Polarization events

 

Now we start into the polarization phase events themselves. Each event should have a clear starting or finishing point that can be assigned.  The event may not be quite so final in and of itself however, the event will produce a polarizing affect on individuals or groups. No longer will one be able to sit astride the fence, or go off and play in the forest while the train slowly lumbers on, as it was put in general conference. (Spiritual Revival, Glenn L. Pace; October 1992)

 

 I see this as another defining point in the mosaic. During my studies of the last days, I have recognized a major theme coming to the forefront, a transitional period in which the Lord takes a more prominent role. A period in which little doubt can be left as to the divine nature of the work A period in which the work is still in the hands of man but a time in which they do so with great and miraculous power. This work will cause a polarization such as the world has never seen before. The period I call the Polarization or Arm of the Lord Raised period.


Polarizations / Arm of the Lord Raised

Isa 51:9, Luke 12:51, John 12:38, 1 Neph 14:7, 2 Neph 30:10, D&C 1:14


We now move into the meat of the Great and Marvelous Work of the Lord. A period unlike any other, the period which the Jews looked to with great hope. The prophecies dealing with this phase of the work reference the lord making bare his arm or the arm of the Lord being made bear or being raised to a prominent place in the view of the world.  This act will cause a great polarization throughout the world which will be everlasting and final. I call this phase of the work the "Arm of the Lord Raised" phase to distinguish the events that will cause the polarization phase from those that will be included in the cleansing phase or what I call the "Arm of the Lord falls" phase (Day of the Lord).  Many of the prophecies dealing with this work move from one phase directly into the next, some emphasizing one or the other.  Looking at the scripture references above you will see some relating to the period or event called the "Arm of the Lord" others relating to the "polarization" phase.  I have both under the same listing because of my belief that they are very closely related.  We may indeed be in a preparatory period of man made polarization's that will lead directly to the Lord's polarization, yet to come, the one which will be everlasting.

I have broken them out to help in the analysis of the events and their timing.  Much of the work will be accomplished for the Lord by servant figures.  Reference that section of this work for details.

 

The Marvelous Work and a Wonder / Great and Marvelous Work 1 Neph 14:7 (Part of or same as His strange act? Isaiah 28:21, D&C 95:4; 101:95 ) (The meat of this whole section moved to the Day of the Lord 10/31/2018  based on 1 Neph 14:17.  But the start of this phase I believe will happen prior to that.) :

 

 


 

PWV timeline:

Overview

 

The "beginning of birth pains" start with wars, famines and earthquakes around the world (Matthew 24:19). This duration is thought to cover the first 3.5 years of Daniel's 70th week, which starts when the Antichrist confirms or strengthens a seven year "covenant with the many" (Daniel 9:24).

The Antichrist starts his reign with the “abomination of desolation” (Matthew 24:15) at the midpoint of the 70th week, putting an end to sacrifice and offering (Daniel 9:27). His reign, along with the false prophet (Revelation 13:11), lasts for 3.5 years.

The Antichrist's rule begins the great tribulation, a worldwide distress unequaled to any across history (Matthew 24:21). At this time the believers of God face persecution.

During the latter half of the 3.5 years and prior to Jesus' return, the sun will be darkened, the moon will not give its light, stars will fall from the sky (Joel 2:10, Matthew 24:29). In Revelation 6:12, this coincides with the opening of the sixth seal, when the sun turns black and the moon turns blood red.

Jesus appears coming on the clouds of the sky to all, and angels will bring about the rapture of the Church (Matthew 24:30-31, 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, 1 Corinthians 15:51-52). In Revelation, his appearance is signified by the people calling out, "hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb!" (Rev 6:12)

God's wrath falls on the remaining unbelievers, called the "day of the Lord" (Joel 2:11). Since the Second Coming and the rapture of the Church occur immediately before the Day of the Lord, they occur before God’s wrath — hence, the “Prewrath rapture” of the Church. The 7th seal encompasses the wrath of the seven trumpets (Revelation 8:2); the seventh trumpet may represent the seven bowls of wrath, which complete the mystery of God (Revelation 11:15).

Since the Antichrist’s reign lasts for 42 months (or 3.5 years) according to Revelation 13:5, the Antichrist’s rule ceases at the end of the 70th week.

At the battle of Armageddon, the Antichrist and the false prophet are defeated and cast into the lake of fire. Since the time of the Antichrist is 1290 days according to Daniel 12:11 (30 days longer than his 42-month reign), his end is then placed 30 days after Daniel’s 70th week.

45 days after the destruction of the Antichrist, Christ’s millennial reign is established. This is based on Daniel 12:11, which states, “Blessed is he who waits, and comes to the one thousand three hundred and thirty-five days.” The 45 days is derived from taking 1335 and subtracting 1260 days (42 months of Antichrist's reign) and 30 days (the end of the Antichrist), or 1335-(1260+30)=45.

 

 


 

 

 

 

1st half of Daniels 7 year period

Antichrist confirms or strengthens a seven year "covenant with the many" (Daniel 9:24).

 

The start of the Seven Year period, start of the 3 1/2 years of false peace First half of seven year period of the Antichrist Dan 9:27

Antichrist revealed, Who is like unto the beast? Who is able to make war with him? Daniel 7:24-26, 8:9-15, 8:23-25, Revelation 13:3-4

Steps leading to the rule of the Anti-Christ:
 

With my Previous view of Sixth and Seventh seal  events I assumed all of the events in the sixth seal will need to be fulfilled prior to the reign of the Anti-Christ however we may get a glimpse of Him during the sixth seal.  I think He will play a role in the establishment of the society that will require the mark of the beast. With the sixth trump we have an identification of the three unclean spirits.  Will the sixth trump start the sequence listed in Daniel 11? 

let's take a look at the basic flow from Daniel; Daniel 11:6 And in the end of years they shall join themselves together; for the king's daughter of the south shall come to the king of the north to make an agreement: but she shall not retain the power of the arm; neither shall he stand, nor his arm: but she shall be given up, and they that brought her, and he that begat her, and he that strengthened her in [these] times. Daniel 11:20-21...Then shall stand up in his estate a raiser of taxes [in] the glory of the kingdom: but within few days he shall be destroyed, neither in anger, nor in battle. And in his estate shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honor of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries. Revelation 13:4 4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who [is] like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?

