Wednesday, June 20

The Savior Taught About Future Events

Be prepared for a rather lengthy lesson. But I wanted to be thorough so that anyone who cannot understand my thoughts and discussion, will have the opporunity to see for themselves.

Joseph Smith-Matthew 1:4

"And Jesus left them, and went upon the Mount of Olives. And as he sat upon the Mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying: Tell us when shall these things be which thou hast said concerning the destruction of the temple, and the Jews; and what is the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world, or the destruction of the wicked, which is the end of the world?"

Regarding the destruction of the temple (5-20)

And Jesus answered, and said unto them: Take heed that no man deceive you;
 For many shall come in my name, saying—I am aChrist—and shall deceive many;
 Then shall they deliver you up to be aafflicted, and shall kill you, and ye shall be bhated of all nations, for my name’s sake;
 And then shall many be aoffended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another;
 And many afalse prophets shall arise, and shall deceive many;
 10 And because iniquity shall abound, the alove of many shall wax cold;
 11 But he that remaineth asteadfast and is not overcome, the same shall be saved.
 12 When you, therefore, shall see the aabomination of bdesolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, concerning the destruction of cJerusalem, then you shall stand in the dholy place; whoso readeth let him understand.
 13 Then let them who are in Judea flee into the amountains;
 14 Let him who is on the housetop flee, and not return to take anything out of his house;
 15 Neither let him who is in the field return back to take his clothes;
 16 And wo unto them that are with achild, and unto them that give suck in those days;
 17 Therefore, pray ye the Lord that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the Sabbath day;
 18 For then, in those days, shall be great atribulation on the bJews, and upon the inhabitants of cJerusalem, such as was not before sent upon Israel, of God, since the beginning of their kingdom until this time; no, nor ever shall be sent again upon Israel.
 19 All things which have befallen them are only the beginning of the sorrows which shall come upon them.
 20 And except those days should be shortened, there should none of their flesh be asaved; but for the elect’s sake, according to the bcovenant, those days shall be shortened.


Many shall call themselves Christ and deceive (6), They shall afflict and kill and hate you because of your belief in Christ (7), Many will be offended, betray others, and be full of hate (8), False prophets will deceive (9), Love will grow cold (10), tribulation will be great for the Jews (18)

Promises to the Righteous:

Those who are steadfast will be saved (11)

Concerning His Second Coming (21-55)

 21 Behold, these things I have spoken unto you concerning the Jews; and again, after the tribulation of those days which shall come upon Jerusalem, if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there, believe him not;
 22 For in those days there shall also arise false aChrists, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders, insomuch, that, if possible, they shall deceive the very elect, who are the elect according to the covenant.
 23 Behold, I speak these things unto you for the aelect’s sake; and you also shall hear of bwars, and rumors of wars; see that ye be not troubled, for all I have told you must come to pass; but the end is not yet.
 24 Behold, I have told you before;
 25 Wherefore, if they shall say unto you: Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: Behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not;
 26 For as the light of the morning cometh out of the aeast, and shineth even unto the west, and covereth the whole earth, so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be.
 27 And now I show unto you a parable. Behold, wheresoever the acarcass is, there will the eagles be bgathered together; so likewise shall mine elect be gathered from the four quarters of the earth.
 28 And they shall hear of wars, and rumors of wars.
 29 Behold I speak for mine elect’s sake; for nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there shall be afamines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
 30 And again, because iniquity shall abound, the love of men shall wax acold; but he that shall not be overcome, the same shall be saved.
 31 And again, this aGospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in all the world, for a witness unto all bnations, and then shall the end come, or the destruction of the wicked;
 32 And again shall the aabomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, be fulfilled.
 33 And immediately after the tribulation of those days, the asun shall be bdarkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the cstars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
 34 Verily, I say unto you, this ageneration, in which these things shall be shown forth, shall not pass away until all I have told you shall be fulfilled.
 35 Although, the days will come, that heaven and earth shall pass away; yet my awords shall not pass away, but all shall be fulfilled.
 36 And, as I said before, after the atribulation of those days, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken, then shall appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven, and then shall all the tribes of the earth bmourn; and they shall see the cSon of Man dcoming in the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory;
 37 And whoso atreasureth up my word, shall not be deceived, for the Son of Man shall bcome, and he shall send his cangels before him with the great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together the dremainder of his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
 38 Now learn a parable of the afig tree—When its branches are yet tender, and it begins to put forth leaves, you know that summer is nigh at hand;
 39 So likewise, mine elect, when they shall see all these things, they shall know that he is near, even at the doors;
 40 But of that day, and hour, no one aknoweth; no, not the angels of God in heaven, but my Father only.
 41 But as it was in the days of aNoah, 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 aflood; for until the day that Noah entered into the ark they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage;
 43 And aknew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be.
 44 Then shall be fulfilled that which is written, that in the alast days, two shall be in the field, the one shall be taken, and the other bleft;
 45 Two shall be grinding at the mill, the one shall be taken, and the other left;
 46 And what I say unto one, I say unto all men; awatch, therefore, for you know not at what hour your Lord doth come.
 47 But know this, if the good man of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to have been broken up, but would have been ready.
 48 Therefore be ye also aready, for in such an hour as ye think not, the Son of Man cometh.
 49 Who, then, is a afaithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?
 50 Blessed is that aservant whom his lord, when he cometh, shall find so doing; and verily I say unto you, he shall make him ruler over all his goods.
 51 But if that evil servant shall say in his heart: My lord adelayeth his coming,
 52 And shall begin to smite his fellow-servants, and to eat and drink with the drunken,
 53 The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,
 54 And shall cut him asunder, and shall appoint him his portion with the hypocrites; there shall be weeping and agnashing of teeth.
 55 And thus cometh the aend of the wicked, according to the prophecy of Moses, saying: They shall be cut off from among the people; but the end of the earth is not yet, but by and by.


