Signs of the Second Coming
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Jesus Christ Will Return to the Earth
•What are some of the signs of the Second Coming..........................
The Savior told Joseph Smith, “I will reveal myself from heaven with
power and great glory . . . and dwell in righteousness with men on
earth a thousand years, and the wicked shall not stand” (Doctrine and Covenants (D&C) 29:11;
see also Sections 44 and 45 in this book) . Jesus has told us that
certain signs and events will warn us when the time of His Second
Coming is near .
For thousands of years, followers of Jesus Christ have looked
forward to the Second Coming as a time of peace and joy . But
before the Savior comes, the people of the earth will experience
great trials and calamities . Our Heavenly Father wants us to be
prepared for these troubles . He also expects us to be spiritually
ready when the Savior comes in His glory . Therefore, He has given
us signs, which are events that will tell us when the Savior’s Second
Coming is near . Throughout the ages God has revealed these signs
to His prophets . He has said that all faithful followers of Christ will
know what the signs are and will be watching for them (see D&C
45:39) . If we are obedient and faithful, we will study the scriptures
and know of the signs .
Some of the signs foretelling the Second Coming of Jesus Christ
have already been or are now being fulfilled . Others will be fulfilled
in the future .
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Wickedness, War, and Turmoil
Many of the signs are terrifying and dreadful . The prophets have
warned that the earth will experience great turmoil, wickedness,
war, and suffering . The prophet Daniel said that the time before
the Second Coming would be a time of trouble such as the earth
has never known (see Daniel 12:1) . The Lord said, “The love of
men shall wax cold, and iniquity shall abound” (D&C 45:27) . “And
all things shall be in commotion; and . . . fear shall come upon all
people” (D&C 88:91) . We can expect earthquakes, disease, famines,
great storms, lightnings, and thunder (see Matthew 24:7; D&C 88:90) .
Hailstorms will destroy the crops of the earth (see D&C 29:16) .
Jesus told His disciples that war would fill the earth: “Ye shall
hear of wars and rumours of wars . . . . For nation shall rise against
nation, and kingdom against kingdom” (Matthew 24:6–7) . The
Prophet Joseph Smith said: “Be not discouraged when we tell you
of perilous times, for they must shortly come, for the sword, famine,
and pestilence are approaching . There shall be great destructions
upon the face of this land, for ye need not suppose that one jot or
tittle of the prophecies of all the holy prophets shall fail, and there
are many that remain to be fulfilled yet” (Teachings of Presidents of
the Church: Joseph Smith , 252) .
Many of these signs are being fulfilled . Wickedness is everywhere .
Nations are constantly at war . Earthquakes and other calamities
are occurring . Many people now suffer from devastating storms,
drought, hunger, and diseases . We can be certain that these calami-
ties will become more severe before the Lord comes .
However, not all the events preceding the Second Coming are
dreadful . Many of them bring joy to the world .
The Restoration of the Gospel
The Lord said, “Light shall break forth among them that sit in
darkness, and it shall be the fulness of my gospel” (D&C 45:28) .
Prophets of old foretold the Restoration of the gospel . The
Apostle John saw that the gospel would be restored by an angel
(see Revelation 14:6–7) . In fulfillment of this prophecy, the angel
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Moroni and other heavenly visitors brought the gospel of Jesus
Christ to Joseph Smith .
The Coming Forth of the Book of Mormon
The Lord told the Nephites of another sign: the Book of Mormon
would come to their descendants (see 3 Nephi 21) . In Old Testa-
ment times the prophets Isaiah and Ezekiel foresaw the coming of
the Book of Mormon (see Isaiah 29:4–18; Ezekiel 37:16–20) . These
prophecies are now being fulfilled . The Book of Mormon has been
brought forth and is being taken to all the world .
The Gospel Preached to All the World
Another sign of the last days is that the “gospel of the kingdom shall
be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations” (Matthew
24:14; see also Joseph Smith—Matthew 1:31) . All people will hear
the fulness of the gospel in their own language (see D&C 90:11) .
Ever since the Restoration of the Church, missionaries have preached
the gospel . The missionary effort has increased until now tens of
thousands of missionaries preach in many countries of the world in
many languages . Before the Second Coming and during the Millen-
nium, the Lord will provide ways to bring the truth to all nations .
The Coming of Elijah
The prophet Malachi prophesied that before the Savior’s Second
Coming, the prophet Elijah would be sent to the earth . Elijah would
restore the sealing powers so families could be sealed together .
He would also inspire people to be concerned about their ances-
tors and descendants . (See Malachi 4:5–6; D&C 2 .) The prophet
Elijah came to Joseph Smith in April 1836 . Since that time, interest
in genealogy and family history has grown . We are also able to per-
form sealing ordinances in the temples for the living and the dead .
Lehi’s Descendants Will Become a Great People
The Lord said that when His coming was near, the Lamanites would
become a righteous and respected people . He said, “Before the
great day of the Lord shall come, . . . the Lamanites shall blossom
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as the rose” (D&C 49:24) . Great numbers of Lehi’s descendants are
now receiving the blessings of the gospel .
Building of the New Jerusalem
Near the time of the coming of Jesus Christ, the faithful Saints will
build a righteous city, a city of God, called the New Jerusalem . Jesus
Christ Himself will rule there . (See 3 Nephi 21:23–25; Moses 7:62–64;
Articles of Faith 1:10 .) The Lord said the city will be built in the state
of Missouri in the United States (see D&C 84:2–3) .
These are only a few of the signs that the Lord has given us . The
scriptures describe many more .
• What evidence do you see that the signs are being fulfilled...................
Knowing the Signs of the Times Can Help Us
• How can we remain calm and at peace even when some of the
signs are terrifying and dreadful........................................................
Speaking of His Second Coming, the Lord said, “The hour and the
day no man knoweth, neither the angels in heaven” (D&C 49:7) . He
taught this with the parable of the fig tree . He said that when we
see a fig tree putting forth leaves, we can tell that summer will soon
come . Likewise, when we see the signs described in the scriptures,
we can know that His coming is near . (See Matthew 24:32–33 .)
The Lord gives these signs to help us . We can put our lives in order
and prepare ourselves and our families for those things yet to come .
We have been warned of calamities and told to prepare for them,
but we can also look forward to the coming of the Savior and be
glad . The Lord said, “Be not troubled, for, when all these things [the
signs] shall come to pass, ye may know that the promises which
have been made unto you shall be fulfilled” (D&C 45:35) . He said
those who are righteous when He comes will not be destroyed “but
shall abide the day . And the earth shall be given unto them for an
inheritance; . . . and their children shall grow up without sin . . . . For
the Lord shall be in their midst, and his glory shall be upon them,
and he will be their king and their lawgiver” (D&C 45:57–59) .
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• 1 Corinthians 15:22–28 (the end cometh; death is done away)
• Matthew 16:1–4 (discern signs of the times)
• Matthew 24; D&C 29:14–23; 45:17–57; 88:87–94; Joseph Smith—
Matthew 1 (signs of the Second Coming)
• 1 Thessalonians 5:1–6 (watch for the signs and prepare)
• D&C 38:30 (prepare so we might not fear)
• D&C 68:11 (we can know the signs)
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