I was watching TV and the Internet yesterday.
I noticed some announcements about the end of days. I said to myself, Revelations should be re-read. The things that are happening now are foretold in Revelations.
Yes, it is the last days. I don't know how long these 'last' ones will take, but we need to be aware and prepared.
The announcement was about a person who calls himself Christ - claiming he came down from the mountains after much preparation. He has been appearing here and there and performing great miracles. OK - revelations tells us that in the last days, persons will appear that will preach Satan's gospel and will perform great revelations. So It has started!
Next, you will remember in Moses' time period that God gave him the staff that he could throw down and it became a serpent. Remember the Magicians could also throw down their staff's and they became snakes, too. Then remember that Moses serpent swallowed up all of their snakes.
Pharaoh was a descendant of Ham and was denied the right to the priesthood.
SOME of the predicted events to come -- have already been happening.
Knowledge to increase. Great inventions. Wars and rumors of war. Secret group saps Americas strength. Constitution to hand by a thread (upheld by the Elders of the church) - the Patriot Act now rules America. US to spend her strength warring in foreign lands - Afghanistan and Iraq. Wickedness to increase. Truce breakers. Un-thankful people full of pride, no natural affection, abortions, homosexual's, traitors, lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God. Persecution of righteous people. Followers of Christ hated. World divided into two camps- righteous and wicked. Europe to be laid waste. Oil fields to be opened in Utah. Salt lake to become wickedier than New York. People to flee to the mountains with saints isolated in mountains from rest of nation. [JD 5:10] Gospel taught in Russia. Lamanities to rise. False christs and false prophets. Temple to be built in Jerusalem. Return of the 10 tribes. Other religious books to come forth.
A "David" to lead God's people in the Last Days.
Earthquakes, whirlwinds, oceans heaving beyond bounds and tidal waves. Ocean going to the North (for return of 10 tribes). Earth joined together by all continents. Mountains to be leveled. Ice caps to melt. Earth to rock to and fro. Dead Sea to be healed and become fresh water. Deserts to blossom as a rose. Rainbows to cease. Stars to fall from heavens. Sun and moon changes. Cities and crops to be destroyed by nature-earthquakes, fire, wormwood. Flies cause flesh to fall from bones with a desolating sickness. Destruction of wicked by fire. City of Enoch to return. Plagues. Grand sign of His coming in the heavens.
ALWAYS REMEMBER: The highest order a man can obtain on this earth involves his receiving the fullness of the Melchizedek priesthood. To that end, he must keep the whole law of the new and everlasting covenant. His role as a righteous proxy may then go beyond securing temporal salvation for others - in the temple, as a proxy or savior on Mt. Zion. Remember that Alma the Elder, through divine protection and intervention for Alma the Younger, brought him to repentance and full fellowship, with the Lord's assistance. Those who make sure their calling and election fulfill a higher proxy function in the Melchizedek Priesthood.
D&C 128:8-14 What Elijah binds on earth is bound in heaven, and what he looses on earth is loosed in heaven. Temporal salvation, spiritual salvation, and celestial exaltation are each associated with a covenant, and are at the heart of the revealed gospel. We honor our Savior by keeping the commandments. The scriptures admonish us, and Jesus invites us to "come unto him and be saved".
It is predicted that many marvelous and deadly events will take place before Christ returns with all his angels to take us [who are living] with Him. When you read Revelations you will read about them in sevens, or 3 1/2 years plus 3 1/2 years.
The 3rd Anti-Christ will lead or reign during the foretold periods. In the beginning the world will think he is great and then the last half, every being will think he is rotten or satanic. We shall see - most likely in our own lives.
Rev 13: The devil works wonders and deceives many. He causes all to receive a mark in the right hand or in their foreheads - to buy or sell. Yes, Rev 15 tells us that there are those who overcome satan and do not get the marks.
Revelations 3:21-22 To him (and her) that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. He that hath an ear let him hear what the spirit saith unto the churches.
Chapter 6 has already been fulfilled until you come to vs 9. this tells us of the apostasy of the gospel and then the restoration of the gospel -- Joseph Smith Jr. translated the book of Mormon from the gold plates into English for us to read and learn. Ch 8 is the opening of the 7th seal.
1. Hail and brimstone falls from heaven. 2. a great mountain burns with fir. 3.1/3 of creatures in the sea die and 1/3 of ships are destroyed, then wormwood star falls from heaven burning a a lamp which poisons the water and men die. 4. 1/3 of the sun is smitten and 1/3 part of the moon and stars are darkened and the day shines only 1/3 of the time. 5. Another star falls from heaven and is given the key to the bottomless pit to open. Smoke arises and darkens the sun and air. Then scorpions-like creatures fly to hurt those who do not have the seal of God in their foreheads. The king over them is from the bottomless pit -named Abaddon or Apollyon or satan.
The sixth angel releases four to slay 1/3 part of men. Then two prophets are sent to Israel/Jerusalem to prophesy 3 1/2 years. They have the power to shut heaven, that it rain not, power over the water, and to smite the earth with plagues. The beast from the bottomless pit makes war against them and will kill them. Their bodies will lie in the street for 3 1/2 days. The evil people celebrate. Then the prophets ascended unto heaven in a cloud and their enemies behold them Rev 11: 12 The same hour there is a great earthquake and a 1/10 part of the city falls and 7,000 men fall dead.
The seventh angel sounds with great voices in heaven, saying "The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever".
Upon those who have the mark of the beast the following happens: Rev Ch 16 and 17
A grievous sore on men, the sea dies, the rivers and fountains of water become blood, then men are scorched with fire and they repented not, the beats groups are filled with darkness and they gnawed their tongues for pain, and they repented not. The water was dried up, then unclean spirits came out of the beast mouth to be devils which go forth and work miracles on the whole world to gather an army into a place called Armageddon. Then the voice from heaven said,"It is done". Rev 19:19 and I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. Christ was upon the horse. Christ was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood, and his name is called "the Word of God". All those who were deceived and the false prophets were cast into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. The remnant were slain and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.
Rev 20. An angel came down from heaven with the key of the bottomless pit. He laid hold on the dragon - which is satan the devil - and bound him a thousand years, and cast him into the bottomless pit. Rev 20: 7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, and shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth. Gog and Magog, to gather then together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. vs 9 And the went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. Then the devil and his followers are cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
Rev 20: 12-15 The dead small and great stand before God and the book was opened and another book was opened. All were judged from these books. The sea gave up her dead and they were judged. And they were judged according to their works. And whosoever was not found in these books was cast into the Lake of Fire.
Rev 21: 7 He (and she) that overcometh shall inherit all things: and I will be his God, and he shall be my son (and daughter). The earth obtains its celestial glory. There is no more sea.
the land mass is joined.
Rev 21 Describes the great city of Enoch descending out of heaven from God. It appears to be like a mountain a hundred and forty-four cubits, 1200 furlongs - (1500 miles high, wide and broad).
Rev 22 The saints shall reign in Celestial splendor - Christ shall come and blessed are they who do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
President and Prophet Howard Hunter said, "Let us be a temple-attending people. Attend the temple as frequently as personal circumstances allow. Keep a picture of a temple in your home that your children may see it. Teach your children about the purposes of the house of the Lord. Have them plan from their earliest years to go there and to remain worthy of that blessing.
No success will compensate for failure in the home!
Study and pray for your family, homes, extended family and bear our testimonies.