Second Coming

November 17, 2021 10:20 AM MST
The Church's recent emphasis on self-reliance and gathering Israel are leading us to be more prepared for the Second Coming. Learn more:
6 Min Read
October 21, 2020 12:00 PM MDT
Over and over the Lord has indicated that the time of the end is near and that the day of His coming will be soon. And yet most of those scriptural passages are now almost two hundred years old, but we are still waiting for their fulfillment. So how are we to interpret words like “close,” “quickly,” “soon,” “hasten,” and “speedily”? This is why some, including some faithful Church members, claim that we have no reason to believe that the Second Coming is not still five or six hundred years away, and that we are working ourselves up into a dither over nothing.
11 Min Read
October 07, 2020 12:00 PM MDT
While serving as a General Authority Seventy, I had one of those unexpected teaching moments that life presents to us. This was when the financial crash was in full swing and our country was experiencing the most drastic drop in the economy since the Great Depression. Every day there were new announcements. The stock market crash. The collapse of the housing market. Major banks, mortgage companies, retirement funds, and investment houses were failing. There was talk of massive government bailouts. Unemployment was skyrocketing. A dark cloud had settled over the country and was spreading to other nations.
9 Min Read
September 26, 2020 11:00 AM MDT
All In host Morgan Jones spoke with Elder Lund about what he believes experiences today mean in regard to the Second Coming.
6 Min Read
March 31, 2020 04:07 PM MDT
In the April 2020 issue of the Ensign, President Russell M. Nelson shared a message on being prepared for the Second Coming of the Savior.
1 Min Read
November 30, 2019 09:30 AM MST
While as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints we are taught to prepare for the second coming of Jesus Christ, we don't have to anxiously obsess over it.
6 Min Read
July 19, 2019 04:21 PM MDT
Ezekiel 38–39 contains a vision that exhibits some important traits of apocalyptic revelation. It depicts an invasion of "Israel" by a foreign power called "Gog" of the land of "Magog," the "chief prince of Meshech and Tubal" (Ezek. 38:2). Gog and his forces will attack the "mountains of Israel," whose people will have been "brought forth out of the nations" (Ezek. 38:8). Like "a cloud to cover the land," Gog and his allies—"a great company, and a mighty army"—will advance on the Lord's people (Ezek. 38:15–16). But the Lord will not allow them to succeed. With earthquake, sword, pestilence, blood, rain, hailstones, fire, and brimstone, the Lord will intervene to stop Gog's attack; he and his armies will be slaughtered (see Ezek. 38:19–39:8). So massive will be Gog's armies, and so thorough their defeat, that for seven years the people of Israel will gather the weapons of their defeated enemies and use them for fuel. Their corpses will be so abundant that it will take seven months to bury them. Even after that, individuals will be employed to go through the land to find the bodies not yet buried (see Ezek. 39:9–16). Next is depicted a huge feast, at which birds and animals will gorge themselves on the blood and flesh of the slain (see Ezek. 39:17–20; see also D&C 29:20).
5 Min Read
July 10, 2019 01:59 PM MDT
Joseph Smith placed the appearance of the sign of the Son of Man after the sign of the absent rainbow in the chronology of the signs of the times.1 He also placed this Messianic sign after the sun had been darkened and the moon bathed in blood.2 Likewise, the Joseph Smith Translation of Matthew 24 states that “the sign of the Son of Man” will be seen in heaven after the days of tribulation and after “the powers of heaven” (or the stars) are “shaken” or fall from the sky (v. 37; cf. Rev. 6:13; D&C 88:87).
3 Min Read
May 31, 2019 01:01 PM MDT
When I was teaching at the BYU Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies, one of the classes I taught was on the book of Isaiah. While preparing for my discussion of the assigned chapters from Isaiah, I had a remarkable experience that had a powerful effect on me and my approach to the last days and view of the Second Coming. As I carefully studied Isaiah 24, which recounts many prophecies regarding conditions of the world in the last days, I began to feel gloomy, almost despondent:
6 Min Read
September 22, 2018 03:00 PM MDT
Most Christians think of the Second Coming as the appearance of the Savior to the entire population of the earth, an event that “surely shall come” (D&C 39:21).
7 Min Read
August 25, 2018 02:53 PM MDT
From time to time, in the face of wickedness, the Lord dispatches an angel to destroy one or more persons. In fact, both the scriptures and modern prophets use the expression “destroying angel.”
