The major signs in the heavens and the sign of the coming of the son of Man, which begins as a small light and grows bigger and bigger until the world can see that it is Christ approaching the earth in his glory, cannot take place until AFTER the first laborers of the last kingdom return and bring forth the unsealed part of the words contained in the sealed book and give the final warning and seal up the law and bind up the testimony.
Those latter day saints who do not understand that the Saints need to be gathered and Zion will be established BEFORE the coming of the Lord in his glory are no better off than the protestants with the corrupted King James Version of the Bible for their guide.
Those who are simply looking for the signs of the final coming of the Son of man in his glory to judge the wicked will realize when they see them that they have missed the gathering and great will be their sorrow!
It is critical to realize that there are at least two groups of signs mentioned in the scriptures. The first group of signs herald the return of Gods servants followed by the return of the Lord in secret.
The second set of signs herald the return of Christ in his glory to judge the world.
The signs that precede the return of the servants appear to be pretty close to being in place.
The top two stories on one of the chat boards today are as follows
THE SEA FLOOR IS LEAKING OIL: link to www.foxnews.com]
MASSIVE ASH CLOUD CLOSING WESTRN IRISH AIRPORTS [link to www.foxnews.com]
As discussed in another post, the signs that precede the return of the coming forth of the servants and the sacred records in the 3rd watch according to Mormon 8 and 2nd Nephi 27 are as follows
- The nations of the gentiles and the Jews will be drunken with iniquity and all manner of abominations ✔
- People will say miracles are done away ✔
- The blood of the saints shall cry from the ground because of secret combinations ✔
- Churches have become defiled and are built up to get gain (huge emphasis on collecting money from the poor) love of money, fine apparel, the adorning of churches ✔
- Fires, Tempests and VAPORS OF SMOKE IN FOREIGN LANDS✔
- Wars and rumors of wars ✔
- Earthquakes in divers places✔
- GREAT POLUTIONS UPON THE FACE OF THE EARTH✔
- Murders, robbing, lying, decievings & whoredoms ✔
We are informed in lectures on faith that there will be a gathered and consecrated people waiting for the Lord before he returns.
Furthermore, Mormon 8 reveals that zion will already be established on the earth BEFORE the Lord of hosts visits the earth with GREAT NOISE, STORM, TEMPEST, AND THE FLAME OF DEVOURING FIRE.
Section 88 concurs. The sequence given is as follows
- That the servants are sent AGAIN to fulfill the mission they have been commissioned to testify and warn the people (80-81)
- They will bind up the law and seal the testimony and prepare the saints for the hour of judgment which is to come that their souls may escape the desolation of abomination which is to come! (84)
- After the last testimony of the servants will be the testimony of earthquakes, thunderings, lightnings, tempests, waves heaving themselves beyond their bounds and all things shall be in commotion! (88-91)
- The earth shall tremble and reel to and fro (87)
- The sun shall hide his face (87)
- The stars shall cast themselves down (87)
Section 84 concurs with section 88 that the servants will return to prepare the saints to escape the desolation of abomination. It is their calling to explain to us clearly and understandably what the desolation of abomination is and how we can avoid becoming one of the casualties of it.
It is the responsibility of the anointed servants of the Lord to provide explanations of what the desolation of abomination is.
Beware of false teachers that deny modern revelation and deny the literal fulfillment of ALL of Gods unconditional promises and try to get you to focus exclusively on the second set of signs and the final coming of the Lord in glory to judge the world, for if you reject the servants and refuse to repent and be gathered in, you will be among those other false factions of apostate Christianity who will be taken by surprise when the Lord does return in glory.
You will be among all the tribes of the earth that mourn when they see him coming!
You will be among those fooligh virgins that are without oil in their lamps who are anxiously knocking on the door of the wedding chamber which has been closed and locked.
The Lord is pleading with you,
"hearken unto my voice, lest death shall overtake you; in an hour when ye think not the summer shall be past, and the harvest ended, and your souls not saved."
It appears that the last signs to take place just prior to the return of the servants and the coming forth of the records are pretty close to being in place!
Zechariah informs us that the Marvelous Work begins when God returns the "Brand" prophet to the earth and exchanges his filthy garments for clean ones. He also brings forth the "Branch" prophet who builds the temple.
These two Servants, the Seer and the Spokesman will be accompanied by their "fellows".
Among their fellows are a quorum of seven servants who act as the eyes of the Lord.
They run to and fro in the whole earth!
Who are these nine servants who have been bound and consecrated together by covenant?
There is an interesting passage of scripture in section 82 that may be applicable.
As an interesting recent event and possible coincidence, or possible sign in the earth, a recent crop circle located within a few miles of stonehedge is depicting seven small circles next to two larger circles.
It also shows six circular images crossing over the largest top circle, possibly referring to a separate quorum of six.
Is this one of the signs in the earth that we have been warned about?
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." (45: 39-41)
Here is an interesting story about the crop circle-
"The first week in May we witness the first English Crop Circle in southern Wiltshire. The area around Old Sarum is certainly not an active part of the countryside for the phenomenon. In fact it has only witnessed a few events of the last two decades, which makes this 'Curtain Opener' to the 2010 season quite a surprise. Many of the researchers and followers of the Connector were probably expecting the Avebury area to 'take the prize' for the first official Crop Circle in 2010. Perhaps this is the start of a migration for the Circle makers? Only time will tell!
On further investigation, it would appear the positioning of the crop circle in relation to Old Sarum, actually lies on the direct path of a very well know Ley Line which has an alignment with Stonehenge, (which is only two miles a way!) and cuts the nearside edge of the inner banks of the fortified encampment of Old Sarum. This Ley Line then straight through Salisbury Cathedral itself, and the hillforts of Clearbury Rings and then Frankenbury Camp in Hampshire.
This clearly indicates that the positioning of Crop Circles could indeed be connected with Ley Lines, which are aligned to well known Ancient Sites. Are we being shown a doorway to ancient knowledge? Will we find the key in 2010?
We need to be watching for the records to come forth with the return of the servants. There will be two primary servants, a quorum of seven and possibly a quorum of six. According to Micah, a quorum of eight principal men will also accompany the seven shepherds.
Don't be surprised if those servants who were high profile in the 2nd watch initially take a low profile stance in the background, making the test focus on our ability to discern the truth or error in the records that are published and brought forth by others.
Obviously, false records from false prophets could also be part of the test.