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1 The Second Coming Watch, Pray, Take Heed and be Ready! (Page Down for next slide, Page Up for previous slide)

2 9/1/1998LDSLastDays.com2 Tabloid Predictions A frozen Viking, found by oil drillers, will be revived by modern science A frozen Viking, found by oil drillers, will be revived by modern science Mike Tyson will be boxing champ until Mike Tyson will be boxing champ until An earthquake will turn Florida into an island An earthquake will turn Florida into an island Disney World will be destroyed by a hurricane Disney World will be destroyed by a hurricane A nuclear missile will destroy an asteroid A nuclear missile will destroy an asteroid Rosie O’Donnell will announce she will marry the band leader of her show Rosie O’Donnell will announce she will marry the band leader of her show.

3 9/1/1998LDSLastDays.com3 Children’s Questions... Dear God, Did you mean for the giraffe to look like that or was it an accident? -Norma Dear God, Did you mean for the giraffe to look like that or was it an accident? -Norma Dear God, I went to this wedding and they kissed right in church. Is that okay? -Neil Dear God, I went to this wedding and they kissed right in church. Is that okay? -Neil Dear God, It rained for our whole vacation and is my father MAD! He said some things about you that people are not supposed to say, but I hope you will not hurt him anyway. Your friend (But I am not going to tell you who I am) Dear God, It rained for our whole vacation and is my father MAD! He said some things about you that people are not supposed to say, but I hope you will not hurt him anyway. Your friend (But I am not going to tell you who I am) Dear God, Please send me a pony. I never asked for anything before, You can look it up. -Bruce Dear God, Please send me a pony. I never asked for anything before, You can look it up. -Bruce Dear God, Of all the people who work for you I like Noah and David the best. -Rob Dear God, Of all the people who work for you I like Noah and David the best. -Rob Dear God, We read Thomas Edison made light. But in Sunday School they said you did it. So I bet he stoled your idea. Sincerely, Donna Dear God, We read Thomas Edison made light. But in Sunday School they said you did it. So I bet he stoled your idea. Sincerely, Donna

4 9/1/1998LDSLastDays.com4 Youth Questions About Second Coming When will be Christ’s second coming in glory? 2. What is life going to be like before and during Christ’s return? 3. How do I prepare myself so I will be ready?

5 9/1/1998LDSLastDays.com5 Wilford Woodruff Journal of Discourses 18:111 There never was a generation of the inhabitants of the earth in any age of the world who had greater events awaiting them than the present. And an age fraught with greater interest to the children of men than the one in which we live never dawned since the creation of the world.

6 9/1/1998LDSLastDays.com6 Marion G. Romney Conference Report, October 1966 I hope we are all familiar with these words of the Lord and with his predictions concerning other coming events, such as the building of the new Jerusalem and the redemption of the old, the return of Enoch's Zion, and Christ's millennial reign. Not only do I hope that we are familiar with these coming events; I hope also that we keep the vision of them continually before our minds. This I do because upon a knowledge of them, and an assurance of their reality and a witness that each of us may have part therein, rests the efficacy of Christ's admonition, “be not troubled.”

7 9/1/1998LDSLastDays.com7 Purposes of Prophecy Peace of Mind 23 Behold, I speak these things unto you for the elect's sake; and you also shall hear of wars, 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. (JS-Matt 1:23)

8 9/1/1998LDSLastDays.com8 Purposes of Prophecy Peace of Mind Why is it that the Latter-day Saints are perfectly calm and serene among all the convulsions of the earth--the turmoils, strife, war, pestilence, famine, and distress of nations? It is because the spirit of prophecy has made known to us that such things would actually transpire upon the earth. We understand it, and view it in its true light. We have learned it by the visions of the Almighty. (JM Grant, Journal of Discourses, 2:147)

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10 9/1/1998LDSLastDays.com10 Purposes of Prophecy So We Can Prepare and Repent I know these are unpleasant things. It is not a pleasant thing even for me to stand here and tell you that this is written in the scriptures. If the Lord has a controversy with the nations, He will put them to the sword. Their bodies shall lie unburied like dung upon the earth. That is not nice, is it, but should we not know it? Is it not our duty to read these things and understand them? (continued)

