fireworks of eternity”. He said, at 4am, “I arose, and to my great joy, behold the stars fall from heaven like a shower of hailstones; a literal fulfillment of the word of God, as recorded in the holy Scriptures, and a sure sign that the coming of Christ is close at hand. In the midst of this shower of fire, I was lead to exclaim, ‘How marvelous are Thy works, O Lord! I thank Thee for Thy mercy unto Thy servant; save me in Thy kingdom for Christ’s sake. Amen’…The appearance of these signs varied in different sections of the country: in ion, all heaven seemed enwrapped in splendid fireworks, as if every star in the broad expanse had been suddenly hurled from its course, and sent lawless through the wilds of ether. Some at times appeared like bright shooting meteors, with long trains of light following in their course, and in numbers resembled large drops of rain in sunshine….The appearance was beautiful, grand, and sublime beyond description; and it seemed as if the artillery and fireworks of eternity were set in motion to enchant and entertain the Saints, and terrify and awe the sinners of the earth. Beautiful and terrific as was the scenery, it will not fully compare with the time when the sun shall become black like sack-cloth of hair, the moon like blood, and the stars fall to the earth- Rev. vi:13.” (History of the Church, 1:439-40)(Parley P Pratt also saw the same vision see Autobiography of Parley P. Pratt, 110)

-Jesus will not make his appearance in the grand second coming until after the seventh seal (D&C 77:12-13)

-The seventh seal many consider opened at year 2000 AD. See other commentary here illustrating the time tables prophets have spoken which support this.

-airborne particles from an earthquake, debris and dust, could cause the moon to appear as blood

-The moon will appear as blood (Rev. 6:12, Joel 2:31; Acts 2:20, D&C 29:14, D&C 34:9, D&C 45:42, D&C 88:87)

-Rev. 6:13 “stars of heaven fell unto the earth”. Many stars are large and would pulverize the earth. Elder McConkie explained “Such an earthquake [as the one prophecies in the sixth seal] has never before been known (Rev. 16:17-21), and it shall appear to man on earth as though the stars in the sidereal heavens are falling. And in addition, as here recorded, some heavenly meteors or other objects, appearing as stars, will fall ‘unto the earth’” (Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, Bruce R McConkie, 3:486.)

-Rev. 6:14 “heaven[s opened] as a scroll”. This experience by Wilford Woodruf may correspond to such: “When the five men entered the camp there was not a cloud to be seen in the whole heavens, but as the men left the camp there was a small cloud like a black spot appeared in the north west, and it began to unroll itself like a scroll, and in a few minutes the whole heavens were covered with a pall as black as ink. This incited a sudden storm which soon broke upon us.” (Wilford Woodruf in History of the Church, 2:104)

-“The Lord hath set the bow in the cloud for a sign that while it shall be seen, seed time and harvest, summer and winter shall not fail; but when it shall disappear, woe to that generation, for behold the end cometh quickly” (Joseph Smith in History of the Church, 5:402; 21 May 1843) (compare Gen. 9:13-16; JST Gen. 9:21-25; McConkie Millennial Messiah, 413-17)

-“I have asked of the Lord concerning His coming; and while asking the Lord, He gave a sign and said, ‘In the days of Noah I set a bow in the heavens as a sign and token that in any year that the bow should be seen the Lord would not come; but there should be seed time and harvest during that year: but whenever you see the bow withdrawn, it shall be a token that there shall be famine, pestilence, and great distress among the nations, and that the coming of the Messiah is not far distant.’ But I will take the responsibility upon myself to prophesy in the name of the Lord, that Christ will not come this year…for we have seen the bow.” (Joseph Smith on 10 March 1844, History of the Church, 6:254)

-it may be that the Lord will withhold rain, and thus cause that the rainbow not appear. p375

-“after the tribulation of those days…then shall appear the sign of the Son of Man” (JS-M 1:36 (Joseph Smith also placed the chronology of the sign of the Son of Man after several tribulations see History of the Church, 5:337.)

-After the sign appears (the sign of the coming of the Son of Man), then shall the people of earth “see the Son of Man coming in the clouds of heaven” (JS-M 1:36)

-the sign (of the coming of the Son of Man) will appear in heaven (JS-M 1:36) presumably meaning in the sky.

-No man will see “the sign of the Son of Man, as foretold by Jesus…until after the sun shall have been darkened and the moon bathed in blood.” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, 280)

-“the devil knows many signs, but does not know the sign of the Son of Man, or Jesus.” (History of the Church, 4:608)

-“when the sign (of the Son of Man) is given, the Lord’s servants the prophets, including all the faithful saints, will know it for what it is, and thus be made aware that the long-expected day has arrived.” (McConkie, Millennial Messiah, 419)

-“one grand sign of the Son of Man in heaven” (Joseph Smith referred to the sign of the Son of Man in this way in History of the Church, 5:337)

-“There will be wars and rumors of wars, signs in the heavens above and on the earth beneath, the sun turned into darkness and the moon to blood, earthquakes in divers places, the seas heaving beyond their bounds; then will appear one grand sign of the Son of Man in heaven. But what will the world do? They will say it is a planet, a comet, &c. But the Son of Man will come as the sign of the coming of the Son of Man, which will be as the light of the morning cometh out of the east.” (Joseph Smith in History of the Church, 5:337)

-“We are already seeing [false Christs and false prophets] among us today, where individuals are coming forward with claims of deity for their leaders. These arch-deceivers are among us, and some have come in person claiming to be God….The Master gave us a sure way for the saints to herald the coming of our Lord again to the earth, as he promised. This is how the Savior said he would appear: ‘Wherefore if they [meaning heralds of the false Christs] shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.’ (Matt. 24:26-27; see also JS-M 1:25-26.) If we could remember that, and put to flight all the foolish ideas about how the Savior will appear, we would be ready when he comes.” (President Harold B. Lee, Ensign, Dec. 1971, 31.)

Ch. 10 Jesus’ Second Coming in Power and Glory

-Lord invites the faithful to pray for his coming D&C 133:40

-angels preparing to sound their trumpets while there is silence in heaven at the beginning of the seventh seal p383

-“And when he opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.” (Rev. 8:1).

