notes on scriptural prophecies

by John McDonnell

introduction
confrontation with Christ
the second coming of Christ
how the second coming of Christ will begin
"the marriage supper of the Lamb"
Joseph Smith's revisions of Psalms 11-12
Isaiah 1:23-31
Isaiah 49:21-26
Doctrine and Covenants 108:1
Doctrine and Covenants 108:7a-10b
Doctrine and Covenants 28:5
"that great and last sacrifice"
Daniel chapters 7-8 are now being fulfilled
Daniel 9:24-27
Micah 5:8-15
_____ some prophecies by Jesus in Mesoamerica
some prophecies by Jesus in Palestine
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
2 Thessalonians 2:1-12
Joseph Smith's revision of Revelation 1:1-8
Revelation 14 and Doctrine and Covenants 85
predicted evil leaders
the organization of evil
genetic engineering and man-made diseases
Zion before the Millennium
Zion out of all of God's creations
conditions during the Millennium
temple singers
conjecture
recommended books

introduction

Freedom is not really freedom unless the future is thereby made unknown. The divine plan of salvation, which
makes freedom a reality, foresees generally and not specifically, unless something specific contributes to the
general glory. The purpose of these notes is to prompt readers of them to think freely concerning where
human society is now poised within the plan of salvation.

"Notes" means that this is a loosely-organized gathering of prophecies with some comments and suggested
interpretations of them. "Scriptural" means "according to a canon of scriptures". The canon chosen for
these notes is that used by the Community of Christ, whose world headquarters is in Independence, Missouri,
in the United States of America. Her scriptural canon currently consists of Holy Scriptures (an "Inspired
Version" of the Bible), The Book of Mormon, and Doctrine and Covenants. These scriptures mention other
holy records which must eventually come to light. "Prophecies" are divine pronouncements concerning
future realities. Abbreviations for Bible versions are sometimes used: KJV = King James Version;
I.V. = Inspired Version. References to The Book of Mormon employ the RLDS (Community of Christ)
system of chapter and verse numbering, which is different than the LDS system. Doctrine and Covenants
references are to the Community of Christ version, except where the original 1835 text is cited.

Some scriptural statements thought by some to be prophecies might not be, as the following article shows.

from Acres, U.S.A., 1991, March

The Poor With Us

by John McDonnell
There is some religious lore afloat that the poor will always be with us. Such armchair philosophy
does not seem wise to me. Yet the words are said to come from the Lord himself.

My New Testament studies have progressed to the point where I know how to link into the Greek
texts upon which English translations are based. I learned how to use Interlinear Greek-English
New Testament Numerically Coded to Strong's Exhaustive Concordance
(1981). Then I learned
to use Analytical Greek New Testament (1981) by Barbara and Timothy Friberg. This book gives
the complete Greek text published by the United Bible Societies with each Greek word having a
computerized tag beneath it. By referring to a chart one can instantly find the parts of speech
down to the last grammatical detail. To make sense out of the details listed, I use the book Learn
to Read the Greek New Testament
, by Ward Powers.

There are three New Testament passages in which Jesus tells his disciples that they have the poor
always with them: Matthew 26:11, Mark 14:7, John 12:8. In all three passages the verb for "have"
is ekhete, which the Fribergs have tagged "VIPA--YP," meaning "verb, indicative, present, active,
second person, plural." By consulting Learn to Read the Greek New Testament I learned how ekhete
should be translated: "you (plural) have," or "you (plural) are having." Any translation with the
future tense "will have" is incorrect.

Here is how a few English translations have rendered Matthew 26:11. Errors are in blue font.

King James Version "For ye have the poor always with you, but me ye have not always."

Ferrar Fenton (1905 edition) "Besides, you have the poor always with you; but Me you have
————not always."

J. B. Phillips (1972 edition) "You have the poor with you always, but you will not always
————have me."

The Living Bible (1971 edition) "You will always have the poor among you, but you won't
————always have me."

New International Version (1983 edition) "The poor you will always have with you, but you
————will not always have me."

Since The Living Bible is a mere paraphrase, I expected errors. I am disappointed to find the
New International Version corrupting the meaning.

Jesus spent considerable time and effort organizing his church to teach his gospel in all the world.
The influence of Christianity has opened many people's hearts to the realization that every person
is of great worth in the sight of God. Wherever Christianity has functioned properly there have
been peaceful yet determined efforts to establish better social arrangements. When such efforts
are also enlightened by the guidance of the Holy Spirit—one of the basic promises of Christianity—
an understanding of social arrangements in which poverty can be eliminated will develop. Such
development is hampered by the religious lore afloat that the poor must always be among us.

Church organizations have internal debates over this very issue. For example, in the Community
of Christ, one influential scholar has declared, "As peacemakers we are called to eradicate the
causes of disorder and to eliminate poverty." Meanwhile, a group of scholars has issued a "world
church vision statement" that finds "eliminate" too strong a word and is only concerned that
"poverty is alleviated," thereby falling back on the religious lore that I have just exposed to be a
brutal lie. I am confident that the Community of Christ will begin to resolve this issue in favor of
parity economics. One of the most beloved scriptural passages in the Community of Christ, which
many members can recite from memory, says: "And the Lord called his people, Zion, because they
were of one heart and of one mind, and dwelt in righteousness; and there were no poor among them."

Although Deuteronomy 15:11 states that "the poor shall never cease out of the land," that statement comes
only after a declaration that if the instructions of God are obeyed, there would be no poor among the keepers
of those instructions. I quote from the Jewish Publication Society's 1985 translation of Deuteronomy 15:4-5:
"There shall be no needy among you—since the LORD your God will bless you in the land that the LORD
your God is giving you as a hereditary portion—if only you heed the LORD your God and take care to keep
all this Instruction that I enjoin upon you this day."

divine pronouncements concerning future realities are possible

Amos 3:7, Inspired Version
Surely the Lord God will do nothing until he revealeth the secret unto his servants the prophets.

John 15:15, King James Version
Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you
friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.

from Doctrine and Covenants (1835) section LXXXII paragraph 4
... truth is knowledge of things as they are, and as they were, and as they are to come ...

from "On the Nature of Signs" (1873) by Charles S. Peirce
Take any statement which is made concerning a matter of fact. It is caused or determined by the fact. The
fact has been observed & the perception of the fact which was caused by it in its turn causes the statement to
be made. Perhaps however the fact was not directly perceived. The statement may be a prediction. In that
case it cannot be said that that which follows after has caused that which precedes it, the prediction, but if the
event has been predicted it has been through some knowledge of its cause and this same cause which
precedes the event also precedes some cognition of the mind which gave rise to the prediction so that there
is a real causal connection between the sign and the thing signified although it does not consist in one's
being the effect of the other but in both being the effect of the same cause.

from The Sources of Religious Insight (1912) by Josiah Royce, pages 109-110
... whatever your opinions, your expression of them is an appeal to some wider insight that you regard as
real, and that you view as a live insight which comprehends your ideas, and which sees how they are related
to genuine experience. This, I affirm, is the universal form which all opinion takes. A true opinion is true,
because in fact it expresses what the wider insight confirms. A false opinion is false, because it is refuted by
the light of this same wider view. Apart from such a confirmation or refutation in the light of such a larger view,
the very concepts of truth and error, as applied to opinions which are not wholly confirmed or set aside by the
instantaneous evidence of the moment when the opinions are formed or uttered, have no meaning. True is
the judgment that is confirmed by the larger view to which it appeals. False is the assertion that is not thus
confirmed. Upon such a conception the very ideas of truth and error depend. Without such a conception truth
and error have no sense. If such a conception is not itself a true view of our situation, that is, if there is no
wider insight, our opinions have neither truth nor error, and are all of them alike merely meaningless. When
you are ignorant, you are ignorant of what the wider view makes clear to its own insight. If you blunder or are
deluded, your blunder is due to a defective apprehension which the wider view confirms. And thus, whether
you are ignorant or blundering, wise or foolish, whether the truth or falsity of your present opinion is supposed
to be actual, one actuality is equally and rationally presupposed, as the actuality to which all your opinions
refer, and in the light of which they possess sense. This is the actuality of some wider insight with reference
to which your own opinion gets its truth or its falsity. To this wider insight, to this always presupposed vision
of experience as it is, of the facts as they are, you are always appealing. Your every act of assertion displays
the genuineness of the appeal and exemplifies the absolute rational necessity of asserting that the appeal is
made to an insight that is itself real.

the coming "whirlwind"

Jeremiah 23:19-20, King James Version
Behold, a whirlwind of the Lord is gone forth in fury, even a grievous whirlwind; it shall fall grievously upon
the head of the wicked. The anger of the Lord shall not return, until he have executed, and till he have
performed the thoughts of his heart; in the latter days ye shall consider it perfectly.

Jeremiah 30:23-24, King James Version
Behold, the whirlwind of the Lord goeth forth with fury, a continuing whirlwind; it shall fall with pain upon the
head of the wicked. The fierce anger of the Lord shall not return, until he have done it, and until he have
performed the interests of his heart; in the latter days ye shall consider it.

Doctrine and Covenants 63:2
Let the wicked take heed, and let the rebellious fear and tremble, and let the unbelieving hold their lips, for
the day of wrath shall come upon them as a whirlwind, and all flesh shall know that I am God.

Doctrine and Covenants 94:5d-f
Vengeance cometh speedily upon the ungodly, as the whirlwind, and who shall escape it? The Lord's scourge
shall pass over by night and by day; and the report thereof shall vex all people
; yet, it shall not be stayed
until the Lord come; for the indignation of the Lord is kindled against their abominations, and all their wicked
works. Nevertheless, Zion shall escape if she observe to do whatsoever I have commanded her, but if she
observe not to do whatsoever I have commanded her, I will visit her acccording to all her works, with sore
affliction, with pestilence, with plague, with sword, with vengeance, with devouring fire.

Isaiah 28:18-19, King James Version
... when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it. From the time that it goeth forth it shall take
you; for morning by morning shall it pass over, by day and by night: and it shall be a vexation only to understand the report.

Doctrine and Covenants 105:9-10
Vengeance cometh speedily upon the inhabitants of the earth—a day of wrath, a day of burning, a day of
desolation, of weeping, of mourning, and of lamentation—and as a whirlwind it shall come upon all the face of
the earth, saith the Lord. And upon my house shall it begin, and from my house shall it go forth, saith the Lord,
first among those among you, saith the Lord, who have professed to know my name and have not known me,
and have blasphemed against me in the midst of my house, saith the Lord.

1 Peter 4:17, King James Version
For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not
the gospel of God?

confrontation with Christ

Isaiah 59:19-20, King James Version
When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him. And the
Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the Lord.

Malachi 3:1-5, King James Version
Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me; and the Lord whom ye seek, shall
suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in; behold, he shall come,
saith the Lord of hosts.
But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth?
for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap; and he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; and he
shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering
in righteousness. Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the Lord, as in the days of
old, and as in former years. And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the
sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling
in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me,
saith the Lord of hosts.

Luke 12:35-48, Helen Montgomery's 1924 translation
Let your loins be girded about and your lamps burning; and be yourselves like men who are looking for their
lord, on his return from a wedding-banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they may at once open the door
for him. Happy are those slaves whom their master shall find watching when he comes. I tell you truly that he
will gird himself, and make them sit down to meat, and come and serve them. And whether it be in the second
watch, or in the third, that he comes, and so finds them, happy are those slaves. However, you know this, that if
the master of the house had known in what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed
his house to be broken into. Do you also be ready, for in an hour that you think not the Son of man is coming."
"Master," said Peter, "are you speaking this parable to us or to all alike?" The Lord answered: "Who then is
that faithful steward, the wise man whom his lord will put in charge of his household to give out their rations in
due time? Blessed is that slave whom his master on his coming shall find so doing. Of a truth I tell you that he
will put him in charge of his possessions. But if that slave should say to himself, 'My master delays his coming,'
and should begin to beat the men and the maids, and to eat and drink and to get drunk, that slave's master will
arrive on a day when he is not expecting him, and at an hour when he knows not, and will surely scourge him,
and appoint him his portion with the unfaithful. The slave who knew his Lord's will, and made not ready, nor did
according to his will, will be beaten with many lashes, but he who did not know, but did things worthy of a
beating, will receive few lashes. To whom much has been given, from him much will be required, and to whom
much is entrusted, of him they will ask the more.

Luke 12:35-48, King James Version Luke 12:38-57, Inspired Version
35 Let your loins be girded about, and your lights
burning;
38 Let your loins be girded about and have your
lights burning;
36 And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for
their lord, when he will return from the wedding;
that when he cometh and knocketh, they may
open unto him immediately.
39 That ye yourselves may be like unto men who
wait for their Lord, when he will return from the
wedding; that, when he cometh and knocketh,
they may open unto him immediately.
37 Blessed are those servants, whom the lord
when he cometh shall find watching; verily I say
unto you
, that he shall gird himself, and make
them to sit down to meat, and will come forth
and serve them.
40 Verily I say unto you, Blessed are those
servants, whom the Lord when he cometh shall
find watching; for he shall gird himself, and make
them sit down to meat, and will come forth and
serve them.
38 And if he shall come in the second watch, or
come in the third watch, and find them so,
blessed are those servants.
41 For, behold, he cometh in the first watch of
the night, and he shall also come in the second
watch, and again he shall come in the third watch.
39 And this know, that if the goodman of the
house had known what hour the thief would
come, he would have watched, and not suffered
his house to be broken through.
42 And verily I say unto you, He hath already
come, as it is written of him; and again when he

shall come in the second watch, or come in the
third watch, blessed are those servants when he
cometh, that he shall find so doing;

43 For the Lord of those servants shall gird
himself, and make them to sit down to meat,
and will come forth and serve them.

44 And now, verily I say these things unto you,
that ye may
know this, that the coming of the
Lord is as a thief in the night.

45 And it is like unto a man who is an
householder, who, if he watcheth not his goods,
the thief cometh in an hour of which he is not
aware, and taketh his goods, and divideth
them among his fellows.

46 And they said among themselves, If the
good man of the house had known what hour
the thief would come, he would have watched,
and not have suffered his house to be broken
through and the loss of his goods.
40 Be ye therefore ready also; for the Son of
man cometh at an hour when ye think not.
47 And he said unto them, Verily I say unto
you,
be ye therefore ready also; for the Son of
man cometh at an hour when ye think not.
41 Then Peter said unto him, Lord, speaketh
thou this parable unto us, or even to all?
48 Then Peter said unto him, Lord, speaketh
thou this parable unto us, or unto all?
42 And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful
and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler
over his household, to give them their portion of
meat in due season
?
49 And the Lord said, I speak unto those whom
the Lord shall make
rulers over his household,
to give
his children their portion of meat in due
season.

50 And they said, Who then is that faithful and
wise servant?
51 And the Lord said unto them, It is that
servant who watcheth, to impart his portion of
meat in due season.
43 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when
he cometh
shall find so doing.
52 Blessed be that servant whom his Lord shall
find, when he cometh, so doing.
44 Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make
him ruler over all that he hath.
53 Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make
him ruler over all that he hath.
45 But and if that servant say in his heart, My
lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat
the menservants and maidens, and to eat and
drink, and to be drunken;
54 But the evil servant is he who is not found
watching.
And if that servant is not found
watching, he will
say in his heart, My Lord
delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the
menservants, and the maidens, and to eat, and
drink, and to be drunken.
46 The lord of that servant will come in a day
when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when
he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and
will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.
55 The Lord of that servant will come in a day
he looketh not for, and at an hour when he is
not aware, and will cut him down, and will
appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.
47 And that servant, which knew his lord's will,
and prepared not himself, neither did according
to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.
56 And that servant who knew his Lord's will,
and prepared not for his Lord's coming, neither
did according to his will, shall be beaten with
many stripes.
48 But he that knew not, and did commit things
worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few
stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of
him shall be much required; and to whom men
have
committed much, of him they will ask the
more.
57 But he that knew not his Lord's will, and
did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be
beaten with few. For unto whomsoever much is
given, of him shall much be required; and to
whom the Lord has committed much, of him
will men ask the more.

The Second Coming is imminent. The Third Coming, mentioned in the Inspired Version, will be at the end of
the little season after the millennial reign of Christ (Revelation 20:3,7-9). Since Christ will not be on Earth
during the little season, the judgment at the end of it will be a Third Coming. "For the Father judgeth no man,
but hath committed all judgment unto the Son" (John 5:22).

Malachi 3:3 tells the purpose of the Confrontation: to "purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto
the Lord an offering in righteousness." About the time of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, according to The
Book of Mormon
, many of the inhabitants of Mesoamerica heard a voice teaching: "Ye shall offer up unto me
no more the shedding of blood; yea, your sacrifices and your burnt offerings shall be done away, for I will
accept none of your sacrifices and burnt offerings; and ye shall offer for a sacrifice unto me a broken heart and
a contrite spirit" (3 Nephi 4:49).

The Book of Mormon has its own prediction of the Confrontation: "If the Gentiles shall hearken unto the Lamb
of God in that day that he shall manifest himself unto them in word, and also in power, in very deed, unto the
taking away of their stumbling blocks
, and harden not their hearts against the Lamb of God, they shall be
numbered among the seed of thy father; yea, they shall be numbered among the house of Israel; and they shall
be a blessed people upon the promised land for ever" (1 Nephi 3:201-203). The words in very deed mean a
personal manifestation, and when those words are linked with unto the taking away of their stumbling blocks,
which has not yet been fulfilled, it is clear to me that this passage is predicting the same Confrontation
predicted in Malachi 3:1-5 and Luke 12:35-48.

The Book of Mormon 3 Nephi 13:54-56 mentions "his coming unto the children of Israel" in a way suggesting
that it would occur not long after The Book of Mormon was published: "And now behold, I say unto you, that
when the Lord shall see fit, in his wisdom, that these sayings shall come unto the Gentiles, according to his
word, then ye may know that the covenant which the Father hath made with the children of Israel, concerning
their restoration to the lands of their inheritance, is already beginning to be fulfilled; and ye may know that the
words of the Lord, which have been spoken by the holy prophets, shall all be fulfilled; and ye need not say that
the Lord delays his coming unto the children of Israel
; and ye need not imagine in your hearts that the words
which have been spoken are vain, for behold, the Lord will remember his covenant which he hath made unto his
people of the house of Israel." I interpret this to mean that unless the Lord manifests himself to them, his
covenant with the children of Israel cannot be fulfilled. The Book of Mormon 1 Nephi 7:21-22 teaches the same
thing: "And I would, my brethren, that ye should know that all the kindreds of the earth can not be blessed
unless he shall make bare his arm in the eyes of the nations. Wherefore, the Lord God will proceed to make
bare his arm in the eyes of all the nations, in bringing about his covenants and his gospel, unto those who are of
the house of Israel."

Thus, the purpose of the Confrontation taught in The Book of Mormon is the same as that taught in Malachi
3:1-5, which is concerned with the covenants of the Lord, and the same as that taught in Luke 12:35-48, which
is concerned with the gospel of the Lord.

the second coming of Christ

Matthew 24:27, King James Version Matthew 24:27, Inspired Version
For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and
shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming
of the Son of man be.
For as the light of the morning cometh out of the east,
and shineth even unto the west, and covereth the whole
earth
; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
Luke 17:24, King James Version Luke 17:24, Inspired Version
For as the lightning that lighteneth out of the one
part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under
heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day.
For as the light of the morning, that shineth out of the
one part under heaven, and lighteneth to the other part
under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day.

commentary by Adam Rutherford, from Pyramidology, Book IV (1972) page 1487

The translation of the Greek word astrape by "lightning" in Matthew 24:27, Luke 17:24 in our English Bibles is
misleading and is partly responsible for wrong conclusions regarding the manner of the Second Advent. It is true
that astrape means "lightning" but it also has a wider meaning. Liddell and Scott's Greek-English Lexicon gives
the meaning of astrape in New Testament Greek as "any bright light". Jesus Himself, as recorded in Luke 11:36
speaks of "the bright shining (astrape) of a lamp". The same Greek word is used again in Our Lord's Great
Prophecy of Matthew 24, where in verse 27 He speaks of a bright light "coming forth from the east and shining
even unto the west". There is only one bright light that does this, namely the sun (moonlight is faint and the
starlight is small). So the correct translation of Matthew 24:27 is "For as the sunlight (astrape) cometh forth
from the east and shineth even unto the west, so shall also the presence (parousia) of the Son of man be." Only
those who are awake and watching see the first gleams of light and watch the increasing light and dawn, whilst
later when the sun rises in the sky and moves over to the west, it is observed by all. So likewise, only those
awake to the signs of the times and watching discern the Lord's presence in the early days of the Second Advent,
whilst later, when He manifests Himself, "every eye shall see Him", for His parousia, i.e. His presence
continues throughout the Millennium.

interpretation by John McDonnell

Although I view what I call the Confrontation as the first stage of the Second Coming of Christ, I usually reserve
the term Second Coming to mean his coming to reign on Earth for a thousand years, which will take place several
years after the Confrontation. In between the Confrontation and the Second Coming, I anticipate an increasing
Presence, like the glory of the rising sun.

Malachi 4:2, King James Version
But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings.

must the Mount of Olives be the first point of return?

The ascension of Jesus into heaven as described in Acts 1:9-12 is also a prophecy of the manner in which Jesus
will return. There is no indication or concern where this will begin. However, the fact that the ascension happened
on the eastern slope of the Mount of Olives (Luke 24:50; Acts 1:12) naturally invites comparison to Zechariah
14:1-5 with its statement "And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives" (verse 4). And the
prophecies of Jesus concerning the destruction of Jerusalem and the signs of His coming (in Matthew 24) were
spoken on the Mount of Olives (verse 3). All of this seems to offer many an excuse for believing that is where
the Second Coming of Christ will begin. But would what is described in Zechariah 14:1-5 fulfill the angels' words,
"this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go
into heaven" (Acts 1:11)? I don't think so. I believe that Jesus will return in the clouds of heaven first to those
supposed to be doing His work on Earth. The place or places this will happen is or are presently unknown
(Hebrews 9:28). What is described in Zechariah 14:1-5 seems to me to be near the end of the second coming
process, when Christ will destroy the wicked gathered against Him.

Zechariah 14:1-5, King James Version

Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee. For
I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses
rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue
of the people shall not be cut off from the city. Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against
those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. And his feet shall stand in that day upon
the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall
cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very
great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the
south. And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall
reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of
Uzziah king of Judah: and the Lord my God shall come, and all the saints with thee.

Doctrine and Covenants 45:6-10

6 And it shall come to pass that he that feareth me shall be looking forth for the great day
of the Lord to come, even for the signs of the coming of the Son of man; and they shall see
signs and wonders, for they shall be shown forth in the heavens above, and in the earth
beneath; and they shall behold blood and fire, and vapors of smoke; and before the day of
Lord shall come, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon be turned into blood, and stars
fall from heaven; and the remnant shall be gathered unto this place [the Mount of Olives];
and then they shall look for me, and and behold I will come; and they shall see me in the
clouds of heaven, clothed with power and great glory, with all the holy angels; and he that
watches not for me shall be cut off.