11 9/1/1998LDSLastDays.com11 Purposes of Prophecy So We Can Prepare and Repent Don’t you think the Lord has given us these things that we might know and we might prepare ourselves through humility, through repentance, through faith, that we might escape from these dreadful conditions that are portrayed by these ancient prophets? That is why I am reading them. I feel just as keenly as you do about the condition, and I pray for it to come to an end, but I want it to come to an end right. (Joseph Fielding Smith, Signs of the Times, p )

12 9/1/1998LDSLastDays.com12 Purposes of Prophecy Strengthen our Faith 5 Telling them of things which must shortly come, that they might know and remember at the time of their coming that they had been made known unto them beforehand, to the intent that they might believe. (Helaman 16:5)

13 9/1/1998LDSLastDays.com13 Purposes of Prophecy To Keep Us From Being Deceived 37 And whoso treasureth up my word, shall not be deceived, for the Son of Man shall come, and he shall send his angels before him with the great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together the remainder of his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. (JS Matt 1:37)

14 9/1/1998LDSLastDays.com14 Orson F. Whitney Conference Report, April 1920 Saturday Evening of Time According to our Prophet's teachings, God gave to this planet, Mother Earth, seven thousand years as the period of "its temporal existence;" and four thousand years, or four of those great days, had passed before Christ was crucified, while nearly two thousand years, or two more days, have gone by since. Consequently, we stand at the present moment in the Saturday Evening of Time, near the close of the sixth day, at the week's end of human history. Morning will break upon the Millennium, the thousand years of peace, the Sabbath of the World.

15 9/1/1998LDSLastDays.com15 Seven Seals D&C 77:6 6 Q. What are we to understand by the book which John saw, which was sealed on the back with seven seals? A. We are to understand that it contains the revealed will, mysteries, and the works of God; the hidden things of his economy concerning this earth during the seven thousand years of its continuance, or its temporal existence.

16 9/1/1998LDSLastDays.com16 Seven Seals D&C 77:7 7 Q. What are we to understand by the seven seals with which it was sealed? A. We are to understand that the first seal contains the things of the first thousand years, and the second also of the second thousand years, and so on until the seventh.

17 9/1/1998LDSLastDays.com17 Seven Seals Seal 1Seal 2Seal 3Seal 4Seal 5Seal 6Seal 7 4,000-3,0003,000-2,0002,000-1,0001, ,0001,000-2,0002,000-3,000 BC AD AdamNoahAbraham IsaiahPeter Joseph Smith Millennium EnochShemMoses The world has had a fair trial for six thousand years; the Lord will try the seventh thousand Himself; "He whose right it is, will possess the kingdom, and reign until He has put all things under His feet;" iniquity will hide its hoary head, Satan will be bound, and the works of darkness destroyed; righteousness will be put to the line, and judgment to the plummet, and "he that fears the Lord will alone be exalted in that day.“ (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, 5:252)

18 9/1/1998LDSLastDays.com18 When Will the Lord Return? D&C 77:12 12 Q. What are we to understand by the sounding of the trumpets, mentioned in the 8th chapter of Revelation?

19 9/1/1998LDSLastDays.com19 Christ Will Return in the 7 th Seal D&C 77:12 A. We are to understand that as God made the world in six days, and on the seventh day he finished his work, and sanctified it, and also formed man out of the dust of the earth, even so, in the beginning of the seventh thousand years will the Lord God sanctify the earth, and complete the salvation of man, and judge all things, and shall redeem all things, except that which he hath not put into his power, when he shall have sealed all things, unto the end of all things; and 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.

20 9/1/1998LDSLastDays.com20 Christ Will Return in the 7 th Seal D&C 77:13 13 Q. When are the things to be accomplished, which are written in the 9th chapter of Revelation? A. They are to be accomplished after the opening of the seventh seal, before the coming of Christ.