– the trumpets and their destructions once seventh seal is opened (Rev. 8:1; 14:6-13; 14:14-20; 15-16; D&C 88:94-107) p383

–“the sounding of the trumpets of the seven angels are the preparing and finishing of his work, in the beginning of the seventh thousand years- the preparing of the way before the time of his coming.” (D&C 77:12). (*this is why the Millennium of peace with presence of Christ has not happened in year 2000 AD! That is when the 7th seal began, and now (or perhaps after the heavenly equivalent of 1/2 hour (which would be about year 2019 if we use the 1000 years to us is one day to God scale) the trumpets sound, then the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.)

-“I attended prayer-meeting with the quorum in the assembly room and made some remarks respecting the hundred and forty-four thousand mentioned by John the Revelator, showing that the selection of persons to form that number had already commenced.” (Joseph Smith in History of the Church, 6:196)

-the calling of the 144,000 is to “administer the everlasting gospel” and to help bring people to “the church of the Firstborn” (D&C 77:11).

-“The Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God” (1 Thes. 4:16) (aka, Michael, who is Adam, will announce Christ’s coming)

-angels will accompany Christ at his coming (Matt. 25:31)

-” 19 Wherefore, go forth, crying with a loud voice, saying: The kingdom of heaven is at hand; crying: Hosanna! blessed be the name of the Most High God.

20 Go forth baptizing with water, preparing the way before my face for the time of my coming;

21 For the time is at hand; the day or the hour no man knoweth; but it surely shall come.

22 And he that receiveth these things receiveth me; and they shall be gathered unto me in time and in eternity.

23 And again, it shall come to pass that on as many as ye shall baptize with water, ye shall lay your hands, and they shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, and shall be looking forth for the signs of my coming, and shall know me.

24 Behold, I come quickly. Even so. Amen.” (D&C 39:19-24)

-” 4 And blessed are you because you have believed;

5 And more blessed are you because you are called of me to preach my gospel-

6 To lift up your voice as with the sound of a trump, both long and loud, and cry repentance unto a crooked and perverse generation, preparing the way of the Lord for his second coming.

7 For behold, verily, verily, I say unto you, the time is soon at hand that I shall come in a cloud with power and great glory.

8 And it shall be a great day at the time of my coming, for all nations shall tremble.

9 But before that great day shall come, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon be turned into blood; and the stars shall refuse their shining, and some shall fall, and great destructions await the wicked.

10 Wherefore, lift up your voice and spare not, for the Lord God hath spoken; therefore prophesy, and it shall be given by the power of the Holy Ghost.

11 And if you are faithful, behold, I am with you until I come—

12 And verily, verily, I say unto you, I come quickly. I am your Lord and your Redeemer. Even so. Amen.” (D&C 34:4-12)

-” 11 Q. What are we to understand by sealing the one hundred and forty-four thousand, out of all the tribes of Israel—twelve thousand out of every tribe?

  1. We are to understand that those who are sealed are high priests, ordained unto the holy order of God, to administer the everlasting gospel; for they are they who are ordained out of every nation, kindred, tongue, and people, by the angels to whom is given power over the nations of the earth, to bring as many as will come to the church of the Firstborn.” (D&C 77:11)

-The righteous dead are making preparations for Christ’s coming (D&C 61:38-39; 133:57-59; 1 Thes. 4:13-17; History of the Church, 3:390)

-Christ will make an appearance at Adam-ondi-Ahman (Dan. 7:13-14)(see also p399)

-Christ will stand on the Mount of Olives and save the Jews (Zech. 14:3-5)

-” 16 Hearken and hear, O ye inhabitants of the earth. Listen, ye elders of my church together, and hear the voice of the Lord; for he calleth upon all men, and he commandeth all men everywhere to repent.

17 For behold, the Lord God hath sent forth the angel crying through the midst of heaven, saying: Prepare ye the way of the Lord, and make his paths straight, for the hour of his coming is nigh—

18 When the Lamb shall stand upon Mount Zion, and with him a hundred and forty-four thousand, having his Father’s name written on their foreheads.

19 Wherefore, prepare ye for the coming of the Bridegroom; go ye, go ye out to meet him.

20 For behold, he shall stand upon the mount of Olivet, and upon the mighty ocean, even the great deep, and upon the islands of the sea, and upon the land of Zion.

21 And he shall utter his voice out of Zion, and he shall speak from Jerusalem, and his voice shall be heard among all people;

22 And it shall be a voice as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder, which shall break down the mountains, and the valleys shall not be found.

23 He shall command the great deep, and it shall be driven back into the north countries, and the islands shall become one land;

24 And the land of Jerusalem and the land of Zion shall be turned back into their own place, and the earth shall be like as it was in the days before it was divided.

25 And the Lord, even the Savior, shall stand in the midst of his people, and shall reign over all flesh.

26 And they who are in the north countries shall come in remembrance before the Lord; and their prophets shall hear his voice, and shall no longer stay themselves; and they shall smite the rocks, and the ice shall flow down at their presence.

27 And an highway shall be cast up in the midst of the great deep.

28 Their enemies shall become a prey unto them,

29 And in the barren deserts there shall come forth pools of living water; and the parched ground shall no longer be a thirsty land.

30 And they shall bring forth their rich treasures unto the children of Ephraim, my servants.

31 And the boundaries of the everlasting hills shall tremble at their presence.

32 And there shall they fall down and be crowned with glory, even in Zion, by the hands of the servants of the Lord, even the children of Ephraim.

33 And they shall be filled with songs of everlasting joy.” (D&C 133:16-33)

-“The second coming of the Son of Man consists not of one but of many appearances. Our blessed Lord will come- attended by all the hosts of heaven, and in all the glory of his Father’s kingdom- not to one but to many places. He will stand on one continent after another, speak to one great assemblage after another, and work his will among succeeding groups of mortals” (Elder Bruce R. McConkie, Millennial Messiah, 575; see also 576-78)

-“[At his second coming, the Savior’s] first appearance will be to the righteous Saints who have gathered to the New Jerusalem. In this place of refuge they will be safe from the wrath of the Lord, which will be poured out without measure on all nations….The second appearance of the Lord will be to the Jews. To these beleaguered sons of Judah, surrounded by hostile Gentile armies, who again threaten to overrun Jerusalem, the Savior- their Messiah- will appear and set His feet on the Mount of Olives….The third appearance of Christ will be to the rest of the world….All nations will see Him ‘in the clouds of heaven, clothed with power and great glory; with all the holy angels.’” (President Ezra Taft Benson, “Five Marks of the Divinity of Jesus Christ,” 49-50)

-” 1 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.