7 But before the arm of the Lord shall fall, an angel shall sound his trump, and the saints
that have slept, shall come forth to meet me in the cloud; wherefore if ye have slept in
peace, blessed are you, for as you now behold me and know that I am, even so shall ye
come unto me and your souls shall live, and your redemption shall be perfected, and the
saints shall come forth from the four quarters of the earth.

8 Then shall the arm of the Lord fall upon the nations, and then shall the Lord set his foot
upon this mount [the Mount of Olives], and it shall cleave in twain, and the earth shall
tremble and reel to and fro; and the heavens also shall shake, and the Lord shall utter his
voice and all the ends of the earth shall hear it, and the nations of the earth shall mourn,
and they that have laughed shall see their folly, and calamity shall cover the mocker, and
the scorner shall be consumed, and they that have watched for iniquity, shall be hewn
down and cast into the fire.

9 And then shall the Jews look upon me and say, What are these wounds in thy hands,
and in thy feet? Then shall they know that I am the Lord; for I will say unto them, These
wounds are the wounds with which I was wounded in the house of my friends. I am he who
was lifted up. I am Jesus that was crucified. I am the Son of God. And then shall they weep
because of their iniquities; they shall they lament because they persecuted their King.

Zechariah 13:6, King James Version
And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thy hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I
was wounded in the house of my friends.

Zechariah 12:10, King James Version
And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of
supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one
mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.

10 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; and Satan shall be bound
that he shall have no place in the hearts of the children of men. And at that day when I
shall come in my glory, shall the parable be fulfilled which I spake concerning the ten
virgins; for they that are wise and have received the truth, and have taken the Holy Spirit
for their guide, and have not been deceived, verily I say unto you, They shall not be hewn
down and cast into the fire, but shall abide the day, and the earth shall be given unto them
for an inheritance; and they shall multiply and wax strong, and their children shall grow up
without sin unto salvation, for the Lord shall be in their midst, and his glory shall be upon
them, and he will be their King and their lawgiver.

how the second coming of Christ will begin

1924 translation of Acts 1:7-14 by Helen Barrett Montgomery

He answered: "It is not for you to know times and occasions which the Father has fixed in his own
authority; yet you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you are to be my
witnesses both in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and to the very ends of the earth." When
he had said this, and while they were looking at him, he was lifted up, and a cloud received him out of
their sight. While they were gazing into the sky as he was going up, suddenly there were two men in
white garments standing by them, and they said: "Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing into the sky?
This same Jesus who has been taken up from you into the sky will come back in just the same way as you
have seen him going into the sky." Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mountain called Olivet,
which is near Jerusalem, about a Sabbath Day's journey distant. On entering the city they went to the
upper room where they were accustomed to meet. They were Peter and John and James and Andrew,
Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James, son of Alpheus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas
the son of James. These all with one mind gave their constant attention to prayer, together with some
women, and with Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.

interpretation by John McDonnell

This passage is important in helping us avoid deceptions regarding the second coming of Christ,
including the early phase of it that I call the Confrontation. By reversing the order of events in this
passage, according to the statement by the two angels, we have a perfect prophecy of how the second
coming will begin. The elements it will involve are the church, its human leaders, ministry of angels,
a cloud, and "this same Jesus". All of this is in harmony with what other scriptures teach:

1. He will not appear in the desert (Matthew 24:26).
2. He will not appear in secret chambers (Matthew 24:26).
3. He will not come in the form of a woman (Doctrine and Covenants 49:4).
4. He will not come as a man traveling on the earth (Doctrine and Covenants 49:4).

Scriptural prophecies indicate that the second coming of Christ is not a single event, but a gradually
increasing Presence (Malachi 4:2; Matthew 24:27, I.V.). Luke 12:38-57, I.V., anticipates a
confrontation with Christ for those supposed to be doing his work on Earth. Then, The Book of
Mormon
and other Restoration scriptures anticipate a period in which the Lord is in the midst of His
people as they gather to establish Zion while the rest of the nations are at war with one another.
Finally, comes the phase of the second coming in which the dead in Christ are resurrected, the wicked
on Earth are destroyed, and Christ begins to reign with His saints over all the Earth for a thousand
years.

If this interpretation is anywhere close to being true, then the phase of the second coming that ought to
concern us right now is that early phase of it anticipated in Luke 12:38-57, I.V. I believe that Christ's
coming in the second watch is the second coming, while Christ's coming in the third watch is the third
coming at the end of the little season after Christ's millennial reign (Revelation 20:3,7-9). Since Christ
will be present on Earth during the Millennium but not during the little season that follows, the judgment
at the end of the little season would be His third coming. "For the Father judgeth no man, but hath
committed all judgment unto the Son" (John 5:22).

Scriptural statements about the second coming of Christ are fragmentary and scattered. I believe the
best point to gather the various statements around is the proclamation of two angels at the Ascension
of Jesus Christ into Heaven: "... this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come
in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven" (Acts 1:11). There are three accounts of the
ascension, Mark 16:19, Luke 24:51, and Acts 1:9. By reading these in context, we are able to piece
together what happened just prior to, during, and just after the Ascension. This is important since "in
like manner" would take related happenings into account. Therefore, our study of the Ascension must be
expanded to Mark 16:14-20, Luke 24:33-53, and Acts 1:1-14, at least. There is no discrepancy between
the "as far as to Bethany" of Luke 24:50 and "returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called
Olivet" of Acts 1:12, since Bethany was on the eastern slope of the Mount of Olives.

There was a sequence of events leading up to the Ascension. There was a meeting in Jerusalem of
church members including the eleven apostles at which Jesus appeared, rebuked them, ate a meal with
them, and taught them. Then a portion of them, apparently the eleven apostles, were led by Jesus
toward Bethany, apparently teaching them along the way. Then while the Ascension was happening, we
have the statement by two angels that "in like manner" Jesus would return. Then those witnessing the
Ascension returned to the gathering of church members in Jerusalem. Since certain phrases in
translations are vague on details, it is good to read the accounts in several different translations,
perhaps even looking at some of the Greek words involved.

Now obviously "in like manner" could not be a repeat of the sequence, but must be reversed in order to
have Jesus returning. When we reverse the sequence, I get this result. Among Christian believers will
be those expecting Christ's return. "And at midnight there was a cry made [I would guess by angels],
Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him" (Matthew 25:6). Those able to quickly respond
to this summons (Hebrews 9:28) may witness Jesus descending from a cloud. I would imagine that He will
teach them. They would then carry their witness and tidings to larger groups of Christians, who would
meet to discuss what is being claimed. Then confrontations would take place between Christ and those
supposed to be doing his work on Earth (Malachi 3:1-5; Luke 12:38-57, I.V.). The net result would be
that the church would be cleansed and inspired to accomplish its final tasks before the thousand year
reign of Christ begins.

I would also group Isaiah 52:10 with these events. "The Lord hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of
all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of God." I interpret "the eyes of the
nations" as referring to those guided by the Holy Spirit, and who can thereby see the kingdom of God
(see John 3:3).

Matthew 25:6, King James Version
And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.

Doctrine and Covenants 85:25c-d
And all things shall be in commotion; and surely men's hearts shall fail them; for fear shall come upon all
people; and angels shall fly through the midst of heaven, crying with a loud voice, sounding the trump of
God, saying, Prepare ye, prepare ye, O inhabitants of the earth, for the judgment of our God is come;
behold, and lo, the Bridegroom cometh, go ye out to meet him.

Doctrine and Covenants 108:3c-4a
Yea, let the cry go forth among all people: Awake and arise and go forth to meet the Bridegroom. Behold,
and lo, the Bridegroom cometh, go ye out to meet him. Prepare yourselves for the great day of the Lord.
Watch, therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour.

Doctrine and Covenants 108:5d
Prepare ye for the coming of the Bridegroom; go ye, go ye out to meet him, for, behold, he shall stand
upon the Mount of Olivet, and upon the mighty ocean, even the great deep, and upon the islands of the
sea, and upon the land of Zion.

"the marriage supper of the Lamb"

Isaiah 25:6-10, King James Version
And in this mountain shall the Lord of hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things, a
feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined.

And He will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and
the vail that is spread over all nations. He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord
God will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of His people shall He take
away from off all the earth: for the Lord hath spoken it. And it shall be said in that day,
"Lo, this is our God; we have waited for Him, and He will save us: this is the Lord; we
have waited for Him, we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation." For in this mountain
shall the hand of the Lord rest.

Matthew 26:29, King James Version Matthew 26:26, Inspired Version
But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth
of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I
drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.
But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this
fruit of the vine, until that day when I shall come and
drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.
Mark 14:25, King James Version Mark 14:25-26, Inspired Version
Verily I say unto you, I will drink no more of
the fruit of the vine, until that day that I drink
it new in the kingdom of God.
Verily I say unto you, Of this ye shall bear record; for
I will no more drink of the fruit of the vine with you,
until that day that I drink it new in the kingdom of God.
And now they were grieved, and wept over him.
Luke 22:18, King James Version Luke 22:18, Inspired Version
For I say unto you, I will not drink of the
fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God
shall come.
For I say unto you, that I will not drink of the fruit of
the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come.

Revelation 19:6-9, King James Version
And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and
as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, "Alleluia: for the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth
Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to Him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come,
and His wife hath made herself ready." And to her was granted that she should be arrayed
in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. And he saith
unto me, "Write, 'Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb.' "

Doctrine and Covenants 26:2-3
Behold, this is wisdom in me; wherefore marvel not, for the hour cometh that I will drink of the
fruit of the vine with you on the earth
, and with Moroni, whom I have sent unto you to reveal the
Book of Mormon, containing the fullness of my everlasting gospel; to whom I have committed
the keys of the record of the stick of Ephraim; and also with Elias, to whom I have committed
the keys of bringing to pass the restoration of all things, or the restorer of all things spoken by
the mouth of all the holy prophets since the world began, concerning the last days; also John
the son of Zacharias, which Zacharias he (Elias) visited and gave promise that he should have
a son, and his name should be John, and he should be filled with the spirit of Elias; which John
I have sent unto you, my servants, Joseph Smith, Jr., and Oliver Cowdery, to ordain you unto
this first priesthood which you have received, that you might be called and ordained even as
Aaron; and also Elijah, unto whom I have committed the keys of the power of turning the hearts
of the fathers to the children and the hearts of the children to the fathers, that the whole earth
may not be smitten with a curse; and also with Joseph, and Jacob, and Isaac, and Abraham,
your fathers; by whom the promises remain; and also with Michael, or Adam, the father of all,
the prince of all, the ancient of days. And also with Peter, and James, and John, whom I have
sent unto you, by whom I have ordained you and confirmed you to be apostles and especial
witnesses of my name, and bear the keys of your ministry; and of the same things which
revealed unto them; unto whom I have committed the keys of my kingdom, and a dispensation
of the gospel for the last times; and for the fullness of times, in the which I will gather together
in one all things, both which are in heaven and which are on earth; and also with all those
whom my Father hath given me out of the world; wherefore lift up your hearts and rejoice, and
gird up your loins, and take upon you my whole armor, that ye may be able to withstand the evil
day, having done all ye may be able to stand. Stand, therefore, having your loins girt about with
truth, having on the breastplate of righteousness, and your feet shod with the preparation of the
gospel of peace, which I have sent mine angels to commit unto you, taking the shield of faith
wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked; and take the helmet of
salvation, and the sword of my Spirit, which I will pour out upon you, and my word which I
reveal unto you, and be agreed as touching all things whatsoever ye ask of me, and be faithful
until I come, and ye shall be caught up, that where I am ye shall be also. Amen.

Doctrine and Covenants 58:1-3
Hearken, O ye elders of my church, and give ear to my word, and learn of me what I will
concerning you, and also concerning this land unto which I have sent you; for verily I say unto
you, Blessed is he that keepeth my commandments, whether in life or in death; and he that is
faithful in tribulation, the reward of the same is greater in the kingdom of heaven. Ye can not
behold with your natural eyes, for the present time, the design of your God concerning those
things which shall come hereafter, and the glory which shall follow, after much tribulation. For
after much tribulation come the blessings. Wherefore the day cometh that ye shall be crowned
with much glory; the hour is not yet, but is nigh at hand. Remember this which I tell you before,
that you may lay it to heart, and receive that which shall follow. Behold, verily I say unto you,
For this cause I have sent you that you might be obedient, and that your hearts might be
prepared to bear testimony of the things which are to come; and also that you might be
honored of laying the foundation, and of bearing record of the land upon which the Zion of God
shall stand; and also that a feast of fat things might be prepared for the poor; yea, a feast of
fat things, of wine on the lees well refined
, that the earth may know that the mouths of the
prophets shall not fail; yea, a supper of the house of the Lord, well prepared, unto which all
nations shall be invited. Firstly, the rich and the learned, the wise and the noble; and after that
cometh the day of my power; then shall the poor, the lame, and the blind, and the deaf, come
in unto the marriage of the Lamb, and partake of the supper of the Lord, prepared for the
great day to come. Behold, I, the Lord, have spoken it.

Joseph Smith's revisions of Psalms 11-12

Psalm 11, King James Version Psalm 11, Inspired Version
1 In the Lord put I my trust: how say ye to
my
soul, Flee as a bird to your mountain?
1 In that day thou shalt come, O Lord; and I
will put my
trust in thee. Thou shalt say unto
thy people, for mine ear hath heard thy voice;
thou shalt
say unto every soul, Flee unto my
mountain; and the righteous shall flee like a
bird
that is let go from the snare of the fowler
.
2 For, lo, the wicked bend their bow, they
make ready their arrow upon the string,
that they may privily shoot at the upright
in heart.
2 For the wicked bend their bow; lo, they
make ready their arrow upon the string, that
they may privily shoot at the upright in
heart, to destroy their foundation.
3 If the foundations be destroyed, what
can the righteous do?
3 But the foundations of the wicked shall be
destroyed, and what can they do?
4 The Lord is in his holy temple, the
Lord's
throne is in heaven: his eyes
behold, his eyelids try, the children of men
.
4 For the Lord, when he shall come into his
holy temple, sitting upon God's throne in
heaven, his eyes shall pierce the wicked.
5 The Lord trieth the righteous: but the
wicked and him that loveth violence his
soul hateth.
5 Behold his eyelids shall try the children of
men
, and he shall redeem the righteous, and
they shall be tried. The Lord loveth the
righteous
, but the wicked, and him that loveth
violence, his soul hateth.
6 Upon the wicked he shall rain snares,
fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest:
this shall be the portion of their cup.
6 Upon the wicked he shall rain snares,
fire, and brimstone, and a horrible tempest,
the portion of their cup.
7 For the righteous Lord loveth
righteousness; his countenance doth behold
the upright.
7 For the righteous Lord loveth
righteousness; his countenance doth behold
the upright.

Although I know nothing of the Hebrew language, those who know it have testified that the Psalms
employ rich poetic language that cannot be easily translated. So it would be almost impossible not
to put some kind of limiting slant to the range of language suggestions. The slant that Joseph Smith Jr.,
with little if any knowledge of Hebrew, put on Psalm 11 points toward some kind of divine Confrontation.
I discovered this after my basic outline of prophetic sequence had already developed. This then is for
me a confirmation of the interpretations I have developed, whereas for others, especially those
doubting the prophetic calling of Joseph Smith Jr., his expansion of Psalm 11 might be viewed as a
corruption of the meaning.

Psalm 12, King James Version Psalm 12, Inspired Version
1 Help, Lord; for the godly man ceaseth;
for
the faithful fail from among the children
of men.
1 In that day thou shalt help, O Lord, the poor
and the meek of the earth
. For the godly man
shall cease to be found, and the faithful fail
from among the children of men.
2 They speak vanity every one with his
neighbour: with flattering lips and with a
double heart do they speak.
2 They shall speak vanity every one with his
neighbor; with flattering lips, and with a
double heart do they speak.
3 The Lord shall cut off all flattering lips,
and the tongue that speaketh proud things:
3 But the Lord shall cut off all flattering lips,
the tongue that speaketh proud things,
4 Who have said, With our tongue will we
prevail; our lips are our own: who is lord
over us?
4 Who have said, With our tongue will we
prevail, our lips are our own, who shall be
Lord over us?
5 For the oppression of the poor, for the
sighing of the needy
, now will I arise, saith
the Lord
; I will set him in safety from him
that
puffeth at him.
5 Therefore, thus saith the Lord, I will arise
in that day, I will stand upon the earth, and
I will judge the earth
for the oppression of
the poor, for the sighing of the needy
; and
their cry hath entered into mine ear
.
6 The words of the Lord are pure words:
as silver tried in a furnace of earth,
purified seven times.
6 Therefore the Lord shall sit in judgment
upon all those who say in their hearts, We
all sit
in safety; and puffeth at him. These
are the words of the Lord; yea, pure words,
like silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified
seven times.
7 Thou shalt keep them, O Lord, thou
shalt preserve them from this generation
for ever.
7 Thou shalt save thy people, O Lord; thou
shalt keep them
; thou shalt preserve them
from the wickedness of their generations
forever.
8 The wicked walk on every side, when
the vilest men are exalted.
8 The wicked walk on every side, and the
vilest men are exalted; but in the day of their
pride thou shalt visit them
.

For some as yet unexplained reason, Joseph Smith Jr., during his revision of the Bible, added the
phrase "in that day", often used in the book of Isaiah, to Psalms 11 and 12. The distressing spiritual
conditions described in the King James Version of Psalm 12 could apply to almost any period of
human history. In the aftermath of the Confrontation (see Malachi 3:1-5 and Luke 12:35-48) the
Inspired Version of Psalm 12 will be appreciated as a bolder way of teaching what Psalm 12 has
always been teaching.

Isaiah 1:23-31

The first chapter of Isaiah is a summary of his message. The corrupt nation he describes could
equally apply to the Israel and Judah he knew and the America we know. From verse 23 on, whether
or not it applied to Israel and Judah, it definitely applies to America.

23 Thy princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves; everyone loveth gifts, and followeth
after rewards; they judge not the fatherless, neither doth the cause of the widow come unto them.

The Obama administration and the arrogant Congress it conspires with are the very dregs of
corruption. An equally corrupt media establishment, that cannot avoid mentioning U.S. government
corruption, does so in a smooth-talking way designed to keep the populace subdued in ignorance.

24 Therefore saith the Lord, the Lord of hosts, the Mighty One of Israel, Ah, I will ease me of
mine adversaries, and avenge me of mine enemies.

25 And I will turn my hand upon thee; and purely purge away thy dross, and take away all thy tin;
26 And I will restore thy judges as at the first, and thy counselors as at the beginning; afterward thou
shalt be called, The city of righteousness, the faithful city.

America's government will be reduced to its Constitutional limits as a result of first religious,
then economic cleansing. There is a divine order of judgment: "... judgment must begin at the house
of God ..." (1 Peter 4:17).

first the religious cleansing
27 Zion shall be redeemed with judgment, and her converts with righteousness.
28 And the destruction of the transgressors and of the sinners shall be together, and they that
forsake the Lord shall be consumed.

This cleansing will be initiated by a Confrontation with Christ. "The sinners in Zion are afraid;
fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites. Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? who
among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?" (Isaiah 33:14).

then the economic cleansing
29 For they shall be ashamed of the oaks which ye have desired, and ye shall be confounded for
the gardens that ye have chosen.

30 For ye shall be as an oak whose leaf fadeth, and as a garden that hath no water.
31 And the strong shall be as tow, and the maker of it as a spark, and they shall both burn together,
and none shall quench them.

Verse 31 in the 1985 Jewish Publication Society translation reads:

Stored wealth shall become as tow,
And he who amassed it a spark;
And the two shall burn together,
With none to quench.

If any future American economic collapse is not preceded by a cleansing of religion, government
leaders would use the occasion to totally abandon our Constitution. They will in fact attempt to do
that, but because of the religious cleansing, they will fail. "And he that fighteth against Zion, shall
perish, saith God; for he that raiseth up a king against me, shall perish. For I the Lord, the King of
heaven, will be their king; and I will be a light upon them forever, that hear my words. Wherefore,
for this cause, that my covenants may be fulfilled, which I have made unto the children of men, that
I will do unto them while they are in the flesh, I must needs destroy the secret works of darkness,
and of murders, and of abominations; wherefore, he that fighteth against Zion, both Jew and
Gentile, both bond and free, both male and female, shall perish, for they are they who are the whore
of all the earth" (The Book of Mormon 2 Nephi 7:20-24).

how God will "destroy the secret works of darkness" in America

I would suggest comparing The Book of Mormon Alma 17:52-70 with Ether 3:69-102. I would
especially draw attention to four short passages (emphasis mine):

Alma 17:60 "For behold, there is a curse upon all this land, that destruction shall come upon all
those workers of darkness, according to the power of God, when they are fully ripe..."

Alma 17:64 "... cursed be the land for ever and ever unto those workers of darkness and secret
combinations, even unto destruction, except they repent before they are fully ripe."

Ether 3:96 "Wherefore, O ye Gentiles, it is wisdom in God that these things should be shewn unto
you, that thereby ye may repent of your sins, and suffer not that these murderous combinations
shall get above you
, which are built up to get power and gain..."

Ether 3:98 "Wherefore the Lord commandeth you, when ye shall see these things come among
you, that ye shall awake to a sense of your awful situation, because of this secret combination
which shall be among you..."

From these statements, it is evident that the means God will use to destroy the secret works of
darkness in America involve the spiritual power of God, a final opportunity for repentance, and
spiritual awakening and repentance by the nation, resulting in legal barriers to any further
usurpation of power over the people. Isaiah 1:24-26 and 52:1-10 suggest to me that, after a
Confrontation with Christ, America's government will be gradually reduced to its constitutional
limits. I am of the opinion that such a reduction process will drive a stake through the heart of
whatever remains of secret works of darkness in America.

Is dictatorship possible in America?

Many conservative Americans are fearful that the Obama Administration will strip our nation of
constitutional liberties. Many are worried that our Constitution will be abandoned and a dictatorship
established in its place. Most conservative Americans have not read The Book of Mormon from
cover to cover. In its Second Book of Nephi is a passage claiming to be a divine pronouncement that
there shall be no kings in America, a teaching that many conservatives might wish were true, even if
they think that The Book of Mormon is a pack of lies. 2 Nephi 7:17-26:

But behold, this land, saith God, shall be a land of thine inheritance; and the Gentiles shall be
blessed upon the land. And this land shall be a land of liberty unto the Gentiles: and there shall be
no kings upon the land, who shall raise up unto the Gentiles. And I will fortify this land against all
other nations; and he that fighteth against Zion, shall perish, saith God; for he that raiseth up a king
against me, shall perish. For I the Lord, the King of heaven, will be their king; and I will be a light
upon them forever, that hear my words. Wherefore, for this cause, that my covenants may be fulfilled,
which I have made unto the children of men, that I will do unto them while they are in the flesh, I must
needs destroy the secret works of darkness, and of murders, and of abominations; wherefore, he that
fighteth against Zion, both Jew and Gentile, both bond and free, both male and female, shall perish:
for they are they who are the whore of all the earth; for they who are not for me, are against me,
saith our God. For I will fulfill my promises which I have made unto the children of men, that I will do
unto them while they are in the flesh.