In Nov 2018 I came across the works of Joel Richardson regarding Daniel. His view of the Iron kingdom (Daniel 2) and the Beast (Daniel 7) and the Goat  (Daniel 8) Bring a new framework to look at Daniel 11. According to His work both the legs of Iron and feet of Iron mixed with Clay and the beast are Islam/Caliphate related not Rome.  He also points out that Daniel 8 is all end days related (Vs 17 ….. for at the time of the end shall be the vision.  19…what shall be in the last end of the indignation: for at the time appointed the end shall be.) and not partially Historic as most look at this chapter.  He also points out that the translation for the name of the 4th kingdom Greece is not accurate. In Daniels age the proper translation should have been western Turkey not Greece.  With that in mind the 4th beast would represent a restored Caliphate kingdom like what we see Recep Tayyip Erdoğan wanting to establish and the Horn on the Goat (Again the goat is not Greece but Turkey) could even be Erdogan Himself or the one who is in power after the Caliphate has been fully set up at the time when the push back at the power of Iran comes.  That would put all the confusing (at this time at least for me) king of the north and south and… from Daniel 11 into the restored Caliphate area/framework limiting who we need to look for and a timeframe as well (I assume the Daniel 11 section will happen after the Goat pushes back Iran and the single horn is removed and the 4 horns replace Him).


The establishment of the government of Zion/ Birth of the man child: Rev 12:5, 13; Isaiah 66:7

We need to set this stage with who the child represents. Let's start out by addressing what He is not.

A woman ("the church of God"!) gives birth to a man child ("the kingdom of our God and his Christ" which shall hold sway during the Millennial Era, the kingdom John has just seen in vision!). See Rev. 11:14-19. Such is the Prophet's inspired interpretation. Among Biblical scholars of the world, the man child is presumed to be Christ, a speculative conclusion which, though seemingly persuasive, is refuted by the obvious fact that the Church did not bring forth Christ; he is the Creator of the Church. Among Latter-day Saint scriptural exegetes, it is not uncommon to say that the man child is the priesthood, a seemingly persuasive speculation, which again however must be rejected by the same line of reasoning. The Church did not bring forth the priesthood, but the priesthood is the power that brought the Church into being." (Bruce R. McConkie, Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, Vol.3, p.517)

According to the Joseph Smith translation the child represents the Kingdom of God or more specifically according to Richard D. Draper, quoting Brigham Young,  the child represents the political kingdom of God whose laws will come forth from Zion.

"The Church of Jesus Christ will produce this government and cause it to grow and spread, and it will shield round about the church." (page 130, Opening the seven seals, Richard D. Draper)

 

When does this happen? According to Monte S. Nyman and Robert L. Millet, the first few verses in Rev 12 are talking about the original church and the taking up of the child after his birth represent the period of apostasy.

"Now the imagery is consistent and logical. Eventually there will be a political kingdom led by Jesus Christ which will rule all nations with the word of God. That political kingdom will grow out of, and is made possible by (that is, is given birth by) the Church of Jesus Christ. And since the creation of the political kingdom of Christ signals the end to the kingdoms of the world, it is little wonder that Satan seeks to destroy the man child. During the meridian of time, the Church was not able to bring forth that political kingdom, but itself was taken into the wilderness, or went into apostasy (see JST Revelation 12:14; D&C 86:3). The man child, or the political kingdom was thus taken to heaven to await the day of the Restoration." (Monte S. Nyman and Robert L. Millet, The Joseph Smith Translation, p.267)


Orson Hyde looking at this revelation also saw a latter-day application.

"The woman spoken of by John the Revelator as being driven or fleeing into the wilderness, after having brought forth the man-child, is said to be the Church by our wise orthodox commentators upon holy writ.  Be it so.  The Latter-Day Saints fled from the face of the serpent monster into this vast wilderness and desert, and it appears the serpent cast out a flood of water from his mouth to destroy the woman.  This is highly figurative language; yet is there any one present who can favour us with a better solution of the matter than the waters or troops which the United States are now sending here to destroy us?  God grant that the earth and the heavens also may help the woman!" (Journal of Discourses, Vol.5, p.140, Orson Hyde)


Possibly both apply, so let's look at the return of the child. It would seem obvious that if the time in the wilderness represent the dark ages then the return of the child could come with the restoration of the priesthood, but with a full understanding that the child represent the theocratic form of government, I would guess that we are still waiting for His return. Just a note here on the time frame in the wilderness the JST changes 1260 days to 1260 years. My research shows both applications being used however the dark age application is the most prevalent.

We need to take a closer look at the event, the establishment of a theocratic form of National/Global Government. The question is where will it be installed? Will it be installed in the US?  To help understand this concept let's look at a portion of an article by Andrew F. Ehat.  In this article a review of Daniel 2:44-45 shows the stone that is cut out without hands rolling forth until it consumes all nations its work initiated by God. The Kingdom talked about in Daniel was further explained to Joseph Smith in April 1842 with its full title and keys being revealed.  The article then goes on to talk about the differences between man’s government and that of the Lord.  He then goes on to point out the major difference as stated by Joseph Smith.:
 

"The government was a theocracy; they had God to make their laws, and men chosen by Him to administer them.. . . [They were led] in both civil and ecclesiastical affairs.. . . So will it be when the purposes of God shall be accomplished: when "The Lord shall be King over the whole earth" and "Jerusalem His throne." …..This is a preciously limited description of Joseph Smith's precise ideas of the nature of the Kingdom and he knew it, for he said a month later: "I have the whole plan of the Kingdom before me, and no other person has."  (Andrew F. Ehat. It Seems Like Heaven Began on Earth. BYU Studies, Vol. 20, No. 3, p.254-255)


It's clear that Joseph smith saw the time when the governments of man, having fallen short, would be replaced. I think it is also clear that the vision that the prophet had not only included the United States but was also centered on it.  John Taylor further clarifies this idea with the following statement:
 

"…That the nations, having lost the Spirit of God, will assemble to fight against the Lord's people, being full of the spirit of unrighteousness, and opposed to the rule and government of God."  (John Taylor, The Gospel Kingdom.  p.215)


With the previous event I speculated about the United Order being set up to deal with the new society.  My concern was with the ability to buy, sale and trade but could the world reach a point where the whole World has adopted a corrupt government?  Will the establishment of this form of Government be installed to deal with the period envisioned by Brother McConkie?  let's take a look at His definition:
 

"…. in due course the Lord will make a full end of all nations. (D. & C. 87:6.) Then civil government as found in all the kingdoms of this present world will cease, and the theocratic millennial administration will begin in which the government of God will be both spiritual and temporal."  (Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, p.145)


We can assume that this form of government will be in place for the time when others who will not take the mark of the beast flee to Zion to take part in the new government for safety reasons not religion.  Our task is to identify when in this list of events that begins. It is my understanding that Rev 12 is not contiguous as far as the sequence of events goes with chapter 11, rather John starts anew with the latter-day vision and provides more detail on the events that are to happen. (See page 126, Opening the seven seals, Richard D. Draper) We open chapter 12 up with a view of the Church, the birth of the new theocratic government and the dragon in opposition to it. Where in the timeline this happens is not clear to me. This event may need to be included as an event in the Great and Marvelous work and might also belong in the seventh seal.