2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.

3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.

5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.

6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.

7 For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.

8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.” (1 Thes. 5:1-8)

-“The last days are here and now.” (Elder N. Eldon Tanner, General Conference report, Oct. 1968, 46.)

-“The Savior has told us that just as when the fig tree puts forth its leaves, we may know that summer is nigh, so it will be with his second coming (see Luke 21:28-30). The foreseen summer of circumstances is now upon us. Let us not, therefore, complain of the heat!” (Elder Neal A. Maxwell, Conference Report, Oct. 1980, 19)

-“I believe that the coming of the Son of God is not far away, how far I do not know, but I do know that it is over one hundred years nearer than it was when Elijah the prophet came to the Prophet Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdry in the Kirtland Temple on the third day of April, 1836. Elijah’s words point to the fact that we are that much nearer. And this ancient prophet del card that by the restoration of those keys we should know that the great and dreadful day of the Lord is near, even at our doors. (D&C 110:13-16)” (President Joseph Fielding Smith, General Conference Report, Apr. 1951, 58)

-” 22 And he said unto the disciples, The days will come, when ye shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and ye shall not see it.

23 And they shall say to you, See here; or, see there: go not after them, nor follow them.

24 For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day.

25 But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation.

26 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.

27 They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.

28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;

29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.

30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.

31 In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back.

32 Remember Lot’s wife.

33 Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.

34 I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left.

35 Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

36 Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

37 And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together. (Luke 17:22-37)

-” 41 But as it was in the days of Noah, so it shall be also at the coming of the Son of Man;

42 For it shall be with them, as it was in the days which were before the flood; for until the day that Noah entered into the ark they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage;

43 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be.” (JS-M 1:41-43)

-“The one who is taken, of the two laboring side by side, is the righteous one, the one to be gathered with the saints. He is taken to the body of the Church.” (Elder Bruce R. McConkie, Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, 1:670.)

-” 38 Gird up your loins and be watchful and be sober, looking forth for the coming of the Son of Man, for he cometh in an hour you think not.

39 Pray always that you enter not into temptation, that you may abide the day of his coming, whether in life or in death. Even so. Amen.” (D&C 61:38-39)

-“To know when [the Second Coming] will come would take from us much of the self-discipline needed to walk daily in obedience to the principles of the gospel.” (Elder Gordon B. Hinckley, “‘We Need Not Fear His Coming,’” 83.)

-[the specific time is not revealed of the Second Coming] “so that men of each succeeding age shall be led to prepare for it as though it would be in their mortal lives.” (Elder Bruce R. McConkie, Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, 1:675)

-[referring to 1 Thes. 5:6 “watch and be sober”, : “Let us be sure we thoroughly understand the most important things we can do to prepare ourselves for our Lord’s second coming to earth, and, by our obedience and faithfulness, escape his punishment….We must set our lies and homes in order. This means a searching of our souls, an admittance of wrongdoing, and repentance where needed. It means keeping all of God’s commandments. It means loving our neighbor It means being good husbands and wives. It means teaching and training our children in the ways of righteousness. It means being honest in all our doings, in business and at home. It means spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ to all the peoples of the world.” (Elder Delbert L. Stapley, Conference Report, Oct. 1975, 71)

-” 7 Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.

8 Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.

9 Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door.

10 Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience.

11 Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.” (James 5:7-11)

-“Patience will see us through troubles because of the perspective that patience bings. A patient Paul declared, ‘We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down but not destroyed.’ (2 Cor. 4:8-9)” (Elder Neal A. Maxwell, Notwithstanding My Weakness, 64)

-“While the virtue of patience, which was fully developed in Him [Jesus Christ], is never out of season, patience in tribulation will surely be a [priority?] virtue in the last days.” (Elder Neal A. Maxwell, Even As I Am, 17)

-“We do not know the precise time of the Second Coming of the Savior, but we do know that we are living in the latter days and are closer to the Second Coming than when the Savior lived his mortal life in the meridian of time. We should resolve to begin a new era of personal obedience to prepare for His return. Mortality is fleeting. We all have much to accomplish in preparation to meet Him.” (Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin, Conference Report, Oct. 1998, 31)

-” 56 And at that day, when I shall come in my glory, shall the parable be fulfilled which I spake concerning the ten virgins.

57 For they that are wise and have received the truth, and have taken the Holy Spirit for their guide, and have not been deceived—verily I say unto you, they shall not be hewn down and cast into the fire, but shall abide the day.

58 And the earth shall be given unto them for an inheritance; and they shall multiply and wax strong, and their children shall grow up without sin unto salvation.

59 For the Lord shall be in their midst, and his glory shall be upon them, and he will be their king and their lawgiver.” (D&C 45:56-59)

-“the Ten Virgins represent the people of the Church of Jesus Christ and not the rank and file of the world.” (Elder Spencer W. Kimball, Faith Precedes the Miracle, 253)

-“There are even many members of the Church who are lax and careless and who continually procrastinate. They live the gospel casually but not devoutly. They have complied with some requirements but are not valiant. They do no major crimes but merely fail to do the things required- things like paying tithing, living the Word of Wisdom, having family prayers, fasting, attending meetings, serving….The ten virgins belonged to the kingdom and had every right to the blessings- except that fiver were not valiant and were not ready when the great day came. They were unprepared through not living all the commandments. They were bitterly disappointed at being shut out from the marriage- as likewise their modern counterparts will be.” (Elder Spencer W. Kimball, Miracle of Forgiveness, 7-8)

-Jerusalem 12 Apostles Judge the righteous of Israel (Morm. 3:18; Matt. 19:28; 1 Ne. 12:9)

-Jesus judges the wicked (Matt:25:31; Jude 1:14-16)

-“Some years ago one of our brethren spoke of the payment of tithing as ‘fire insurance.’ That statement evoked laughter. Nonetheless, the word of the Lord is clear that those who do not keep the commandments and observe the laws of God shall be burned at the time of his coming. For that shall be a day of judgement and a day of sifting, a day of separating the good from the evil. I would venture a personal opinion that no event has occurred in all the history of the earth as dreadful as will be the day of the Second Coming; no event as fraught with the destructive forces of nature, as consequential for the nations of the earth, as terrible for the wicked, or as wonderful for the righteous.” (Elder Gordon B. Hinckley, “‘We Need Not Fear His Coming,’” 82-83.)