The statement "And I will fortify this land against all other nations" is not a prophecy, but a
promised blessing that I think we are losing because of widespread animosity against Christian
values. 1 Nephi 7:38-40 warns "... these things must shortly come; yea, even blood, and fire, and
vapor of smoke must come; and it must needs be upon the face of this earth; and it cometh unto
men according to the flesh, if it so be that they will harden their hearts against the Holy One of
Israel." The 2001 terrorist attacks on America, though partially fulfilling this warning, were human
judgments on America that God did not intervene to prevent.

Isaiah 49:21-26

Isaiah 49:21-26 in 1 Nephi Nephi's interpretation in 1 Nephi Jacob's interpretation in 2 Nephi

6:51 Then shalt thou say in
thine heart, Who hath
begotten me these, seeing I
have lost my children, and
am desolate, a captive, and
removing to and fro? and
who hath brought up these?
Behold, I was left alone;
these, where have they been?

Nephi's interpretation of this makes a
distinction between the tribes of Israel
already lost and the remnants at
Jerusalem who would later reject the
Holy One of Israel. Jacob's interpretation
focuses on the latter, and predicts their
return to the lands of their inheritance.
Therefore, "hated" refers only to the
scattered Jews who would in 1948
establish the nation named Israel.
7:6-12 For it appears that the house of
Israel, sooner or later, will be scattered
upon all the face of the earth, and also
among all nations, and behold there are
many who are already lost from the
knowledge of those who are at Jerusalem.
Yea, the more part of all the tribes have
been led away; and they are scattered
to and fro upon the isles of the sea; and
whither they are, none of us knoweth,
save that we know that they have been
led away. And since they have been led
away, these things have been prophesied
concerning them, and also concerning
all those who shall hereafter be
scattered and be confounded, because
of the Holy One of Israel; for against
him will they harden their hearts;
wherefore, they shall be scattered
among all nations, and shall be hated of
all men.
5:28 Wherefore, after they are driven
to and fro, for thus saith the angel, many
shall be afflicted in the flesh and shall
not be suffered to perish, because of the
prayers of the faithful, they shall be
scattered and smitten, and hated;
5:29 Nevertheless, the Lord will be
merciful unto them, that when they shall
come to the knowledge of their Redeemer,
they shall be gathered together again to
the lands of their inheritance.

7:11 And they who shall not be destroyed,
shall be scattered among all nations.
7:12 But behold, thus saith the Lord God:
When the day cometh that they shall
believe in me, that I am Christ, then have
I covenanted with their fathers, that they
shall be restored in the flesh, upon the
earth, unto the lands of their inheritance.

6:52 Thus saith the Lord
God, Behold, I will lift up
mine hand to the Gentiles,
and set up my standard to
the people; and they shall
bring thy sons in their arms,
and thy daughters shall be
carried upon their shoulders.
6:53 And kings shall be thy
nursing fathers, and their
queens thy nursing mothers:
they shall bow down to thee
with their face towards the
earth, and lick up the dust
of thy feet
; ...

"Set up my standard to the people" was
fulfilled through the establishment of
the Constitution of the United States of
America. The Obama Administration has
been purposely and actively trying to
replace the Constitution with dictatorial
administrative control. Such an attempt
will, according to Jacob's interpretation,
be thwarted by Christ Himself.

The "kings" and "queens" refers to
Great Britain, which through the
Balfour Declaration of 1917, established
Palestine as a home for the Jewish
community.

There is clearly a break in thought
between Gentiles acting in noble ways
and Gentiles having to bow down in
shame and licking the dust off of feet.
Jacob's interpretation makes it clear
that those having to humiliate themselves
will be "they that fight against Zion and
the covenant people of the Lord".

7:13-20 Nevertheless, after they have
been nursed by the Gentiles, and the
Lord has lifted up his hand upon the
Gentiles and set them up for a standard,
and their children have been carried in
their arms, and their daughters have
been carried upon their shoulders,
behold, these things of which are
spoken, are temporal: for thus are the
covenants of the Lord with our fathers;
and it meaneth us in the days to come,
and also all our brethren who are of
the house of Israel. And it meaneth
that the time cometh that after all the
house of Israel have been scattered
and confounded, that the Lord God will
raise up a mighty nation among the
Gentiles, yea, even upon the face of
this land; and by them shall our seed
be scattered. And after our seed is
scattered, the Lord God will proceed to
do a marvelous work among the Gentiles,
which shall be of great worth unto our
seed; wherefore, it is likened unto their
being nourished by the Gentiles, and
being carried in their arms, and upon
their shoulders. And it shall also be of
worth unto the Gentiles: and not only
unto the Gentiles, but unto all the house
of Israel, unto the making known of the
covenants of the Father of heaven unto
Abraham, saying, In thy seed shall all
the kindreds of the earth be blessed.
5:30-33 And blessed are the Gentiles,
they of whom the prophet has written: For
behold, if it so be that they shall repent
and fight not against Zion, and do not
unite themselves to that great and
abominable church, they shall be saved:
For the Lord God will fulfill his covenants
which he has made unto his children: and
for this cause the prophet has written
these things. Wherefore, they that fight
against Zion and the covenant people of
the Lord, shall lick up the dust of their
feet
.

7:13-26 And it shall come to pass that
they shall be gathered in from their long
dispersion from the isles of the sea, and
from the four parts of the earth; and the
nations of the Gentiles shall be great in
the eyes of me, saith God, in carrying
them forth to the lands of their
inheritance. Yea, the kings of the
Gentiles shall be nursing fathers unto
them, and their queens shall become
nursing mothers; wherefore the promises
of the Lord are great unto the Gentiles,
for he hath spoken it, and who can
dispute? But behold, this land, saith God,
shall be a land of thine inheritance; and
the Gentiles shall be blessed upon the
land. And this land shall be a land of
liberty unto the Gentiles: and there shall
be no kings upon the land, who shall raise
up unto the Gentiles. And I will fortify
this land against all other nations; and
he that fighteth against Zion, shall perish,
saith God; for he that raiseth up a king
against me, shall perish. For I the Lord,
the King of heaven, will be their king;
and I will be a light upon them forever,
that hear my words. Wherefore, for this
cause, that my covenants may be fulfilled,
which I have made unto the children of
men, that I will do unto them while they
are in the flesh, I must needs destroy the
secret works of darkness, and of murders,
and of abominations; wherefore, he that
fighteth against Zion, both Jew and
Gentile, both bond and free, both male
and female, shall perish: for they are
they who are the whore of all the earth;
for they who are not for me, are against
me, saith our God. For I will fulfill my
promises which I have made unto the
children of men, that I will do unto them
while they are in the flesh.

6:53 ... and thou shalt know
that I am the Lord: for they
shall not be ashamed that
wait for me.

6:54 For shall the prey be
taken from the mighty, or
the lawful captives delivered?
6:55 But thus saith the Lord,
Even the captives of the
mighty shall be taken away,
and the prey of the terrible
shall be delivered: for I will
contend with him that
contendeth with thee
, and I
will save thy children.

This is clearly a prophecy of divine
intervention, which I interpret to be the
Confrontation between Christ and those
supposed to be doing His work on Earth,
which marks the beginning of the second
coming of Christ. It is also a prophecy of
the gathering of His people to places of
safety prior to the fall of spiritual
Babylon and the massive destruction of
World War III.
7:21-25 And I would, my brethren, that
ye should know that all the kindreds of
the earth can not be blessed unless he
shall make bare his arm in the eyes of
the nations [see Isaiah 52:10].
Wherefore, the Lord God will proceed
to make bare his arm in the eyes of
all the nations, in bringing about his
covenants and his gospel, unto those
who are of the house of Israel.

Wherefore, he will bring them again out
of captivity, and they shall be gathered
together to the lands of their
inheritance; and they shall be brought
out of obscurity, and out of darkness;
and they shall know that the Lord is
their Savior and their Redeemer, the
mighty one of Israel.
5:34-43 And the people of the Lord shall
not be ashamed. For the people of the
Lord are they that wait for him: for they
still wait for the coming of the Messiah.
And behold, according to the words of the
prophet, the Messiah will set himself
again the second time, to recover them;
wherefore, he will manifest himself unto
them in power and great glory, unto the
destruction of their enemies, when that
day cometh when they shall believe in
him; and none will he destroy that
believe in him.
And they that believe not
in him, shall be destroyed, both by fire,
and by tempest, and by earthquakes, and
by bloodsheds, and by pestilence, and by
famine. And they shall know that the Lord
is God, the Holy One of Israel: For shall
the prey be taken from the mighty, or the
lawful captive delivered? But thus saith
the Lord: Even the captives of the mighty
shall be taken away, and the prey of the
terrible shall be delivered: for the mighty
God shall deliver his covenant people. For
thus saith the Lord: I will contend with
them that contendeth with thee
, ...

6:56 And I will feed them
that oppress thee with their
own flesh: they shall be
drunken with their own
blood
, as with sweet wine:
and all flesh shall know
that I the Lord am thy
Savior and thy Redeemer,
the mighty One of Jacob.

This is a prophecy of World War III.
7:26-31 And the blood of that great and
abominable church, which is the whore
of all the earth, shall turn upon their
own heads; for they shall war among
themselves, and the sword of their own
hands shall fall upon their own heads,
and they shall be drunken with their
own blood
. And every nation which shall
war against thee, O house of Israel,
shall be turned one against another. And
they shall fall into the pit which they
digged to ensnare the people of the
Lord. And all that fight against Zion,
shall be destroyed. And the great whore,
who hath perverted the right ways of the
Lord; yea, that great and abominable
church, shall tumble to the dust, and
great shall be the fall of it.
5:43-45 ... and I will feed them that
oppress thee, with their own flesh; and
they shall be drunken with their own
blood
, as with sweet wine; and all flesh
shall know that I the Lord am thy Savior
and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of
Jacob.

Although the wording of Isaiah 49:21-26 and the wordings of these interpretations of it are not
easy to understand, their contribution to unraveling the sequence of prophetic fulfillment is enormous.
When I began to understand them, I realized that the Confrontation with Christ "shall cause a great
division among the people" (2 Nephi 12:90). "For the time cometh, saith the Lamb of God, that I will
work a great and a marvelous work among the children of men; a work which shall be everlasting,
either on the one hand or the other; either to the convincing of them unto peace and life eternal, or
unto the deliverance of them to the hardness of their hearts and the blindness of their minds, unto
their being brought down into captivity and also unto destruction, both temporally and spiritually,
according to the captivity of the devil" (1 Nephi 3:214-216). It was because of his own visions of the
future that Nephi was able to make sense out of Isaiah 49:21-26. The Confrontation will be followed
by worldwide missionary activity, then a gathering out of the righteous from among those who
choose wickedness, then World War III for those who fail to flee from Babylon the Great, which shall
fall. All of this fits in with a prophecy by Joseph Smith, Jr.: "And it shall come to pass, among the
wicked, that every man that will not take his sword against his neighbor, must needs flee unto Zion
for safety. 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" (Doctrine and Covenants 45:13-14).

Doctrine and Covenants 108:1

Hearken, O ye people of my church,

saith the Lord your God, and hear

the word of the Lord concerning you;

the Lord who shall suddenly come to

his temple; the Lord who shall come

down upon the world with a curse to

judgment; yea, upon all the nations

that forget God, and upon all the

ungodly among you. For he shall

make bare his holy arm in the eyes

of all the nations, and all the ends of

the earth shall see the salvation of

their God.

Malachi 3:1, King James Version
Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way
before me; and the Lord whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to
his temple
, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye
delight in; behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts.

Isaiah 34:5, King James Version
For my sword shall be bathed in heaven; behold, it shall come
down upon Idumea, and upon the people of my curse, to
judgment
.

Psalm 9:17, King James Version
The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that
forget God
.

Jude 14-15, King James Version
And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these,
saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousand of his saints,
to execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are
ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have
ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly
sinners have spoken against him.

Isaiah 52:10, King James Version
The Lord hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the
nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of

our God.

Doctrine and Covenants 108:7a-10b

Doctrine and Covenants 108 Revelation, King James Version
[7a] And now verily saith the Lord, That these
things might be known among you, O inhabitants
of the earth, I have sent forth mine angel, flying
through the midst of heaven, having the
everlasting gospel
, who hath appeared unto some,
and hath committed it unto man, who shall appear
unto many that dwell on the earth;
[7b] and this gospel shall be preached unto
every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and
people
, and the servants of God shall go forth,
saying, with a loud voice:
[7c] Fear God and give glory to him; for the
hour of his judgment is come; and worship him
that made heaven, and earth, and sea, and the

fountain of waters,
14:6 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of
heaven, having the everlasting gospel
to preach
unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every
nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people
,
14:7 Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and
give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is
come; and worship him that made heaven, and
earth, and
the sea, and the fountains of waters.
Doctrine and Covenants 108 Isaiah, King James VersionIsaiah, King James Version
[7c] calling upon the name of the Lord day and
night, saying: O that thou wouldst rend the
heavens, that thou wouldst come down, that the
mountains might flow down at thy presence
.
64:1 Oh that thou wouldest rend the heavens,
that thou wouldest come down, that the
mountains might flow down at thy presence
,
[7d] And it shall be answered upon their heads,
for the presence of the Lord shall be as the
melting fire
that burneth, and as the fire which
causeth the waters to boil.
[8a] O Lord, thou shalt come down to make thy
name known to thine adversaries
, and all
nations shall tremble at thy presence.
64:2 As when the melting fire burneth, the fire
causeth the waters to boil
, to make thy name
known to thine adversaries
, that the nations
may tremble at thy presence.
[8b] When thou doeth terrible things, things
they look not for; yea, when thou comest down
and the mountains flow down at thy presence,
thou shalt meet him who rejoiceth and worketh
righteousness
, who remembereth thee in thy
ways
;
64:3 When thou didst terrible things which we
looked not for, thou camest down, the mountains
flowed down at thy presence.
64:5 Thou meetest him that rejoiceth and
worketh righteousness
, those that remember
thee in thy ways . . .
[8c] for since the beginning of the world have
not men heard nor perceived by the ear,
neither hath
any eye seen, O God, besides
thee
, how great things thou hast prepared for
him that waiteth for
thee.
64:4 For since the beginning of the world men
have not heard, nor perceived by the ear,
neither hath
the eye seen, O God, besides
thee
, what he hath prepared for him that
waiteth for
him.
[9a] And it shall be said, Who is this that cometh
down from God in heaven with dyed garments;
yea, from the regions which are not known,
clothed in his glorious apparel, traveling in the
greatness of his strength?

[9b] And he shall say, I am he who spake in
righteousness, mighty to save
.
63:1 Who is this that cometh from Edom, with
dyed garments
from Bozrah? this that is
glorious in his apparel, traveling in the
greatness of his strength? I
that speak in
righteousness, mighty to save
.
34:5 For my sword shall be bathed in heaven;
behold, it shall come down upon Idumea, and
upon the people of my curse, to judgment.
34:6 The sword of the Lord is filled with blood,
it is made fat with fatness, and with the blood of
lambs and goats, with the fat of the kidneys of
rams; for the Lord hath a sacrifice in Bozrah,
and a great slaughter in the land of Idumea.
[9c] And the Lord shall be red in his apparel,
and
his garments like him that treadeth the
wine vat, and so great shall be the glory of his
presence, that the sun shall hide his face in
shame; and the moon shall withhold its light;
and the stars shall be hurled from their places;
63:2 Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel,
and
thy garments like him that treadeth in the
winefat?
34:4 And all the host of heaven shall be
dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled
together as a scroll; and all their host shall
fall down, as the leaf falleth off from the vine,
and as a falling fig from the fig tree.
[9d] and his voice shall be heard, I have trodden
the winepress alone, and
have brought judgment
upon all people; and none was with me;
[9e] and I have trampled them in my fury, and I
did tread upon them in mine anger, and their
blood
have I sprinkled upon my garments, and
stained all my raiment;
63:3 I have trodden the winepress alone; and
of the people there was none with me; for I
will tread them in mine anger, and trample
them in my fury; and their blood shall be
sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain
all my raiment.
[9e] for this was the day of vengeance which was
in my heart.
[10a] And now the year of my redeemed is come,
63:4 For the day of vengeance is in mine heart,
and the year of my redeemed is come.
34:8 For it is the day of the Lord's vengeance,
and the year of recompenses for the controversy
of Zion.
63:5 And I looked, and there was none to help;
and I wondered that there was none to uphold;
therefore mine own arm brought salvation unto
me; and my fury, it upheld me.
63:6 And I will tread down the people in mine
anger, and make them drunk in my fury, and I
will bring down their strength to the earth.
[10a] and they shall mention the loving
kindness of their Lord, and all that he has
bestowed upon them, according to his goodness,
and according to his loving kindness, for ever
and ever.
63:7 I will mention the loving-kindnesses of
the Lord, and the praises of the Lord, according
to all that the Lord hath bestowed on us, and
the great goodness toward the house of Israel,
which he hath bestowed on them according to
his
mercies, and according to the multitude of
his loving-kindnesses.
63:8 For he said, Surely they are my people,
children that will not lie; so he was their Savior.
[10b] In all their afflictions he was afflicted. And
the angel of his presence saved them;
and in
his love, and in his pity, he redeemed them, and
bare them, and carried them all the days of old
.
63:9 In all their affliction he was afflicted, and
the angel of his presence saved them; in his
love and in his pity he redeemed them; and
he
bare them, and carried them all the days of old.

Doctrine and Covenants 28:5

Doctrine and Covenants 28:5
Wherefore, I, the Lord God, will send
forth flies upon the face of the earth,
which shall take hold of the inhabitants
thereof, and shall eat their flesh, and
shall cause maggots to come in upon
them, and their tongues shall be stayed
that they shall not utter against me, and
their flesh shall fall off their bones, and
their eyes from their sockets (Zechariah
14:12)
; and it shall come to pass that
the beasts of the forest and the fowls of
the air shall devour them up (Ezekiel
39:17-20)
; and the great and abominable
church, which is the whore of all the
earth, shall be cast down by devouring
fire (Ezekiel 38:22; 39:6), according as it
is spoken by the mouth of Ezekiel the
prophet, which spoke of these things,
which have not come to pass, but surely
must, as I live, for abomination shall
not reign.

Zechariah 14:12, King James Version
And this shall be the plague wherewith the Lord will smite all
the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall
consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes
shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall
consume away in their mouth.

Exekiel 39:17-20, King James Version
And, thou son of man, thus saith the Lord God; Speak unto
every feathered fowl, and to every beast of the field, Assemble
yourselves, and come; gather yourselves on every side to my
sacrifice that I do sacrifice for you, even a great sacrifice upon
the mountains of Israel, that ye may eat flesh, and drink blood.
Ye shall eat the flesh of the mighty, and drink the blood of the
princes of the earth, of rams, of lambs, and of goats, of bullocks,
all of them fatlings of Bashan. And ye shall eat fat till ye be
full, and drink blood till ye be drunken, of my sacrifice which I
have sacrificed for you. Thus ye shall be filled at my table with
horses and chariots, with mighty men, and with all men of war,
saith the Lord God.

Ezekiel 38:22, King James Version
And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and
I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many
people that are with him, an overflowing rain, and great
hailstones, fire, and brimstone.

Ezekiel 39:6, King James Version
And I will send a fire on Magog, and and among them that
dwell carelessly in the isles ...

"that great and last sacrifice"

letter by John McDonnell in Saints Herald, 1975, Oct.

TEMPLE WORSHIPERS

Several recent books by Protestants
predict a temple and altar will be built in
Jerusalem on the plan of Ezekiel 40-48.
Their proof-text is Revelation 11:1-2. But
Ezekiel 40-48 was revoked because of
disobedience (Ezekiel 43:10-11 with
Doctrine and Covenants 56:2a)
and after
the sacrifice of Christ cannot be instituted
(Hebrews 10:10-18). When Jesus visited
his other sheep (John 10:16) he asked
them to offer him the sacrifice of a
broken heart and a contrite spirit (III Nephi
4:49)
. This kind of sacrifice was what
Jesus had in mind when he gave John
Revelation 11:1-2, which was expounded
by James Usher (1581-1656): "... Look
you be not found in the Outward Court, but
a worshipper in the Temple before the
Altar, for Christ will measure all those that
profess his Name, and call themselves his
People; and the Outward worshippers he
will leave out, to be trodden down by the
Gentiles. The Outward Court is the formal
Christian, whose Religion lies in performing
the out side duties of Christianity, without
having an inward Life and Power of Faith
and love, uniting them to Christ, and these
God will leave to be trodden down, and
swept away by the Gentiles; But the
worshippers within the Temple and before
the Altar, are those who do indeed
worship God in spirit and in Truth, whose
Souls are made his Temples, and he is
honoured and adored in the most inward
thoughts of their hearts, and they
Sacrifice their Lusts and vile affections,
yea, and their own wills to him; and these
God will hide in the hollow of his Hand, and
under the shadow of his wings ..." (Strange
and Remarkable Prophesies and Predictions
Of the Holy, Learned, and excellent James
Usher
, London, 1678).
Revelation 11:1-2, King James Version
And there was given me a reed like unto a rod; and the angel stood, saying,
Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship
therein. But the court which is without the temple, leave out, and measure
it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles; and the holy city shall they tread
under foot forty and two months.

Ezekiel 43:10-11, King James Version
Thou son of man, shew the house to the house of Israel, that they may be
ashamed of their iniquities; and let them measure the pattern. And if they
be ashamed of all that they have done, shew them the form of the house,
and the fashion thereof, and the goings out thereof, and the comings in
thereof, and all the forms thereof, and all the ordinances thereof, and all
the forms thereof, and all the laws thereof; and write it in their sight, that
they may keep the whole form thereof, and all the ordinances thereof, and
do them.

Doctrine and Covenants 56:2a
Behold, I the Lord commandeth, and he that will not obey shall be cut off in
mine own due time; and after that I have commanded and the commandment
is broken, wherefore I the Lord command and revoke, as it seemeth me
good, and all this to be answered upon the heads of the rebellious, saith
the Lord.

Hebrews 10:10-18, King James Version
By which will we are sanctified through the offering once of the body of
Jesus Christ. And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering
oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins; but this
man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down on the
right hand of God; from henthforth to reign until his enemies be made his
footstool. For by one offering he hath perfected forever them that are
sanctified. Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us; for after that
he had said before, This is the covenant that I will make with them after
those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their
minds will I write them; and their sins and iniquities will I remember no
more. Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.

John 10:16, King James Version
And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold; them also I must bring,
and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.

