Doctrine and Covenants 33: Preparing for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ

Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Student Study Guide, (2005), 44–45


A primary purpose of the Restoration of the gospel is to bring God’s children out of apostasy and worldliness and prepare them for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ (D&C 1:12–17). InDoctrine and Covenants 33the Lord called two men to missionary service to take that message to the world. As you study this revelation, look for what we must do to prepare. Also look for the blessings promised to those who help warn the world.

Understanding the Scriptures

Doctrine and Covenants 33

Affirmed(section heading)Testified, declared as true 
Dividing asunder(v. 1)Cutting in two 
Discerner(v. 1)One who knows 
Perverse(v. 2)Stubbornly wicked 
Priestcrafts(v. 4)Preaching for praise and personal gain (2 Nephi 26:29) 
Laden with sheaves(v. 9)Loaded with bundles of grain or converts (missionary success) 

Doctrine and Covenants 33:17—“Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning”

Oil Lamp

The lamps, oil, and Bridegroom mentioned inDoctrine and Covenants 33:17refer to the Savior’s parable of the ten virgins (Matthew 25:1–13). In that parable the Lord taught that those who are unprepared (their lamps have gone out) for the coming of the Savior (the Bridegroom) will be shut out of His presence.

Studying the Scriptures

Do activity A or B as you studyDoctrine and Covenants 33.

Activity A iconIllustrate a Verse

The Lord used many word pictures in this revelation. Chooseoneof the images inDoctrine and Covenants 33:3, 6–9, 13, 17and draw a picture that illustrates what the Lord was teaching. Do not simply illustrate what the verse says literally but what it means. Provide an explanation with your illustration, describing what you drew and why.

Activity B iconApply the Revelation

  1. 1.

    Explain what you think the Lord meant by His description of the world inDoctrine and Covenants 33:3, 7.

  2. 2.

    How is that description different from the way the Lord described the world in verses 2 and 4?