-” 1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.

2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.

3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:

4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.

5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.

6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.

7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.

8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.

9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.

10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.

11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.

12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.

13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.” (Matt. 25:1-13)

” 56 And at that day, when I shall come in my glory, shall the parable be fulfilled which I spake concerning the ten virgins.

57 For they that are wise and have received the truth, and have taken the Holy Spirit for their guide, and have not been deceived—verily I say unto you, they shall not be hewn down and cast into the fire, but shall abide the day.

58 And the earth shall be given unto them for an inheritance; and they shall multiply and wax strong, and their children shall grow up without sin unto salvation.

59 For the Lord shall be in their midst, and his glory shall be upon them, and he will be their king and their lawgiver.” (D&C 45:56-59)

-” 5 Behold, this is wisdom in me; wherefore, marvel not, for the hour cometh that I will drink of the fruit of the vine with you on the earth, and with Moroni, whom I have sent unto you to reveal the Book of Mormon, containing the fulness of my everlasting gospel, to whom I have committed the keys of the record of the stick of Ephraim;

14 And also with all those whom my Father hath given me out of the world.” (D&C 27:5,14)

-“Those who keep the commandments of the Lord and walk in His statutes to the end, are the only individuals permitted to sit at this glorious feast….[Paul wrote] ‘I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith….’ His labors were unceasing to spread the glorious news: and like a faithful soldier, when called to give his life in the cause which he had espoused, he laid it down….Folow the labors of this Aposlte from the time of his conversion to the time of his death, and you will have a fair sample of industry and patience in promulgating the Gospel of Christ. Derided, whipped, and stoned, the moment he escaped the hands of his persecuteors he as zealously as ever proclaimed the doctrine of the Savior…. Reflect for a moment, brethren, and enquire, whether you would consider yourselves worthy a seat at the marriage feast with Paul and others like him, if you had been unfaithful? Had you not fought the good fight, and kept the faith, could you expect to receive?” (Joseph Smith in History of the Church, 2:19-20.)

-In the final event even our righteousness is possible only because of the grace and peer and gifts granted to us by God (Deut. 30:20; John 1:12; 2 Cor. 4:7; Col. 1:10-11)

Ch. 11: Scriptural Types of the Last Days and the Second Coming

-see Millennial Messiah, 361-65

-“If we had sufficient insight, we would see in every gospel ordinance, in every rite that is part of revealed religion, in every performance commanded of God, in all things Diety gives his people, something that typifies the eternal ministry of the Eternal Christ.” (Elder Bruce R. McConkie, Promised Messiah, 378)

-Moses 7:33, 36 people without affection

-Moses 8:22 earth filled with violence before flood at time of Noah

-Heb. 11:17 Abraham offer Isaac a type of Christ and His Father

-Jacob 4:5

-Hel. 8:14-15, Alma 33:19 explains serpent lifted by Moses symbolism

-John 3:14-15

-Mosiah 13:30-31

-Rom. 6; D&C 128:12-13 Baptism symbolizes Christ’s death and resurrection

-2 Ne. 11:4

-Mosiah 3:15 God had given ancient Israel many signs and types

-Alma 25:15 Law of Moses a type of Christ

-Alma 13:16

-Num. 21: 6-9 serpent lifted by Moses

-Moses 8:19-24 Noah’s contemporaries rejected the preaching of repentance and baptism and faith and the Holy Ghost.

-Moses 7:43 flood swallowed the wicked

-Moses 7:43 God delivers the people in the ark

-Moses 7:42 God preserved Noah’s family “with a temporal salvation”

-“Let the anointing of thy ministers be sealed upon them with power from on high. Let it be fulfilled upon them, as upon those on the day of Pentecost; let the gift of tongues be poured out upon thy people, even cloven tongues as of fire, and the interpretation thereof. And let thy house be filled, as with a rushing mighty wind, with thy glory” (D&C 109:35-37).

-Exiled Jews return to Judah and rebuild the temple (Ezra 1:2-5) which was destroyed decades earlier (2 Kgs. 24-25; 2 Chr. 36) they hence celebrate (Ezra 3:10-13)

-“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, &c.; and all this must be done before the Son of Man will make his appearance.” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, 286)

-” 53 Three years previous to the death of Adam, he called Seth, Enos, Cainan, Mahalaleel, Jared, Enoch, and Methuselah, who were all high priests, with the residue of his posterity who were righteous, into the valley of Adam-ondi-Ahman, and there bestowed upon them his last blessing.

54 And the Lord appeared unto them, and they rose up and blessed Adam, and called him Michael, the prince, the archangel.

55 And the Lord administered comfort unto Adam, and said unto him: I have set thee to be at the head; a multitude of nations shall come of thee, and thou art a prince over them forever.

56 And Adam stood up in the midst of the congregation; and, notwithstanding he was bowed down with age, being full of the Holy Ghost, predicted whatsoever should befall his posterity unto the latest generation.

57 These things were all written in the book of Enoch, and are to be testified of in due time.” (D&C 107:53-57 Gatherings at Adam-ondi-Ahman)

-“I saw Adam in the valley of Adam-ondi-Ahman. He called together his children and blessed them with a patriarchal blessing. The odd appeared in their midst, and he (Adam) blessed them all, and foretold what should befall them to the latest generation. This is why Adam blessed his posterity; he wanted to bring them into the presence of God.” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, 15-59)

-Adam will be present at the upcoming gathering at Adam-ondi-Ahman (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, 122)

-One purpose of the meeting at Adam-ondi-Ahman is to prepare the Saints for the Second Coming (Dahl and Cannon, Teachings of Joseph Smith, 364)

-” 4 And it came to pass that in the commencement of the ninety and second year, behold, the prophecies of the prophets began to be fulfilled more fully; for there began to be greater signs and greater miracles wrought among the people.

