“Behold, I Come Quickly; and My Reward Is with Me”

The Life and Teachings of Jesus and his Apostles, Instructor’s Guide (Rel 211–12), (2000), 119–21


Theme

The message of John’s vision is one of hope and glory for all who are faithful to the Savior.

Theme Analysis

  • A.

    The revelation of John concludes in a crescendo of hope for the glorification of the earth and its inhabitants.

  • B.

    As a true prophet of God, John, in an ultimate sense, was a messenger of hope and not of doom!

  • C.

    One can have a lively hope of eternal life only as he obeys the gospel.

Study Sources

New Testament Reading Assignment

Revelation chapters 19 through 22.

Course Manual

Chapter 56, “Behold, I Come Quickly; and My Reward Is with Me”

Standard Works

Ether 12:4. What has been the great hope of the saints?

Revelation 21:4. How is it that for the faithful, all tears will be wiped away?

D&C 76:39-43. What is the great hope of the gospel?

Moroni 7:41. What is it that we should hope for?

D&C 101:23, 24. What will the earth be like when every corruptible thing upon it shall be consumed?

D&C 88:110-16. What is the relationship between the era of peace and joy known as the Millennium and the fact that Satan will be bound for one thousand years?

1 Nephi 22:15, 26. What is the source of Satan’s power? What will be a great factor in binding him?

D&C 128:6-9. What “books” are to be used in the judgment, according to Joseph Smith?

Ether 13:8-11; D&C 45:66-71. How many Jerusalems will exist during the Millennium?

D&C 130:9. What will be the great inheritance of the meek of the earth? (See Matthew 5:5.)

Basic Library

Teachings, pp. 65-66. The great promise of the gospel that was extended to the faithful.

Teachings, p. 359. The Saints have the greatest hope.

Discourses, pp. 115-16. The great work of the Millennium.

DS, 3:55-79. The Millennium and the New Jerusalem.

A of F, pp. 368-71. Conditions during the Millennium.

M of F, pp. 341-43. Hope motivates repentance.

Ezra Taft Benson in CR, Oct. 1974, pp. 90-94. Overcoming despair and gaining the hope of eternal life!

Additional Sources

Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, pp. 366-68. The hope of Israel.

Marion G. Romney in CR, Apr. 1951, pp. 20-24. Righteousness brings hope.

Marion G. Romney in CR, Oct. 1966, pp. 50-54. What hope for the future do the righteous have?

Joseph Fielding Smith, The Way to Perfection, pp. 298-304, 308-13. The Millennium.

Bruce R. McConkie in DNTC 3:562-95. The culmination of the earth’s history.

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  1. 8.

    During the Millennium there will be a great missionary effort among those not yet converted to the gospel. (DS, 3:64-65.)

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  1. 9.

    The earth will be transfigured at the outset of the Millennium. (DS, 3:56-57.)

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  1. 10.

    Resurrected beings will assist with temple work during the Millennium. (DS, 2:178.)

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  1. 11.

    Apparently, there will be no carnivorous animals during the Millennium. (Isaiah 65:25.)

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  1. 12.

    Inaccuracies in genealogical records of past generations will be corrected during the Millennium. (DS, 2:177-78.)

An Overview of the Final Chapters of Revelation (A Review)

It could be beneficial to review the chart on the book of Revelation included in the map section of the course manual. The last seven boxes emphasize the content of Revelation chapters 19-22.

Some Suggestions for Presentation

(Ideas Other Teachers Have Used)

The Gospel of Hope Versus the Way of Despair (A Discussion)

The instructor could feature the hopefulness of the gospel as contrasted with the despair of the world, using the following scriptural examples:

  1. 1.

    One who had hope. Ether 15:34.

    One who despaired. Alma 30:52-60.

  2. 2.

    The hope of a saint. Philippians 4:13.

    The way of the world. Alma 30:17.

  3. 3.

    The hope of eternal life. Ether 12:4.

    The death and despair of the world. Alma 30:18.

  4. 4.

    Earthly trials in the gospel context. Mosiah 24:14, 15.

    The struggle of those who are without God. Mormon 5:2.

  5. 5.

    The more exalted hope of the faithful. Ether 12:32.

    The despair of sin. Moroni 10:22.

  6. 6.

    The atonement and resurrection of Christ provide the greatest hope. 1 Corinthians 15:19, 20; 1 John 3:2.

  7. 7.

    All is vanity without the hope of the gospel. Ecclesiastes 1:2-11.

True or False Test (A Discussion)

The following quiz could promote a discussion on conditions during the Millennium:

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  1. 1.

    Children born during the Millennium will grow up with immortal bodies. (D&C 101:30, 31.)

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  1. 2.

    During the Millennium, the earth will return to a condition like that in which it existed prior to the flood. (D&C 133:23, 24.)

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  1. 3.

    There may well be non-Mormons on the earth during the Millennium. (Zechariah 14:16, 17; DS, 3:63-64.)

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  1. 4.

    The sealed portion of the Book of Mormon may come forth during the Millennium. (2 Nephi 27:7, 8, 10.)

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  1. 5.

    In its millennial state, the earth will be much as it was before the Fall. (Isaiah 65:17-25; D&C 101:26-34.)

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  1. 6.

    The sentence “They shall beat their swords into plowshares” has reference to world peace, which will exist during the Millennium. (See previous references.)

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  1. 7.

    Satan will literally be restrained from his work of opposition during the Millennium, primarily through the righteousness of the people. (Revelation 20:2, 3; 1 Nephi 22:26.)