New Temp holdibng
place for new/yet to be assigned a location events:
Destruction of Damascus" Isaiah 17, Jerimiah 49: 23-27: Is the Syrian War kicked of by the 2012 Arab Spring what will bring about the Destruction of Damascus, the next event?
Additional sacred writings are yet to come forth, "in mine own due time": Isaiah 42:9, To include the sealed portion of the Book of Mormon?: 1 Neph 13:39, 2 Neph 27:21, 26-35, 2 Neph 29:13, Ether 4:5-7. The lost book of Enoch D&C 107: 56-57, Possibly Alma 37:23 revelation exposing the secret works of man in these later-days?
I donít like starting out the list of events, that will soon happen, with an item that might be out of place, however this one is a prime suspect. My reasoning for placing this item here are two fold.
One; The restoration of
lost truths. This event sets the
scene for what I see as the start of the final stage. Many of the Prophets that
have seen our day include the restoration of lost truths as a key part of the
work. Indeed the Great and Marvelous Work begins with the restoration of lost
truths. This last dispensation opened with the restoration of lost truths
through the translation of the Book of Mormon and I believe that the final
stage or portion of the Great and marvelous work yet to unfold will likewise
begin with more lost truths being restored. Isaiah tells us that "Behold,
the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they
spring forth I tell you of them." (Isaiah 42:9). We know that the sealed
portion of the BOM contains a history of the world. (2 Nephi 27:10) What better
way to tell us of things yet to happen than through the opening of the sealed
portion of the BOM. We have the "other books" (1 Nephi 13:39) that
will be part of the Great and Marvelous work however it may be limited to
exposing the secret works of man, Alma 37:23, with the full vision of the
Brother of Jared withheld from the world at large.
Two; What has been shall be. This is a Gileadi theme. ( Also possible match for D&C 52:14... I will give unto you a pattern in all things, that ye may not be deceived...) I see the pattern laid out in the opening of this final dispensation repeating itself, thus the first act of the final period might be that of the coming forth of BOM lost (sealed) truths. In the event that the sealed portion of the Book of Mormon is moved into the Millennium (and there are valid reasons to do that) I would at least like to see a place holder for additional writings or Prophecy, dealing with the last days outside of the BOM, coming forth at the beginning of events yet to happen.
"I've been re-reading the web page, and believe the coming forth of
the Brass Plates should be mentioned (in the area of further truths
revealed). It makes sense that these plates would be very valuable
in bringing in the Children of Israel in earnest. From Alma 37:
3 And these plates of brass, which contain these engravings, which
have the records of the holy scriptures upon them, which have the
genealogy of our forefathers, even from the beginningó
4 Behold, it has been prophesied by our fathers, that they should be
kept and handed down from one generation to another, and be kept and
preserved by the hand of the Lord until they should go forth unto
every nation, kindred, tongue, and people, that they shall know of
the mysteries contained thereon.
Gospel preached to all nations of the world: D&C 1:4-5, D&C 58:64, Matt 24:14. Mark
This will be the one of last acts prior to the close of the
Gentile/Restoration period. We know from D&C 45:54 that many
counted among the "Heathen Nations" will not hear the Gospel until after Christ
comes down and "sets his foot upon this mount" (verse 48) D&C 45:
54 "And then shall the heathen nations be redeemed, and they that knew no
law shall have part in the first resurrection; and it shall be tolerable for
them." So what is the fate of these peoples? Looking at the verses
in Section 90 we see a well defined pattern. First the Gentiles then the House
of Israel then the Arm of the Lord is
revealed which will cause the "Heathen Nations" to consider the
Gospel and the plan of salvation. So it appears as though the Heathen Nations
will not have
an open effort until after the House of Israel and a key point here is after the Arm of the Lord is revealed. D&C 90: 10 "And then cometh the day when the arm of the Lord shall be revealed in power in convincing the nations, the heathen nations, the house of Joseph, of the gospel of their salvation."
Missionaries called home: D&C 88:85-88
The following two quotes point out what will be the final dividing point between the restoration period and the polarization period.
Do you think there is calamity abroad now among the people? Not much. All we have yet heard and all we have experienced is scarcely
a preface to the sermon that is going to be preached. When the testimony of the Elders ceases to be given, and the Lord says to
them, "Come home; I will now preach my own sermons to the nations of the earth," all you now know can scarcely be called a preface to the
sermon that will be preached with fire and sword, tempests, earthquakes, hail, rain, thunders and lightnings, and fearful destruction. What matters the destruction of a few railway cars? You will hear of magnificent cities, now idolized by the people, sinking in the earth, entombing the inhabitants. The sea will heave itself beyond its bounds, engulfing mighty cities. Famine will spread over the nations, and nation will rise up against nation, kingdom against kingdom, and states against states, in our own country and in foreign lands. (President Brigham Young: Journal of Discourses, Vol. 8, p. 123, July 15, 1860)
When God has called out the righteous, when the warning voice has been sufficiently proclaimed among the Gentile nations, and the
Lord says, "It is enough," he will also say to his servantsó"O, ye, my servants, come home, come out from the midst of these Gentile
nations, where you have labored and borne testimony for so long a period; come out from among them, for they are not worthy; they do
not receive the message that I have sent forth, they do not repent of their sins, come out from their midst, their times are fulfilled. Seal up the testimony among them and bind up the law." (Elder Orson Pratt: Journal of Discourses, Vol. 18, p. 64, July 25, 1875)
In my mind the statement by then Elder Kimball points out that this is the final act that will indicate the time of the gentiles has come to a close.