5 But there were some who began to say that the time was past for the words to be fulfilled, which were spoken by Samuel, the Lamanite.

6 And they began to rejoice over their brethren, saying: Behold the time is past, and the words of Samuel are not fulfilled; therefore, your joy and your faith concerning this thing hath been vain.

7 And it came to pass that they did make a great uproar throughout the land; and the people who believed began to be very sorrowful, lest by any means those things which had been spoken might not come to pass.

8 But behold, they did watch steadfastly for that day and that night and that day which should be as one day as if there were no night, that they might know that their faith had not been vain.

9 Now it came to pass that there was a day set apart by the unbelievers, that all those who believed in those traditions should be put to death except the sign should come to pass, which had been given by Samuel the prophet.

10 Now it came to pass that when Nephi, the son of Nephi, saw this wickedness of his people, his heart was exceedingly sorrowful.” (3 Ne. 1:4-10 Many deny the signs of Christ’s coming)

-“I know that there are many, and even some among the Latter-day Saints, who are saying just as the Lord said they would say, ‘The Lord delayeth his coming.’ One man said: ‘It is impossible for Jesus Christ to come inside of three or four hundred years.’ But I say unto you, Watch.” (President Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, 3:52)

-Righteous Nephites and Lamanites are spared (3 Ne. 10:12-19) p448

-Christ’s appearance at the temple in Bountiful (3 Ne. 11: 8-12)

-The Nephites’ Zion (4 Ne. 1:13-18)

-Solomon’s earthly kingdom (Psalm 72:1-19)

-“It is no surprise to spiritually literate souls to learn that the prophecies of the First Coming are but types and shadows of similar revelations relative to the Second Coming.” (Elder Bruce R. McConkie, Promised Messiah, 31)

Conclusion: p457:

-“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us.” (Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities, opening lines)

-“1 Again the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,

2 Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman:

3 If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people;

4 Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head.

5 He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul.

6 But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand.

7 ¶So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me.

8 When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.

9 Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.

10 Therefore, O thou son of man, speak unto the house of Israel; Thus ye speak, saying, If our transgressions and our sins be upon us, and we pine away in them, how should we then live?

11 Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?

12 Therefore, thou son of man, say unto the children of thy people, The righteousness of the righteous shall not deliver him in the day of his transgression: as for the wickedness of the wicked, he shall not fall thereby in the day that he turneth from his wickedness; neither shall the righteous be able to live for his righteousness in the day that he sinneth.

13 When I shall say to the righteous, that he shall surely live; if he trust to his own righteousness, and commit iniquity, all his righteousnesses shall not be remembered; but for his iniquity that he hath committed, he shall die for it.

14 Again, when I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; if he turn from his sin, and do that which is lawful and right;

15 If the wicked restore the pledge, give again that he had robbed, walk in the statutes of life, without committing iniquity; he shall surely live, he shall not die.

16 None of his sins that he hath committed shall be mentioned unto him: he hath done that which is lawful and right; he shall surely live.” (Ezek. 33:1-16)

-” 23 And I did read many things unto them which were written in the books of Moses; but that I might more fully persuade them to believe in the Lord their Redeemer I did read unto them that which was written by the prophet Isaiah; for I did liken all scriptures unto us, that it might be for our profit and learning.

24 Wherefore I spake unto them, saying: Hear ye the words of the prophet, ye who are a remnant of the house of Israel, a branch who have been broken off; hear ye the words of the prophet, which were written unto all the house of Israel, and liken them unto yourselves, that ye may have hope as well as your brethren from whom ye have been broken off; for after this manner has the prophet written.” (1 Ne. 19:23-24)

-“And now I write some of the words of Isaiah, that whoso of my people shall see these words may lift up their hearts and rejoice for all men. Now these are the words, and ye may liken them unto you and unto all men.” (2 Ne. 11:8)

-“Son of man, thou dwellest in the midst of a rebellious house, which have eyes to see, and see not; they have ears to hear, and hear not: for they are a rebellious house.” (Ezek. 12:2)

-” 22 Ye say that ye know that the end of the world cometh; ye say also that ye know that the heavens and the earth shall pass away;

23 And in this ye say truly, for so it is; but these things which I have told you shall not pass away until all shall be fulfilled.

24 And this I have told you concerning Jerusalem; and when that day shall come, shall a remnant be scattered among all nations;

25 But they shall be gathered again; but they shall remain until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

26 And in that day shall be heard of wars and rumors of wars, and the whole earth shall be in commotion, and men’s hearts shall fail them, and they shall say that Christ delayeth his coming until the end of the earth.

27 And the love of men shall wax cold, and iniquity shall abound.

28 And when the times of the Gentiles is come in, a light shall break forth among them that sit in darkness, and it shall be the fulness of my gospel;

29 But they receive it not; for they perceive not the light, and they turn their hearts from me because of the precepts of men.

30 And in that generation shall the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

31 And there shall be men standing in that generation, that shall not pass until they shall see an overflowing scourge; for a desolating sickness shall cover the land.

32 But my disciples shall stand in holy places, and shall not be moved; but among the wicked, men shall lift up their voices and curse God and die.

33 And there shall be earthquakes also in divers places, and many desolations; yet men will harden their hearts against me, and they will take up the sword, one against another, and they will kill one another.

34 And now, when I the Lord had spoken these words unto my disciples, they were troubled.

35 And I said unto them: Be not troubled, for, when all these things shall come to pass, ye may know that the promises which have been made unto you shall be fulfilled.

36 And when the light shall begin to break forth, it shall be with them like unto a parable which I will show you—

37 Ye look and behold the fig trees, and ye see them with your eyes, and ye say when they begin to shoot forth, and their leaves are yet tender, that summer is now nigh at hand;

38 Even so it shall be in that day when they shall see all these things, then shall they know that the hour is nigh.

39 And it shall come to pass that he that feareth me shall be looking forth for the great day of the Lord to come, even for the signs of the coming of the Son of Man.

40 And they shall see signs and wonders, for they shall be shown forth in the heavens above, and in the earth beneath.

41 And they shall behold blood, and fire, and vapors of smoke.

42 And before the day of the Lord shall come, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon be turned into blood, and the stars fall from heaven.