 

 

Mark of the Beast (666) A society in which you must belong in order to buy sale or trade: Rev. 13:17

This is an event that some have claimed started with the introduction of the Social Security system with its assigned number. Others have sited the Bar code system as being the fulfillment of this prophecy. I will not debate these speculative thoughts at this time. We need only asked can one buy, sale or trade in the world without them? When the time comes that generally accepted commerce is no longer conducted without some type of mark or affiliation then the event can be marked as happened.  When this does happen, could it be that the church tells the members to not participate in this society? And as a result the United Order is set up to deal with the removal from the society. I continue with my speculation to add the following question of what will the response from the world be to this type of action? Would they label us as religious fanatics of the type that require elimination for the good of society?  Could this lead us to the next few events?

 

The believing/unbelieving of the house of Israel rebuild the Temple in the Old Jerusalem. (Prior to the PWV rework this section was part of the GMW.  It may still belong there.  For now it is here needed for the next section and looking at current events (August 2017) I don’t think the temple will be re-built until the peace treaty is in place.)

This is a topic that requires close examination. At first look, and based on the current reality in Jerusalem, this seems like an easy take. The Jews will rebuild the Temple as old (Non-LDS Jews rebuilding the Old Temple). Also comments from Wilford Woodruff backs this up.
 

"… the Jews have got to gather to their own land in unbelief. They will go and rebuild Jerusalem and their temple. …They do not believe in Jesus of Nazareth now, nor ever will, until he comes and sets his foot on Mount Olivet and it cleaves in twain, one part going towards the east, and the other towards the west. ….. They will remain in unbelief until that day. This is one of the events that will transpire in the latter day."  (Wilford Woodruff. The Discourses of Wilford Woodruff. p.118 - p.119)

 

Intellectually the Jews re-building the old temple is the correct take on this. The statement by Wilford Woodruff "They will remain in unbelief until that day" will be addressed later in this section. In order to look at the whole picture let's continue our search.  Richard and Jessica Draper have taken a look at the doctrine as understood during the Nauvoo period of the Church;

 

"Of special note is the insistence that they return to rebuild not only the city but the temple as well. However, the building of a temple by the Jews is problematic. The declaration by the Quorum of the Twelve seems to authorize them to begin the project. ….. Only Latter-day Saints would build such a temple. A solution to that problem can be realized if Latter-day Saints of Jewish descent build the temple under the direction and authority of the First Presidency."  (Richard D. Draper and Jessica E. Draper. The Gathering of the Jews as Understood in the Nauvoo Period. Regional Studies, Illinois, p.147)

 

According to the full text comment quoted above Joseph was not talking about the New Jerusalem but the Old. Further comments from Bro. McConkie also spell this out quite clearly.

 

"… the great gathering which will involve the ultimate conversion and sanctification of the chosen of Judah. …Jewish people will be gathered because they believe in the very Messiah … The great and coming gathering will be under the direction of him who holds the keys of the gathering of Israel, the President of the Church."  (Bruce R. McConkie. Mormon Doctrine. p.856)


From this we add the understanding that the people building the Temple will be members of the Church and will do so under the direction of the First Presidency.  If one assumes I'm reading to much into what Brother McConkie has said, we need only to review the following:
 

"…. And so it is that the Jews shall build their temple, and the Jews who do it will be Mormons; they will be Jews who are the converted and baptized saints of the latter days."  (Bruce R. McConkie. The Mortal Messiah. Vol. 1, p.116)


It is clear what Brother McConkie believed in this regard. Brother McConkie further explains His belief and adds, what I think, are insightful comments as to what is going on here that may help resolve the whole topic:
 

"Who are those "that are far off" who shall come to Jerusalem to build the house of the Lord? … There is only one place under the whole heavens where the keys of temple building are found. … The temple in Jerusalem will not be built by Jews who have assembled there for political purposes as at present. … The temple in Jerusalem will be built by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. "  (Bruce R. McConkie. The Millennial Messiah. p.279 - p.280)

They key point from the full article is the identification of two groups of Jews (Members of the House of Israel, from the tribe of Judah of whom have been called to return to the Old Jerusalem).  Those that have returned for political or social reasons. and yet again those that have returned having been converted to the restored Gospel. Putting this all into a last days setting McConkie has said:

 

"… The Jews, as an assembled people, will hear again the testimony of legal administrators bearing record that salvation is in Christ and in his gospel. Who will these witnesses be? … they will be members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is reasonable to suppose… that they will be two members of the Council of the Twelve or of the First Presidency of the Church."  (Bruce R. McConkie. The Millennial Messiah. p.390)


As I recall there is a good migration that brings all of the comments above together. It goes something like this. Most of the House of Israel gathered in Jerusalem will remain unbelievers until Christ returns to the Mount of Olives after the 3 1/2 year war. However a small group of LDS will be in their midst (To include the two Prophets) who may be instrumental in rebuilding the Temple. This type of solution could bring both views into closer compliance.  To have full compliance we would need two Temples, one re-built by the Jews and another built by converted Jews.

Well more food for thought than most would like regarding this, and the speculation is much deeper and darker than most are willing to admit. My guess is that in the end we will have a Hitchcockest twist bringing all of this into one complete whole.

 

The sons of Levi make an offering: Daniel 8:11,11:31, 12:11 ,D&C 13:1, 3 Neph 24:2-4

Now let's take a look at this from different angles here. If the formerly proposed Mosaic is correct and the House of Israel has been restored to a prominent role (a key part of the GMW) and as part of that, the Tribe of Levi officially recognized as the guardian of Aaronic Priesthood rights, then the restoration of animal sacrifice would be done "in righteousness" as stated in D&C 13:1, 3 Neph 24:2-4. However if what Daniel saw is an event not recognized by the proper authority ( I.E. the Jews in Jerusalem rebuild their Temple and start sacrifice again as in olden times) then the "in righteousness" portion would need to wait until after official recognition and might not happen until after the full second coming of Christ to the Mt. of Olivet.