Many false Christs will arise and deceive (22), There will be wars and rumors of wars (23, 28), There will be famines and pestilences and earthquakes (29), the love of men will wax cold because of iniquity (30), the gospel will be preached to all the world (31), the abomination of desolation will be fulfilled as spoken by David (32), the sun will be darkened and the moon and stars will not give light (33), a sign of the coming of the Son of Man will be shown (36), those who are unrighteous because they think the time of the Savior's coming is far off will be cut asunder (51-54)

Promises to the Righteous:

Those who resist iniquity and continue to love will be safe (30), Those who treasure the word of God and are not deceived will be saved (37), Those who are doing as they should when the Savior comes will be made rulers over all (50)

1 Nephi 22:16-22

 16 For the time soon cometh that the fulness of the awrath of God shall be poured out upon all the children of men; for he will not suffer that the wicked shall destroy the righteous.
 17 Wherefore, he will apreserve the brighteous by his power, even if it so be that the fulness of his wrath must come, and the righteous be preserved, even unto the destruction of their enemies by fire. Wherefore, the righteous need not fear; for thus saith the prophet, they shall be saved, even if it so be as by fire.
 18 Behold, my brethren, I say unto you, that these things must shortly come; yea, even blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke must come; and it must needs be upon the face of this earth; and it cometh unto men according to the flesh if it so be that they will harden their hearts against the Holy One of Israel.
 19 For behold, the righteous shall not perish; for the time surely must come that all they who fight against Zion shall be cut off.
 20 And the Lord will surely aprepare a way for his people, unto the fulfilling of the words of Moses, which he spake, saying: A bprophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you. And it shall come to pass that all those who will not hear that prophet shall be ccut off from among the people.
 21 And now I, Nephi, declare unto you, that this aprophet of whom Moses spake was the Holy One of Israel; wherefore, he shall execute bjudgment in righteousness.
 22 And the righteous need not fear, for they are those who shall not be confounded. But it is the kingdom of the devil, which shall be built up among the children of men, which kingdom is established among them which are in the flesh—

Doctrine & Covenants 97: 22, 25

 22 For behold, and lo, avengeance cometh speedily upon the ungodly as the whirlwind; and who shall escape it?
 25 Nevertheless, Zion shall aescape if she observe to do all things whatsoever I have commanded her.

To those who are worried about the Second Coming of Christ:

If you are trying to be righteous and the intents of your heart are pure, as long as you are not delaying repentence, the Lord will have mercy on you. He loves us all and wants us all to be righteous. I believe that if we are trying, He will know and not let our efforts go unnoticed or unrewarded. That is why we must repent now and stop doing the things that are holding us back from becoming more like Christ. It is hard, but there are so many little things that if we would just stop doing, we would feel less of a burden on our spirits. It is hard, and I know that I need to work on a number of things, but I also know that I am trying because truly nothing is more important to me than being with my family for eternity.

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