The Book of Mormon 3 Nephi 4:49
And ye shall offer up unto me no more the shedding of blood; yea, your
sacrifices and your burnt offerings shall be done away, for I will accept none
of your sacrifices and your burnt offerings; and ye shall offer for a sacrifice
unto me a broken heart and a contrite spirit.

The Book of Mormon Alma 16:207-217
Behold, I say unto you, that I do know that Christ shall come among the children of men, to take
upon him the transgressions of his people, and that he shall atone for the sins of the world; for the
Lord God has spoken it; for it is expedient that an atonement should be made; for according to
the great plan of the eternal God, there must be an atonement made, or else all mankind must
unavoidably perish; yea, all are hardened; yea, all are fallen, and are lost, and must perish except
it be through the atonement which it is expedient should be made; for it is expedient that there
should be a great and last sacrifice; yea, not a sacrifice of man, neither of beast, neither of any
manner of fowl; for it shall not be a human sacrifice: but it must be an infinite and eternal sacrifice.
Now there is not any man that can sacrifice his own blood, which will atone for the sins of another.
Now if a man murdereth, behold, will our law, which is just, take the life of his brother? I say unto
you, Nay. But the law requireth the life of him who hath murdered; therefore there can be nothing,
which is short of an infinite atonement, which will suffice for the sins of the world; therefore it is
expedient that there should be a great and last sacrifice; and then shall there be, or it is expedient
there should be, a stop to the shedding of blood
; then shall the Law of Moses be fulfilled; yea, it
shall all be fulfilled; every jot and tittle, and none shall have passed away. And behold, this is the
whole meaning of the law; every whit pointing to that great and last sacrifice; and that great and last
sacrifice will be the Son of God
; yea, infinite and eternal; and thus he shall bring salvation to all
those who shall believe on his name; this being the intent of this last sacrifice, to bring about the
bowels of mercy, which overpowereth justice and bringeth about means unto men that they may
have faith unto repentance. And thus mercy can satisfy the demands of justice, and encircles them
in the arms of safety, while he that exercises no faith unto repentance, is exposed to the whole law
of the demands of justice; therefore, only unto him that has faith unto repentance, is brought about
the great and eternal plan of redemption.

In his 2015 book The Emmaus Code: Finding Jesus in the Old Testament, David Limbaugh, on page 205 states: "... the Old
Testament animal sacrifices were imperfect, serving to cover up sins rather than wash them away. That is why they had to be
repeated day after day and year after year... The perfect sacrifice of Christ only had to be done once. In fact, further sacrifices
beyond Christ's would be to insult, injure, and crucify Him all over again."

Daniel chapters 7-8 are now being fulfilled

This table is based on information and analysis in the 1913 book Daniel Revisited: Discovering the Four Mideast
Signs Leading to the Antichrist
by Mark Davidson. It may not make sense to those who have not read that book.

1 = "Leader [Saddam Hussein] Bent On Conquest; IRAQ Coerced [into forming a democracy]"
2 = "IRAN Conquers; [Mideast Shia vs. Sunni] War Starts"
3 = "CONFEDERACY (led by TURKEY, with EGYPT, SYRIA, and ALBANIA) Attacks; [Mideast] War Ends"
4 = "ANTICHRIST; Coalesces New EMPIRE"

Daniel 7, King James Version Daniel 8, Inspired Version Revelation 6, Inspired Version

1

1 In the first year of Belshazzar king of
Babylon, Daniel had a dream and visions
of his head upon his bed; then he wrote
the dream, and told the sum of the matters.

2 Daniel spake and said, I saw in my
vision by night, and, behold, the four winds
of the heaven strove upon the great sea.

3 And four great beasts came up from the
sea, diverse one from another.

4 The first was like a lion, and had eagle's
wings; I beheld till the wings thereof were
plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth,
and made stand upon the feet as a man,
and a man's heart was given to it.

1 And I saw when the Lamb opened
one of the seals, one of the four beasts,
and I heard, as it were, the noise of
thunder, saying, Come and see.

2 And I saw, and behold a white
horse; and he that sat on him had a
bow; and a crown was given unto him;
and he went forth conquering; and to
conquer
.

2

5 And behold another beast, a second,
like to a bear, and it raised up itself on one
side
, and it had three ribs in the mouth of
it between the teeth of it
; and they said
thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh.
1 In the third year of the reign of king
Belshazzar a vision appeared unto me,
even unto me Daniel, after that which
appeared unto me at the first.

2 And I saw in a vision; and it came
to pass, when I saw, that I was at
Shushan in the palace, which is in the
province of Elam; and I saw in a
vision, and I was by the river Ulai.

3 Then I lifted up mine eyes, and saw,
and, behold, there stood before the
river a ram which had two horns; and
the two horns were high; but one was
higher than the other, and the higher
came up last
.

4 I saw the ram pushing westward,
and northward, and southward
; so
that no beasts might stand before him
neither was there any that could
deliver out of his hand; but he did
according to his will, and became
great.

3 And when he had opened the
second seal, I heard the second
beast say, Come and see.

4 And there went out another horse
that was red; and power was given
to him that sat thereon to take peace
from the earth, and that they should
kill one another; and there was given
unto him a great sword.

3

6 After this I beheld, and lo another, like
a leopard, which had upon the back of it
four wings of a fowl; the beast had also
four heads; and dominion was given to it.
5 And as I was considering, behold,
a he goat came from the west on the
face of the whole earth, and touched
not the ground; and the goat had a
notable horn between his eyes.

6 And he came to the ram that had two
horns, which I had seen standing before
the river, and ran unto him in the fury
of his power.

7 And I saw him come close unto the
ram, and he was moved with choler
against him, and smote the ram, and
brake his two horns; and there was no
power in the ram to stand before him,
but he cast him down to the ground,
and stamped upon him; and there was
none that could deliver the ram out
of his hand.

5 And when he had opened the third
seal, I heard the third beast say, Come
and see. And I beheld, and lo a black
horse; and he that sat on him had a
pair of balances in his hand.

6 And I heard a voice in the midst of
the four beasts say, A measure of
wheat for a penny, and three measures
of barley for a penny; and hurt not
thou the oil and the wine.

4

7 After this I saw in the night visions, and
behold a fourth beast, dreadful and
terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had
great iron teeth; it devoured and brake in
pieces, and stamped the residue with the
feet of it; and it was diverse from all the
beasts that were before it; and it had ten
horns.

8 I considered the horns, and, behold,
there came up among them another little
horn
, before whom there were three of
the first horns plucked up by the roots;
and, behold, in this horn were eyes like
the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking
great things.

8 Therefore the he goat waxed very
great; and when he was strong, the
great horn was broken; and for it came
up four notable ones toward the four
winds of heaven.

9 And out of one of them came forth a
little horn, which waxed exceeding
great, toward the south, and toward the
east, and toward the pleasant land.

10 And it waxed great, even to the host
of heaven; and it cast down some of the
host and of the stars to the ground, and
stamped upon them.

11 Yea, he magnified himself even to
the prince of the host, and by him the
daily sacrifice was taken away, and the
place of his sanctuary was cast down.

12 And a host was given him against
the daily sacrifice by reason of
transgression, and it cast down the
truth to the ground; and it practiced,
and prospered.

7 And when he had opened the fourth
seal, I heard the voice of the fourth
beast say, Come and see.

8 And I looked, and behold a pale
horse; and his name that sat on him
was Death, and Hell followed with
him. And power was given unto them
over the fourth part of the earth, to
kill with sword, and with hunger, and
with death, and with the beasts of
the earth.

organization of the Book of Daniel

Chapters 1-6, in Hebrew (1:1 - 2:3) and Aramaic (2:4 - 6:28), tell the history of Daniel.
Chapters 7-12 tell of four visionary prophecies given to Daniel:
_____Chapter 7, in Aramaic, was experienced in "the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon".
_____Chapter 8, in Hebrew, was experienced in "the third year of the reign of king Belshazzar".
_____Chapter 9, in Hebrew, was experienced in "the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus,
________of the seed of the Medes, which was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans".
_____Chapters 10-12, in Hebrew, was experienced in "the third year of Cyrus king of Persia".

Daniel 9:24-27

24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression,
and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting
righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the Most Holy.

25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build
Jerusalem, unto the Messiah the Prince, shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks; the street
shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.

26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself; and the people of
the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a
flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.

27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week; and in the midst of the week he shall
cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make
it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

The actual text of Daniel mentions seventy sevens. What these sevens are is not explained. King
James translators guessed that since a week has seven days the sevens must mean weeks. But
since seventy weeks is too short a time for what is predicted, people guessed that, using a day
stands for a year scale, the seventy weeks must mean 490 years. There was confusion over when
the 490 years began and ended. On top of that confusion came a theory that only the first 69 weeks
have been fulfilled and that at some future time the 70th week would be fulfilled. By this theory we
are living near the end of a long gap between the 69th and 70th weeks that has lasted for about
2000 years.

If all these guesses were not enough confusion, some of the events predicted are given opposite
meanings by interpreters. Some think it predicted Jesus Christ, some the antichrist, some both.
Some think it was fulfilled at the death and resurrection of Jesus, some think decades later during
the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans, and "gappers" are still waiting for the 70th week to
begin. No interpretation I have read is free from lots of guesswork.

I don't know who else has thought about this, but I have wondered if the seventy sevens meant
seventy seven-fold sins against God, which may tie in with the statement of Jesus about forgiving
not just seven times but seventy times seven (Matthew 18:22), which of course is equal to 490. The
advantage of this way of reading Daniel's prophecy is that it focuses attention on the spiritual
relationship between God and His people, not on chronological theories that are always inadequate
or even ridiculous.

Since the Atonement of Christ is the only basis for salvation, it deserves more attention than
chronological theories. Are there limits to the Atonement? After all, it was completed at one time
in history, and therefore had to cover all humans, past, present, and future. If there were, and
therefore are, limits to the Atonement, anything exceeding cannot be covered, because there can
be no time-travel back to enlarge the scope of what has already been completed. So maybe
Christ atoned for seventy seven-fold sins, but no more.

This may explain why God allows the destruction of wicked nations. If they were allowed to sin past
the limits of the Atonement, they might become ineligible for any degree of salvation. I believe that
the forces of evil in America are so corrupting and so past correcting that severe judgments on
America are imminent, especially since America has important responsibilities to fulfill in these
last days before the return of Christ to reign on Earth for a thousand years.

After much study I believe that Micah 5:10-15 will soon be fulfilled. It is a poetic passage not easy
to understand, but I believe it applies to spiritual conditions in America. Unless God intervenes to
"execute vengeance in anger and fury upon the heathen" America could drift past the limits of
Atonement and lose its purpose in the divine scheme of things.

Micah 5:8-15 (see also some prophecies by Jesus in Mesoamerica)

Micah uttered his prophecies "in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah" (Micah 1:1).
Although Micah 5:8-15 is difficult to understand, certain events some years later, during the days of Josiah,
king of Judah, throw some light on the meaning. Then, The Book of Mormon has the resurrected Jesus
quoting Micah 5:8-15 with some additional phrases that I think help clarify the meaning of the passage.

Micah 5, King James Version 2 Kings 23, King James Version The Book of Mormon 3 Nephi 9
8 And the remnant of Jacob shall
be among the Gentiles in the midst
of
many people, as a lion among
the beasts of the forest, as a young
lion among the flocks of sheep;
who, if he go through, both treadeth
down, and teareth in pieces, and
none can deliver
.
99 And my people who are a
remnant of Jacob, shall be among
the Gentiles
, yea, in the midst of
them, as a lion among the beasts of
the forest, as a young lion among
the flocks of sheep, who, if he go
through both treadeth down and
teareth in pieces, and none can
deliver
.
9 Thy hand shall be lifted up upon
thine adversaries, and all thine
enemies shall be cut off.
100 Their hand shall be lifted up
upon
their adversaries, and all
their enemies shall be cut off.
10 And it shall come to pass in
that day, saith the
Lord, that I will
cut off thy horses out of the midst
of thee, and I will destroy thy
chariots
;
11 And he took away the horses
that the kings of Judah had given
to the sun, at the entering in of the
house of the Lord, by the chamber
of Nathan-melech the chamberlain,
which was in the suburbs, and
burned the chariots of the sun with
fire.
101 Yea, wo be unto the Gentiles,
except they repent, for it shall come
to pass in that day, saith the
Father,
that I will cut off thy horses out of
the midst of thee, and I will destroy
thy chariots
,
11 And I will cut off the cities of
thy land, and throw down all thy
strongholds
;
101 and I will cut off the cities of
thy land, and throw down all thy
strongholds
;
12 And I will cut off witchcrafts
out of thy hand; and thou shalt have
no more soothsayers
.
102 And I will cut off witchcrafts
out of thy hand, and thou shalt have
no more soothsayers
:
13 Thy graven images also will I
cut off, and thy standing images
out of the midst of thee; and thou
shalt no more worship the
work
of thine hands.
14 And he brake in pieces the
images ...
103 Thy graven images I will also
cut off, and thy standing images out
of the midst of thee; and thou shalt
no more worship the
works of thy
hands;
14 And I will pluck up thy groves
out of the midst of thee; so will I
destroy thy cities
.
14 ... and cut down the groves ... 104 And I will pluck up thy groves
out of the midst of thee; so will I
destroy thy cities
.
5 And he put down the idolatrous
priests, whom the kings of Judah
had ordained to burn incense in
the high places in the cities of
Judah, and in the places round
about Jerusalem; them also that
burned incense unto Baal, to the
sun, and to the moon, and to the
planets, and to all the host of
heaven.
105 And it shall come to pass that
all lyings, and deceivings, and
envyings, and strifes, and
priestcrafts and whoredoms, shall
be done away.
15 And I will execute vengeance
in anger and fury upon the heathen,
such as they have not heard
.
106 For it shall come to pass,
saith the Father, that at that day,
whomsoever will not repent and
come unto my beloved Son, them
will I cut off from among my
people, O house of Israel, and I
will execute vengeance and fury
upon
them, even as upon the
heathen, such as they have not
heard
.

some prophecies by Jesus in Mesoamerica (see also Micah 5:8-15)

The prophecies in blue font indicate that divine judgments are coming upon the Gentile-established United
States of America. Within those judgments-upon-America prophecies are references to Matthew 5:13 and
Micah 5:8-15, indicating that those statements will have American fulfillments.

The Book of Mormon 3 Nephi 7 The Book of Mormon 3 Nephi 9 - 10
27 And I command you that ye shall
write these sayings, after I am gone,
that if it so be that my people at
Jerusalem, they who have seen me,
and been with me in my ministry, do
not ask the Father in my name, that
they may receive a knowledge of you
by the Holy Ghost, and also of the
other tribes whom they know not of,

28 That these sayings which ye shall
write, shall be kept, and shall be
manifested unto the Gentiles, that
through the fullness of the Gentiles,
the remnant of their seed who shall
be scattered forth upon the face of
the earth, because of their unbelief,
may be brought in, or may be brought
to a knowledge of me, their Redeemer.

29 And then will I gather them in from
the four quarters of the earth; and
then will I fulfill the covenant which
the Father hath made unto all the
people of the house of Israel.

30 And blessed are the Gentiles,
because of their belief in me, in and
of the Holy Ghost, which witness unto
them of me and of the Father.

31 Behold, because of their belief in
me, saith the Father, and because of
the unbelief of you, O house of Israel,
in the latter day shall the truth come
unto the Gentiles, that the fullness of
these things shall be made known
unto them.

32 But wo, saith the Father, unto the
unbelieving of the Gentiles, for
notwithstanding they have come forth
upon the face of this land, and have
scattered my people, who are of the
house of Israel; and my people who
are of the house of Israel, have been
cast out from among them, and have
been trodden under feet by them;

33 And because of the mercies of the
Father unto the Gentiles, and also the
judgments of the Father upon my
people, who are of the house of
Israel, verily, verily, I say unto you,
that after all this, and I have caused
my people who are of the house of
Israel, to be smitten, and to be
afflicted, and to be slain, and to be
cast out from among them, and to
become hated by them, and to
become a hiss and a byword among
them.

34 And thus commandeth the Father
that I should say unto you, At that
day when the Gentiles shall sin
against my gospel, and shall reject
the fullness of my gospel, and shall be
lifted up in the pride of their hearts
above all nations, and above all the
people of the whole earth, and shall
be filled with all manner of lyings, and
of deceits, and of mischiefs, and all
manner of hypocrisy, and murders,
and priestcrafts, and whoredoms, and
of secret abominations;

35 And if they shall do all these
things, and shall reject the fullness
of my gospel, behold, saith the
Father, I will bring the fullness of
my gospel from among them;

36 And then will I remember my
covenant which I have made unto my
people, O house of Israel, and I will
bring my gospel unto them;

37 And I will shew unto thee, O house
of Israel, that the Gentiles shall not
have power over you, but I will
remember my covenant unto you, O
house of Israel, and ye shall come
unto the knowledge of the fullness of
my gospel.

38 But if the Gentiles will repent, and
return unto me, saith the Father,
behold, they shall be numbered among
my people, O house of Israel;

39 And I will not suffer my people,
who are of the house of Israel, to go
through among them, and tread them
down, saith the Father.

40 But if they will not turn unto me,
and hearken unto my voice, I will
suffer them, yea, I will suffer my
people, O house of Israel, that they
shall go through among them, and
shall tread them down,

41 And they shall be as salt that hath
lost its savor, which is thenceforth
good for nothing, but to be cast out,
and to be trodden under foot of my
people, O house of Israel.

42 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Thus
hath the Father commanded me, that I
should give unto this people this land
for their inheritance.

43 And when the words of the prophet
Isaiah shall be fulfilled, which say,
Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice;
with the voice together shall they
sing, for they shall see eye to eye,
when the Lord shall bring again Zion.

44 Break forth into joy, sing together,
ye waste places of Jerusalem, for the
Lord hath comforted his people, he
hath redeemed Jerusalem.

45 The Lord hath made bare his holy
arm in the eyes of all the nations; and
all the ends of the earth shall see the
salvation of God.

47 Ye remember that I spake unto you, and said that when the words of Isaiah
should be fulfilled, behold they are written, ye have them before you; therefore
search them.
48 And verily, verily I say unto you, that when they shall be fulfilled, then is
the fulfilling of the covenant which the Father hath made unto his people.
49 O house of Israel, and then shall the remnants which shall be scattered
abroad upon the face of the earth, be gathered in from the east, and from the
west, and from the south, and from the north; and they shall be brought to the
knowledge of the Lord their God, who hath redeemed them.
50 And the Father hath commanded me that I should give unto you this land,
for your inheritance.
51 And I say unto you, that if the Gentiles do not repent, after the blessing
which they shall receive, after they have scattered my people, then shall ye
who are a remnant of the house of Jacob, go forth among them;
52 And ye shall be in the midst of them, who shall be many; and ye shall be
among them, as a lion among the beasts of the forests, and as a young lion
among the flocks of sheep, who, if he goeth through, both treadeth down and
teareth in pieces, and none can deliver.
53 Thy hand shall be lifted up upon thine adversaries, and all thine enemies
shall be cut off.