9 Min Read
August 23, 2018 08:27 AM MDT
One of our favorite places to go for family vacation is called Craters of the Moon in Idaho. It’s a weird place that’s covered with miles and miles of black lava rocks and dormant volcanoes. It looks much like the surface of the moon, except that there’s no vegetation on the moon. Craters, at least, has a few trees and some sagebrush. Nearby, there’s a place called Hell’s Half Acre. The name says it all. It’s similar to Craters of the Moon, but it’s more burned looking.
4 Min Read
August 03, 2018 08:00 AM MDT
Despite apostolic warnings and repeated admonishments to avoid becoming caught up with Second Coming sensationalism and apocalyptic alarm, there have been many in every generation that assume the answer to the age-old question “When will He come again?” is “Now.”
9 Min Read
July 26, 2018 08:28 AM MDT
Famines, pestilences, earthquakes, tribulations, hailstorms, scourges, sickness, commotion, killing, iniquity, blood, fire, vapors of smoke, thundering, lightning, darkness, tempests, flooding, and other disasters are among some of the calamities prophesied about in the scriptures.
4 Min Read
July 19, 2018 02:00 PM MDT
Studying the signs of the times and attempting to make sense of what events lie ahead are fascinating labors. When I began writing Living in the Eleventh Hour and Living in the Millennium, I thought I had a pretty good grasp of the prophetic picture. But in looking back on the months of study and writing, I have to admit that I learned a great deal; there were a number of things that were either new to me or matters that required me to do some serious rethinking and reassessment. Some of these matters you might have questions about, too.
6 Min Read
June 21, 2018 03:33 PM MDT
Author’s Note: With this lesson, we come to the end of the Old Testament Manual. A time or two we have strapped on the aqualung and gone deep, but most of the time we have floated serenely on the surface of this marvelous reservoir of knowledge, experience, and power. Forty-eight lessons are hardly enough time and space to do justice to a book of this depth and complexity. I hope you will not assume that you have now studied the Old Testament. You have studied the parts of the Old Testament that the Gospel Doctrine Manual emphasizes, and (in these lessons) brief segments that I have highlighted. The Old Testament is worth revisiting many times in your life. As we study it with hearts opened and prepared to receive the lessons the Lord has taught us there, we will gain a broader understanding and greater depth of spiritual knowledge.
6 Min Read
May 20, 2018 10:09 PM MDT
This seems to happen in a cycle, about every 30 or 40 years. I remember very well attending the October 1972 general conference and hearing President Harold B. Lee chasten and warn the holders of the priesthood about paying too much attention to what he called “loose writings” among them, cautioning us against jumping on every bandwagon and attaching ourselves to every eschatological craze, assuring us that we did not need to stress over “the coming crash” of our economy or our society.
11 Min Read
April 06, 2018 09:22 AM MDT
As I completed the writing for the book Living in the Eleventh Hour, it occurred to me that there might be some value in continuing the trek, completing the story, if you will. I honestly had not anticipated a sequel. And so the next weekend I began what might be called a review of the literature. I turned first to the standard works and was absolutely blown away by how much the prophets have spoken about the millennial period. While I was certain that much of my data would come from the Doctrine and Covenants, I was stunned by the doctrinal detail in the Old Testament. I knew that the book of Revelation would be tremendously fertile ground, but I had not realized that the four Gospels, the epistles of Paul and Peter, and the teachings of modern prophets and apostles like Joseph Smith, Brigham Young, and Orson Pratt would be so fruitful as well.
6 Min Read
October 26, 2017 08:06 AM MDT
As we are bombarded more frequently with devastating hurricanes, fires, earthquakes, shootings, and diseases, many of us can’t help but think, “Boy! We really are living in the last days. Look at all these prophesied signs of the times.” And we wonder: When is Christ coming? What will the Millennium be like?
7 Min Read
October 25, 2017 06:09 PM MDT
As a child, I would always look out the window after a rainstorm and scan the grey sky overhead.
2 Min Read
October 16, 2017 08:09 PM MDT
Sierra Leone, Mexico, Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, Lousiana, Las Vegas, California, Somalia—the number of disasters in the past few months is astounding.
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Fun
October 10, 2017 09:00 AM MDT
A seven-headed beast? Four beasts with six wings? A man eating a bitter little book that was as sweet as honey? Twenty-four elders and 144,000 servants? A great red dragon and a woman in the wilderness? The number 666? The Book of Revelation can be captivating, if not a bit bewildering. Yet a careful look at the interpretations and applications of these symbols and prophecies is one key to preparing for the Second Coming and enjoying a study of John’s panoramic vision.
