Through His prophets, the Lord spoke of "a marvelous work and a wonder" (Isaiah 29:14), referring to a time when He would set up a kingdom which would fill the whole earth (Daniel 2:44). Peter prophesied of a "restitution of all things" (Acts 3:21) and Paul saw "the dispensation of the fulness of times" when the Lord would "gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth" (Ephesians 1:10). John the Revelator also saw in vision the latter days prior to the Second Coming of Christ, when divine messengers would "fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people" (Revelation 14:6).
Isaiah prophesied that "darkness shall cover the earth" (Isaiah 60:2). Amos spoke of "a famine . . . of hearing the words of the Lord" (Amos 8:11). The Savior warned of "false Christs, and false prophets" (Matthew 24:24) while Paul taught that before the Second Coming of Christ "there [would] come a falling away first" (2 Thessalonians 2:3).