The judgments of God will be poured out upon the wicked to the extent that our elders from far and near will be called home. Or, in
other words, the gospel will be taken from the Gentiles and later on will be carried to the Jews. (Elder Heber C. Kimball: Deseret News, Church Department, May 23, 1931, p. 3)
We are now ready to move into the
key period that is directed to the House of
Times of the Gentiles fulfilled: D&C 45:30, Rom 11, 1 Neph , Luk , 3 Neph
How will we recognize this transitional event? When the Gentiles reject the gospel!; sin against my gospel; (do the gentiles reject the gospel by accepting the anti Christ, receiving the mark of the beast and join his one world government? Or could it be a subtler act like choosing economic prosperity over moral and righteous leaders? Or will it be outright persecution of the Saints?)
This event warrants
further exploration. let's
look at an analysis of 3 Nephi 16:10 by Hugh Nibley. Brother Nibley starts the analysis by looking at the
"Jack Anderson has said all along that he's far more frightened of what will come up from the south against this land than of the Russian threat to us. He said the Russians don't really threaten us, and, as we see now, they don't. But the threat will come when we're so weak they can go through us like a knife through butter, and this sort of thing. If our morals are weak and our economy breaks down, since we have nothing to live for except the economy [they can do it]." (Hugh Nibley. Teachings of the Book of Mormon. Semester 4, p.104)
At first look this seems to be
completely out of place. I ask you to follow the footnotes associated
with the Time of the Gentiles and the qualifier for rejecting the Gospel.
The statement that "
Letís list the key requirements for this event:
∑ Gentiles reject the restored Gospel (D&C 45:28-29)
∑ Lifted up in pride, full of wickedness and secret abominations (3 Nephi )
The main item we need to look at
from the above items is the trigger for the time of the gentiles coming to an
end. The time of the gentiles was brought into the world with Paul and
will end when the requirements above are met.
In exploring this idea let's look into the recent past. Do we see a type of what is to be with what has been? Orson Pratt explained, in the Journal of Discourses, a type of the future event that is yet to come. He reviewed the prophecy concerning the Gentiles in this latter day and the wicked condition they will be in, having rejected the fullness of the Gospel and being filled with all manner of lyings, mischiefs and whoredoms, commiting abominations of every kind at which point the Lord will bring the Gospel from among them. He then goes on to point out that this prophecy was fulfilled in the mid 1800ís with the exodus to the
"You might have passed
through the land therefor
hundreds and hundreds of miles, from city to city, and inquired for an Elder
who had authority to baptize for the remission of sins and to buildup the
Church and kingdom of God, and the answer would have been--"There is not
such person here." "Where are they?" "They have gone away
Orson Pratt saw the removal of the Saints, from the gentiles (those not having been converted to the restored truths), as a fulfillment of that spoken of in 3 Nephi. Some today might even reference that event to show that the prophecy has been fulfilled. I look to it as a type of the future event that will fulfill all of the prophecies. When we see the gospel taken from the gentiles and then given to the House of Israel then we will know that the time of the gentiles has come to an end. I also look for a replication of the type sited by Orson Pratt at that time.
In addition to what we have seen in the past I also think the following areas are indications of the Time of the Gentiles and help further define this key event.
The parable of the Ten Virgins was
written for our time and about the members of the Church. The warning provided
in Luke 21:36 and Acts
2:21 should be headed by all. In the parable the Virgins represent members of
the Church and only 50% of them make it through the troubled times that will
come. During that period the righteous will be watching the signs of the times
and will call upon the Lord and seek to be worthy to abide the day of his
coming. They will also take the Holy Spirit for their guide (D&C
45:57) and will stand in holy places (D&C 45:32). The oil in their
lamps will not be able to be shared,
it will be their relationship with the Holy Ghost and their participation in
sacred events like attending the
This section needs further exploration. Let's keep in mind this pivotal event that marks the close to this key period "The time of the Gentiles" and what events will accompany it. Where will we find ourselves when this event actually happens? Will this come at a point when we find ourselves setting on the outside of the door asking the Lord to open up and let us in? If we do what will the Lord's response be? To help answer that let's look at other key factors that might decide our fate.