The restoration of the Tribe of Levi to its role is a significant event one which will change much of the Church as we have come to know it. Maybe this will come at a time when many things will change and be lost in the grand shuffle that will be the millennial period but gone will be the days of young men moving up through the ranks of the Aaronic priesthood. The "in righteousness" event will mark the end of that period of time.  Once again the tribe of Levi will take their role as administers in the priesthood of Church Administration.  The Melchizedek Priesthood will be on the earth until Christ comes and takes control of the Church during the Millennium, but the Aaronic priesthood will be limited to the tribe of Levi once the ""offering in righteousness" event takes place. 


I assumed this event would have two key components the beginning and the end.  The beginning (the restoration of sacrifice) would mark the end of the period in which the Aaronic Priesthood is given to all worthy males within the Church when it qualifies as having been done "in righteousness". If the end of the Aaronic Priesthood does happen at the same time of the restoration of the sacrifice of animals, (meaning it is recognized by the proper authority) by the Tribe of Levi, then that event should be easy to identify. 


I guess it comes down to this question; When will the Tribe of Levi be cleansed such that their offering will qualify as being "in righteousness"? Does this happen at Adam-Ondi-Ahman (AOA)? (For continuity of the Mosaic I will assume that it does and the restoration of the Tribe of Israel has taken place during the first stages of the GMW and the Tribe of Levi is now authorized at AOA to do the work .  note: This section moved from prior to AOA to just after based on this assumption on 4/22/05)


Some time after the restoration of animal sacrifice we will see it come to an end. Let’s take a moment to look at the restoration of animal sacrifice. I know many in the Church have a problem with this concept. Yes it is true that Christ ended the practice of animal sacrifice with the ultimate atoning sacrifice. But as Joseph Smith pointed out during the dispensation of the fullness of times all things will be restored. Joseph Smith pointing out the method of sacrifice and made it clear that animal sacrifice as practiced since the time of Adam will continue (be restored).
 

"It is a very prevalent opinion that the sacrifices which were offered were entirely consumed. This was not the case; if you read Leviticus, second chap., second and third verses, you will observe that the priests took a part as a memorial and offered it up before the Lord, while the remainder was kept for the maintenance of the priests; so that the offerings and sacrifices are not all consumed upon the altar--but the blood is sprinkled, and the fat and certain other portions are consumed.
These sacrifices, as well as every ordinance belonging to the Priesthood, will, when the Temple of the Lord shall be built, and the sons of Levi be purified, be fully restored and attended to in all their powers, ramifications, and blessings. This ever did and ever will exist when the powers of the Melchisedek Priesthood are sufficiently manifest; else how can the restitution of all things spoken of by the holy Prophets be brought to pass?It is not to be understood that the law of Moses will be established again with all its rites and variety of ceremonies; this has never been spoken of by the Prophets; but those things which existed prior to Moses' day, namely, sacrifice, will be continued." History of the Church, Vol.4, Ch.11, p.211,(Jospeh Smith Jr. History of the Church, Volume 4 Deseret Book Company.:  Salt Lake City, Utah. 1978)


In researching this topic you will find many comments that the covenants made in the current LDS Temple, concerning sacrifice, are all that will be required.  Based on other quotes, like the one above, I believe that the actual restoration of animal sacrifice will be practiced by the tribe of Levi.  Now this event will have a beginning and an end that mark specific and significant changes.  The ending of the sacrifice will start a clock counting down 3.5 years until another key event the Abomination of Desolation. (Daniel 12:11)

Now looking at the full event, beginning and end, Let’s try to understand the timing of the event. Where should this event fall in the timeline?

Looking wholly at the Daniel and Revelations sequence, that frame this item, I find it difficult to place the sequence anyplace other than the last days prior to the Battle of Armageddon.  I do agree that portions of the sequence do have a fulfillment around 70 AD (See section below dealing with the Abomination of Desolation).  Keeping on the topic of the offerings to be righteously given by the tribe of Levi, as part of the dispensation of the fullness of times, we must look at the total mosaic. From Daniel 12:11 we know that between the time that the sacrifice is taken away and the Abomination of Desolation is set up it will be 3.5 years or 1290 days.  So let’s take a look at the surrounding pieces of the mosaic.  Since the time of the destruction of the Temple in 70 AD the tribe of Levi hasn’t had a place to offer sacrifice in accordance with the Mosaic law. Many of the Jewish people are looking forward  to the day the Temple will be rebuilt so that they might resume their duties. Joseph Smith jr. Also talked about the time when the Temple is rebuilt to facilitate this event. Now we have a member of the House of Israel (Levi) acting in a prominent role offering sacrifice as was done since the Time of Adam. This puts us clearly beyond the Time of the Gentiles and into the portion of the Great and Marvelous Work, just prior to the second coming, the period when the House of Israel will be restored to their prominent role in the Plan of Salvation. It will also precede the setting up of the Abomination of Desolation.

(Originally I had this event at the beginning of the Seven year period of Daniel, however I moved it to just after the building/re-building of the New Jerusalem and old Jerusalem Temples.  To me it makes sense that this event would begin just after the completion of one of these Temples.)

This should be two events, one marking the restoration of offerings by the tribe of Levi and the other marking the end of the offerings and the beginning of the 3.5 year clock of the Abomination of Desolation.  Until I have a clear understanding on the latter I will keep the marker for both events collocated.  (8/8/17 PWV move based on the fact that at the Mid Trib.  When the Anti-Christ sets himself up as God..  The offerings are ended….)

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

2nd half of Daniels 7 year period

Antichrist starts his reign with the “abomination of desolation” (Matthew 24:15)

 

Second half of the seven year period, start of the 3 1/2 years of war of the Antichrist:

Abomination of Desolation: :Dan 11:31, 12:11, Matt 24:15

What is the Abomination of Desolation? To answer this question we must first focus on the placement of the quote. My intent is to limit this to the latter day scenario, in and around the Battle of Armageddon. I'm not sure which application Daniel used/saw this term in but the Lord has used it in two different applications. This can cause a lot of wasted effort debating the issue. To avoid this let’s try to frame the discussion. It is clear that there was an event that met the prophecy of Daniel around 70 AD. It was the act that led to the ultimate destruction of Jerusalem and their being displaced from that Holy Land. We may also find the actual event itself instructive for our latter day application. We start with a section from Talmage;

"The "abomination of desolation" cited by the Lord from the prophecy by Daniel was strictly fulfilled in the investment of Jerusalem by the Roman army (compare Luke 21:20, 21). To the Jews the ensigns and images of the Romans were a disgusting abomination. Josephus (wars vi, ch. 6) states that the Roman ensigns were set up inside the temple and that the soldiery offered sacrifices before them."  (James E. Talmage. Jesus the Christ. Ch. 32, p.588)