54 And I will gather my people together, as a man gathereth his sheaves into
the floor, for I will make my people with whom the Father hath covenanted,
yea, I will make thy horn iron, and I will make thy hoofs brass.
55 And thou shalt beat in pieces many people; and I will consecrate their
gain unto the Lord, and their substance unto the Lord of the whole earth.
And behold, I am he who doeth it.
56 And it shall come to pass, saith the Father, that the sword of my justice
shall hang over them at that day; and except they repent, it shall fall upon
them, saith the Father, yea, even upon all the nations of the Gentiles.
57 And it shall come to pass that I will establish my people, O house of Israel.
58 And behold, this people will I establish in this land, unto the fulfilling
of the covenant which I made with your father Jacob; and it shall be a new
Jerusalem.
59 And the powers of heaven shall be in the midst of this people; yea, even I
will be in the midst of you.
60 Behold, I am he of whom Moses spake, saying, A prophet shall the Lord
your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me, him shall ye hear
in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you.
61 And it shall come to pass that every soul who will not hear that prophet,
shall be cut off from among the people.
62 Verily, I say unto you, Yea; and all the prophets from Samuel, and those
that follow after, as many as have spoken, have testified of me.
63 And behold ye are the children of the prophets; and ye are of the house
of Israel; and ye are of the covenant which the Father made with your
fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed, shall all the kindreds of the
earth be blessed;
64 The Father having raised me up unto you first, and sent me to bless you,
in turning away every one of you from his iniquities; and this because ye are
the children of the covenant.
65 And after that ye were blessed, then fulfilleth the Father the covenant
which he made with Abraham, saying, In thy seed shall all the kindreds of the
earth be blessed, unto the pouring out of the Holy Ghost through me upon the
Gentiles, which blessing upon the Gentiles, shall make them mighty above all,
unto the scattering of my people, O house of Israel: and they shall be a
scourge unto the people of this land.
66 Nevertheless, when they shall have received the fullness of my gospel,
then if they shall harden their hearts against me, I will return their iniquities
upon their own heads, saith the Father.
67 And I will remember the covenant which I have made with my people, and
I have covenanted with them, that I would gather them together in mine own
due time;
68 That I would give unto them again the land of their fathers, for their
inheritance, which is the land of Jerusalem, which is the promised land unto
them for ever, saith the Father.
69 And it shall come to pass that the time cometh, when the fullness of my
gospel shall be preached unto them, and they shall believe in me, that I am
Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and shall pray unto the Father in my name.
70 Then shall their watchmen lift up their voices; and with the voice
together shall they sing; for they shall see eye to eye.
71 Then will the Father gather them together again, and give unto them
Jerusalem for the land of their inheritance.
72 Then shall they break forth into joy--sing together ye waste places of
Jerusalem: for the Father hath comforted his people, he hath redeemed
Jerusalem.
73 The Father hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations;
and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of the Father; and the
Father and I are one.
74 And then shall be brought to pass that which is written, Awake, awake
again, and put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O
Jerusalem, the holy city, for henceforth there shall no more come into thee
the uncircumcised and the unclean.
75 Shake thyself from the dust; arise, sit down, O Jerusalem; loose thyself
from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion.
76 For thus saith the Lord, Ye have sold yourselves for naught; and ye shall
be redeemed without money.
77 Verily, verily, I say unto you, that my people shall know my name; yea,
in that day they shall know that I am he that doth speak.
78 And then shall they say, How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet
of him that bringeth good tidings unto them, that publisheth peace: that
bringeth good tidings unto them of good, that publisheth salvation; that
saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!
79 And then shall a cry go forth, Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence,
touch not that which is unclean; go ye out of the midst of her; be ye clean,
that bear the vessels of the Lord.
80 For ye shall not go out with haste, nor go by flight: for the Lord will go
before you; and the God of Israel shall be your rearward.
81 Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled,
and be very high.
82 As many were astonished at thee; (his visage was so marred more than
any man, and his form more than the sons of men,)
83 So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him:
for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had
not heard shall they consider.
84 Verily, verily, I say unto you, All these things shall surely come, even as
the Father hath commanded me.
85 Then shall this covenant which the Father hath covenanted with his people,
be fulfilled; and then shall Jerusalem be inhabited again with my people, and
it shall be the land of their inheritance.
86 And verily, I say unto you, I give unto you a sign, that ye may know the
time when these things shall be about to take place, that I shall gather in
from their long dispersion, my people, O house of Israel, and shall establish
again among them my Zion.
87 And behold, this is the thing which I will give unto you for a sign, for
verily I say unto you, that when these things which I declare unto you, and
which I shall declare unto you hereafter of myself, and by the power of the
Holy Ghost, which shall be given unto you of the Father, shall be made known
unto the Gentiles,
88 That they may know concerning this people who are a remnant of the house
of Jacob, and concerning this my people who shall be scattered by them;
89 Verily, verily, I say unto you, When these things shall be made known unto
them of the Father, and shall come forth of the Father, from them unto you,
for it is wisdom in the Father that they should be established in this land,
90 And be set up as a free people by the power of the Father, that these
things might come forth from them unto a remnant of your seed, that the
covenant of the Father may be fulfilled which he hath covenanted with his
people, O house of Israel;
91 Therefore, when these works, and the work which shall be wrought among
you hereafter, shall come forth from the Gentiles unto your seed, which
shall dwindle in unbelief because of iniquity;
92 For thus it behooveth the Father that it should come forth from the
Gentiles, that he may shew forth his power unto the Gentiles, for this cause,
that the Gentiles, if they will not harden their hearts, that they may repent
and come unto me, and be baptized in my name, and know of the true points of
my doctrine, that they may be numbered among my people, O house of Israel:
93 And when these things come to pass, that thy seed shall begin to know
these things, it shall be a sign unto them, that they may know that the work
of the Father hath already commenced unto the fulfilling of the covenant
which he hath made unto the people who are of the house of Israel.
94 And when that day shall come, it shall come to pass that kings shall shut
their mouths; for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that
which they had not heard shall they consider.
95 For in that day, for my sake shall the Father work a work, which shall be
a great and a marvelous work among them; and there shall be among them
who will not believe it, although a man shall declare it unto them.
96 But behold, the life of my servant shall be in my hand; therefore they
shall not hurt him, although he shall be marred because of them.
97 Yet I will heal him, for I will shew unto them that my wisdom is greater
than the cunning of the devil.
98 Therefore it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not believe in my
words, who am Jesus Christ, whom the Father shall cause him to bring forth
unto the Gentiles, and shall give unto him power that he shall bring them
forth unto the Gentiles, (it shall be done even as Moses said,) they shall be
cut off from among my people who are of the covenant;
99 And my people who are a remnant of Jacob, shall be among the Gentiles,
yea, in the midst of them, as a lion among the beasts of the forest, as a
young lion among the flocks of sheep, who, if he go through both treadeth
down and teareth in pieces, and none can deliver.
100 Their hand shall be lifted up upon their adversaries, and all their
enemies shall be cut off.
101 Yea, wo be unto the Gentiles, except they repent, for it shall come to
pass in that day, saith the Father, that I will cut off thy horses out of the
midst of thee, and I will destroy thy chariots, and I will cut off the cities of
thy land and throw down all thy strongholds;
102 And I will cut off witchcrafts out of thy hand, and thou shalt have no
more soothsayers:
103 Thy graven images I will also cut off, and thy standing images out of
the midst of thee; and thou shalt no more worship the works of thy hands;
104 And I will pluck up thy groves out of the midst of thee; so will I destroy
thy cities.
105 And it shall come to pass that all lyings, and deceivings, and envyings,
and strifes, and priestcrafts and whoredoms, shall be done away.
106 For it shall come to pass, saith the Father, that at that day, whosoever
will not repent and come unto my beloved Son, them will I cut off from among
my people, O house of Israel, and I will execute vengeance and fury upon
them, even as upon the heathen, such as they have not heard.

1 But if they will repent, and hearken unto my words, and harden not their
hearts, I will establish my church among them, and they shall come in unto
the covenant, and be numbered among this the remnant of Jacob, unto whom
I have given this land for their inheritance, and they shall assist my people,
the remnant of Jacob;
2 And also, as many of the house of Israel as shall come, that they may
build a city, which shall be called the New Jerusalem;
3 And then shall they assist my people that they may be gathered in, who
are scattered upon all the face of the land, in unto the New Jerusalem.
4 And then shall the power of heaven come down among them; and I also will
be in the midst, and then shall the work of the Father commence, at that day
even when this gospel shall be preached among the remnant of this people.
5 Verily, I say unto you, At that day shall the work of the Father commence
among all the dispersed of my people; yea, even the tribes which have been
lost, which the Father hath led away out of Jerusalem.
6 Yea, the work shall commence among all the dispersed of my people, with
the Father, to prepare the way whereby they may come unto me, that they
may call on the Father in my name;
7 Yea, and then shall the work commence, with the Father, among all nations,
in preparing the way whereby his people may be gathered home to the land of
their inheritance.
8 And they shall go out from all nations; and they shall not go out in haste,
nor go by flight; for I will go before them, saith the Father, and I will be
their rearward. And then shall that which is written come to pass.
9 Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry
aloud, thou that didst not travail with child; for more are the children of the
desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the Lord.
10 Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of
thy habitations; spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes;
11 For thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed
shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited.
12 Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed; neither be thou confounded; for
thou shalt not be put to shame; for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth,
and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more.
13 For thy maker, thy husband, the Lord of hosts is his name; and thy
Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; the God of the whole earth shall he be
called.
14 For the Lord hath called thee as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit,
and a wife of youth, when thou wast refused, saith thy God.
15 For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I
gather thee.
16 In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with
everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the Lord thy Redeemer.
17 For this, the waters of Noah unto me, for as I have sworn that the waters
of Noah should no more go over the earth, so have I sworn that I would not
be wroth with thee.
18 For the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed; but my kindness
shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be
removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee.
19 O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted; behold, I will
lay thy stones with fair colors, and lay thy foundations with sapphires.
20 And I will make thy windows of agates, and thy gates of carbuncles, and
all thy borders of pleasant stones.
21 And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the
peace of thy children.
22 In righteousness shalt thou be established; thou shalt be far from
oppression, for thou shalt not fear; and from terror, for it shall not come
near thee.
23 Behold, they shall surely gather together against thee, not by me;
whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake.
24 Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire; and
that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the
waster to destroy.
25 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue
that shall revile against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the
heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me,
saith the Lord.
26 And now behold I say unto you, that ye ought to search these things.
27 Yea, a commandment I give unto you, that ye search these things
diligently; for great are the words of Isaiah.
28 For surely he spake as touching all things concerning my people which
are of the house of Israel; therefore it must needs be that he must speak
also to the Gentiles.
29 And all things that he spake, hath been, and shall be, even according to
the words which he spake.
30 Therefore give heed to my words; write the things which I have told you,
and according to the times and the will of the Father, they shall go forth
unto the Gentiles.
31 And whosoever will hearken unto my words, and repenteth, and is baptized,
the same shall be saved.

some prophecies by Jesus in Palestine

Matthew 24-25, Inspired Version Luke 21, 17, Inspired Version Doctrine and Covenants 45
1 And he looked up, and saw the rich men
casting in their gifts into the treasury;

2 And saw also, a certain poor widow casting
in thither two mites.

3 And he said, Of a truth I say unto you,
that this poor widow hath cast in more
than they all.

4 For all these have of their abundance
cast in unto the offerings of God; but she
of her penury hath cast in all the living
that she had.

5 And as some spake of the temple, how it
was adorned with goodly stones, and gifts,
he said,

6 These things which ye behold, the days
will come, in the which there shall not be
lift one stone upon another, which shall
not be thrown down.

1 And Jesus went out, and departed from the
temple; and his disciples came to him for
to hear him, saying, Master, show us
concerning the buildings of the temple; as
thou hast said; They shall be thrown down
and left unto you desolate.

2 And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all
these things? And do ye not understand them?
Verily I say unto you, There shall not be
left here upon this temple, one stone upon
another, that shall not be thrown down.

3 And Jesus left them and went upon the mount
of Olives.

4 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the
disciples came unto him privately, saying,
Tell us, when shall these things be which
thou hast said concerning the destruction of
the temple, and the Jews; and what is the
sign of thy coming; and of the end of the
world? (or the destruction of the wicked,
which is the end of the world.)

5 And Jesus answered and said unto them,
Take heed that no man deceive you.

6 For many shall come in my name, saying, I
am Christ; and shall deceive many.

7 Then shall they deliver you up to be
afflicted, and shall kill you; and ye shall
be hated of all nations for my name's sake.

8 And then shall many be offended, and
shall betray one another, and shall hate one
another.

9 And many false prophets shall arise, and
shall deceive many.

10 And because iniquity shall abound, the
love of many shall wax cold.

11 But he that remaineth steadfast, and is
not overcome, the same shall be saved.

12 When ye therefore, shall see the
abomination of desolation, spoken of by
Daniel the prophet, concerning the
destruction of Jerusalem, then ye shall
stand in the holy place. (Whoso readeth let
him understand.)

13 Then let them who are in Judea, flee
into the mountains.

14 Let him who is on the housetop, flee,
and not return to take anything out of his
house.

15 Neither let him who is in the field,
return back to take his clothes.

16 And woe unto them that are with child,
and unto them that give suck in those days!

17 Therefore, pray ye the Lord, that your
flight be not in the winter, neither on the
Sabbath day.

18 For then, in those days, shall be great
tribulations 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.

19 All things which have befallen them, are
only the beginning of the sorrows which
shall come upon them; and except, those days
should be shortened, there should none of
their flesh be saved.

20 But for the elect's sake, according to
the covenant, those days shall be shortened.

21 Behold these things I have spoken unto
you concerning the Jews.

7 And the disciples asked him, saying,
Master, when shall these things be? And
what sign wilt thou show, when these
things shall come to pass?

8 And he said, The time draweth near, and
therefore take heed that ye be not deceived;
for many shall come in my name, saying, I
am Christ; go ye not therefore after them.

9 And when ye shall hear of wars and
commotions, be not terrified; for these
things must first come to pass; but this
is not the end.

10 Then said he unto them, Nation shall
rise against nation, and kingdom against
kingdom; and great earthquakes shall be
in divers places, and famines, and
pestilences; and fearful sights, and great
signs shall there be from heaven.

11 But before all these things shall come,
they shall lay their hands on you, and
persecute you; delivering you up to the
synagogues, and into prisons; being brought
before kings and rulers for my name's sake.

12 Settle this therefore in your hearts,
not to meditate before what ye shall answer;

13 For I will give you a mouth and wisdom,
which all your adversaries shall not be
able to gainsay nor resist.

14 And it shall turn to you for a testimony.

15 And ye shall be betrayed both by parents,
and brethren, and kinsfolk, and friends; and
some of you shall they cause to be put to
death.

16 And ye shall be hated of all the world
for my name's sake.

17 But there shall not a hair of your head
perish.

18 In your patience possess ye your souls.

19 And when ye shall see Jerusalem
compassed with armies, then know that the
desolation thereof is nigh.

20 Then let them who are in Judea flee to
the mountains; and let them who are in the
midst of it, depart out; and let not them who
are in the countries, return to enter into the
city.

21 For these be the days of vengeance, that
all things which are written maybe fulfilled.

22 But woe unto them who are with child,
and to them who give suck, in those days!
For there shall be great distress in the
land, and wrath upon this people.

23 And they shall fall by the edge of the
sword, and shall be led away captive into all
nations; and Jerusalem shall be trodden
down of the Gentiles, until the times of the
Gentiles
be fulfilled.

24 Now these things he spake unto them,
concerning the destruction of Jerusalem.

[2i] Wherefore hearken, and I will reason with
you, and I will speak unto you and prophesy, as
unto men in days of old;

[2j] and I will show it plainly, as I showed it
unto my disciples, as I stood before them in the
flesh, and spake unto them, saying,

[2k] As ye have asked of me concerning the signs
of my coming, in the day when I shall come in my
glory in the clouds of heaven, to fulfill the
promises that I have made unto your fathers;

[2l] for as ye have looked upon the long absence
of your spirits from your bodies to be a bondage,
I will show unto you how the day of redemption
shall come, and also the restoration of the
scattered Israel.

[3a] And now ye behold this temple which is in
Jerusalem, which ye call the house of God, and
your enemies say that this house shall never fall.

[3b] But verily I say unto you that desolation
shall come upon this generation as a thief in the
night, and this people shall be destroyed and
scattered among all nations.

[3c] And this temple which ye now see shall be
thrown down, that there shall not be left one
stone upon another.

[3d] And it shall come to pass that this
generation of Jews shall not pass away until
every desolation which I have told you
concerning them shall come to pass.

22 And again, after the tribulation of
those days which shall come upon Jerusalem
if any man shall say unto you Lo! here is
Christ, or there; believe him not,

23 For in those days, there shall also
arise false Christs, and false prophets,
and shall show great signs and wonders;
insomuch that, if possible, they shall
deceive the very elect, who are the elect
according to the covenant.

24 Behold, I speak these things unto you
for the elect's sake.

25 And ye also shall hear of wars, and
rumors of wars; see that ye be not troubled;
for all I have told you must come to pass.
But the end is not yet.

26 Behold, I have told you before,
Wherefore, if they shall say unto you,
Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth.
Behold, he is in the secret chambers;
believe it not.

27 For as the light of the morning cometh
out of the east, and shineth even unto the
west, and covereth the whole earth; so
shall also the coming of the Son of Man be.

28 And now I show unto you a parable.
Behold, wheresoever the carcass is, there
will the eagles be gathered together; so
likewise shall mine elect be gathered from
the four quarters of the earth.

29 And they shall hear of wars, and rumors
of wars. Behold, I speak unto you for mine
elect's sake.

30 For nation shall rise against nation,
and kingdom against kingdom; there shall
be famine and pestilences, and earthquakes
in divers places.

31 And again, because iniquity shall abound,
the love of men shall wax cold; but he that
shall not be overcome, the same shall be
saved.

32 And again, this gospel of the kingdom
shall be preached in all the world, for a
witness unto all nations, and then shall the
end come, or the destruction of the wicked.

33 And again shall the abomination of
desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet,
be fulfilled.

34 And immediately after the tribulation of
those days, the sun shall be darkened, and
the moon shall not give her light, and the
stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers
of heaven shall be shaken.

35 Verily I say unto you, this generation,
in which these things shall be shown forth,
shall not pass away until all I have told
you shall be fulfilled.

36 Although the days will come that heaven
and earth shall pass away, yet my word shall
not pass away; but all shall be fulfilled.

37 And as I said before, after the tribulation
of those days, and the powers of the heavens
shall be shaken, then shall appear the sign
of the Son of Man in heaven; and then shall
all the tribes of the earth mourn.

38 And they shall see the Son of Man coming
in the clouds of heaven, with power and great
glory.

39 And whoso treasureth up my words, shall
not be deceived.

40 For the Son of Man shall come, and he
shall send his angels before him with the
great sound of a trumpet, and they shall
gather together the remainder of his elect
from the four winds; from one end of heaven
to the other.

41 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When
its branches are yet tender, and it begins
to put forth leaves, ye know that summer is
nigh at hand.

42 So likewise mine elect, when they shall
see all these things, they shall know that
he is near, even at the doors.

43 But of that day and hour no one knoweth;
no, not the angels of God in heaven, but my
Father only.

44 But as it was in the days of Noah, so it
shall be also at the coming of the Son of Man.

45 For it shall be with them as it was in the
days which were before the flood; for until
the day that Noah entered into the ark, they
were eating and drinking, marrying and giving
in marriage, and knew not until the flood
came and took them all away; so shall also
the coming of the Son of Man be.

46 Then shall be fulfilled that which is
written, that, In the last days,

47 Two shall be in the field; the one shall
be taken and the other left.

48 Two shall be grinding at the mill; the
one taken and the other left.

49 And what I say unto one, I say unto all
men; Watch, therefore, for ye know not at
what hour hour Lord doth come.

50 But know this, if the good man of the
house had known in what watch the thief
would come, he would have watched, and would
not have suffered his house to have been
broken up; but would have been ready.

51 Therefore be ye also ready; for in such an
hour as ye think not, the Son of Man cometh.

52 Who then is a faithful and wise servant,
whom his Lord hath made ruler over his
household, to give them meat in due season?

53 Blessed is that servant, whom his Lord
when he cometh shall find so doing;

54 And, verily I say unto you, he shall make
him ruler over all his goods.

55 But if that evil servant shall say in his
heart, My Lord delayeth his coming; and shall
begin to smite his fellow-servants, and to eat
and drink with the drunken; the Lord of the
servant shall come in a day when he looketh
not for him, and in an hour that he is not
aware of, and shall cut him asunder, and
shall appoint him his portion with the
hypocrites; there shall be weeping and
gnashing of teeth.

56 And thus cometh the end of the wicked
according to the prophecy of Moses, saying,
They should be cut off from among the people.
But the end of the earth is not yet; but bye
and bye.

24 And then his disciples asked him, saying,
Master, tell us concerning thy coming?

25 And he answered them, and said, In the
generation in which the times of the Gentiles
shall be fulfilled, there shall be signs in
the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars;
and upon the earth distress of nations with
perplexity, like the sea and the waves
roaring. The earth also shall be troubled,
and the waters of the great deep;

26 Men's hearts failing them for fear, and
for looking after those things which are
coming on the earth. For the powers of heaven
shall be shaken.

27 And when these things begin to come to
pass, then look up and lift up your heads, for
the day of your redemption draweth nigh.

28 And then shall they see the Son of Man
coming in a cloud, with power and great glory.

29 And he spake to them a parable, saying,
Behold the fig tree, and all the trees.

30 When they now shoot forth, ye see, and
know of your own selves, that summer is now
nigh at hand.

31 So likewise ye, when ye see these things
come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of
God is nigh at hand.

32 Verily I say unto you, this generation,
the generation when the times of the Gentiles
be fulfilled, shall not pass away till all be
fulfilled.

33 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my
words shall not pass away.

34 Let my disciples therefore take heed to
themselves, lest at any time their hearts be
overcharged with surfeiting, and
drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that
day come upon them unawares.

35 For as a snare it shall come on all them
who dwell on the face of the whole earth.

36 And what I say unto one, I say unto all,
Watch ye therefore, and pray always, and
keep my commandments, that ye may be
counted worthy to escape all these things
which shall come to pass, and to stand
before the Son of Man when he shall come
clothed in the glory of his Father.

37 And in the day time, he was teaching in
the temple; and at night, he went out and
abode in the mount that is called Olives.

38 And the people came early in the morning
to him in the temple, to hear him.

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17:26 And as it was in the days of Noe; so
shall it be also in the days of the Son of Man.

17:27 They did eat, they drank, they married
wives, they were given in marriage, until the
day that Noe entered into the ark, and the
flood came, and destroyed them all.

17:28 Likewise also as it was in the days of
Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought,
they sold, they planted, they builded;

17:29 But the same day that Lot went out of
Sodom, it rained fire and brimstone from
heaven, and destroyed them all.

17:30 Even thus shall it be in the day when
the Son of Man is revealed.

17:31 In that day, the disciple who shall be
on the housetop, and his stuff in the house,
let him not come down to take it away; and he
who is in the field, let him likewise not
return back.

17:32 Remember Lot's wife.

17:33 Whosoever shall seek to save his life,
shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his
life, shall preserve it.

17:34 I tell you, in that night there shall be
two in one bed; the one shall be taken, and
the other shall be left. Two shall be grinding
together; the one shall be taken, and the
other left.

17:35 Two shall be in the field; the one
shall be taken and the other left.

17:36 And they answered and said unto him,
Where, Lord, shall they be taken.

17:37 And he said unto them, Wheresoever
the body is gathered; or, in other words,
whithersoever the saints are gathered,
thither will the eagles be gathered together;
or, thither will the remainder be gathered
together.

17:38 This he spake, signifying the
gathering of his saints; and of angels
descending and gathering the remainder
unto them; the one from the bed, the other
from the grinding, and the other from the
field, whithersoever he listeth.

17:39 For verily there shall be new heavens,
and a new earth, wherein dwelleth
righteousness.

17:40 And there shall be no unclean thing;
for the earth becoming old, even as as
garment, having waxed in corruption,
wherefore it vanisheth away, and the
footstool remaineth sanctified, cleansed
from all sin.

[3e] Ye say that ye know that the end of the
world cometh; ye say, also, that ye know that
the heavens and the earth shall pass away; and
in this ye say truly, for so it is; but these
things which I have told you shall not pass away
until all shall be fulfilled.

[3f] And this I have told you concerning
Jerusalem; and when that day shall come, shall a
remnant be scattered among all nations, but they
shall be gathered again; but they shall remain
until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

[4a] And in that day shall be heard of wars and
rumors of wars, and the whole earth shall be in
commotion, and men's hearts shall fail them, and
they shall say that Christ delayeth his coming
until the end of the earth.

[4b] And the love of men shall wax cold, and
iniquity shall abound; and when the time of the
Gentiles
is come in, a light shall break forth
among them that sit in darkness, and it shall be
the fullness of my gospel;

[4c] but they receive it not, for they perceive
not the light, and they turn their hearts from me
because of the precepts of men;

[4d] and in that generation shall the times of
the Gentiles
be fulfilled; and there shall be men
standing in that generation that shall not pass,
until they shall see an overflowing scourge, for
a desolating sickness shall come over the land;

[4e] but my disciples shall stand in holy places,
and shall not be moved; but among the wicked, men
shall lift up their voices and curse God, and die.

[4f] And there shall be earthquakes, also, in
divers places and many desolations; yet men will
harden their hearts against me, and they will take
up the sword one against another, and they will
kill one another.

[5a] And now, when I the Lord had spoken these
words unto my disciples, they were troubled;

[5b] and I said unto them, Be not troubled, for
when all these things shall come to pass, ye may
know that the promises which have been made
unto you shall be fulfilled;

[5c] and when the light shall begin to break
forth, it shall be with them like unto a parable
which I shall show you;

[5d] ye look and behold the fig trees, and ye
see them with your eyes, and ye say, when they
begin to shoot forth and their leaves are yet
tender, that summer is now nigh at hand;

[5e] even so it shall be in that day, when they
shall see all these things, then shall they know
that the hour is nigh.

[6a] And it shall come to pass that he that
feareth me shall be looking forth for the great
day of the Lord to come, even for the signs of
the coming of the Son of man;

[6b] and they shall see signs and wonders, for
they shall be shown forth in the heavens above,
and in the earth beneath;

[6c] and they shall behold blood and fire, and
vapors of smoke; and before the day of the Lord
shall come, the sun shall be darkened, and the
moon be turned into blood, and stars fall from
heaven;

[6d] and the remnant shall be gathered unto this
place; and then they shall look for me, and
behold I will come;

[6e] and they shall see me in the clouds of
heaven, clothed with power and great glory,
with all the holy angels; and he that watches
not for me shall be cut off.

