Preparing for the Second Coming

prophet-isaiah-foretells-christs-birth-39469-galleryThe Second Coming of Christ

From the earliest days of Creation, the Lord has prophesied of His coming-in both the meridian of time as a young babe in Bethlehem, and again at the end of the world when He will usher in his long awaited millennial reign.

Along with the prophets of old, Latter-day prophets also had visions of the Coming of Christ and what lies ahead for both the righteous and wicked as the world’s winding scene begins to unfold. They have given the Saints council on what they need to do to prepare for the Great Day of the Lord and the cleansing fires that will precede His coming. So many biblical prophecies of the days leading up the Second Coming of Christ have already come to pass that people around the world stand united in their belief that the end is near. Never has the time to prepare for the coming storms destined to cleanse the world of the wicked been more obvious.

Our once great nation seems to be crumbling under the weight of lawlessness. Neighborhoods which were once safe havens for our families have turned into crime ridden ghettos. Children who used to play in playgrounds now gather in gangs and revel in destructive behavior. The innocence of entertainment has become eroded to the point where it is a breeding ground for evil delights of every kind.  Music which once flowed gently through our homes, now jangles our nerves and offers lyrics not suitable to listen to. Politicians serve their own needs instead of that of the nation, and the news media is so quick to twist the events of the day for ratings that we don’t know who we can trust anymore. Unfortunately, the wickedness of a people brings with it the withdrawal of the Spirit of the Lord leaving Lucifer free to rule the land.

Ezra Taft Benson Speaks About the Coming of the Lord

Latter-day Prophets on Being Prepared

Sadly, we are seeing only the beginning of the woes yet to come. Prophecy tells us that wickedness will worsen until the world is gripe for destruction. Yet it will be the wicked, not the righteous who are doomed. See what latter-day Prophets have said about the coming storm in the following video.

Whatever means the Lord chooses to destroy the ungodly, we must trust that that the righteous will be spared.  Thus, we must not fear or wallow in despair. Yet that is a difficult thing to ask of us. How can we not fear when we look at the countries of the world that are crumbing all around us, and millions of people are either being slaughtered or driven from their homes with little more than the clothes on their backs. How can we not fear when we know from past experience that when a nation becomes wicked, the Spirit of God withdraws. We can feel it, and we can see the fruits of that withdrawal as men’s hearts are harden all around us, and evil seems to be winning. Millions of babies are being slaughtered through abortion world-wide, drugs have enslaved millions more, and bigotry and racism is rampant. The news media is so eager for rating that they stop at nothing to bring us every piece of dirt or horror they can find to greet us every morning when we first wake up, and then on and on until we fall into a fretful sleep at night.

But we must pause here for a moment and remember that God is at the helm and is winning in this fight for the souls of men, not Lucifer. While the battle between good an devil continues to escalate, we must remember that this is God’s war, not ours, and His strategies are not always ours to understand. When the time comes that disasters strike, or evil presents itself at our doors, pray for guidance and strength and legions of heavenly hosts will be there to preserve your righteous families. Trust in His arm; trust in His promise that the righteous need not fear if they are prepared physically, spiritually, and temporally and let God direct His work in His own way, and in His own good time.

philippines-couple-elder-missionaries-1364641-galleryToday, God’s army of Latter-day missionaries are scouring the earth in search of the righteous and pure in heart. Their task is to go into all the world and gather in the lost sheep of Israel and plant them in the pastures of Zion. Then, and only then will God reap the whirlwind and destroy the wicked from off the face of the earth. God is at the helm, make no mistake about it, and if we stand in holy places in the stakes of Zion, we should not fear.

Be Ye Therefore Prepared

The First Presidency letter of 1988 urged the Saints to be prepared with enough basics to weather any emergency. It read:

“We continue to encourage members to store sufficient food, clothing, and where possible fuel for at least one year. We have not laid out an exact formula for what should be stored. However, we suggest that members concentrate on essential foods that sustain life, such as grains, legumes, cooking oil, powdered milk, salt, sugar or honey, and water. Most families can achieve and maintain this basic level of preparedness. The decision to do more than rest this rests with the individual.  We encourage you to follow this counsel with the assurance that a people prepared through obedience to the commandments of God need not fear.” (October 1988 Ensign).

 The wise will follow the counsel of the Brethren to prepare the trials that lay before us, and to read our scriptures daily lest we be swept away with every whim and doctrine that blows in the wind or pleases the senses. Pray daily that we might build a relationship with our Father in Heaven and be the recipient of His Holy Spirit so that it can guide our actions and help us discern between good and evil. Let us go about our lives with our minds fixed solidly on the fact that whatever happens in this war-torn world, God is at the helm and will direct things as he sees fit, and will inform His prophets of any change in course the Saints need to take for their continued care and safety.

 

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