 

Again to eliminate debate let's acknowledge the fulfillment of this prophecy with the 70 AD destruction of the Temple. I think it helps us in our understanding to use this for a type of future events.
A piece from Keith Perkins also adds more to consider;

"…. In an earlier account of the Savior's prophecy concerning what was coming upon Jerusalem, Luke records, "Thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side, And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation" (Luke 19:43-44)."  (Keith W. Perkins. The Joseph Smith Translation. Ed. Monte S. Nyman and Robert L. Millet. p.240)

 

The statement of "they shall not leave one stone upon another" I think points to the 70 AD event. let's now look at clarifications that lead us to the latter-day application. George Horton points out;

"The Joseph Smith-Matthew account reveals two distinct periods of time being that are not recognized in the King James edition of Matthew. In the King James Version, Matthew's account appears slightly out of sequence. …The account in Joseph Smith-Matthew makes it abundantly clear that the events noted through verse 20 relate to the early apostolic dispensation. The rest of the chapter refers to latter-day happenings. ….. Joseph Smith-Matthew clearly implies that some events mentioned will take place both in the meridian of time and again in the latter-day dispensation, thus revealing the dual nature of the prophecy."  (George A. Horton, Jr. The Pearl of Great Price: Revelations From God. p.201-202)


And also from Bruce R. McConkie' we have:

"Daniel spoke prophetically of a day when there would be "the abomination that maketh desolate" (Dan. 11:31; 12:11), and the phrase was recoined in New Testament times to say, "the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet." (Matt. 24:15.) Aside from the prophetic setting and relying solely on the plain meaning of words, we would conclude that this phrase (abomination of desolation) would have reference to some great act or status of corruption and befoulment, of contamination and filthiness, which would bring to pass destruction, ruination, devastation, desolation.
Such is the case. These conditions of desolation, born of abomination and wickedness, were to occur twice in fulfilment of Daniel's words. The first was to be when the Roman legions under Titus, in 70 A.D., laid siege to Jerusalem, destroying and scattering the people, leaving not one stone upon another in the desecrated temple, and spreading such terror and devastation as has seldom if ever been equalled on earth. Of those days Moses had foretold that the straitness of the siege would cause parents to eat their own children and great loathing and evil to abound. (Deut. 28.)
And of the same events our Lord was led to say: "For then, in those days, shall be great tribulation on the Jews, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, such as was not before sent upon Israel, of God, since the beginning of their kingdom until this time; no, nor ever shall be sent again upon Israel. And except those days should be shortened, there should none of their flesh be saved." (Jos. Smith 1:12-20.)
Then, speaking of the last days, of the days following the restoration of the gospel and its declaration "for a witness unto all nations," our Lord said: "And again shall the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, be fulfilled." (Jos. Smith 1:31-32.) That is: Jerusalem again will be under siege ("For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle"); again the severity of the siege and the extremities of brutal conflict, born of wickedness and abomination, will lead to great devastation and desolation ("and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity"). (Zech. 14.) It will be during this siege that Christ will come, the wicked will be destroyed, and the millennial era commenced." (Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, p.12 ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION)

 

We now understand that there are two applications of this phrase.  let's continue our review with an article by Perkins;

"Once again there will be the abomination of desolation which was predicted by Daniel …. This will undoubtedly be the time when the two prophets (not young missionaries, but General Authorities who hold the sealing power) will be killed, left to lie in the streets for three and one-half days, and then be resurrected."  (Keith W. Perkins. The Joseph Smith Translation. Ed. Monte S. Nyman and Robert L. Millet. p.243)

Perkins ties this event with the role of the two prophets during the battle of Armageddon. So what is the future event? let's take a look.

"In the language of the Scriptures, any object or custom, that is detested or disliked for religious reasons, is called an abomination.. " (Reynolds and Sjodahl, Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 1., p.224)

 

So the event will be something that is detested or is disliked for religious reasons.  Brother McConkie adds to the description;

"… All the desolation and waste which attended the former destruction of Jerusalem is but prelude to the coming siege. Titus and his legions slaughtered 1,100,000 Jews, destroyed the temple, and ploughed the city. In the coming reenactment of this "abomination of desolation," the whole world will be at war, Jerusalem will be the center of the conflict, every modern weapon will be used, and in the midst of the siege the Son of Man shall come, setting his foot upon the mount of Olives and fighting the battle of his saints. (Zech. 12:1-9.)"  (Bruce R. McConkie. Doctrinal New Testament Commentary. Vol. 1, p.659)

 

The past events will be a prelude to the coming event.  At this point the whole world will be at war, with Jerusalem as the center of the conflict.  Let's continue;

"….. Solomon's Temple was in each case, as it had been in Jewish times, the last redoubt; there alone neither side gave or asked for quarter; it was the ultimate all-out objective, and each conqueror in turn entered the holy place with songs of apocalyptic joy."  (Hugh Nibley. Collected Works of Hugh Nibley. Vol. 4, Ch. 9, p.405 - p.406)

 

Let's consider the temple as the focal spot and the idea of profane feet in the Temple as a type of the future event.  Let's move this one step closer;

"The servants of the Lord are called upon to warn the world and to set forth, clearly and understandingly, the "desolation of abomination" in the last days. …. It is, in other words, sin and transgression, and especially the profanation of sacred things, for in the wake of sin follows destruction, sooner or later. When the Roman standards were planted on the battlements of the sacred precincts, desolation was near, but those pagan insignia were but symbolical of the apostasy that had taken place, which was the abomination which caused desolation."  (Hyrum M. Smith and Janne M  Sjodahl. Doctrine and Covenants Commentary, Sec. 84, p.524)

 

So in summary, this will be an event that is in opposition to religious belief, an event focused on the Temple, in fact within the Temple, in which someone or something will be set in the Temple, Like the Roman standards of old, will be the event.   I look for the Antichrist setting himself up in the Temple, as God, as the polluting act in the last days.  (see II Thes 2:4)  Now going back to the Temple issue; If this is an LDS Temple who might this then infer the antichrist could be?  Please remember we started this section out with two views on the subject and this latter exploration is an added twist that needs to be looked at as only a possibility with one of the views and not as a probability.


Battle of Armageddon (Gog and Magog ) 3 1/2 year RELIGIOUS war: ( Start of)  : Ezek 38, Joel 3, Zech 14, Rev 16:16

Many Christian groups view the battle of Gog and Magog as a separate event from the Battle of Armageddon. As you can see from the Manual below the LDS take is they are the same event.

