GPC41: Signs of the Second Coming, Gospel Principles Comments and Resources

Gospel Principles
Unit 9: The Second Coming of Jesus Christ
Chapter 41: Signs of the Second Coming
Comments and Resources

Elder Ezra Taft Benson said:
"In Matthew, chapter 24, we learn of "famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes..." (Matthew 24:7)  The Lord declared that these and other calamities shall occur.  These particular prophecies seem not to be conditional...
"Yet, through all of this, the Lord Jesus Christ has said: "If ye are prepared ye shall not fear" (D&C 38:30).  ("Prepare Ye," Ensign, Jan.  1974, pp. 68-69; also in Conference Report, Oct.  1973, p. 89)

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During the study of this topic, we will learn some of the signs of the Savior's second coming and how you can prepare to meet him.

Resources:
Gospel Principles: chapter 41, Chapter 43, (2010) manual
Jesus the Christ, chapter 32.

Scriptures:

Matthew 24:36-44
  "36 ¶ But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
  37 But as the days of Noe (Noah) were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 
  38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
  39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 
  40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
  41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
  42 ¶ Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. 
  43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.
  44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh."

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17
  "16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
  17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord."

Revelations 1:7
  "7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him.  Even so, Amen."

Revelations 16:15-21
  "15 Behold, I come as a thief.  Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. 
  16 And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.
  17 And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done. 
  18 And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.
  19 And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.
  20 And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.
  21 And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great."

D&C 29:9-19
  "9 For the hour is nigh and the day soon at hand when the earth is ripe; and all the proud and they that do wickedly shall be as stubble; and I will burn them up, saith the Lord of Hosts, that wickedness shall not be upon the earth;
  10 For the hour is nigh, and that which was spoken by mine apostles must be fulfilled; for as they spoke so shall it come to pass;
  11 For I will reveal myself from heaven with power and great glory, with all the hosts thereof, and dwell in righteousness with men on earth a thousand years, and the wicked shall not stand.
  12 And again, verily, verily, I say unto you, and it hath gone forth in a firm decree, by the will of the Father, that mine apostles, the Twelve which were with me in my ministry at Jerusalem, shall stand at my right hand at the day of my coming in a pillar of fire, being clothed with robes of righteousness, with crowns upon their heads, in glory even as I am, to judge the whole house of Israel, even as many as have loved me and kept my commandments, and none else. 
  13 For a trump shall sound both long and loud, even as upon Mount Sinai, and all the earth shall quake, and they shall come forth yea, even the dead which died in me, to receive a crown of righteousness, and to be clothed upon, even as I am, to be with me, that we may be one. 
  14 But, behold, I say unto you that before this great day shall come the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall be turned into blood, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and there shall be greater signs in heaven above and in the earth beneath;
  15 And there shall be weeping and wailing among the hosts of men;
  16 And there shall be a great hailstorm sent forth to destroy the crops of the earth. 
  17 And it shall come to pass, because of the wickedness of the world, that I will take vengeance upon the wicked, for they will not repent; for the cup of mine indignation is full; for behold, my blood shall not cleanse them if they hear me not.
  18 Wherefore, I the Lord God will send forth flies upon the face of the earth, which shall take hold of the inhabitants thereof, and shall eat their flesh, and shall cause maggots to come in upon them;
  19 And their tongues shall be stayed that they shall not utter against me; and their flesh shall fall from off their bones, and their eyes from their sockets;"

D&C 45:44-46
  "44 And then they shall look for me, and, behold, I will come; and they shall see me in the clouds of heaven, clothed with power and great glory; with all the holy angels; and he that watches not for me shall be cut off. 
  45 But before the arm of the Lord shall fall, an angel shall sound his trump, and the saints that have slept shall come forth to meet me in the cloud.
  46 Wherefore, if ye have slept in peace blessed are you; for as you now behold me and know that I am, even so shall ye come unto me and your souls shall live, and your redemption shall be perfected; and the saints shall come forth from the four quarters of the earth."