21 9/1/1998LDSLastDays.com21 Can the Lord Return Today? Judah must return, Jerusalem must be rebuilt, and the temple, and water come out from under the temple, and the waters of the Dead Sea be healed. It will take some time to rebuild the walls of the city and the temple, Etc.; and all this must be done before the Son of Man will make his appearance. 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, etc. But the Son of Man, which will be as the light of the morning cometh out of the east. (History of the Church 5:337)

22 9/1/1998LDSLastDays.com22 Can the Lord Return Today? The people called Millerites, believe in the second coming of the Savior, and they have set a great many days when it should take place. But he did not come; and he never will come until the revelations of God are fulfilled and a people are prepared for his coming. He will never come until the Jews are gathered home and have re-built their Temple and city, and the Gentiles have gone up there to battle against them. He will never come until his Saints have built up Zion, and have fulfilled the revelations which have been spoken concerning it. He will never come until the Gentiles throughout the whole Christian world have been warned by the inspired elders of Israel. (Wilford Woodruff, Journal of Discourses, 18: )

23 9/1/1998LDSLastDays.com23 Can the Lord Return Today? Before the coming of Christ, the great war, sometimes called Armageddon, will take place as spoken of by Ezekiel, chapters 38 and 39. Another war of Gog and Magog will be after the millennium. (Joseph Fielding Smith Jr., Doctrines of Salvation, Vol.3, p.45)

24 9/1/1998LDSLastDays.com24 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. (D&C 45:39)

25 9/1/1998LDSLastDays.com25 The Battle of Armageddon Revelation 16:16 JST 16 And He gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.

26 9/1/1998LDSLastDays.com26 Armageddon (Har Megiddo - Mountain of Megiddo)

27 9/1/1998LDSLastDays.com27 Gog and Magog Revelation 9:16 16 And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.

28 9/1/1998LDSLastDays.com28 Gog and Magog Shall Come Like a Storm Ezekiel 38:4,9 4 And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords. 9 Thou shalt ascend and come like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou, and all thy bands, and many people with thee.

29 9/1/1998LDSLastDays.com29 Jews Refining Fire Two Thirds of Jews Will Not Survive Zechariah 13:8-9 8 And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein. 9 And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.

30 9/1/1998LDSLastDays.com30 Two Prophets D&C 77:15 15 Q. What is to be understood by the two witnesses, in the eleventh chapter of Revelation? A. They are two prophets that are to be raised up to the Jewish nation in the last days, at the time of the restoration, and to prophesy to the Jews after they are gathered and have built the city of Jerusalem in the land of their fathers.

31 9/1/1998LDSLastDays.com31 Two Prophets 3½ Year Ministry Typifies Christ Revelation 11:2-3 2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months. 3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophecy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.

32 9/1/1998LDSLastDays.com32 Two Prophets Have Power Over Elements Revelation 11:3,4,6 3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses... 4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth. 6 These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.

33 9/1/1998LDSLastDays.com33 Two Prophets Will Become Martyrs Revelation 11:5,7 5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed. 7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.

34 9/1/1998LDSLastDays.com34 Gog and Magog Will Not Bury Two Prophets Revelation 11:8,9 8 And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. 9 And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.

35 9/1/1998LDSLastDays.com35 Savior Provides Way of Escape For Israel Zechariah 14:4-5 4 And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. 5 And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with thee.

36 9/1/1998LDSLastDays.com36 Mount of Olives

37 9/1/1998LDSLastDays.com37 Moses Typified Christ All things which have been given of God from the beginning of the world, unto man, are the typifying of him. (2 Nephi 11:4) All things which have been given of God from the beginning of the world, unto man, are the typifying of him. (2 Nephi 11:4) The third of the Jews that remain are huddled against the Mount of Olives in the Kidron Valley with Gog and Magog descending upon them. The third of the Jews that remain are huddled against the Mount of Olives in the Kidron Valley with Gog and Magog descending upon them. Just as Moses divided the Red Sea, the Mount of Olives divides and provides an escape for the Jews from their enemies. Just as Moses divided the Red Sea, the Mount of Olives divides and provides an escape for the Jews from their enemies. Christ is the Deliverer for the Jews spiritually and physically at the Mount of Olives. Christ is the Deliverer for the Jews spiritually and physically at the Mount of Olives.