The Battle of Armageddon: A Prophetic View

“The Battle of Armageddon: A Prophetic View,” Old Testament Student Manual Kings-Malachi (1982), 291–95 (https://www.lds.org/manual/old-testament-student-manual-kings-malachi/enrichment-i?lang=eng)

“…….It is not surprising, considering its great importance in the winding-up scenes of the earth’s telestial existence, to find that the prophets, ancient and modern, have spoken at great lengths and in much detail about this final war that will usher in the Millennium. Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Zechariah, John, Joseph Smith, and others have all talked about the battle and the events associated with it. Elder Joseph Fielding Smith, after quoting from several of these prophets, said: “Now I have read these passages of Scripture from these various prophets. Here you will find Isaiah saying the Lord will pour out war upon all the world; Jeremiah saying the same thing and speaking of these terrible things; Daniel saying so; Ezekiel saying so. We find Joel, Zephaniah, Zechariah, all proclaiming that in this last day, the day when the sun shall be darkened and the moon turned to blood and the stars fall from heaven, that the nations of the earth would gather against Jerusalem. All of them speak of it; and when that time comes, the Lord is going to come out of His hiding place.” (The Signs of the Times, p. 170.)………And one would be hard put to find a more appropriate name for the last great battle of the world before the Savior comes. It was John who named it when he said: “And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon” (Revelation 16:16). From that statement the name has come to be applied to the entire great war, although the phrase “battle of Armageddon” is not found in the scriptures. Some erroneously conclude that the final battle of the war will be fought there, but, as Elder Bruce R. McConkie pointed out, the final struggles will center around Jerusalem, though they may extend to Megiddo….

“One thing we are given by these prophets definitely to understand is that the great last conflict before Christ shall come will end at the siege of Jerusalem. …

“So we are given to understand that when the armies gather in Palestine will be the time when the Lord shall come in judgment and to make the eventful decision which will confound the enemies of his people and establish them in their ancient land forever.” (Doctrines of Salvation, 3:46–47.)

Obviously, this is an event of great importance to the world, and the Lord has given a wealth of detail so that those who will listen can be prepared and comforted as the greatest war in the history of the world begins to unfold.

(I-3) Armageddon: The Setting

According to the prophets, some important events must take place before the battle actually begins:

1.                    The house of Israel will be gathered from among the heathen (the Gentiles) and returned to their own land (see Ezekiel 36:2437:21).

2.                    The land of Israel will be rebuilt and reinhabited by the covenant people (see Ezekiel 36:10–12, 33–36).

3.                    The land will become highly productive and fruitful, even like the Garden of Eden (see Ezekiel 36:8, 29–30, 34–35).

4.                    There will be one nation in the land of Israel again (see Ezekiel 37:22).

5.                    Jerusalem will be reestablished as the capital city of the Israelites (see Zechariah 1:16–172:1212:63 Nephi 20:46).

6.                    Judah will become powerful in politics and warfare (see Isaiah 19:16–17Zechariah 10:3, 5–6).

7.                    A great combination of organizations serving Satan will arise in the last days. This combination has several names: the “beast … out of the sea” (Revelation 13:1), representing the kingdoms of the earth (see JST, Revelation 13:117:8–14; Bruce R. McConkie, Doctrinal New Testament Commentary3:520); the “great and abominable church,” “the church of the devil,” “the great whore,” and “the mother of … abominations” (Revelation 17:1, 5).

Elder George Q. Morris of the Quorum of the Twelve stated that some of the totalitarian regimes of the 20th century were part of this coalition:

“The Savior recognized the domination of Satan over the world generally, and called him the prince of the world, but in a special way—in the way that Brother [Ezra Taft] Benson has referred to—he has entered into the politics of the world among the nations of the world, and already subjugated about one billion people of the world, and by a dire, sanguinary, and deadly philosophy has brought death to millions and has brought slavery to almost a billion people.” (In Conference Report, Apr. 1960, p. 100.)

(I-4) Armageddon: The Participants

Ezekiel and Jeremiah indicated areas that will be involved and named Israel as the target of the war:

1.                    Ezekiel named Gog of the land of Magog, the prince of Meshech and Tubal, as the leader of the forces that would come against Israel (see Ezekiel 38:1–3). Magog, Meshech, and Tubal were ancient peoples in the northern part of Asia Minor (see Notes and Commentary on Ezekiel 38:2–6). Gog is a symbolic name for the leader or leaders of this great evil power that will arise in the last days.

2.                    Ezekiel named Persia, Ethiopia, Libya, Gomer, and Togarmah as being in alliance with Gog (see Ezekiel 38:2–6; see also Notes and Commentary on Ezekiel 38:2–6 and the Bible Dictionary).

These designations refer to general areas of the ancient world, so a list of modern nations fighting in Armageddon cannot be compiled from these sources. Elder Bruce R. McConkie said: “The prophecies do not name the modern nations which will be fighting for and against Israel, but the designation Gog and Magog is given to the combination of nations which are seeking to overthrow and destroy the remnant of the Lord’s chosen seed.” (Mormon Doctrine,p. 298.)

3.                    The prophets agreed that all nations should be joined in this alliance in one way or another (see Jeremiah 25:26Joel 3:1Zechariah 14:2Revelation 16:14).

4.                    The strategic objective of this great and evil alliance is clearly the nation of Israel (see Ezekiel 38:8, 15–16Joel 2:13:1–2Zechariah 14:2).

(I-5) Armageddon: The Army of Gog

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(I-6) Gog Will Be Thwarted by the Power of Two Witnesses

….In what will be one of the blackest moments of Israel’s history, just as it appears that they are about to be annihilated, the Lord’s fury will be unleashed upon the kingdoms of the world (see Ezekiel 38:18), and the Lord will “go forth, and fight against those nations” (Zechariah 14:3).

The two prophets, lying dead in the streets of Jerusalem, will be resurrected in the sight of the people (see Revelation 11:11–12): “After three days and a half, on a sudden, the spirit of life from God will enter them; they will arise and stand upon their feet, and great fear will fall upon them that see them. And then they shall hear a voice from heaven saying, ‘Come up hither,’ and they will ascend up to heaven in a cloud, with their enemies beholding them.” (Pratt, Voice of Warning, p. 33.)……… [Christ’s] next appearance [after coming to his temple] will be among the distressed and nearly vanquished sons of Judah. At the crisis of their fate, when the hostile troops of several nations are ravaging the city and all the horrors of war are overwhelming the people of Jerusalem, he will set his feet upon the Mount of Olives, which will cleave and part asunder at his touch. Attended by a host from heaven, he will overthrow and destroy the combined armies of the Gentiles, and appear to the worshipping Jews as the mighty Deliverer and Conquerer so long expected by their race; and while love, gratitude, awe, and admiration swell their bosoms, the Deliverer will show them the tokens of his crucifixion and disclose himself as Jesus of Nazareth, whom they had reviled and whom their fathers put to death. Then will unbelief depart from their souls, and ‘the blindness in part which has happened unto Israel’ be removed.” (“The Second Advent,” Millennial Star, 10 Sept. 1859, pp. 582–83.)