D&C 88:86-110
  "86 Abide ye in the liberty wherewith ye are made free; entangle not yourselves in sin, but let your hands be clean, until the Lord comes.
  87 For not many days hence and the earth shall tremble and reel to and fro as a drunken man; and the sun shall hide his face, and shall refuse to give light; and the moon shall be bathed in blood; and the stars shall become exceedingly angry, and shall cast themselves down as a fig that falleth from off a fig-tree. 
  88 And after your testimony cometh wrath and indignation upon the people. 
  89 For after your testimony cometh the testimony of earthquakes, that shall cause groanings in the midst of her, and men shall fall upon the ground and shall not be able to stand.
  90 And also cometh the testimony of the voice of thunderings, and the voice of lightnings, and the voice of tempests, and the voice of the waves of the sea heaving themselves beyond their bounds.
  91 And all things shall be in commotion; and surely, men" hearts shall fail them; for fear shall come upon all people. 
  92 And angels shall fly through the midst of heaven, crying with a loud voice, sounding the trump of God, saying: Prepare ye, prepare ye, O inhabitants of the earth; for the judgment of our God is come.  Behold, and lo, the Bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
  93 And immediately there shall appear a great sign in heaven, and all people shall see it together.
  94 And another angel shall sound his trump, saying: That great church, the mother of abominations, that made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, that persecuteth the saints of God, that shed their blood she who sitteth upon many waters, and upon the islands of the sea behold, she is the tares of the earth; she is bound in bundles; her bands are made strong, no man can loose them; therefore, she is ready to be burned.  And he shall sound his trump both long and loud, and all nations shall hear it.
  95 And there shall be silence in heaven for the space of half an hour; and immediately after shall the curtain of heaven be unfolded, as a scroll is unfolded after it is rolled up, and the face of the Lord shall be unveiled;
  96 And the saints that are upon the earth, who are alive, shall be quickened and be caught up to meet him.
  97 And they who have slept in their graves shall come forth, for their graves shall be opened; and they also shall be caught up to meet him in the midst of the pillar of heaven
  98 They are Christ", the first fruits, they who shall descend with him first, and they who are on the earth and in their graves, who are first caught up to meet him; and all this by the voice of the sounding of the trump of the angel of God.
  99 And after this another angel shall sound, which is the second trump; and then cometh the redemption of those who are Christ's at his coming; who have received their part in that prison which is prepared for them, that they might receive the gospel, and be judged according to men in the fresh. 
  100 And again, another trump shall sound, which is the third trump; and then come the spirits of men who are to be judged, and are found under condemnation;
  101 And these are the rest of the dead; and they live not again until the thousand years are ended, neither again, until the end of the earth. 
  102 And another trump shall sound, which is the fourth trump, saying: There are found among those who are to remain until that great and last day, even the end, who shall remain filthy still.
  103 And another trump shall sound, which is the fifth trump, which is the fifth angel who committeth the everlasting gospel flying through the midst of heaven, unto all nations, kindreds, tongues, and people;
  104 And this shall be the sound of his trump, saying to all people, both in heaven and in earth, and that are under the earth for every ear shall hear it, and every knee shall bow, and every tongue shall confess, while they hear the sound of the trump, saying: Fear God, and give glory to him who sitteth upon the throne, forever and ever; for the hour of his judgment is come. 
  105 And again, another angel shall sound his trump, which is the sixth angel, saying: She is fallen who made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication; she is fallen, is fallen!
  106 And again, another angel shall sound his trump, which is the seventh angel, saying: It is finished; it is finished! The Lamb of God hath overcome and trodden the wine-press alone, even the wine-press of the fierceness of the wrath of Almighty God.
  107 And then shall the angels be crowned with the glory of his might, and the saints shall be filled with his glory, and receive their inheritance and be made equal with him.
  108 And then shall the first angel again sound his trump in the ears of all living, and reveal the secret acts of men, and the mighty works of God in the first thousand years.
  109 And then shall the second angel sound his trump, and reveal the secret acts of men, and the thoughts and intents of their hearts, and the mighty works of God in the second thousand years
  110 And so on, until the seventh angel shall sound his trump; and he shall stand forth upon the land and upon the sea, and swear in the name of him who sitteth upon the throne, that there shall be time no longer; and Satan shall be bound, that old serpent, who is called the devil, and shall not be loosed for the space of a thousand years."

Zechariah 14:1-9
  "1 Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee. 
  2 For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.
  3 Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. 
  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. 
  6 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.
  8 And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be. 
  9 And the Lord shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord, and his name one."

Luke 21:20-28
  "20 And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. 
  21 Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto.
  22 For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.
  23 But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people. 
  24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.
  25 ¶ And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;
  26 Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
  27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
  28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh."

D&C 45:50-54
  "50 And calamity shall cover the mocker, and the scorner shall be consumed; and they that have watched for iniquity shall be hewn down and cast into the fire.
  51 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.
  54 And then shall the heathen nations be redeemed, and they that knew no law shall have part in the first resurrection; and it shall be tolerable for them."

D&C 84:96-102
  "96 For I, the Almighty, have laid my hands upon the nations, to scourge them for their wickedness.
  97 And plagues shall go forth, and they shall not be taken from the earth until I have completed my work, which shall be cut short in righteousness
  98 Until all shall know me, who remain, even from the least unto the greatest, and shall be filled with the knowledge of the Lord, and shall see eye to eye, and shall lift up their voice, and with the voice together sing this new song, saying:
  99 The Lord hath brought again Zion; The Lord hath redeemed his people, Israel, According to the election of grace, Which was brought to pass by the faith And covenant of their fathers.
  100 The Lord hath redeemed his people; And Satan is bound and time is no longer.
The Lord hath gathered all things in one.  The Lord hath brought down Zion from above.  The Lord hath brought up Zion from beneath. 
  101 The earth hath travailed and brought forth her strength; And truth is established in her bowels; And the heavens have smiled upon her; And she is clothed with the glory of her God; For he stands in the midst of his people.
  102 Glory, and honor, and power, and might, Be ascribed to our God; for he is full of mercy, Justice, grace and truth, and peace, Forever and ever, Amen."



Topical Guide:
                            Last days

Bible Dictionary:
                                Abomination of Desolation

Guide to the Scriptures:
                                             Last Days, Latter Days
                                             Second Coming of Jesus Christ
                                             Signs of the Times

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Moroni 10:4-5
  "4 And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.
  5 And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things."

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