[7a] But before the arm of the Lord shall fall,
an angel shall sound his trump, and the saints
that have slept, shall come forth to meet me in
the cloud;

[7b] wherefore if ye have slept in peace,
blessed are you, for as you now behold me and
know that I am, even so shall ye come unto me
and your souls shall live, and your redemption
shall be perfected, and the saints shall come
forth from the four quarters of the earth.

[8a] Then shall the arm of the Lord fall upon
the nations, and then shall the Lord set his
foot upon this mount, and it shall cleave in
twain, and the earth shall tremble and reel to
and fro;

[8b] and the heavens also shall shake, and the
Lord shall utter his voice and all the ends of
the earth shall hear it, and the nations of
the earth shall mourn,

[8c] and they that have laughed shall see
their folly, and calamity shall cover the
mocker, and the scorner shall be consumed,
and they that have watched for iniquity,
shall be hewn down and cast into the fire.

[9a] And then shall the Jews look upon me and
say, What are these wounds in thy hands, and
in thy feet?

[9b] Then shall they know that I am the Lord;
for I will say unto them, These wounds are
the wounds with which I was wounded in the
house of my friends.

[9c] I am he who was lifted up. I am Jesus
that was crucified. I am the Son of God.

[9d] And then shall they weep because of
their iniquities; then shall they lament
because they persecuted their King.

[10a] 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; and Satan shall
be bound that he shall have no place in the
hearts of the children of men.

1 And then, at that day, before the Son of man
comes, the kingdom of heaven shall be
likened unto ten virgins, who took their lamps,
and went forth to meet the bridegroom.

2 And five of them were wise, and five of them
were foolish.

3 They that were foolish took their lamps and
took no oil with them; but the wise took oil in
their vessels with their lamps.

4 While the bridegroom tarried, they all
slumbered and slept.

5 And at midnight there was a cry made,
Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to
meet him.

6 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed
their lamps.

7 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us
of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.

8 But the wise answered, saying, Lest there
be not enough for us and you, go ye rather to
them that sell, and buy for yourselves.

9 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom
came; and they that were ready went in with
him to the marriage; and the door was shut.

10 Afterward came also the other virgins,
saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us.

11 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto
you, Ye know me not.

12 Watch therefore; for ye know neither the
day nor the hour wherein the Son of man
cometh.

[10b] And at that day when I shall come in my
glory, shall the parable be fulfilled which
I spake concerning the ten virgins; for they
that are wise and have received the truth,
and have taken the Holy Spirit for their
guide, and have not been deceived, verily I
say unto you,

[10c] They shall not be hewn down and cast
into the fire, but shall abide the day, and
the earth shall be given unto them for an
inheritance;

[10d] and they shall multiply and wax strong,
and their children shall grow up without sin
unto salvation, for the Lord shall be in their
midst, and his glory shall be upon them, and
he will be their King and their lawgiver.

[11a] And now, behold, I say unto you, It
shall not be given unto you to know any
further concerning this chapter, until the
New Testament be translated, and in it all
these things shall be made known;

[11b] wherefore I give unto you that you may
now translate it, that ye may be prepared for
the things to come; for verily I say unto you,
that great things await you;

[11c] ye hear of wars in foreign lands, but,
behold, I say unto you, They are nigh, even at
your doors, and not many years hence ye shall
hear of wars in your own lands.

[12a] Wherefore, I the Lord have said, Gather
ye out from the eastern lands, assemble ye
yourselves together ye elders of my church;

[12b] go ye forth unto the western countries,
call upon the inhabitants to repent, and
inasmuch as they do repent, build up churches
unto me;

[12c] and with one heart and with one mind,
gather up your riches that ye may purchase an
inheritance which shall hereafter be appointed
unto you, and it shall be called the New
Jerusalem, a land of peace, a city of refuge,
a place of safety for the saints of the most
high God;

[12d] and the glory of the Lord shall be there,
and the terror of the Lord also shall be there,
insomuch that the wicked will not come unto it;
and it shall be called Zion.

[13a] And it shall come to pass, among the
wicked, that every man that will not take his
sword against his neighbor, must needs flee
unto Zion for safety.

[13b] 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.

[13c] 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 can not stand.

[14] 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.

[15a] And now I say unto you, Keep these things
from going abroad unto the world, until it is
expedient in me, that ye may accomplish this
work in the eyes of the people and in the eyes
of your enemies, that they may not know your
works until ye have accomplished the thing
which I have commanded you;

[15b] that when they shall know it, that they
may consider these things, for when the Lord
shall appear he shall be terrible unto them,
that fear may seize upon them, and they shall
stand afar off and tremble;

[15c] and all nations shall be afraid because
of the terror of the Lord, and the power of his
might. Even so. Amen.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

Many Christians believe that "the rapture", being caught up to be with Christ while those
left on earth go through terrible experiences, is imminent. By contrast, I find the scriptures
teaching that a Confrontation with Christ is imminent, and that "the rapture" will not occur
until Christ descends to reign upon Earth for a thousand years, which will happen several
years after the Confrontation. Many Christians believe that once they are raptured, they
will be leaving the Earth, whereas I believe they will then descend with Christ and will live
out the remainder of their mortality on the Earth. When death comes, their bodies will be
changed into an immortal condition.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Helen Montgomery's 1924 translation
But I would not have you ignorant, brothers, about those who are falling asleep. You must
not sorrow like other men, who have no hope. For if we really believe that Jesus died and
rose again, so even so will God through Jesus bring with him those also who have fallen
asleep. For this I tell you by the word of the Lord, that we who are living, who survive unto
the coming of the Lord, will in no wise precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord
himself with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God will descend
from heaven. Then the dead in Christ will rise first; and afterwards we who are alive, who
remain, shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air; and
so shall we ever be with the Lord
. So comfort one another with these words.

Doctrine and Covenants 26:3g
Be faithful until I come, and ye shall be caught up, that where I am ye shall be also.

Doctrine and Covenants 63:13c-e
Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord from henceforth. When the Lord shall come, and
old things shall pass away, and all things become new, they shall rise from the dead and
shall not die after, and shall receive an inheritance before the Lord, in the holy city. And he
that liveth when the Lord shall come, and has kept the faith, blessed is he; nevertheless it
is appointed to him to die at the age of man; wherefore children shall grow up until they
become old, old men shall die; but they shall not sleep in the dust, but they shall be
changed in the twinkling of an eye.

Doctrine and Covenants 85:27b-d
And the saints that are upon the earth, who are alive, shall be quickened, and be caught
up to meet him.
And they who have slept in their graves, shall come forth; for their graves
shall be opened, and they also shall be caught up to meet him in the midst of the pillar of
heaven: they are Christ's the first fruits: they who shall descend with him first, and they
who are on the earth, and in their graves, who are first caught up to meet him; and all this
by the voice of the sounding of the trump of the angel of God.

Joseph Smith's expansion of Luke 17:26-37

King James Version Inspired Version
26 And as it was in the days of Noe; so
shall it be also in the days of the Son
of man.
26 And as it was in the days of Noe; so
shall it be also in the days of the Son
of man.
27 They did eat, they drank, they married
wives, they were given in marriage, until
the day that Noe entered into the ark, and
the flood came, and destroyed them all.
27 They did eat, they drank, they married
wives, they were given in marriage, until
the day that Noe entered into the ark, and
the flood came, and destroyed them all.
28 Likewise also as it was in the days of
Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought,
they sold, they planted, they builded;
28 Likewise also as it was in the days of
Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought,
they sold, they planted, they builded;
29 But the same day that Lot went out of
Sodom, it rained fire and brimstone from
heaven, and destroyed them all.
29 But the same day that Lot went out of
Sodom, it rained fire and brimstone from
heaven, and destroyed them all.
30 Even thus shall it be in the day when
the Son of man is revealed.
30 Even thus shall it be in the day when
the Son of man is revealed.
31 In that day, he which shall be upon the
housetop, and his stuff in the house, let
him not come down to take it away; and
he that is in the field, let him likewise
not return back.
31 In that day, the disciple who shall be
on the housetop, and his stuff in the
house, let him not come down to take it
away; and he who is in the field, let him
likewise not return back.
32 Remember Lot's wife. 32 Remember Lot's wife.
33 Whosoever shall seek to save his
life, shall lose it; and whosoever shall
lose his life, shall preserve it.
33 Whosoever shall seek to save his
life, shall lose it; and whosoever shall
lose his life, shall preserve it.
34 I tell you, in that night there shall be
two men in one bed; the one shall be
taken, and the other shall be left.
35 Two women shall be grinding together;
the one shall be taken, and the other left.
34 I tell you, in that night there shall be
two in one bed; the one shall be taken,
and the other shall be left. Two shall be
grinding together; the one shall be taken,
and the other left.
36 Two men shall be in the field; the one
shall be taken and the other left.
35 Two shall be in the field; the one
shall be taken and the other left.
37 And they answered and said unto him,
Where, Lord? And he said unto them,
Wheresoever the body is, thither will the
eagles be gathered together.
36 And they answered and said unto him,
Where, Lord, shall they be taken?
37 And he said unto them, Wheresoever
the body is gathered; or, in other words,
whithersoever the saints are gathered
,
thither will the eagles be gathered
together; or, thither will the remainder
be gathered together
.
38 This he spake, signifying the
gathering of his saints; and of angels
descending and gathering the
remainder unto them; the one from the
bed, the other from the grinding, and
the other from the field, whithersoever
he listeth.
39 For verily there shall be new heavens,
and a new earth, wherein dwelleth
righteousness.
40 And there shall be no unclean thing;
for the earth becoming old, even as as
garment, having waxed in corruption,
wherefore it vanisheth away, and the
footstool remaineth sanctified, cleansed
from all sin.

2 Thessalonians 2:1-12 (see also predicted evil leaders)

King James Version Inspired Version
1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the
coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by
our gathering together unto him,
1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the
coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by
our gathering together unto him,
2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or
be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word,
nor by letter, as from us
, as that the day
of Christ is at hand.
2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or
be troubled by letter, except ye receive
it from us; neither by spirit, nor by word,

as that the day of Christ is at hand.
3 Let no man deceive you by any means:
for that day shall not come, except there
come a falling away first, and that man of
sin be revealed, the son of perdition,
3 Let no man deceive you by any means;
for there shall come a falling away first,
and that man of sin be revealed, the son
of perdition;
4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself
above all that is called God, or that is
worshipped; so that he as God sitteth
in the temple of God, shewing himself
that he is God.
4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself
above all that is called God, or that is
worshiped; so that he as God sitteth
in the temple of God, showing himself
that he is God.
5 Remember ye not, that, when I was
yet with you, I told you these things?
5 Remember ye not, that, when I was
yet with you, I told you these things?
6 And now ye know what withholdeth
that he might be revealed in his time.
6 And now ye know what withholdeth
that he might be revealed in his time.
7 For the mystery of iniquity doth
already work: only he who now letteth
will let, until he
be taken out of the way.
7 For the mystery of iniquity doth
already work, and he it is who now
worketh, and Christ suffereth him to
work, until the time is fulfilled that he
shall
be taken out of the way.
8 And then shall that wicked be
revealed, whom the Lord shall consume
with the spirit of his mouth, and shall
destroy with the brightness of his coming:
8 And then shall that wicked one be
revealed, whom the Lord shall consume
with the spirit of his mouth, and shall
destroy with the brightness of his coming.
9 Even him, whose coming is after the
working of Satan with all power and
signs and lying wonders,
9 Yea, the Lord, even Jesus, whose
coming is not until after there cometh a
falling away, by
the working of Satan with
all power, and signs and lying wonders,
10 And with all deceivableness of
unrighteousness in them that perish;
because they received not the love of
the truth, that they might be saved.
10 And with all deceivableness of
unrighteousness in them that perish;
because they received not the love of
the truth, that they might be saved.
11 And for this cause God shall send
them strong delusion, that they should
believe a lie:
11 And for this cause God shall send
them strong delusion, that they should
believe a lie;
12 That they all might be damned who
believed not the truth, but had pleasure
in unrighteousness.
12 That they all might be damned who
believed not the truth, but had pleasure
in unrighteousness.

a translation dilemma

An interlinear Greek-English New Testament will show that the transition between 2 Thessalonians
2:8 and 2:9 is too abrupt to make sense in English. A good translator must understand what is meant
in the Greek and then put that meaning in English. In the following review, words not derived from
the Greek text are in blue font.

King James Version
8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth,
and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

Inspired Version
8 And then shall that wicked one be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the breath of his
mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming.
9 Yea, the Lord, even Jesus, whose coming is not until after there cometh a falling away, by the
working of Satan with all power, and signs and lying wonders,

Ferrar Fenton's translation (1905 edition)
8 and then the outlaw will become manifest, whom the Lord will destroy by the spirit of His mouth,
and extinguish by the manifestation of His presence.
9 This outlaw's arrival will be accompanied by the energy of Satan with all powers, and signs, and
terrors of falsehood;

Helen Montgomery's translation (1924)
8 and then the lawless one will be revealed. Him the Lord will consume with the breath of his lips,
and destroy with the brightness of his appearing;
9 even he whose coming is according to the energy of Satan, in every power and sign and lying
wonder,

New International Version (1984 edition)
8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus* will overthrow with the breath
of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming.
9 The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds
of counterfeit miracles, signs, and wonders,
______________________________________________________*this is in some manuscripts

from an 1831 revelation given through Joseph Smith

Doctrine and Covenants 1:6
And again, verily I say unto you, O inhabitants of the earth, I, the Lord, am willing to make these
things known unto all flesh, for I am no respecter of persons, and will that all men shall know that
the day speedily cometh—the hour is not yet, but is nigh at hand—when peace shall be taken from
the earth
, and the Devil shall have power over his own dominion; and also the Lord shall have
power over his saints
, and shall reign in their midst, and shall come down in judgment upon Idumea,
or the world
.

My interpretations of phrases in Doctrine and Covenants 1:6 are as follows:

when peace shall be taken from the earth — referring to Revelation 6:4 — Daniel Revisited
_____(2013) by Mark Davidson predicts that Revelation 6:4 will be fulfilled by "the invasion of the
_____Middle East by Iran", which it shows to be imminent

and the Devil shall have power over his own dominion — the restoration of the Islamic caliphate,
_____culminating in a false messiah and the rise of anti-Christian Islamic government — read The
_____Islamic Antichrist
(2009) and Mideast Beast (2012) by Joel Richardson

and also the Lord shall have power over his saints — the Confrontation with Christ, worldwide
_____preaching of his gospel, and the gathering of the righteous

and shall reign in their midst — Christ's increasing presence in Zion while the rest of the world is
_____caught up in wars

and shall come down in judgment upon Idumea, or the world — the destruction of the wicked by
_____Christ — ancient Idumea is now thoroughly Islamic

Joseph Smith's revision of Revelation 1:1-8

King James Version Inspired Version
1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ which God gave unto
him,
to shew unto his servants things which must shortly
come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel
unto his servant John,
1 The Revelation of John, a servant of God, which
was given unto him of Jesus Christ,
to show unto his
servants things which must shortly come to pass, that
he sent and signified by his angel unto his servant John,
2 Who bare record of the word of God, and of the
testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.
2 Who bore record of the word of God, and of the
testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.
3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the
words of this prophecy, and keep those things which
are written therein: for the time is at hand.
3 Blessed are they who read, and they who hear and
understand
the words of this prophecy, and keep
those things which are written therein, for the time of
the coming of the Lord draweth nigh
.
4 John to the seven churches which are in Asia:
Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and
which was, and which is to come; and from the seven
Spirits which are before his throne
;
4 Now this is the testimony of John to the seven
servants who are over the seven churches in Asia.
Grace unto you, and peace from him who is, and
who was, and who is to come; who hath sent forth
his angel from before his throne, to testify unto those
who are the seven servants over the seven churches
.
5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness,
and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of
the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and
washed us from our sins in his own blood,
5 Therefore, I, John, the faithful witness, bear
record of the things which were delivered me of
the angel, and from Jesus Christ
the first begotten of
the dead, and the Prince of the kings of the earth.
6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and
his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and
ever. Amen.
6 And unto him who loved us, be glory; who washed
us from our sins in his own blood, and hath made us
kings and priests unto God, his Father. To him be glory
and dominion, for ever and ever. Amen.
7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall
see him, and they also which pierced him: and all
kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even
so, Amen.
7 For behold, he cometh in the clouds with ten
thousands of his saints in the kingdom, clothed with
the glory of his Father
. And every eye shall see him;
and they who pierced him, and all the kindreds of the
earth shall wail because of him. Even so. Amen.
8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the
ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and
which is to come, the Almighty.
8 For he saith, I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning
and the ending, the Lord, who is, and who was, and
who is to come, the Almighty.

Revelation 1:1-8 is the introduction to the book, verses 1-3 by the presidency of the church (after the messages in
1:9 - 3:22 had proven to be on target), verses 4-8 by John himself.

Joseph Smith's revisions in verses 3 and 7 focus attention on the second coming of Christ. The verse 7 revision
makes a connection with the General Epistle of Jude: "And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of
these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousand of his saints, to execute judgment upon all, and to
convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of
all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him."

Revelation 14 and Doctrine and Covenants 85

Revelation 14, I.V. Revelation 14, I.V. Doctrine & Covenants 85 Revelation 9 - 11, Inspired Version
6 And I saw another angel fly
in the midst of heaven, having
the everlasting gospel to
preach unto them that dwell
on the earth, and to every
nation, and kindred, and
tongue, and people,

7 Saying with a loud voice,
Fear God, and give glory to
him
; for the hour of his
judgment is come
; and
worship him that made
heaven, and earth, and the
sea, and the fountains of
waters.

12 Here is the patience of the
saints; here are they that keep
the commandments of God,
and the faith of Jesus.

13 And I heard a voice from
heaven saying unto me, Write,
Blessed are the dead which
die in the Lord from
henceforth; Yea, saith the
Spirit, that they may rest from
their labors; and their works
do follow them.

31 And another trump shall
sound, which is the fifth trump
,
which is the fifth angel who
committeth the everlasting
gospel
, flying through the
midst of heaven
, unto all
nations, kindreds, tongues,
and people; and this shall be
the sound of his trump, saying
to all people, both in heaven
and in earth, and that are
under the earth; for every ear
shall hear it, and every knee
shall bow, and every tongue
shall confess, while they hear
the sound of the trump, saying,
Fear God, and give glory to
him
who sitteth upon the
throne, for ever and ever: for
the hour of his judgment is
come
.
9:1 And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star
fall from heaven unto the earth; and to the angel
was given the key of the bottomless pit.
9:2 And he opened the bottomless pit; and there
arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a
great furnace; and the sun and the air were
darkened by reasons of the smoke of the pit.
9:3 And there came out of the smoke locusts upon
the earth; and unto them was given power, as the
scorpions of the earth have power.
9:4 And it was commanded them that they should
not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green
thing, neither any tree; but only those men which
have not the seal of God in their foreheads.
9:5 And to them it was given that they should not
kill them, but that they should be tormented five
months; and their torment was as the torment of
a scorpion, when he striketh a man.
9:6 And in those days shall men seek death, and
shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and
death shall flee from them.
9:7 And the shapes of the locusts were like unto
horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads
were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces
were as the faces of men.
9:8 And they had hair as the hair of women, and
their teeth were as the teeth of lions.
9:9 And they had breastplates, as it were
breastplates of iron; and the sound of their
wings was as the sound of chariots of many
horses running to battle.
9:10 And they had tails like unto scorpions, and
there were stings in their tails; and their power
was to hurt men five months.
9:11 And they had a king over them, which is the
angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the
Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek
tongue hath his name Apollyon.
9:12 One woe is past; and, behold, there come two
woes more hereafter.
8 And there followed another
angel, saying, Babylon is
fallen, is fallen
, that great
city, because she made all
nations drink of the wine of
the wrath of her fornication
.
14 And I looked, and behold
a white cloud, and upon the
cloud one sat like unto the Son
of man, having on his head a
golden crown, and in his hand
a sharp sickle.

15 And another angel came
out of the temple, crying with
a loud voice to him that sat
on the cloud, Thrust in thy
sickle, and reap; for the time
is come for thee to reap; for
the harvest of the earth is ripe.

16 And he that sat on the
cloud thrust in his sickle on
the earth; and the earth was
reaped.

26 ... And another angel shall
sound his trump, saying, That
great church, the mother of
abominations, that made all
nations drink of the wine of the
wrath of her fornication
, that
persecuteth the saints of God,
that shed their blood: she who
sitteth upon many waters, and
upon the islands of the sea;
behold, she is the tares of the
earth, she is bound in bundles,
her bands are made strong, no
man can loose them; therefore,
she is ready to be burned. And
he shall sound his trump both
long and loud, and all nations
shall hear it.

32 And again, another angel
shall sound his trump, which
is the sixth angel
, saying, She
is fallen, who made all nations
drink of the wine of the wrath
of her fornication
: she is
fallen! is fallen!

9:13 And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a
voice from the four horns of the golden altar
which is before God,
9:14 Saying to the sixth angel which had the
trumpet, Loose the four angels which are
bound in the bottomless pit.
9:15 And the four angels were loosed, which were
prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month,
and a year, for to slay the third part of men.
9:16 And the number of the army of the horsemen
were two hundred thousand thousand; and I saw
the number of them.
9:17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and
them that sat on them, having breastplates of
fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone; and the
heads of the horses were as the heads of lions;
and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke
and brimstone.
9:18 By these three was the third part of men
killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the
brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.
9:19 For their power is in their mouth, and in
their tails; for their tails were like unto
serpents, and had heads, and with them they do
hurt.
9:20 And the rest of the men which were not
killed by these plagues yet repented not of the
works of their hands, that they should not
worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and
brass, and stone, and of wood; which neither can
see, nor hear, nor walk;
9:21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor
of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor
of their thefts.
9 And the third angel
followed them, saying with
a loud voice, If any man
worship the beast and his
image, and receive his mark
in his forehead or in his hand,

10 The same shall drink of
the wine of the wrath of God,
which is poured out without
mixture into the cup of his
indignation; and he shall be
tormented with fire and
brimstone in the presence of
the holy angels, and in the
presence of the Lamb;

11 And the smoke of their
torment ascendeth up forever
and ever; and they have no
rest day nor night, who
worship the beast and his
image, and whosoever
receiveth the mark of his
name.

17 And another angel came
out of the temple which is in
heaven, he also having a sharp
sickle.

18 And another angel came
out from the altar, which had
power over fire; and cried with
a loud cry to him that had the
sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in
thy sharp sickle, and gather
the clusters of the vine of the
earth; for her grapes are fully
ripe.

19 And the angel thrust in his
sickle into the earth, and
gathered the vine of the earth,
and cast it into the great
winepress of the wrath of God.

