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1 Called to The Wedding Feast

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4 Second Coming One grand event or a series of events?

5 For Instance Ether 4:15-16 'Behold, [House of Israel] when ye shall rend that veil of unbelief which cloth cause you to remain in your awful state of wickedness, and hardness of heart, and blindness of mind, then shall the great and marvelous things which have been hid up from the foundation of the world from you – yea, when ye shall call upon the Father in my name, with a broken heart and a contrite spirit, then shall ye know that the Father hath remembered the covenant which he made unto your fathers, O house of Israel. And then shall my revelations which I have caused to be written by my servant John be unfolded in the eyes all the people.'

6 Another Event Matt 22: 1-16 Rev 19: 5-10 Where is the ‘wedding feast’ to be held?

7 Joseph Smith 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... 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?"

8 Something to look for… Rev 21: 1-4

9 Oh, my… Revelation 20 The city lieth foresquare," John tells us, and he should know. He saw the place in vision (21:10) "The length is as large as the breadth... the length and the breadth and the height of it are equal[!]" The city is a cube, equal on all sides. And the sides are furlongs. The footnotes in the scriptures tell us that a furlong is about 607 English feet, or meters. Thus one side of this city is equal to X 607 feet, for a total on each side of 7,2284,000 feet, or 1,379.5 miles on a side

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11 Finally, Another Sign? President Howard W. Hunter "Personal unrighteousness can lead toward a welfare state. What is the real cause of this trend toward the welfare state, toward more socialism? In the last analysis, in my judgment, it is personal unrighteousness. When people do not use their freedoms responsibly and righteously, they will gradually lose these freedoms. If man will not recognize the inequalities around him and voluntarily, through the gospel plan, come to the aid of his brother, he will find that through "a democratic process" he will be forced to come to the aid of his brother. The government will take from the "haves" and give to the "have nots." Both have lost their freedom. Those who "have," lost their freedom to give voluntarily of their own free will and in the way they desire. Those who "have not," lost their freedom because they did not earn what they received. They got "something for nothing," and they will neither appreciate the gift nor the giver of the gift. Under this climate, people gradually become blind to what has happened and to the vital freedoms which they have lost." The Teachings of Howard W. Hunter, edited by Clyde J. Williams [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1997], 169.)

12 C.S. Lewis The Last Battle Aslan turned to them and said: “You do not yet look so happy as I mean you to be.” Lucy said: “we’re so afraid of being sent away, Aslan. And you have sent us back into our own world so often.” “No fear of that,” said Aslan… …as He spoke He no longer looked to them like a lion; but the things that began to happen after that were so great and beautiful that I cannot write them. And for us this is the end of all the stories, and we can most truly say that they all lived happily ever after. But for them it was only the beginning of the real story. All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page; now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read; which goes on forever: in which every chapter is better than the one before. The Last Battle, p. 211


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