2 Min Read
September 08, 2017 03:56 PM MDT
In the course of only a few weeks, there have been horrendous mudslides in Sierra Leone, three catastrophic hurricanes along the southeastern coast of the United States and across multiple other islands in the Caribbean, devastating floods in the U.S., India, Nepal, Bangladesh, and other places across the world, destructive fires in the northwest United States, tragic earthquakes, and all sorts of other natural disasters.
2 Min Read
By  LDS Living
April 21, 2017 04:15 PM MDT
We live in the latter days, a time when the fullness of the gospel is on the earth but so are many challenges and struggles unique to this time.
1 Min Read
February 01, 2017 07:27 PM MST
A Chicago editor bragged that he could edit the entire New Testament into one paragraph. This is his offering: “He was born. He lived. He died. He’s coming back, and he’s not very happy.” Of course, He is coming back, and however far away that remarkable day might be, it closer now than it was yesterday. The purpose of this lesson is to give some instruction in recognizing the signs of His coming, and to give encouragement about being prepared when it happens, for, as Elder Maxwell said,
10 Min Read
November 12, 2016 03:35 PM MST
In working as a religious educator for almost four decades, I have been delighted to witness a significant rise in what might be called scriptural literacy or gospel scholarship among the young people of the Church. This is a tribute to devoted mothers and fathers, advisers and teachers, seminary and institute instructors. Our members are simply more capable and adept at utilizing the standard works in finding answers to their questions, seeking divine guidance, and explaining or defending the teachings of the restored gospel to those not of our faith.
8 Min Read
October 19, 2016 05:40 PM MDT
Most of us have heard the scripture referring to the Second Coming as the “great and dreadful day of the Lord” (Malachi 4:5), but why is it that most of us forget the “great” part and focus on the “dreadful” side of things?
3 Min Read
September 27, 2015 02:43 AM MDT
Over the last several weeks, it seems everyone from the Huffington Post to USA Today is talking about the "Mormon Preppers"–a small group of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who are overstocking their food storage and updating their 72 hour kits under the premise that the world is ending.
1 Min Read
January 18, 2012 04:20 PM MST
We hear them all the time, statements about the world “going to hell in a hand basket,” sighs and longings for “the good old days,” warnings of rampant moral decay and declarations to all who want to follow God that they are living in “enemy territory.” For those prone to depression and anxiety, such framings of the world and today’s moral and spiritual state exacerbate their struggles. For children, these notions feed fears and cause some to wonder if this world is really worth engaging. There are also dozens of other subtle ways that these kinds of assessments can act against our emotional, spiritual, and physical health and well-being. The most tragic aspect of these sorts of pessimistic framings is that according to studies from many fields, the data does not prove this tale of hopeless, inevitable continual decay to be justified. Violence is down, freedom is up, and scores of other social health and happiness indexes largely show things trending in positive directions. If this is true, how, then, should we think about the apocalypticism that affects so much discussion in both the world and in Mormonism? In this episode, Mormon Matters host Dan Wotherspoon and panelists—LDS therapists Natasha Helfer Parker and Marybeth Raynes, and philosopher and intellectual historian James McLachlan—discuss these messages and their persistence, the strength of the evidence for their accuracy, and their effects on people in general and those prone to depression and anxiety in particular. As all the panelists recognize, it is important to strike a healthy balance between optimism and pessimism, and there is a strong need for everyone to be alert to dangers and take reasonable steps for their protection. But for those who haven’t found this balance (or for those who love someone like this), they offer suggestions for how people might learn to concentrate on different, more positive messages. They also discuss possible ways we might talk with and offer fresh framings about the world situation to our children and loved ones who are overly wrought with doomsday fears.
1 Min Read
November 17, 2011 05:05 AM MST
Preparation: Print the scriptures or song titles below on individual sheets of yellow or gold cardstock. Cut each cardstock into a large star shape, so the scripture is in the middle of the star. Obtain a picture of Christ’s birth and a picture of His second coming. Post the two pictures on opposite sides of the board and draw a vertical line down the middle of the board between the two pictures. Place the stars facedown on a table at the front of the room. Obtain tape or magnets to attach the stars to the board during the presentation.
3 Min Read
November 16, 2011 05:41 PM MST
Revelation 5, 6; 19-22
15 Min Read
September 14, 2011 03:57 PM MDT
Supplement from "Preparing the World for the Second Coming" by Neil L. Andersen
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September 07, 2011 04:04 AM MDT
Supplement from "Preparation for the Second Coming," by Dallin H. Oaks
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