Monday, November 21, 2016

The Savior's Return

The New Testament offers great insight into the return of our Savior from the Savior himself.  I am taking an online class at BYU-Idaho and we studied about this event in our readings this week.

As the Savior sat on the Mount of Olives his disciples came to him and asked about the signs of his second coming.  He started to share what some of those signs would be:

·         *There shall be wars and rumors of wars (Matt 24:6)
·         *Nation shall rise against nation, kingdom against kingdom (Matt 24:7)
·        *There shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places (Matt 24:7)
·        *Many shall be offended, and betray and hate one another (Matt 24:10)
·        * False prophets shall rise (Matt 24:11)
·         *Iniquity shall abound, love of many shall wax cold (Matt 24:12)
·         *Fearful sights and great signs shall be from heaven (Luke 21:11)

As scary as some of these signs may be, Jesus also gave words of comfort to those whom he taught with the following:

·        * Settle it therefore in your hearts (Luke 21:14)
·        * But there shall not an hair of your head perish (Luke 21:18)
·         *Be not troubled: for such things must needs be (Mark 13:7)
·        * He that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved (Matt 24:13)

In Doctrine and Covenants 2:1 the Lord speaks about the priesthood being restored “before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.”  I know that we are living in this time.  The Savior himself told us what the signs would be before his triumphant return.  As we watch for these signs, we can take comfort as we prepare to see him again so that day can be a great day for us.