(I-9) Armageddon: The End or the Beginning?

Armageddon signals the end of the world, which is defined as “the destruction of the wicked” (JS—M 1:4). But it prepares the way for the ushering in of the millennial reign of Christ and the era of peace that will endure for a thousand years. Mankind will enter a remarkable period of righteousness, health, education, prosperity, and security. (see Isaiah 65:17–25Zechariah 14:9, 16–20D&C 84:98–102101:23–24133:52–56.)

The millennial era could not begin without the widespread destruction of the wicked. Therefore, while the battle of Armageddon is in and of itself a thing horrible to contemplate, it is necessary because of the wickedness of the world, and ultimately it will play an important part in the Lord’s plan for redemption of the world. President Joseph Fielding Smith observed:…”

 

 


 

Great Tribulation

 

Mother of Abominations makes war with the Saints: 1 Neph 14:13, Revelation 12:17, Dan 7:21-25  (part of  D&C 112:25 "And upon my house shall it begin, and from my house shall it go forth ?)

Notice Daniel 7:21-22.  I want to move this event to a place later on in the work but find myself placing it here based on Daniel’s vision.  The little horn makes war with the saints and prevails against them until the Ancient of Days comes.

(From my previous view ……I placed that event within the cleansing phase well before Adam Ondi Ahman.  So I’m thinking that this event needs to happen prior to the cleansing period in enough time to allow the war to progress to a point where the Saints will be overcome. The other reason for placing it here and probably the main reason is the logical sequence from the mark of the beast, removal of the saints and now reprisal for their actions. Whenever this happens you will see a change from our current situation, indeed the current trend will be completely reversed.  We now enjoy the greatest time of peace, in general, that the Church has ever seen. Under President Hinckley’s direction we have come to a point that the Church is generally accepted in most countries and only in the tightest groups rejected openly.  This event will be the realization of that all coming apart. We know that the Great and Abominable Church will be large and cover the whole earth. The Church of God will also cover the earth but will be very small in comparison and this event will be an open world wide war against the Church.)

Flee unto Zion/ The might of Zion shall go forth: 2 Neph 27:3, D&C 45:68-71, 75; 115:6; 133:12, Isa 2:3-4, 29:8  

In fleshing out the gathering out theme in the 5CP web site, I have come to understand that the meat of what we should look for is found in latter-day revelation like the Book of Mormon (BOM) and D&C. The Bible, being a Jerusalem centered book, seems to focus on events there, while the BOM and D&C include events that will also happen in North America.

A question I have (Clint) is: will people who Flee unto Zion (are gathered out) need to be 100% debt free to participate??

Is the fleeing unto Zion what allows for “..to escape all these things that shall come to pass..”  found in Luke 21:36, which is the basis for the Pre-trib rapture misunderstanding?

Looking at D&C 45: 69-71 could be a good match“….And there shall be gathered unto it out of every nation under heaven; and it shall be the only people that shall not be at war one with another.

 And it shall be said among the wicked: Let us not go up to battle against Zion, for the inhabitants of Zion are terrible; wherefore we cannot stand.

 And it shall come to pass that the righteous shall be gathered out from among all nations, and shall come to Zion, singing with songs of everlasting joy.”

all that fight against Zion shall be destroyed, 1 Ne. 22:14 (2 Ne. 10:16).

he will preserve the righteous, 1 Ne. 22:17 (2 Ne. 9:53).

call on the name of their God for protection, 3 Ne. 4:30.

New Jerusalem … a place of safety for the saints, D&C 45:66.

saints also shall hardly escape; nevertheless, I, the Lord, am with them, D&C 63:34.

https://www.lds.org/scriptures/triple-index/gather?lang=eng   Gather, Gathering 


gathering of elect to prepare for tribulation, D&C 29:8.

·                                                         New Jerusalem built by gatheringD&C 84:4.

·                                                         wheat to be gathered from among tares, D&C 86:7.

 

telestial heirs will not be gathered with Saints, D&C 76:102.

……I will bring you out from the people, and will agather you out of the countries…”Ezekiel 20:33-44


Five Cities speak the language of Canaan: Isa 19:18 ; Zephaniah 3:9 (Look at the theme within all of Zephaniah. This is the wrath of God and 3:9 is linked to this idea)

I know this event seems odd to most, however I feel that it has significant meaning. Does this represent the gathering of covenant people or a group that actually speak the language of Canaan? Will there be five specific locations or does the number five have a significant meaning? (Take notice of the Five graftings in Jac 5. Could Egypt be symbolic for the World at large/Babylon and the five cities the same as the five grafted branches in Jacob 5?  Zeph 3:10-20...From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia my suppliants, even the daughter of my dispersed, shall bring mine offering...At that time will I bring you again, even in the time that I gather you: for I will make you a name and a praise among all people of the earth, when I turn back your captivity before your eyes, saith the Lord...) What can be applied from  the Five cities of the plains? Good vs Evil? )  Also one city will have a reputation of being great/terrible  “The city of destruction.   I think this is tied to the flee unto Zion section D&C 45:70 Zephaniah  connects to the Day of the Lord, wrath, and the restoration of His language (Zeph 3:9 “..turn to the people a pure alanguage, that they may all call upon the name of the Lord..”.

Book of Isaiah made plain: 2 Neph 25:7-8

 

Two Prophets in Israel (two witnesses): Revelation 11, D&C 77:15

This is the start of the 3 1/2 year period of the two Servents (Prophets)

 

Neal A. Maxwell,  Things As They Really Are, p.94 - p.95
Consider, too, as a part of those engulfing and ending episodes the parallel accounts of the two prophets who will testify in Jerusalem in the last bloody and climactic days there. John speaks of two witnesses, duly appointed emissaries of the Lord and of his church, who will witness to the besieged city and then will be slain: "And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city . . . three days and a half." (Revelation 11:8-9.) Joseph Smith identified these two individuals in a revelation given in 1832 as being "two prophets that are to be raised up to the Jewish nation in the last days, at the time of the restoration, and to prophesy to the Jews after they are gathered and have built the city of Jerusalem in the land of their fathers." (D&C 77:15.) Here we see once again the tight fit and perfect matching that carries on from prophet to prophet. Should we be surprised?