38 9/1/1998LDSLastDays.com38 A Great Plague A great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great. (Revelation 16:18-19) A great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great. (Revelation 16:18-19) Jerusalem is divided into three parts. (Revelation 16:18-19) Jerusalem is divided into three parts. (Revelation 16:18-19) And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent (70 lbs). (Revelation 16:21) And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent (70 lbs). (Revelation 16:21)

39 9/1/1998LDSLastDays.com39 Judah Will be Converted in One Day D&C 45: And then shall the Jews look upon me and say: What are these wounds in thine hands and in thy feet? 52 Then shall they know that I am the Lord; for I will say unto them: These wounds are the wounds with which I was wounded in the house of my friends. I am he who was lifted up, I am Jesus that was crucified. I am the Son of God 53 And then shall they weep because of their iniquities; then shall they lament because they persecuted their king.

40 9/1/1998LDSLastDays.com40 Christ will Enter Jerusalem Temple Through Golden Gate Ezekiel 43:2, 4 2 And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east: and his voice was like a noise of many waters: and the earth shined with his glory. 4 And the glory of the LORD came into the house by the way of the gate whose prospect is toward the east.

41 9/1/1998LDSLastDays.com41 The Golden Gate

42 9/1/1998LDSLastDays.com42 At Night it Will Appear as Day Zechariah 14: And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark: 7 But it shall be one day which shall be known to the LORD, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light.

43 9/1/1998LDSLastDays.com43 Neal A. Maxwell Conference Report, October 1981 Yes, Armageddon lies ahead. But so does Adam-ondi-Ahman!

44 9/1/1998LDSLastDays.com44 Christ’s Latter-day Appearances Adam-ondi-Ahman Adam-ondi-Ahman Will appear to the righteous Saints who have gathered to the New Jerusalem here in America. Will appear to the righteous Saints who have gathered to the New Jerusalem here in America. Another appearance of the Lord will be to the Jews at the Battle of Armageddon. Another appearance of the Lord will be to the Jews at the Battle of Armageddon. Yet another appearance of Christ will be to the rest of the world – His coming in glory. Yet another appearance of Christ will be to the rest of the world – His coming in glory.

45 9/1/1998LDSLastDays.com45 How Do We Prepare for the Coming Events? D&C 45: 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.

46 9/1/1998LDSLastDays.com46 Ezra Taft Benson The Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, 552 The way to prepare for the responsibilities of manhood and womanhood is by living up to the responsibilities of youth. The way to build a solid basis for meeting big problems in the future is by carefully and soberly meeting smaller problems in the present.

47 9/1/1998LDSLastDays.com47 Ezra Taft Benson The Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, There is a real sifting going on in the Church, and it is going to become more pronounced with the passing of time. It will sift the wheat from the tares, because we face some difficult days, the like of which we have never experienced in our lives. And those days are going to require faith and testimony and family unity, the like of which we have never had. We must prepare for the great day of the Lord. This preparation must consist of more than just casual membership in the Church. We must be guided by personal revelation and the counsel of the living prophet so that we will not be deceived.

48 9/1/1998LDSLastDays.com48 J Reuben Clark, Jr. Conference Report, October 1948 Now our Prophet, Joseph Smith, and the prophets since his time gave certain great principles that would save the world if the world would but listen. We do not lack a prophet; what we lack is a listening ear by the people and a determination to live as God has commanded. That is all we need. The way has been made perfectly clear.

49 9/1/1998LDSLastDays.com49 Gordon B. Hinckley Conference Report, April 1995 This is a time to be strong. It is a time to move forward without hesitation, knowing well the meaning, the breadth and the importance of our mission. It is a time to do what is right regardless of the consequences that might follow. It is a time to be found keeping the commandments.


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