One problem I have found with research on the Second Coming of Christ has been the practice of focusing in on certain aspects of the work and leaving out key prophetic events. The battle of Armageddon is a good example, many books have been written on this subject. The problem is they don't address the key issues leading up to the battle nor do they deal with other key issues that must interplay. Any work on the Second Coming must bring all key issues into focus. Once all key issues are understood then the total picture will unfold before your eyes making the full mosaic evident. Many key issues are highlighted throughout LDS scriptures and provide a view unseen by most Christians. While trying to put together a complete template dealing with the last days let's keep in mind the following key issues:
The role of the
John 4:22 "For Salvation is of the Jews" Dispensationalism, a distorted view of Gods plan for the salvation of His children, invented in the1500s, by Jesuit priest Francisco Ribera, and firmed up in the 19th century by John Nelson Darby, has most of the Christian faith believing that events leading up to the second coming don’t pertain to them and are limited to the House of Israel., and that they are on a separate plan for Salvation. Dispensationalism teaches that the law was one way to salvation not understanding that it never was an end unto itself simply a teaching tool. (Galations …Wherefore the alaw was our bschoolmaster to bring us unto Christ…) Paul’s teachings in Romans was all about spelling that out.
Abr 2:9-11 All who accept the gospel
will be counted of the seed of Abraham.
In the book of Mormon when the prophets talk about the last days they reference the Great and Marvelous Work. The Great and Marvelous Work is all about the restoration of Gods one and only plan for the salvation of mankind. One of the major portions of which is the gathering "restoration" of the House of Israel. This includes the lost ten tribes! Although a remnant has gathered in, the major scene has yet to unfold. You will recognize this event when the gathered do so believing in Jesus Christ as their Savior.
2 Neph 10:7
The Book of Isaiah is all about the
Great and Marvelous Work of restoration of the House of Israel.
This event will be so grand that the world will reference the house of
The Lion of Jacob prophecies are Key to this gathering. When the House of Israel wakes up to their role in the salvation of mankind and the ushering in of the millennium, they will gather home with such force that it will be an event in and of itself. 3 Nep 20:18-46, D&C 64:43
For another view on this see http://www.allanstime.com/Spiritual/who_is_israel.htm
performed by the remnant of the House of
A remnant of the House of Israel has
gathered in and established the rock that will go forth to conquer the rest of
The restoration work was made possible by the establishment of the
One key event that is yet to unfold is the preservation of the
The origin of the prophecy concerning the elders and the constitution is in question. But it has been supported by many of the Prophets. We do have a Prophecy by John Taylor concerning this event. Let's go to the Encyclopedia of Mormonism under the topic Constitution of the
"LDS attachment to the Constitution has been further
encouraged by an important oral tradition deriving from a statement attributed
to Joseph Smith, according to which the Constitution would "hang by a
thread" and be rescued, if at all, only with the help of the Saints.
Church President John Taylor seemed to go further when he prophesied,
"When the people shall have torn to shreds the Constitution of the United
States the Elders of Israel will be found holding it up to the nations of the
earth and proclaiming liberty and equal rights to all men" (JD 21:8). To
defend the principles of the Constitution under circumstances where the
"iniquity," or moral decay, of the people has torn it to shreds might
well require wisdom at least equal to that of the men raised up to found it. In
particular, it would require great insight into the relationship between
freedom and virtue in a political embodiment of moral agency."
(RALPH C. HANCOCK. CONSTITUTION OF THE
The key point I want to highlight is the statement by John Taylor, "When the people shall have torn to shreds the Constitution of the
The fate of the
Another role the Remnant of the House of Israel will provide will be the
"To this city, and to its several branches or stakes, shall the Gentiles seek, as to a standard of light and knowledge. Yea, the nations, and their kings and nobles, shall say, Come and let us go up to the Mount Zion, and to the temple of the Lord; where his holy priesthood stand to minister continually before the Lord; and where we may be instructed more fully, and receive the ordinances of remission, and of sanctification, and redemption; and thus be adopted into the family of Israel, and identified in the same covenants of promise." (James R. Clark. Messages of the First Presidency. Vol. 1, p.259 - p.260)
The Gospel went first to the House of
Israel then to the Gentiles. It was the Gentile nations that brought
Christianity down through the ages to the dispensation of the fullness of times
when the Full Gospel was restored. Romans 11 and Jacob 5 and 6 talks about this
process of grafting from
In addition to the Key Issues listed above. I believe it will be instructive to keep in mind the Prophetic visions of our day. The following is a high level overview of prophecies concerning our day.
Nephi's Visions of our day:
Nephi was a very visionary prophet, he saw many aspects of our day and recorded them for our benefit. Let's review the ones centered around second coming events at a high level.
1 Neph 13-15
Nephi sees many nations and the great and abominable church (the devil being the founder of it). The history of the Bible to include the manipulation of the contents of the Bible. The restoration of the Gospel. The theme of the first being last and the last being first. In chapter 14:1-2, Nephi give a glimpse into the great and marvelous work "If the Gentiles shall harken,....manifest....word, also in power....taking away of their stumbling blocks...they shall be numbered among the house of Israel" continuing in 7, He will remember the covenants made. He then goes on to define the state in our time; Only two churches. The whore has dominion over all the earth. Church of the lamb small but also upon all the earth. Power descends on the saints and they are armed with power the mission of John the revelatory. Nephi was told to quit talking about the last days. That role is given to John. (This is the reason for Nephi quoting Isaiah so much. He hopes that we will understand what Isaiah is saying so that we too can understand the last days). He also uses the olive tree grafting story to help us understand that which he was told to leave to John see Chapter 15.
1 Neph 19-22
Nephi states that this record is kept
for a more wise purpose. Signs of Christ's coming reviewed. Nephi
goes on to review past prophets and likens Isaiah to his people. Chapters
20 and 21 are Isaiah 48 and 49 taken from the brass plates. After
reviewing Isaiah Nephi talks plainly about the last days. 10 tribes lost,
Jews scattered. A mighty Gentile nation raised. A marvelous work
among the Gentiles. Verse 10 "earth cannot be blessed unless he
shall make bare his arm in the eyes of the nations" 22:11, ..make
bar his arm by brining his covenant and gospel to the house of
2 Neph 11-30.
In my estimation all of 2 Nephi was
written for us, it is about our day and events that directly concerns us.
This book starts out with a farewell from Lehi then Jacob (following Nephi's
request) reviews events concerning our day and then Nephi wraps things up with
chapters 11-30 dealing directly with our day. Let's review what Nephi has
to say starting with Chapter 11; Nephi takes over where Jacob left off and
quotes Isaiah chapters 2-14. Nephi delights in plainness and teaches the
words of Isaiah in plainness to us and his people. Nephi then goes on to
prophecy about Christ's first advent and the resurrection., destruction of
Jacob's Visions of our day:
Jacob learned well from Nephi and continued in His footsteps. Let's review that provided by Jacob;
2 Neph 6-10
Following the loss of their father and the building of the
Jacob 5-6 (Prophecy of Zenos. The olive tree)
A direct answer to Romans 11. (Israel was chosen (foreordained) according to the election of grace—But some harden their hearts against it—The Gentiles are adopted into the house of Israel—The gospel goes preferentially to the Gentiles until the fulness of the Gentiles.)