20 And the winepress was
trodden without the city, and
blood came out of the
winepress, even unto the
horses' bridles, by the space
of a thousand and six hundred
furlongs.

33 And again, another angel
shall sound his trump, which
is the seventh angel
, saying:
It is finished! it is finished!
the Lamb of God hath
overcome, and trodden the
winepress alone; even the
winepress of the fierceness
of the wrath of Almighty God.
10:7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh
angel, when he shall begin to sound
, the mystery
of God should be finished, as he hath declared to
his servants the prophets.

11:14 The second woe is past; and behold, the
third woe cometh quickly.
11:15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there
were great voices in heaven, saying, The
kingdoms of this world are become the kingdom
of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall
reign forever and ever.


Although the fifth, sixth, and seventh trumpets mentioned in Doctrine and Covenants 85:31-33 correspond to the fifth,
sixth, and seventh trumpets mentioned in Revelation 9 - 11, some of the phrases in Doctrine and Covenants 85:31-33
correspond to phrases in Revelation 14:6-20. This means that the events mentioned in Revelation 14:6-20 are to happen
during the periods of the fifth, sixth, and seventh trumpets. As for my breaking up Revelation 14:6-20 into two parallel
sequences, some corresponding phrases and the fact that these angels are not numbered like those with trumpets or vials,
allow me to interpret Revelation 14:6-20 as I have done.

Revelation 9 - 11 mentions the passage of time: "five months" (9:5), "in those days" (9:6), "five months" (9:10), "for an
hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men" (9:15), "in the days of the voice of the seventh
angel, when he shall begin to sound" (10:7).

predicted evil leaders (see also 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12)

Daniel 11:36-45, Revelation 13, and 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12

These three prophetic passages seem to me to be parallel predictions whose fulfillments will occur at the
same time. Daniel 11:36-45 speaks only of a political leader, who (because of the link between Daniel 11:36
and 2 Thessalonians 2:4) I interpret to be the Antichrist.

Revelation 13 is more detailed. Verses 1-4 speak of the organization the Antichrist will use as his power
base. Verses 5-8 describe the Antichrist himself. Verses 9-10 are a warning for saints who must live through
those times. Verses 11-12 speak of the organization the false prophet (see Revelation 19:20) will use as his
power base. Verses 13-18 describe the false prophet's activities.

The most difficult of the three passages is 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12. Yet because of the clear delineation of
the two beasts in Revelation 13, I can read in what I learn there and guess that the "falling away" in verse
3 might tie in with the activities of the false prophet, that verses 3-4 and 8 refer to the Antichrist, and that
verses 9-12 refer to activities promoted by the false prophet.

The Book of Mormon 2 Nephi 11:28-34
And the Lord will set his hand again the second time to restore his people from their lost and fallen state.
Wherefore, he will proceed to do a marvelous work, and a wonder among the children of men. Wherefore,
he shall bring forth his words unto them, which words shall judge them at the last day; for they shall be
given them for the purpose of convincing them of the true Messiah, who was rejected by them; and unto the
convincing of them that they need not look forward any more for a Messiah to come, for there should not
any come, save it should be a false Messiah, which should deceive the people: for there is save one
Messiah spoken of by the prophets, and that Messiah is he who should be rejected of the Jews.

The New Testament, Revelation, mentions "the beast" and "the false prophet". The Book of Mormon,
2 Nephi, mentions "a false messiah which should deceive the people". Will "a false messiah" be the same
person as "the beast" or as "the false prophet"? Or is "a false messiah" yet a third evil leader?

The term "the Antichrist'' is an invented designation for "the beast", since in the New Testament
"antichrist" is a general term that can be used in the plural, "antichrists". Although "the beast" may be a
system of governance, Revelation 19:19-20 also refers to "the beast" as the human leader of it.

"The beast" seems to me to be a world political leader, while "the false prophet" seems to me to be a
world religious leader who engenders support for the world political leader. So if "a false messiah" will be
one of the two, I would think he would have to be "the beast", who is called "the Antichrist".

Since the 2 Nephi use of "a false messiah" is, in context, related to the Jews, this suggests that when
"the beast" rises to power, he may deceive many of the Jews in Israel into thinking that he has their best
interests in mind, and he may do things for them that will deceive many into thinking that he is their
long-awaited messiah.

Islamic eschatology

An excellent book on this subject is The Islamic Antichrst (2009) by Joel Richardson. It shows that
predicted Islamic leaders who will be good from an Islamic point of view correspond with scripturally
predicted leaders who will be evil from a Christian point of view. Thus, the Islamic Mahdi will be the
Biblical Antichrist, and the Islamic Jesus, returning to support the Mahdi, will be the Biblical False
Prophet. Furthermore, Islam's predicted evil leader, the Dajjal, will be the Biblical Jesus Christ returning
to reign for a thousand years.

Globalists in formerly Christian nations are allowing Islamists to pursue their goal of establishing Sharia
law over the entire planet, because any force that can contribute to the establishment of global
government is welcomed by globalists.

why humans serve Satan's desire for increasing government control

"Wherefore hear the word of the Lord, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem.
Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when
the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us; for we have made lies our refuge,
and under falsehood we have hid ourselves...
" (Isaiah 28:14-15).

from Josiah Royce's 1913 book The Problem of Christianity, volume I , lecture III, section IX

"... individualism and collectivism are tendencies, each of which, as our social order grows, intensifies the
other. The more the social will expresses itself in vast organizations of collective power, the more are
individuals trained to be aware of their own personal wants and choices and ideals, and of the vast
opportunities that would be theirs if they could but gain control of these social forces. The more, in sum,
does their individual self-will become conscious, deliberate, cultivated, and therefore dangerously alert
and ingenious....

"It is a sensitive self-will, which feels the importance of the social forces, and which wants them to grow
more powerful, so that haply they may be used by the individual himself. And so, when opportunity offers,
the individual self-will casts its vote in favor of new devices to enrich or to intensify the expression of the
collective will. For it desires social powers. It wants them for its own use....

"For the highly trained modern agitator, or the plastic disciple of agitators, if both intelligent and
reasonably orderly in habits, is intensely both an individualist and a man who needs the collective will,
who in countless ways and cases bows to that will, and votes for it, and increases its power. The
individualism of such a man wars with his own collectivism; while each, as I insist, tends to inflame the
other. As an agitator, the typically restless child of our age often insists upon heaping up new burdens of
social control, — control that he intends to have others feel rather than himself.
"

interpreting Revelation 9:1-2

"Then the fifth angel blew his trumpet, and I saw a star fallen from heaven upon the earth; and to him was
given the key to the bottomless pit. And he opened the bottomless pit, and out of the pit there went up a
smoke like the smoke of a great furnace. And the sun and the air grew dark, because of the smoke out of
the pit" (Helen Montgomery's 1924 translation).

The King James Version of Revelation 9:1 states: "And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from
heaven unto the earth; and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit." Is the key given to the angel or
to the star? Joseph Smith Jr., in his revision of the King James Version, available from the Community of
Christ, has the key going to the angel: "And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto
the earth; and to the angel was given the key of the bottomless pit." The New International Version has the
key going to the star: "The fifth angel sounded his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from the sky to
the earth. The star was given the key to the shaft of the Abyss." I think the key goes to the angel, since in
Revelation 20:1, KJV, we read: "And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the
bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand."

Another problem in interpreting Revelation 9:1 can be confusion over whether the star that falls is like a
meteorite or is some spiritual being. Revelation 12:9, KJV, states: "And the great dragon was cast out, that
old serpent, called the Devil and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world; he was cast out into the earth, and
his angels were cast out with him". Luke 10:18, KJV, has Jesus saying: "I beheld Satan as lightning fall
from heaven".

Joseph Smith Jr.'s revision of 1 Peter 3:18-20 states: "For Christ also once suffered for sins, the just for the
unjust, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit, that he might bring us to God. For which
cause also, he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; some of whom were disobedient in the days of
Noah, while the long-suffering of God waited, while the ark was preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls
were saved by water."

Then, in Doctrine and Covenants 76:6c, we read: "Behold, these are they who died without law; and also
they who are the spirits of men kept in prison, whom the Son visited, and preached the gospel unto them,
that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, who received not the testimony of Jesus in the flesh,
but afterwards received it."

Thus, the preaching of Christ to those in the bottomless pit would have caused a great division among those
spirits. Those obedient to Christ would want to help His cause on their release from the pit, while those still
opposed to Christ would want to reinforce the powers of evil under Satan's leadership. I would guess that
those obedient to Christ's ministry will be able to leave the pit before supporters of the beast ascend from it.

These are difficult matters to interpret. Revelation 13:1 says a beast will "rise up out of the sea".
Revelation 11:7 mentions a beast "that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit". Since both verses seem to be
referring to the same beast, I think the ascension from the bottomless pit represents a later transformation
of the beast that rose up out of the sea. That would yield this chronology:

1. A beast rises up out of the sea (Revelation 13:1-4).

2. A beast comes up out of the earth (Revelation 13:11).

3. The bottomless pit is opened (Revelation 9:1; 2 Thessalonians 2:5-8).

4. The Antichrist is revealed (Revelation 13:5-10,16-18).

5. The false prophet is revealed (Revelation 13:12-15).

6. The second coming of Christ will not begin with a resurrection of the dead in Him and a rapture of living
saints, but rather as a confrontation with those supposed to be doing his work on Earth (Isaiah 59:19-20;
Malachi 3:1-5; Luke 12:35-48; etc.). The resurrection (and the rapture that follows it) will not occur until
Christ is to descend to reign on Earth for a thousand years, when the Antichrist and the false prophet are
cast into a lake of fire burning with brimstone (Revelation 19:20).

7. Repentant spirits from the pit become agents for God's judgments on His people (Revelation 9:2-11).

8. Evil spirits from the pit reinforce the powers of Satan (Revelation 9:13-15).

9. World War III destroys "the third part of men" (Revelation 9:15-21).

10. The destruction of the wicked by Christ (Revelation 19:11-21).

11. Satan will be bound in the pit for a thousand years (Revelation 20:1-3).

"Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates" of Revelation 9:14 was revised by
Joseph Smith Jr. to read: "Loose the four angels which are bound in the bottomless pit". This confirms that
evil spirits are held back when the bottomless pit is first opened. Notice that the first woe (fifth trumpet) is
not intended to kill people (Revelation 9:5-6), whereas the second woe (sixth trumpet) will kill "the third
part of men" (Revelation 9:15). That contrast convinces me that the first woe serves the purposes of God,
whereas the second woe serves the purposes of Satan.

the organization of evil

Doctrine and Covenants 76:3i-m
And this we saw also, and bear record, that an angel of God, who was in authority in the presence
of God, who rebelled against the only begotten Son; whom the Father loved, and who was in the
bosom of the Father; and was thrust down from the presence of God and the Son, and was called
Perdition; for the heavens wept over him; he was Lucifer, a son of the morning. And we beheld,
and lo, he is fallen! is fallen! even a son of the morning. And while we were yet in the Spirit, the
Lord commanded us that we should write the vision; for we beheld Satan, that old serpent, even
the Devil, who rebelled against God, and sought to take the kingdom of our God and his Christ;
wherefore he maketh war with the saints of God, and encompasses them them round about. And
we saw a vision of the sufferings of those with whom he made war and overcame ...

Genesis 3:1-5, Inspired Version
And I, the Lord God, spake unto Moses, saying, That Satan whom thou hast commanded in the
name of mine Only Begotten, is the same which was from the beginning; and he came before me,
saying, Behold I, send me, I will be thy Son, and I will redeem all mankind, that one soul shall not
be lost, and surely I will do it; wherefore, give me thine honor. But behold, my beloved Son, which
was my beloved and chosen from the beginning, said unto me: Father, thy will be done, and the
glory be thine forever. Wherefore, because that Satan rebelled against me, and sought to destroy
the agency of man, which I, the Lord God, had given him; and also that I should give unto him
mine own power; by the power of mine Only Begotten I caused that he should be cast down; and
he became Satan. Yea, even the devil, the father of all lies, to deceive, and to blind men, and to
lead them captive at his will, even as many as would not hearken unto my voice.

Isaiah 14, King James Version New Testament, King James Version Doctrine and Covenants 28:10
12 How art thou fallen from
heaven, O Lucifer, son of the
morning! how art thou cut down
to the ground, which didst
weaken the nations!
13 For thou hast said in thine
heart, I will ascend into heaven,
I will exalt my throne above the
stars of God: I will sit also upon
the mount of the congregation,
in the sides of the north:
14 I will ascend above the
heights of the clouds; I will be
like the most High.
15 Yet thou shalt be brought
down to hell, to the sides of
the pit.
2 Peter 2:4 For if God spared not the
angels that sinned, but cast them down
to hell, and delivered them into chains
of darkness, to be reserved unto
judgment;

Jude 6 And the angels which kept not
their first estate, but left their own
habitation, he hath reserved in
everlasting chains under darkness
unto the judgment of the great day.

... for he [Lucifer] rebelled against
me, saying, Give me thine honor,
which is my power; and also a
third part of the hosts of heaven

turned he away from me because
of their agency; and they were
thrust down, and thus became the
Devil and his angels; and, behold,
there is a place prepared for them
from the beginning, which place is
hell ...

Revelation 12, King James Version Revelation 12, Inspired Version
3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven;
and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads
and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.
4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of
heaven
, and did cast them to the earth ...
4 And there appeared another sign in heaven;
and behold, a great red dragon, having seven heads
and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.
And his tail drew the third part of the stars of
heaven
, and did cast them to the earth ...
Revelation 13, King James Version Revelation 13, Inspired Version
1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a
beast rise up out of the sea
, having seven heads
and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and
upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
1 And I saw another sign, in the likeness of the
kingdoms of the earth; a beast rise up out of the
sea, and he
stood upon the sand of the sea, having
seven heads and ten horns; and upon his horns ten
crowns; and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.

The quote from Revelation 12 is a description of the spiritual organization of Satan's rebellion
against God when it still had access to heaven. The quote from Revelation 13 is a description of
Satan's organization on Earth after he and his angels had been cast down here (Revelation
12:7-9, KJV / 12:6-8, I.V.). Notice the shift of crowns from seven heads to ten horns.

Shall Satan cast out Satan?

"And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?"
(Matthew 12:26, King James Version).

Revelation 17:12: "And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no
kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast." This "one hour with the
beast" is significant because the "great city which reigneth over the kings of the earth"
(Revelation 17:18) is destroyed in "one hour" (Revelation 18:10,17,19). Revelation 17:16:
"And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make
her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire." So the "one hour with
the beast" is the same "one hour" in which Babylon the Great is made desolate. This is not
Satan casting out Satan, but Satan's earthly beast, his world government, bringing the nations
he presides over into World War III.

After the ten kings have destroyed Babylon the Great, they "make war with the Lamb", implying
that Christ is in the midst of His people in Zion when Babylon the Great is destroyed. Revelation
17:14: "These [ten kings] shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for
He is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with Him [in Zion] are called, and chosen,
and faithful."

prophesied anger

Revelation 12:17, King James Version
And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed,
which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Wroth means filled with anger.

The Book of Mormon 2 Nephi 12:22-24
But behold, that great and abominable church, the whore of all the earth, must tumble to the earth;
and great must be the fall thereof: for the kingdom of the devil must shake, and they which belong
to it must needs be stirred up unto repentance, or the devil will grasp them with his everlasting
chains, and they be stirred up to anger and perish; for behold, at that day shall he rage in the hearts
of the children of men, and stir them up to anger against that which is good.

spiritual experiences mentioned in a 1970 letter by John McDonnell

"The reason for my turn to religious interests is on account of some frightening experiences I've
been having for the last few years. They are spiritual experiences that occur when I am asleep,
although during them I am not asleep. They are as real as everyday life and completely different
from mere dreams. The first one was on the day after Lynn died. I was sleeping and during my
sleep I felt like someone was pulling me out of bed. The next thing I knew the thing I call 'myself',
my self-conscious being, was looking down at my own body. I was hovering above. When I returned
to my body it was chilled to the bone although it was over 90 degrees on a July 5th. Since then my
spiritual experiences have been milder. But recently I've had two more ghastly experiences. A
couple of months ago I had another out-of-body experience and everything was dark, bitterly dark.
Last month, or the month before, it was even sicker. I had a conversation with a spirit while I was
in the spiritual consciousness. He said his name was 'Ino Ago' and that he must wait for the
Judgment Day. The experience ended in horror, and perhaps it is a mercy that I can't remember
what was so horrifying. Such experiences would make anyone become religious—by necessity!
Who would not fear for the eternal well-being of one's own soul?"

genetic engineering and man-made diseases

In Ralph Waldo Emerson's 1841 oration "The Method of Nature" is a statement that in our age of
genetic engineering must seem strange. "In all animal and vegetable forms, the physiologist concedes
that no chemistry, no mechanics, can account for the facts, but a mysterious principle of life must be
assumed, which not only inhabits the organ, but makes the organ."

Our present media report on genetic research in an oversimplified way suggesting that every aspect
of any life form is determined by the chemistry and mechanics of its genetic makeup, which can be
artificially altered at any point to change any aspect of the resulting life form. Thus, what is presented
in the media is a complete rejection of Emerson's 1841 observation.

One problem with these oversimplified suggestions is that there should not necessarily be a one-to-one
correspondence between genes in DNA spirals and each aspect of a mature life form, because of
necessity there must be numerous transformations in growth between the seeds for new life forms and
the attainment of maturity for reproduction. Unless artificial changes are able to move toward mature
manifestations in harmony with everything else, the process could altogether fail.

Yet there have been many "successful" products of genetic engineering. Could those who altered the
genes have known beforehand what would happen through each stage of development towards
maturity? I tend to doubt it. I think it is more a case of "Let's see what happens". Perhaps eventually
what happens through each stage of development might be observed. But even then, there could be no
real assurance that every stage of development could be accounted for by chemistry and mechanics.

Emerson's "mysterious principle of life" could still be an unseen driving force through the
development of life forms tampered with by genetic engineers. It may be that without the "mysterious
principle of life" no genetic engineering experiment could ever be "successful".

If anyone wonders why I have put "successful" in quotes, here are some concerns I have about
genetic engineering:

letter by John McDonnell in Acres, U.S.A., 1988, July

EVERY CORRUPTIBLE THING

Did genetic engineering bring on the destroying
flood in Noah's time? "And God looked upon the
earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had
corrupted his way upon the earth. For God said
unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before
me; for the earth is filled with violence through
them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the
earth." The gathering of animals into the ark
may have been to preserve the kinds that God
had originally made rather than all kinds then
existing. Noah was assigned to keep alive pairs
from "every living thing of all flesh" with the
stipulation that they be "after their kind."

Jesus warned, "As the days of Noah were, so
shall also the coming of the Son of man be." An
1833 prophecy of Joseph Smith concerning
conditions at the second coming of Christ states:
"The veil of the covering of my temple, in my
tabernacle, which hideth the earth, shall be taken
off, and all flesh shall see me together. And every
corruptible thing, both of man, or of the beasts of
the field, or of the fowls of heaven, or of the fish
of the sea, that dwell upon all the face of the
earth, shall be consumed; and also, that of
element shall melt with fervent heat; and all
things shall become new, that my knowledge
and glory may dwell upon all the earth. And in
that day the enmity of man, and the enmity of
beasts; yea, the enmity of all flesh shall cease
from before my face" (RLDS Doctrine and
Covenants
98:5). "Every corruptible thing" may
refer to the products of genetic engineering.

I believe there are connections between spirit
and element, which no mortal adequately
understands, that are safeguarded by the
genetic codes the Creator set up. Genetic
engineering would so corrupt these connections
that things would exist that are neither man, nor
beast, nor fowl, nor fish. If the object of genetic
engineering is "better" plants, animals, and
humans, who is to decide what "better" is? The
only true goal is healthier plants, animals, and
people, which nearly everyone can appreciate,
and which can be joyfully achieved from the soil
up beginning with the art of biological farming.

man-made diseases

"... a desolating scourge shall go forth among
the inhabitants of the earth, and shall continue
to be poured out [by genetic engineers], from
time to time, if they [the inhabitants, including
genetic engineers] repent not, until the earth
is empty, and the inhabitants thereof are
consumed away, and utterly destroyed by
the brightness of my coming. Behold, I tell
you these things even as I also told the
people of the destruction of Jerusalem, and
my word shall be verified at this time as it
hath hitherto been verified" (Doctrine and
Covenants
5:3g-h).

"... and there shall be men standing in that
generation that shall not pass, until they shall
see an overflowing scourge, for a desolating
sickness shall come over the land; but my
disciples shall stand in holy places, and shall
not be moved; but among the wicked, men
shall lift up their voices and curse God, and
die. And there shall be earthquakes, also, in
divers places and many desolations; yet
men will harden their hearts against me,
and they will take up the sword one against
another, and they will kill one another"
(Doctrine and Covenants 45:4d-f).

When I hear those wanting to play God over
humanity saying there are too many people
and that human populations need to be
reduced now, and when I tie that attitude in
with the fact that new diseases that bypass
the human immune system began showing up
not long after genetic engineering began to
develop, what am I as a thinking person
supposed to conclude? It certainly cannot be
that those controlling genetic engineering
are pure scientists unwilling to sell their
secrets to the social engineers who are
openly saying that they want human
populations reduced. Numerous corporations
are already investing millions of dollars
in genetic engineering projects, whose goals
are not subject to review by the general
public. This is the very essence of arrogance.
They are little mortals like the rest of us. Yet
they think that an elite group of enlightened
mortals can somehow know exactly what
should be done with the rest of us.

Zion before the Millennium

There are at least five scriptural passages that I interpret as teaching that a nearly ideal society
will be established prior to the coming of Christ to reign on Earth for a thousand years.

The Book of Mormon 1 Nephi 3:230-231
And it came to pass that I, Nephi, beheld the power of the Lamb of God, that it descended
upon the saints of the church of the Lamb, and upon the covenant people of the Lord, who were
scattered upon all the face of the earth; and they were armed with righteousness and with the
power of God in great glory.

Doctrine and Covenants 36:12f-g
... and righteousness and truth will I cause to sweep the earth as with a flood, to gather out my
own elect from the four quarters of the earth unto a place which I shall prepare; a holy city, that my
people may gird up their loins, and be looking forth for the time of my coming; for there shall be my
tabernacle, and it shall be called Zion, a New Jerusalem.

Doctrine and Covenants 45:12c-d
... purchase an inheritance which shall hereafter be appointed unto you, and it shall be called
the New Jerusalem, a land of peace, a city of refuge, a place of safety for the saints of the most
high God; and the glory of the Lord shall be there, and the terror of the Lord also shall be there,
insomuch that the wicked will not come unto it; and it shall be called Zion.

Doctrine and Covenants 49:5a-b
But before the great day of the Lord shall come, Jacob shall flourish in the wilderness; and the
Lamanites shall blossom as the rose. Zion shall flourish upon the hills, and rejoice upon the
mountains, and shall be assembled together unto the place which I have appointed.