43 And the remnant shall be gathered unto this place;

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 watches not for me shall be cut off.” (D&C 45:22-44)

-“We must have faith in the future regardless of the ultimate eventualities. One of the greatest calamities in this world would be the calamity of sitting down ad waiting for calamities. We must not let the things we can’t do keep us from doing the things we can do. We must not let remote possibilities or even imminent probabilities keep us from moving forward with all earnestness and all effort. I should like to say to the young people of this generation that they too must have faith in the future. In spite of all the uncertainties, they must go forward and prepare themselves as best they can for all the problems and opportunities of life. Whatever may come here or hereafter, the future will always be better for those who are best prepared. No generation has ever lived without facing uncertainty. If those who faced the uncertainties of ten or twenty-five years ago had sat by and waited for what seemed to them to be imminent calamities, we should not have had the able and ready lad well-qualified men that we have today, and that we need and shall need in the next generation. So I say to these youth of ours: go forth and live your lives with humility, with gratitude, with repentance, keeping the commandments of God and having faith in the future and preparing yourselves for the future, as the Church itself continues its building. There is nothing to lose by having faith in the future, but there is much to lose by not preparing for the future…. I recall a reported statement, attributed, as I remember it, to President Wilford Woodruff. Some of the brethren of his time are said to have approached him (they had their troubles also) and to have inquired of him as to when he felt the end would be- when would be the coming of the Master? These, I think, are not his exact words, but they convey the spirit of his reported reply: ‘I would live as if it were to be tomorrow- but I am still planting cherry trees!‘ I think we may well take this as a page for our own book and live as if the end might be tomorrow- and still plant cherry trees! In worrying about things that are beyond our reach, we should not overlook our opportunities with our own families and friends; in worrying about possible eventualities we should not neglect the things that need to be done here and now, and that are within our reach; the things for which we are immediately responsible; we should not neglect [our] present opportunities and obligations. I should like to close with a statement of William Allen White: ‘I am not afraid of tomorrow, for I have seen yesterday, and I love today.‘” (Elder Richard L. Evans, Conference Report, Apr. 1950,105-6)

-“¶And therefore will the Lord wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the Lord is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him.” (Isa. 30:18)

-“6 And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done.

7 Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.” (Rev. 22:6-7)

-” 11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.

12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.” (Rev. 22:11-12)

-“He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.” (Rev. 22:20)

The Millennuim and Beyond:

Events that will prepare the earth for the Millennuim:

-When the Lord comes, every corruptible things will “melt with fervent heat” and the works of the world will be burned up (2 Pet. 3:10-12; D&C 101:24-25)

-After the earth is cleansed by burning, the Lord will bring “new heavens and a new earth” (2 Pet. 3:10-13; D&C 101:24-25); the Lord said “old things shall pass away, and all things become new” (D&C 63:49)

– The Lord will separate the righteous from the wicked (D&C 63:54). The righteous remain on earth for the Millennium, whereas the wicked will be destroyed by burning (Mal. 4:1; D&C 29:9; 64:23-24; 133:63-64).

-The Lord will make a full end of all nations (D&C 87:6).

-The Lord will bring the city of Enoch back to earth, there to dwell in Zion (Moses 7:62-64)

-The wicked will remain in the spirit world until after the Millennium has ended (D&C 88:101; Rev. 20:5).

Physical Conditions of the Earth In the Millennium:

-“In the beginning of the seventh thousand years…the Lord God [will] sanctify the earth” (D&C 77:12).

– The mountains and valleys will be made smooth (D&C 133:22)

– The land will all be brought into one continent, “like as it was in the days before it was divided” (D&C 133:23-24)

-“The earth shall be transfigured” (D&C 63:20-21)

-“The earth will be renewed and receive it’s paradicical glory” (A of F 1:10), becoming like the Garden of Eden (Ezek. 36:35). Like the Garden of Eden, the earth will be devoid of thorns and thistles (Gen. 3:18).

– Earth will rest for a thousand years (Moses 7:64)

– The enmity between animals will cease (Isa. 11:6, 8; D&C 101:26)

– The enmity between animals and man will cease (Isa. 11:6, 8; D&C 101:26)

-The curse between the serpent and the seed of the woman will be removed (Gen. 3:15; Isa. 11:8)

-Man’s perfect dominion over the animals will be restored (Gen. 1:28; Isa. 11:6)

-People will enjoy the fruits of their labors (Isa. 65:21-23; D&C 101:101)

-Time will be no longer (D&C 84:100; 88:110)

Conditions of those who dwell on the earth in the Millennium:

-Children will grow up and grow old (D&C 63:51)

-People will die only after they reach a hundred years old (Isa. 65:20), and then they will “be changed in the twinkling of an eye” to a glorious state (D&C 43:32; 63:51; 101:30-31)

-There will be no death as we know it: “there shall be no sorrow because there is no death” (D&C 101:29)

-It will be a state of gladness, rejoicing, and joy; “and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying” (Isa. 65:18-19)

– Those who are resurrected will dwell in the New Jerusalem (D&C 63:49)

– Family history and temple work will be accelerated, without the obstacles we now know. (Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, 2:251-52)

Spiritual Blessings of those who dwell on the earth in the Millennium:

-Satan will be bound by the power of God (Rev. 20:1-3; see also D&C 43:31; 45:55; 88:110), leaving him “no place in the hearts of the children of men” and “no power over [their] hearts” (D&C 45:55; 1 Ne. 22:26; see also 2 Ne. 30:18; D&C 101:28). Satan will also have no power “because of the righteousness of [the] people” (1 Ne. 22:26).

-Children will “grow up without sin unto salvation” (D&C 45:58).

-The Lord’s glory will dwell on the earth, that all may see it (Isa. 35:2; D&C 84:101; 101:25)

-The entire earth will be as a temple, which God calls “my holy mountain” (Isa. 65:25)

-The Lord himself will dwell “with men on earth” (D&C 29:11; see also Zech. 2:10; D&C 84:101; 133:25)

-“The earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord” (Isa. 11:9; Hab. 2:14; 2 Ne. 30:15); everyone will know the Lord (Jer. 31:34; D&C 84:98)

-Eventually, all will come to worship the Lord (Isa. 66:23)

-All things will be revealed to the children of men (2 Ne. 30:16-18; D&C 101:32-34)

-Man’s every request of the Lord will be granted (D&C 101:27), surely because no one will ask amiss (James 4:3; 2 Ne. 4:35).

