Yesterday was an unusual and wonderful day for yours truly. I was asked Friday to teach the Gospel Doctrine class, and speak in a combined YM/YW class. Both events were wonderful and uplifting. The GD class was on the opening of the seven seals, the building of Zion and the millennium. You all know that these are subjects I have studied in depth for years.
I was so surprised to get the call. Our GD teacher is a seminary teacher by day, and is the finest GD teacher I have ever been blessed to learn from. He brings the Gospel into a doable spiritual goal each week, and he correctly understands the deeper things. He would have been there but his wife was having a baby that day. I could tell he was having a hard time giving up this last lesson of the year even for having a baby.
I have in my possession a ordered list of Second Coming events that Eric put together. I dramatically shortened it and rearranged it somewhat, added the actual Second Coming and Millennium. I made a three-page handout and discussed that with the class.
I was surprised at their reaction. They were intently interested, but it was startling to the class. They were looking at me like I had just shown them a real angel. Every line of the handout has multiple references, and you can’t doubt that these things will happen. The actual order is hard to determine, but the events will happen in the winding up stages of this mortal world. I was sure that most of them had never heard of these things.
Before someone thinks I’m being critical – which I never intend to be – let me tell you what I think is happening in the church at large. I think there is an observable spiritual rejuvenation occurring. I think that the Spirit is brooding upon the church, giving us a revival of spiritual insight, desire, and understanding about these very important latter-day themes.
The members of my GD class are the finest people I know. They understand the Gospel well, and love to learn more. The most interesting part of yesterday was that there was not a single person who didn’t believe what I was being led by the Holy Spirit to tell them. What made it “unusual and wonderful” was that there was such a sweet acceptance and wide-eyed embracing of these principles.
I am going to make another “Page” on the Blog called “Second Coming”. These pages are found by the row of tabs along the top of the Home Page. I’ll publish this list of events and scriptures. It is an ongoing work, and not complete. But, I think you may enjoy studying it yourself.
The events of the Second Coming are very confusing. The scriptures use metaphors like beasts and horns and candlesticks to describe events. And, no single scripture is sequential. The book of Revelation jumps from John’s time, to the Second Coming, to the Tribulation (which is before the Second Coming), to the war in Heaven (in pre-mortal times), back to the Tribulations, the final battle at the end of the millennium and to the Judgment Day and celestialized earth. It’s really hard to follow. So, I will offer this worksheet Eric started, and I’ve been tweaking, for your consideration and Christmas Joy.
And, I’m going to quit feeling guilty for not Un-Blogging every single day. I promise I will get back on the Un-Blog horse early next year.
What a marvelous time of year, and time of the world!
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