99972_000_008Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven (Acts 1:11).
When Jesus Christ was in the temple in Jerusalem, He told His disciples that after He died, He would come back to the earth to live with the people. After they left the temple to walk to Bethany, He foretold one of the signs of His Second Coming. “There shall not be left here, upon this temple, one stone upon another that shall not be thrown down.
“And Jesus left them, and went upon the Mount of Olives. And as he sat upon the Mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying: Tell us when shall these things be which thou hast said concerning the destruction of the temple, and the Jews; and what is the sign of thy coming … ?
“And Jesus answered, and said unto them: Take heed that no man deceive you;
“For many shall come in my name, saying—I am Christ—and shall deceive many;
“Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you, and ye shall be hated of all nations, for my name’s sake. …
“For in those days there shall also arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders, insomuch, that, if possible, they shall deceive the very elect [faithful]. …
“You also shall hear of wars, and rumors of wars; see that ye be not troubled, for all I have told you must come to pass; but the end is not yet. …
“There shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes.”
And about the false prophets and Christs, He warned: “Wherefore, if they shall say unto you: Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: Behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not;
“For as the light of the morning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west, and covereth the whole earth, so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be.” (JS—M 1:3–7, 22–23, 29, 25–26.)
The Savior told the disciples that not even the angels in heaven knew when He would come again. He said, “Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man” (Luke 21:36). He also warned them, “Therefore be ye also ready, for in such an hour as ye think not, the Son of Man cometh” (JS—M 1:48).
The Second Coming of the Savior will be a glorious experience for all righteous people. It will be a time of happiness, peace, and love for those who are prepared to meet Him. We can be prepared to meet Jesus Christ if we follow His teachings, keep the commandments, and choose the right.
Color the flannel-board figures, then mount them on heavy paper. Cut them out and use them to tell about the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
Sunrise; Fallen temple; The Savior’s Second Coming; Jesus Christ teaching some of His disciples; War, famine, pestilence, and earthquakes. (Illustrated by Beth M. Whittaker.)