-The prayer of one’s heart will be answered even before it is uttered (Isa. 65:24)

Sinners and those who are not members of Christ’s Church in the Millennium:

-At least for a time, there will be some on earth who are not members of Christ’s church during the Millennium. (Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, 1:86-87; 3:63-64)

-At least for a time, there will be some who worship other gods (Mic. 4:5; Zech. 14:16-19)

-“There will be wicked men on the earth during the thousand years. The heathen nations who will not come up to worship will be visited with the jug dements of God and must eventually be destroyed from the earth” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, 268. Joseph Fielding Smith clarified this statement in a footnote in Teachings, “The Prophet’s statement that there will be wicked men on the earth during the Millennium has caused considerable confusion in the minds of many who have read in the Scripture in many paces that when Christ comes the earth shall be cleansed from its wickedness, and that the wicked shall not stand, but shall be consumed. See D&C 5:18-19, 29:8-10; 101:23-25; Isa. 24:1-3; Mal. 4:1. The evil-minded inhabitants, those ‘who love and make a lie; and are guilty of all manner of corruption, will be consumed and pass away when Christ comes. In using the term ‘wicked men’ in this instruction at the home of Judge Adams, the Prophet did so in the same sense in which the Lord uses it in the eighty-fourth section of the Dctrine and Covenants, 49-53, The Lord in this scripture speaks of those who have not received the Gospel as being under the bondage of sin, and hence ‘wicked.‘ Howeveer, many of these people are honorable, clean living men, but they have not embraced the Gospel. The inhabitants of the terrestrial order will remain on the earth during the Millennion, and this class are without the Godpsl ordinances. See D&C 76:73-76″)

-At least for a time, there will be those who are called “sinners” (Isa. 65:20). Perhaps their destiny is the same as that of the heathen nations described above.

-The Lord will give the people “a pure language” (Zeph. 3:9).

-The people will come to a true unity (Zeph. 3:9; D&C 84:98)

Political Conditions in the Millennium:

-The Lord will reign over the earth as king (Dan. 7:13-14; D&C 38:21; 133:25; A of F 10).

-Jesus Christ will be our lawgiver (D&C 38:22; 45:59).

-The Saints will rule with Jesus Christ (Dan. 7:27; Rev. 5:10; Rev. 20:4, 6; D&C 43:29)

-Christ and the resurrected Saints will probably not dwell upon the earth continually during the thousand years. (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, 268)

-There will be two world capitals, Zion and Jerusalem (Isa. 2:3) (*Perhaps a third, the City of Enoch)

Conditions at the end of the Millennium:

-When the thousand years are over, meant will “again begin to deny their God” (D&C 29:22)

-Satan will be loosed to reign for a “little season” (Rev. 20:3, 7; D&C 43:31)

-Satan will go forth again to “deceive the nations” (Rev. 20:8)

-Satan will gather his armies to fight against Michael and his armies (D&C 88:111-13). The number of Satan’s followers will be “as the sand of the sea” (Rev. 20:8) In the “battle of the great God,” Satan and his armies will surround the Saints and “the beloved city,” but “fire [will come] down from God out of heaven, and [devour] them” (D&C 88:114; Rev. 20:9)

-The devil will be cast into “the lake of fire and brimstone,” where he “shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever” (Rev. 20:10)

-The remaining dead will all be resurrected (D&C 29:26-28)

-The family of man will be judged, to receive a blessing or a cursing (Rev. 20:11-15; 21:7-8; D&C 29:26-28)

-“And the end shall come, and the heaven and the earth shall be consumed and pass away” (D&C 29:23)

The Celestial World:

-A celestial glory will be established on the earth; it is called “a new heaven and a new earth.” The celestialized earth will have no sea (Rev. 21:1; D&C 29:23-24).

-The earth will be “crowned with glory” and “sanctified” (D&C 88:19, 26)

-The righteous will inherit the glorified earth (D&C 88:26)

-God himself will dwell with mankind on the celestialized earth (Rev. 21:3; D&C 88:19)

-“There shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away” (Rev. 21:4)

Prophets on Preparedness in the Last Days:

-“When I contemplate the rapidity with which the great and glorious day of the coming of the Son of Man advances, when He shall come to receive His Saints unto Himself, where they shall dwell in His presence, and be crowned with glory and immortality; when I consider that soon the heavens are to be shaken, and the earth tremble and reel to and fro; and that the heavens are to be unfolded as a scroll when it is rolled up; and that every mountain and island are to flee away, I cry out in my heart, What manner of persons ought we to be in all holy conversation and godliness! [See 2 Peter 3:11.]” (History of the Church, 1:442; from a letter from Joseph Smith to Moses Nickerson, Nov. 19, 1833, Kirtland, Ohio.) (https://www.lds.org/manual/teachings-joseph-smith/chapter-21?lang=eng#16-36481_000_025)

-“If the church with one united effort perform their duties If they do this the work shall be complete If they do not this in all humility making preparation from this time forth like Joseph in Egypt laying up store against the time of famine every man having his tent, his horses, his charrots [chariots] his armory his cattle his family and his whole substance in readiness against the time it shall be said To your tents O Israel!! and let not this be noised abroad; let every heart beat in silence and every mouth be shut”(Joseph Smith, History of the Church, 2:145) (http://josephsmithpapers.org/paperSummary/letter-to-lyman-wight-and-others-16-august-1834?p=3)

-“While sex-tenths or three-fourths of this people will keep the commandments of God, the curse and judgements of the Almighty will never come upon them, though we will have trials of various kinds, and the elements to contend with- natural and spiritual elements” (Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, 10:335-36)

-“In relation to events that will yet take place and the kind of trials, troubles, and sufferings which we shall have to cope with, it is to me a matter of very little moment; these things are in the hands of God. He dictates the affairs of the human family, and directs and controls our affairs; and the great thing that we, as a people, have to do is to seek after and cleave unto our God, to be in close affinity with him, and to seek for his guidance, and his blessing and Holy Spirit to lead and guide us in the right path. Then it matters not what it is nor who it is that we have to contend with, God will give us strength according to our day” (Gospel Kingdom, 349)

