Some Important Principles, Doctrines, and Events
Before the earth rests (during the Millennium), there will be great spiritual and physical tribulations among the wicked and the Lord will bless the righteous (see Moses 7:61–62, 66; see also Matthew 24:21–22; Revelation 7:13–17; 1 Nephi 14:12–17; 2 Nephi 30:10).
The earth will rest at the Second Coming of Christ, when the people of the city of Enoch will return to earth to dwell among the righteous for a thousand years (see Moses 7:63–65).
Suggestions for Teaching
Moses 7:60–67. Before the Earth Shall Rest
Tell students that the Lord showed Enoch events that would occur in our day. Write on the board the following concepts from Moses 7:60–66:
Wickedness and vengeance
Veil of darkness covers the earth
The Lord’s people preserved in the midst of great tribulations
Righteousness sent out of heaven
Truth sent forth out of the earth
Righteousness and truth sweep the earth
The elect are gathered
Enoch and his people meet and receive the elect
The Lord comes to dwell with His people
Great tribulations among the wicked
Men’s hearts fail them
Invite students to explain their understanding of each of these prophecies and to give examples of ways some of them are already being fulfilled. Read Moses 7:67and discuss what students can do to be among the elect at the “hour of their redemption.”
Moses 7:60–67. Preserved in the Midst of Tribulation
Read Moses 7:66and ask students to find phrases in verses 60–67 that help them to be of good cheer, in spite of the tribulations prophesied for our day (see also D&C 58:2; 59:2; 61:36; 68:6; 78:18; 101:22).
Moses 7:64. “The Earth Shall Rest”
Draw the earth on the board and next to it write the question the earth asked in Moses 7:48. Ask students to give the answer to the earth’s question (which Enoch also asked in vv. 54, 58; seev. 64for the answer). You may want to assign seven students to report what the following scriptures teach about what will happen on the earth when it is at rest: 1 Nephi 22:26; 2 Nephi 30:12–18; Doctrine and Covenants 43:29–33; 45:58–59; 63:49–53; 101:22–34; Articles of Faith 1:10. Ask students which of these events they most look forward to during the earth’s millennial “rest,” and why.