 

Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, p.733 SIGNS OF THE TIMES
48. SPECIAL MISSION IN JERUSALEM OF TWO LATTER-DAY PROPHETS. -- There are to be "two witnesses, ... two prophets that are to be raised up to the Jewish nation in the last days, at the time of the restoration." They are "to prophesy to the Jews after they are gathered and have built the city of Jerusalem in the land of their fathers." (D. & C. 77:15.) "And I will give power unto my two witnesses," the Lord says, "and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth."

 

Bruce R. McConkie, The Millennial Messiah, p.390
In this setting, however, the word that comes from the Lord is: "I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and three score days, clothed in sackcloth." Who are these witnesses, and when will they prophesy? "They are two prophets that are to be raised up to the Jewish nation in the last days, at the time of the restoration, and to prophesy to the Jews after they are gathered and have built the city of Jerusalem in the land of their fathers." (D&C 77:15.) Their ministry will take place after the latter-day temple has been built in Old Jerusalem, after some of the Jews who dwell there have been converted, and just before Armageddon and the return of the Lord Jesus. How long will they minister in Jerusalem and in the Holy Land? For three and a half years, the precise time spent by the Lord in his ministry to the ancient Jews. The Jews, as an assembled people, will hear again the testimony of legal administrators bearing record that salvation is in Christ and in his gospel. Who will these witnesses be? We do not know, except that they will be followers of Joseph Smith; they will hold the holy Melchizedek Priesthood; they will be members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is reasonable to suppose, knowing how the Lord has always dealt with his people in all ages, that they will be two members of the Council of the Twelve or of the First Presidency of the Church.

FARMS, Journal of Book of Mormon Studies, Vol.4, Number 2, p.153
....... John the Revelator told of "two prophets that are to be raised up to the Jewish nation in the last days" (D&C 77:15; see Revelation 11:3–12), likely "members of the Council of the Twelve or of the First Presidency of the Church,"5 to testify of their wickedness. Their words too would torment carnal minds until the only resort for those who will not heed their counsel to repent is to kill the prophets. In this case as well, the wicked people will feel they are free from the hard truth, even so much as to send gifts to each other commemorating the slayings (Revelation 11:10). Once again they will be wrong, though, as "after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God [enters] into them" possibly by one holding the keys of resurrection exercising that power, "and they [the two prophets] stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them [the wicked people who had slain them or consented to their death] which saw them" (Revelation 11:11). "What happens when the murdered do not stay dead? The ultimate power of the unrighteous fails, and with it all other forms of coercion and intimidation."6

Role of two prophets in the battle or Armageddon

https://www.lds.org/manual/old-testament-student-manual-kings-malachi/enrichment-i?lang=eng    “,,,After a struggle of three years and a half, they [Gog’s army] will at length succeed in destroying these two prophets and then overrunning much of the city

Rainbow: :Gen. 9:12-13: The rainbow will be taken from the sky (HC 6:254)

Now a look at a little know event. I have yet to see this included on other Last-Day's events but it is of such a magnitude that I feel it needs to be included.  let's review that which was given to Jospeh Smith;

" I have asked of the Lord concerning His coming; and while asking the Lord, He gave a sign and said, "In the days of Noah I set a bow in the heavens as a sign and token that in any year that the bow should be seen the Lord would not come; but there should be seed time and harvest during that year: but whenever you see the bow withdrawn, it shall be a token that there shall be famine, pestilence, and great distress among the nations, and that the coming of the Messiah is not far distant."  (Joseph Smith Jr.. History of the Church. Vol. 6, Ch. 10, p.254)

 

The question that arises is, will this be limited to a region on the earth or will it be world wide?  If world wide the magnitude of the event will not be debated, indeed it would play right into the view of events portrayed by Anthony Larson ( See reference material section of this work).  There would be little question to the beginning of this event, either lack of moisture in the air or sunshine is what it would take to fulfill this worldwide.  A catastrophic event like being hit by a comet would fit the bill.  Or a nuclear winter would also do the trick.  This little event I think should stand out in the mosaic like a beacon.

 

Adam-Ondi-Ahman ( Ancient of Days Sits ): Dan 7:9,22, D&C 116

There is little written about this key event.  We do know that there will be an accounting of stewardships given at this time. John Taylor talked about this event and provides the following insight.;
 

"Those under the authorities of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have to give an account of their transactions to those who direct them in the priesthood….Joseph delivers his authority to Peter…. and Peter to Moses and Elias, who endowed him with this authority on the Mount; and they to those from whom they received them." (John Taylor. The Gospel Kingdom. p.217)

So we understand that a council will be held and an accounting will be given to those from whom were received their authority.  Brother McConkie also talks of the 144,000 being in attendance. To me this event winds up the final act of man and sets the stage for the period when the Lord will preach His own sermon.

 

Now as a preface of the Lords work let's take a look at another 6th seal event yet to happen. Many in the Church believe that we are into the seventh seal.  How can we not be? The seals represent 1000 year periods and we are now (At the time of this entry) into 2003. We must clearly be into the seventh 1000 year period of the earth. Much analysis has been done around the seven seals and the periods they represent.  Many were looking at this anslysis and expecting a great number of events to unfold in and around the 2000/2001 time frame.  I must admit that when we are looking at 1000 years what is five or ten years.  We must also keep in mind the following advice provided by Bro. McConkie.
 

"It is not possible for us, in our present relatively low state of spiritual understanding, to specify the exact chronology of all the events that shall attend the Second Coming. Nearly all of the prophetic word relative to our Lord's return links various events together without reference to the order of their occurrence. Indeed, the same scriptural language is often used to describe similar events that will take place at different times. Thus, in the midst of prophetic pronouncements relative to "the day of the Lord's vengeance," when "the indignation of the Lord" shall fall "upon all nations, and his fury upon all their armies," Isaiah says: "And all the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll." (Isa. 34:2-8.) In speaking of that which shall transpire during "the sixth seal" -- that is, during the sixth one-thousand-year period of the earth's temporal continuance, which is the era in which we now live -- John tells us of an earthquake, of the sun and moon being darkened, and of the stars falling upon the earth. Then he says: "And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places." It is "the great day of his wrath." (Rev. 6:12-17.) Later John says that during "the seventh seal," and thus in a day yet to be, "there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour." (Rev. 8:1.)" (Bruce R. McConkie. The Millennial Messiah, p.635)

Dead sea healed: Ezekiel 47:1  Zech 14:8

 

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