Those who are aware of the many signs of the Savior’s second coming will be better prepared for that great event.
The Lord and his prophets have declared the signs of the Second Coming so that the faithful might be prepared for the grand event.
Although the day and hour of Christ’s second advent is unknown to us, and understanding of the fulfillment of the signs will indicate its approach.
Only those who obey the gospel and take the Holy Spirit for their guide will be adequately prepared for the second coming of the Lord.
New Testament Reading Assignment
Chapter 22, “What Shall Be the Sign of Thy Coming?”
Mosiah 3:15. How extensive have been the signs, types, and prophecies of Christ’s coming—of both his first and second advents?
D&C 43:29-34. Who is the ultimate authority in teaching the Church of the coming of Christ?
D&C 45:37-40. Why has the Lord provided signs of the times?
2 Nephi 25:9. How often does the Lord warn the world of destruction?
D&C 34:7-9. How imminent is the great day of the Lord?
D&C 133:16-74. Why would these things be discussed in the Lord’s appendix to the Doctrine and Covenants?
Teachings, pp. 286-87. A chronicling of specific signs to be fulfilled before the Savior comes.
DS, 3:1-52. Signs of the times and the second coming of Christ.
Jesus the Christ, pp. 569-84. The context and content of the Savior’s warning to his apostles of the destruction of Jerusalem and the signs of his second coming.
A of F, pp. 356-74. Christ’s millennial reign and events leading up to it.
Marion G. Romney in CR, Oct. 1971, pp. 68-72. The signs of the times and becoming prepared for the coming of the Lord.
Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, pp. 715-34. An extensive listing and explanation of the signs of the times.
Joseph Fielding Smith, Signs of the Times, This entire book is about the second coming of the Savior and the signs relating to it. The instructor may wish toiperuse it.
Joseph Fielding Smith in CR, Oct. 1966, pp. 58-61. A discussion of the signs of the times.
Some Suggestions for Presentation
Some Specific Signs of the Last Days
As pointed out by President Lee (see reading 22-14), the scriptures are our most authoritative source of information about the events which will transpire before the Savior’s return to the earth. While we cannot be certain of the precise order in which specific events will occur, we can obtain more than a passing knowledge of these signs by careful scriptural inquiry. The following exercise could help one’s understanding in this regard.
Below you will find a list of events relating to the last days. Some of these events relate to (1) physical phenomena, such as “the earth to be in commotion”; (2) conditions of men, such as “love of men to wax cold”; and (3) the kingdom of God, such as “the gospel to be preached to the world as a witness.” You could proceed as follows:
Your completed analysis sheet should prove to be a valuable compilation to you.
Specific Events of the Last Days
Sun darkened, moon turned to blood, stars to fall from heaven
Weeping and wailing among men
Gospel to go to the gentiles, but largely to be rejected by them
Powers of heaven to be shaken
The signs of the Son of Man in the clouds of heaven
Times of the gentiles to be fulfilled
Wars and rumors of wars
Great signs in heaven and on earth
Great and abominable church to fall
Disciples to stand in holy places, unmoved
Two working in the field-one taken, the other left
Gospel to be preached in all the world for a witness
False Christs and prophets to appear, showing signs and wonders
A great hailstorm to destroy crops of the earth
Wicked to curse God and die
Righteous to be looking for the signs of Christ’s coming
Flies to come upon the earth
Love of men to wax cold
Men to say that Christ delays his coming
Remnant of the Jews to be gathered to Jerusalem
Maggots to come on men
Iniquity to abound
Flesh to fall from bones and eyes from sockets
According to the covenant, even the very elect to be subject to deception
An overflowing scourge of desolating sickness to cover the land
Beasts and fowls to devour men’s bodies
Whole earth to be in commotion
Earthquakes in divers places
Elect of God to be gathered from four quarters of the earth
Blood, fire, and vapors of smoke
Nation to rise against nation, kingdom against kingdom
Famines, pestilences in divers places
A second “abomination of desolation”
Why Does the Lord Provide Signs? (A Discussion)
The teacher could profitably conduct a discussion of why the Lord gives signs. Note some of the following reasons from the scriptures: Joseph Smith 1:37-39. Why did the Savior give the signs of the times?
Helaman 16:5. Why are the prophecies given?
2 Nephi 11:8. Why did Jacob quote from the prophecies of Isaiah?
Revelation 22:20. How should a saint of God feel about the coming of the Lord?
Note: For IS teachers who are teaching the entire New Testament as one course, please note that lesson 33 in Religion 212 also deals with the Second Coming. You should examine both lessons carefully before presenting either.