Doctrine and Covenants 65:1d-f
... call upon the Lord, that his kingdom may go forth upon the earth; that the inhabitants thereof
may receive it, and be prepared for the days to come, in the which the Son of man shall come
down in heaven, clothed in the brightness of his glory, to meet the kingdom of God which is set up
on the earth; wherefore, may the kingdom of God go forth, that the kingdom of heaven may come,
that thou, O God, may be glorified in heaven, so on earth, that thy enemies may be subdued; for
thine is the honor, power, and glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Constitution of the United States of America is already the political foundation of Zion, but
America's corrupt government must be reduced to its Constitutional limits. "And now, verily I
say unto you, concerning the laws of the land, It is my will that my people should observe to do
all things whatsoever I command them, and that law of the land, which is constitutional,
supporting that principle of freedom, in maintaining rights and privileges belongs to all mankind
and is justifiable before me; therefore, I, the Lord, justify you and your brethren of my church
in befriending that law which is the constitutional law of the land; and as pertaining to law of
man, whatsoever is more or less than these, cometh of evil" (Doctrine and Covenants 95:2a-b).
"And again I say unto you, Those who have been scattered by their enemies, it is my will that they
should continue to importune for redress, and redemption, by the hands of those who are placed as
rulers, and are in authority over you, according to the laws and constitution of the people which I
have suffered to be established, and should be maintained for the rights and protection of all
flesh, according to just and holy principles, that every man may act in doctrine, and principle
pertaining to futurity, according to the moral agency which I have given unto them, that every
man may be accountable for his own sins in the day of judgment. Therefore, it is not right that
any man should be in bondage one to another. And for this purpose have I established the
constitution of this land, by the hands of wise men whom I raised up unto this very purpose, and
redeemed the land by the shedding of blood" (Doctrine and Covenants 98:10d-h).

Those living where Zion shall be established who are rebellious against God shall be removed.
"The harvest is the end of the world, or the destruction of the wicked. The reapers are the angels,
or the messengers sent of heaven. As, therefore, the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so
shall it be in the end of this world, or the destruction of the wicked. For in that day, before the
Son of man shall come, he shall send forth his angels and messengers of heaven. And they shall
gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity, and shall cast them
out among the wicked; and there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. For the world shall be
burned with fire. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun, in the kingdom of their Father.
Who hath ears to hear, let him hear" (Matthew 13: 39-45, Inspired Version). "... even in the day
of the coming of the Son of man, and until that hour, there will be foolish virgins among the wise,
and at that hour cometh an entire separation of the righteous and the wicked; and in that day will
I send mine angels, to pluck out the wicked, and cast them into unquenchable fire" (Doctrine and
Covenants
63:13g-h). "Behold, the Lord requireth the heart and a willing mind; and the willing
and obedient shall eat the good of the land of Zion in these last days; and the rebellious shall be
cut off out of the land of Zion, and shall be sent away, and shall not inherit the land; for, verily,
I say that the rebellious are not of the blood of Ephraim, wherefore they shall be plucked out"
(Doctrine and Covenants 64:7a-b).

Zion out of all of God's creations

Doctrine and Covenants 22:21
And the Lord God said unto Moses, For mine own purposes have I made these things. Here is wisdom, and
it remaineth in me. And by the word of my power have I created them, which is mine Only Begotten Son, who
is full of grace and truth. And worlds without number have I created, and I also created them for mine own
purpose; and by the Son I created them, which is mine Only Begotten. And the first man of all men have I
called Adam, which is many. But only an account of this earth, and the inhabitants thereof, give I unto you;
for behold there are many worlds which have passed away by the word of my power; and there are many
also which now stand, and numberless are they unto man; but all things are numbered unto me; for they are
mine, and I know them.

Doctrine and Covenants 36:12-13
And Enoch beheld the Son of man ascend up unto the Father; and he called unto the Lord, saying, Will you
not come again upon the earth, for inasmuch as you are God, and I know you, and you have sworn unto me,
and commanded me that I should ask in the name of your Only Begotten, you have made me, and given unto
me a right to your throne, and not of myself, but through your own grace; wherefore I ask you if you will not
come again upon the earth? And the Lord said unto Enoch, As I live, even so will I come in the last days—in
the days of wickedness and vengeance, to fulfill the oath which I made unto you, concerning the children of
Noah; and the day shall come that the earth shall rest, but before that day, shall the heavens be darkened,
and a veil of darkness shall cover the earth; and the heavens shall shake, and also the earth; and great
tribulations shall be among the children of men, but my people will I preserve; and righteousness will I send
down out of heaven; and truth will I send forth out of the earth, to bear testimony of my Only Begotten; his
resurrection from the dead; yea, and also the resurrection of all men; and righteousness and truth will I cause
to sweep the earth as with a flood, to gather out my own elect from the four quarters of the earth unto a place
which I shall prepare; a holy city, that my people may gird up their loins, and be looking forth for the time of
my coming; for there shall be my tabernacle, and it shall be called Zion, a New Jerusalem. And the Lord said
unto Enoch, Then shall you and all your city meet them there, and we will receive them unto our bosom, and
they shall see us, and we will fall upon their necks, and they shall fall upon our necks, and we will kiss each
other, and there shall be my abode, and it shall be Zion which shall come forth out of all the creations which
I have made
; and for the space of a thousand years shall the earth rest.

from "The Hermitage" by Edward Rowland Sill

However small the present creature man, —
Ridiculous imitation of the gods,
Weak plagiarism on some completer world, —
Yet we can boast of that strong race to be.
The savage broke the attraction which binds fast
The fibres of the oak, and we to-day
By cunning chemistry can force apart
The elements of the air. That coming race
Shall loose the bands by which the earth attracts;
A drop of occult tincture, a spring touched
Shall outwit gravitation; men shall float,
Or lift the hills and set them down where they will.
The savage crossed the lake, and we the sea.
That coming race shall have no bounds or bars,
But, like the fledgeling eaglet, leave the nest, —
Our earthly eyrie up among the stars, —
And freely soar, to tread the desolate moon,
Or mingle with the neighbor folk of Mars.
Yea, if the savage learned by sign and sound
To bridge the chasm to his fellow's brain,
Till now we flash our whispers round the globe,
That race shall signal over the abyss
To those bright souls who throng the outer courts
Of life, impatient who shall greet men first
And solve the riddles that we die to know.

"The Hermitage", written in 1866, was first published in The Hermitage and Other Poems in 1868. The first
landing of men on the Moon was in 1969. Did the quoted passage have an influence on naming the first lunar
module? "The Eagle has landed!" It seems remarkable that the phrase "to tread the desolate moon" was
written 103 years before it became a reality.

conditions during the Millennium

Isaiah 11:6-9 as quoted and commented on in The Book of Mormon 2 Nephi 12:92-99

And then shall the wolf dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf, and
the young lion, and the fatling, together; and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall
feed; their young ones shall lie down together, and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. And the sucking
child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice's den.
They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of
the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.

Wherefore, the things of all nations shall be made known: yea, all things shall be made known unto the
children of men. There is nothing which is secret, save it shall be revealed; there is no work of
darkness, save it shall be made manifest in the light; and there is nothing which is sealed upon the
earth, save it shall be loosed. Wherefore, all things which have been revealed unto the children of men,
shall at that day be revealed; and Satan shall have power over the hearts of the children of men no
more, for a long time.

Doctrine and Covenants 98:5b-g
All things shall become new, that my knowledge and glory may dwell upon all the earth. And in that day
the enmity of man, and the enmity of beasts; yea, the enmity of all flesh shall cease from before my
face. And in that day whatsoever any man shall ask it shall be given unto him. And in that day Satan
shall not have power to tempt any man. And there shall be no sorrow because there is no death. In
that day an infant shall not die until he is old, and his life shall be as the age of a tree, and when he
dies he shall not sleep (that is to say in the earth), but shall be changed in the twinkling of an eye,
and shall be caught up, and his rest shall be glorious. Yea, verily I say unto you, In that day when the
Lord shall come he shall reveal all things; things which have passed, and hidden things which no
man knew; things of the earth by which it was made, and the purpose and the end thereof; things
most precious; things that are above, and things that are beneath; things that are in the earth, and
upon the earth, and in heaven.

dispensations, languages, and records

The earliest dispensations of the gospel had the advantage of one language over all the earth. After
the confusion of tongues, the work of proclaiming the gospel became more difficult. Full advantage has
been taken of any approximation of an international language. During the somewhat brief Greek
Empire, the Greek language was taught throughout the empire so successfully that when the Roman
Empire took over things Greek remained the closest thing to an international language. The great
majority of early New Testament manuscripts and books are in Greek, showing that the First Century
dispensation took advantage of the situation.

During the rise of the last dispensation of the gospel, the British empire developed an English-speaking
commonwealth of nations, making a strong bid for establishing English as an international language. So
it is no surprise that the translations and revelations for this dispensation of the gospel have been in
English, which due to the rise of the United States as a world power and influence, is now the closest
thing we have to an international language. We tend to assume that the other records mentioned in The
Book of Mormon
and Doctrine and Covenants will also be first translated into English when they are
revealed, and maybe some of them will be. But there is that prophecy that the Lord "will turn to the
people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the Lord, to serve him with one consent"
(Zephaniah 3:9). Since the Millennium is the time when all things shall be revealed, it would make sense
that the first revealment of many records would be into the new truly international language.

Before the Millennium begins, Zion must be established and people out of all nations must be gathered
into it. Obviously some sort of international language would be necessary for Zion to function, and that
language would have to be English. During the brief Zion period as a preparation for the full
Millennium, I am expecting records to be revealed. Perhaps some will be first presented in English.
But at some point a transition needs to be made. Perhaps near the end of the Zion period some
extremely important record will be revealed in the new language for the Millennium, so that to read the
record one must learn the new international language.

continents

One of the strangest verses in the Bible has to be Genesis 10:25: "And unto Eber were born two
sons: the name of one was Peleg; for in his days was the earth divided; and his brother's name was
Joktan." How was the earth divided? By political territories only? Or in some physical way? It would
be strange that the cataclysmic breaking up of one land mass into separate continents should be
summarized in one phrase!

After The Book of Mormon was published, Joseph Smith Jr. began working on a revision of the Bible.
Although not published in Joseph Smith Jr.'s lifetime, the manuscripts for it were preserved by his
widow Emma Smith, who eventually gave them to the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints, whose president at the time was her son Joseph Smith III. In 1867 the revision was
published by the RLDS as The Holy Scriptures. In The Holy Scriptures there is an addition to the
book of Genesis that suggests that the earth had been divided in a physical way in response to an
act of faith (emphasis mine): "For God having sworn unto Enoch and unto his seed with an oath to
himself; that every one being ordained after this order and calling should have power, by faith, to
break mountains, to divide the seas, to dry up waters, to turn them out of their course; to put at
defiance the armies of the nations, to divide the earth, to break every band, to stand in the presence
of God; to do all things according to his will, according to his command, subdue principalities and
powers; and this by the will of the Son of God which was from before the foundation of the world"
(Genesis 14:30-31, Inspired Version). The context suggests that the earth could be divided into
separate continents as an act of faith in response to the will of God. The suggestion is that Peleg
may have exercised this kind of faith in a way that resulted in one land mass splitting into separate
continents. Joseph Smith's translation of Genesis 10:25 reads: "And unto Eber were born two sons;
the name of one Peleg, the other Joktan. And Peleg was a mighty man, for in his days was the earth
divided" (Genesis 10:15-16, Inspired Version).

The Book of Mormon suggests one of the divine purposes in dividing the earth into continents:
"And behold, it is wisdom that this land should be kept as yet from the knowledge of other nations;
for behold, many nations would overrun the land, that there would be no place for an inheritance"
(2 Nephi 1:16-17).

In 1831 Joseph Smith Jr. presented a revelation predicting that the separate continents will
eventually become one land mass again (emphasis mine): "Prepare ye for the coming of the
Bridegroom: go ye, go ye out to meet him, for, behold, he shall stand upon the Mount of Olives, and
upon the mighty ocean, even the great deep, and upon the islands of the sea, and upon the land of
Zion; and he shall utter his voice out of Zion, and he shall speak from Jerusalem, and his voice
shall be heard among all people, and it shall be a voice as the voice of waters, and as the voice
of a great thunder, which shall break down the mountains, and the valleys shall not be found; he
shall command the great deep and it shall be driven back into the north countries, and the islands
shall become one land, and the land of Jerusalem and the land of Zion shall be turned back into their
own place, and the earth shall be like it was in the days before it was divided
. And the Lord even
the Savior shall stand in the midst of his people, and shall reign over all flesh" (Doctrine and
Covenants
108:5).

Only in recent times have scientists understood that Earth has tectonic plates that can move and
indeed have moved and can move again.

temple singers


Community of Christ Temple in Independence, Missouri
letter by John McDonnell in Saints Herald, 1974, November

TEMPLE SINGERS

Question Time (October issue) stated that
Israel's temple choir "celebrated animal sacrifice."
True, the court choir of 4,000 male singers, divided
into courses, per formed twice daily, morning and
evening (I Chronicles 23:5-6,30), the times of
sacrifice (Exodus 29:38-39). But the temple choir
of 288 singers, both male and female (I Chronicles
25:5-6), in twenty-four courses of twelve, prophesied
day and night without ceasing (I Chronicles 25; 9:33;
Psalms 84:4; 134), therefore having no connection
with animal sacrifice. The temple singers were
given the word of the Lord on conditions of
righteousness (Psalm 33:3-4, Inspired Version), so
that there were times when they truly prophesied
with their harps, etc. (I Chronicles 25:1). Since "the
testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy"
(Revelation 19:10), the temple choir sang of the
coming Messiah, some of their songs being
preserved in the Book of Psalms, which the
Messiah acknowledged as being prophetic of
himself (Luke 24:43, I.V.).

We need to "come before his presence with
singing" (Psalm 100:2) and sing unto him "among
the nations" (Psalm 57:9) because the temple will
be "a place of thanksgiving, for all Saints"
(Doctrine and Covenants 94:3c) which "shall be
gathered out from among all nations, and shall
come to Zion singing, with songs of everlasting
joy" (Doctrine and Covenants 45:14). "The
[acoustical?] shape and character of the building is
to conform to ministries which will be carried out
within its walls" (Doctrine and Covenants 149:6a).

I Chronicles 23:5-6, King James Version
Moreover four thousand were porters; and
four thousand praised the Lord with the
instruments which I made, said David, to
praise therewith. And David divided them into
courses among the sons of Levi, namely,
Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.

I Chronicles 23:30, King James Version
And to stand every morning to thank and
praise the Lord, and likewise at even.

Exodus 29:38-39, King James Version
Now this is that which thou shalt offer upon
the altar; two lambs of the first year day by
day continually. The one lamb thou shalt
offer in the morning; and the other lamb
thou shalt offer at even.

I Chronicles 25:5-6, King James Version
... And God gave to Heman fourteen sons and
three daughters. All these were under the
hands of their father for song in the house of
the Lord, with cymbals, psalteries, and harps,
for the service of the house of God, according
to the king's order to Asaph, Jeduthun, and
Heman.

I Chronicles 9:33, King James Version
And these are the singers, chief of the
fathers of the Levites, who remaining in the
chambers were free; for they were employed
in that work day and night.

Psalms 84:4, King James Version
Blessed are they that dwell in thy house; they
will be still praising thee.

Psalm 134, King James Version
Behold, bless ye the Lord, all ye servants of
the Lord, which by night stand in the house
of the Lord. Lift up your hands in the
sanctuary, and bless the Lord. The Lord that
made heaven and earth bless thee out of Zion.

Psalm 33:3-4, Inspired Version
Sing unto him a new song; play skillfully with
a loud noise. For the word of the Lord is
given to the upright, and all his works are
done in truth.

I Chronicles 25:1, King James Version
Moreover David and the captains of the host
separated to the service of the sons of
Asaph, and of Heman, and of Jeduthun, who
should prophesy with harps, with psalteries,
and with cymbals ...

Luke 24:43, Inspired Version
And he said unto them, These are the words
which I spake unto you while I was yet with
you, that all things must be fulfilled which
were written in the law of Moses, and in the
prophets, and in the Psalms, concerning me.

conjecture

Now imminent and preceded by angels Christ will manifest Himself to those supposed to be doing His
work on Earth (Malachi 3:1-5; Luke 12:35-48; Revelation 14:1-5). This will inspire worldwide missionary
activity (Revelation 14:6-7). Meanwhile, America's economy will collapse (Isaiah 1:31, Jewish Publication
Society's 1985 translation: "Stored wealth shall become as tow, And he who amassed it a spark; And the
two shall burn together, With none to quench"). Cleansed churches will help people rebuild their lives on
better foundations (Isaiah 4:2-6). An awakened electorate will see that America's government is reduced
to its constitutional limits (Isaiah 52:1-8). Those opposed to Christ will congregate in areas like California,
where God's wrath will be unleashed through earthquakes and foreign invasion (Isaiah 5:18-30; Micah 5:15;
Revelation 9:1-11). The arrogant ones who, but for Christ's manifestation would have subjected all nations
to their will, will use their remaining powers to bring on World War III (Isaiah 49:26; Revelation 9:13-21).
The chief area for refuge from war will be the vast Mississippi Valley (Isaiah 33:14-24). After the war the
arrogant ones will organize a final futile attempt to oppose the coming of Christ to reign over the whole
Earth for a thousand years (Isaiah 63:1-6; Revelation 11:15-19; 14:9-11; 14:17-20; 16:13-14; 19:11-21).

The term "Armageddon" has taken on meanings that have broken loose of its origin in Revelation 16:13-16,
where it is a gathering place for those persuaded to battle against the establishment of Christ's millennial
reign (Revelation 19:11 - 20:3). The Armageddon gathering will be preceded by World War III, during which
a third of mankind will be killed (Revelation 9:13-21). Such massive destruction is what is often meant by
the term "Armageddon".

1994 quatrains by John McDonnell based on dreams experienced in 1971

The final U.S. navy ship that leaves
Japan is cursed by gathered crowds who raise
Clenched fists and sputter epithets. This grieves
The numbered ones recounting zero days.

Their aegis sabotaged, Pacific ships
Are taken captive with their crews, whose fears
And futile raging soar. No radar blips
Spread hope that any rescue party nears.

Along an earthquake coast a siren whines.
Attacking jet aircraft armadas bear
Magenta, yellow, orange, and red designs.
The U.S. jets sent west have not a prayer.

predictions by John McDonnell posted at American Thinker June 10, 2010

The Commander-in-Chief's agenda is to weaken the U.S.A. in every way possible. Even a strategy of
defending the homeland will be weak. Far Eastern nations already have the Aegis system we use to protect
Navy ships. They know how to sabotage and take over our ships. When that is accomplished, they will use
jet aircraft to gain control of California. They will use superior air power to control our people by emitting
painful rays. They will not destroy the land because they need the resources. Our Air Force will be too
outdated and outnumbered to stop it.

recommended books

The Book of Isaiah

The Book of Isaiah: Analytical Translation with Comprehensive Concordance by Avraham Gileadi,
Hebraeus Press (2012, 2015) 301 pages

Recent Book of Isaiah Commentary

The Literary Message of Isaiah by Avraham Gileadi, Hebraeus Press (1994, 2012) 296 pages

The End from the Beginning: The Apocalyptic Vision of Isaiah with Isaiah Translation by Avraham Gileadi,
Hebraeus Press (1997, 2012) 251 pages

Isaiah Decoded: Ascending the Ladder to Heaven by Avraham Gileadi, Hebraeus Press (2002, 2013) 357 pages

Apocalyptic Commentary of the Book of Isaiah by Avraham Gileadi, Hebraeus Press (2013) 432 pages

Windows on the Prophecy of Isaiah: Study Tools for Understanding Isaiah by Avraham Gileadi,
Hebraeus Press (2015) 322 pages

The Book of Mormon

The Book of Mormon: Restored Covenant Edition Zarahemla Research Foundation (1999) 1028 pages,
text based on original and printer's manuscripts, RLDS versification, selected concordance, geography concordance

The Book of Mormon: A Reader's Edition edited by Grant Hardy, University of Illinois Press (2003) 710 pages,
1920 LDS text and versification, introduction, content headings, footnotes, appendixes

The Book of Mormon: The Earliest Text edited by Royal Skousen, Yale University Press (2009) 789 pages,
text based on original and printer's manuscripts, LDS versification, introduction by Grant Hardy, textual changes list

Recent Book of Mormon Commentary

* The Failure of the Gentiles and the Restoration of Israel by John Moody (2006) 88 pages

The Book of Mormon: An Inconvenient Truth by Richard E. Rupe, Little Eagle Publishing (2009) 252 pages,
"the unspoken battle for the soul of a church"

Understanding the Book of Mormon: A Reader's Guide by Grant Hardy, Oxford University Press (2010) 346 pages,
"Prophets of Old: Scriptural Interpretation", "The Day of the Lord's Coming: Prophecy and Fulfillment", indices

* Search for the Sacred Record by John Moody (2013) 44 pages

* The Book of Ether: A Commentary by John Moody (2014) 100 pages

Book of Mormon Insights: God's Plan of Salvation by Richard E. Rupe (2016) 427 pages,
available from http://www.bomtruth.com

* available from Deborah Bergquist 816-916-0543

The Islamic Antichrist

The Islamic Antichrist: the Shocking Truth About the Real Nature of the Beast by Joel Richardson
WND Books (2009) 282 pages, 2nd edition of Antichrist: Islam's Awaited Messiah (2006)

God's War on Terror: Islam, Prophecy, and the Bible by Walid Shoebat with Joel Richardson
"A fresh understanding of Biblical prophecy from an Eastern perspective as viewed by an ex-Muslim terrorist"
Top Executive Media (2010) 512 pages, 2nd edition of 2008 book

Islam: the Cloak of Antichrist by Jack Smith, Last Mile Books (2011) 364 pages

Mideast Beast: the Scriptural Case for an Islamic Antichrist by Joel Richardson, WND Books (2012) 283 pages
the chapter on Daniel 9:26 and the three chapters on Ezekiel 38-39 are crystal clear

Daniel Revisited: Discovering the Four Mideast Signs Leading to the Antichrist by Mark Davidson
WestBow Press (2013) 293 pages, 2nd edition of Hidden In Plain Sight (2012)

The Coming Bible Prophecy Reformation: Shifting From the European To the Middle Eastern End Time Paradigm
by Rodrigo Silva, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (2014) 387 pages, includes "How many tribes do
the Jews represent?" by Jeff Booth, an important presentation for interpreters of scriptural prophecy

God's Covenants with Israel

When a Jew Rules the World: What the Bible Really Says About Israel in the Plan of God by Joel Richardson
WND Books (2015) 273 pages, convincingly argues that God's covenants with Israel must soon be fulfilled

The Emmaus Code: Finding Jesus in the Old Testament by David Limbaugh, Regnery Publishing (2015) 420 pages

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