-“Can you tell me where the people are who will be shielded and protected from these great calamities and judgments which are even now at our door? I’ll tell you. The priesthood of God who honor their priesthood and who are worthy of their blessings are the only ones who shall have this safety and protection. They are the only mortal beings. No other people have a right to be shielded from these judgments. They are at our doors; not even this people will escape them entirely.” (Wilford Woodruff, Young Women’s Journal, 5:512, June 1894.) (see also Gates, “Temple Workers’ Excursion,” 512) (https://www.lds.org/new-era/1982/05/prepare-yourself-for-the-great-day-of-the-lord?lang=eng)

-“I want the Latter-day Saints to stop murmuring and complaining at the providence of God. Trust in God. Do your duty. Remember your prayers. Get faith in the Lord, and take hold and build up Zion. All will be right. The Lord is going to visit His people, and He is going to cut His work short in righteousness, lest no flesh should be saved. I say to you, watch the signs of the times (D&C 68:11) and prepare yourselves for that which is to come.” (Discourse by President Wilford Woodruff.” 796-97) (Dec. 1978 “We are lead by Revelation”) (https://www.lds.org/liahona/1978/12/we-are-led-by-revelation?lang=eng)

-“those who have got oil in their lamps, are men who live their religion, pay their tithing, pay their debts, keep the commandments of God, and do not blaspheme his name; men and women who walk in the light of the Lord; men and women who will not sell their birthright for a mess of pottage or for a little gold or silver; these are those that will be valiant in the testimony of Jesus Christ.” (Journal of Discourses, 21:126) (Wilford Woodruff, Teachings, Ch. 24, see http://www.lds.org/manual/teachings-wilford-woodruff/chapter-24?lang=eng)

-“Will he [Jesus] receive us to himself? Are we prepared for his coming and kingdom and the fulness thereof, unless we are sanctified, and lay aside sin, and do right? No. We must sanctify ourselves, and keep the commandments of God, and do those things that are required at our hands, before we can be prepared for the coming of the Great Bridegroom.” (Wilford Woodruff, Journal of Discourses, 2:202)

-“We should understand that the Lord has provided, when the days of trouble come upon the nations, a place for you and me, and we will be preserved as Noah was preserved, not in an ark, but we will be preserved by going into these principles of union by which we can accomplish the work of the Lord and surround ourselves with those things that will preserve us from the difficulties that are now coming upon the world, the judgments of the Lord.” (President Lorenzo Snow, Conference Report, Oct. 1900, 4-5)

-“There is rapidly coming something that will try you, perhaps as you have never been tried before. All, however, that is necessary for us to do now is to see where our faults and weaknesses lie, if we have any. If we have been unfaithful in the past, let us renew our covenants with God and determine, by fasting and prayer, that we will get forgiveness of our sins, that the Spirit of the mighty may rest upon us, that peradventure we may escape those powerful temptations that are approaching. The cloud is gathering in blackness….Therefore, take warning” (“Discourse,” 762-63)

-“We 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. We believe, further, that they 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.

If these lessons are impressed upon us and upon the people of our country, the anguish, and the loss of life and toil, sad, great and horrifying as they were, will not have been endured in vain.” (Joseph F. Smith, Gospel Doctrine, 5th ed. (1939), 55.)

-” I … testify, that unless the Latter-day Saints will live their religion, keep their covenants with God and their brethren, honor the priesthood which they bear, and try faithfully to bring themselves into subjection to the laws of God, they will be the first to fall beneath the judgments of the Almighty, for his judgments will begin at his own house.” (Joseph F. Smith, Conference Report, Apr. 1880, 96.) (https://www.lds.org/manual/teachings-joseph-f-smith/chapter-44?lang=eng#7-35744_000_048)

-“In our day we are warned in a revelation to the Prophet Joseph Simth, that unless we are more righteous than those who are receiving destruction at the present time in many parts of the world, we, too, must lose our birthright and our opportunity and be destroyed here in the flesh. We will not be justified by saying we are living as well as other people. That is not sufficient, my brethren. We have a special destiny if we live for it. That destiny is to live here upon this earth when it becomes the Celestial Kingdom, where God our Heavely Father and His Son Jesus Christ will be our King and our Lawgiver” (President George Albert Smith, Conference Report, Oct. 1943, 45)

-“[The Lord] has told us in great plainness that the world will be in distress, that there will be warfare from one end of the world to the other, that the wicked shall slay the wicked and that peace shall be taken from the earth. And He has said, too, that the only place where there will be safety will be in Zion. Will we make this Zion? Will we keep it to be Zion, because Zion means the pure in heart?” (George Albert Smith, in Conference Report, Oct. 1941, 99). (https://www.lds.org/manual/doctrines-of-the-gospel-student-manual/chapter-35-the-fall-of-babylon-and-the-establishment-of-zion?lang=eng)

-“We shall not escape [the judgements] unless we repent, turn to the Lord, honor our Priesthood and our membership in this Church, and be true and faithful to our covenants” (President Joseph Fielding Smith, Conference Report, Apr. 1937, 62)

pages where Books refered to that would be good to read:





















p226 2 reads

p227 4 reads

p226 words of JS by J Reuben Clark

p223 loneliness of leadership

p221 on when will Jesus come and stats

p221 same as above

p25 fn1

p26 fn2

p33 fn12

p35 fn16

p39 fn20

p39 fn21

p45 fn27

p46 fn28

p49 fn2 pages to read of a book on gathering

p64 fn16 on Ephraim

p71 fn24 excerpts

p75 fn27 “few chosen” excerpts

p77 fn28 stand in holy places

p84 fn30 online tree allegory

p91 fn38

p91 fn38 again

p95 fn43 on 1st pres. message collection book

p102 fn53

p103 fn54

p104 fn55 2 refs on 10 tribes

p108 fn 61 10 tribes return Millennial event

p108 fn62 Esdras?

p125 fn refs on Jerusalem temple

p147 fn40

p158 “Refiners Fire” Elder Alvin R Dyer on temple of New Jerusalem etc.

p164 fn on Zion’s camp book

-book on false Christs p208 fn

–p202 fn ref books on great apostasy

-p218 on going towards Sodom and Gomorrah

p39 Parry and Morris “Mormon Book of Lists”


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