We previously discussed the Times of the Gentiles, Who are the Gentiles, The times of the Gentiles Fulfilled, Times of Gentiles and Jerusalem, Opening the Seven Seals, the grand council at Adam-Ondi-Ahman, and the Establishment of Zion and the 144,000. Understanding the discussion today on the Second Coming at Jerusalem, will draw upon conclusions made previously in the referenced Un-Blog articles. I have provided links if you need to reread some parts of these, and I encourage you to do so.
After Jesus Christ has accomplished his first appearance in the New Jerusalem, His next “coming” will be to the beleaguered Jews at Jerusalem. During the entire history of the Jews from the days of Christ, they have not accepted Jesus Christ as a people. Their prophesied difficulties and scourging will continue until the very day they accept Him as their Messiah.
16 And after they have been scattered, and the Lord God hath scourged them by other nations for the space of many generations, yea, even down from generation to generation until they shall be persuaded to believe in Christ, the Son of God, and the atonement, which is infinite for all mankind—and when that day shall come that they shall believe in Christ, and worship the Father in his name, with pure hearts and clean hands, and look not forward any more for another Messiah, then, at that time, the day will come that it must needs be expedient that they should believe these things.
17 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. (2 Nephi 25:16-17).
The land and people of Jerusalem shall continue to be “trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.” (Luke 21:24)
During this time the world the armies of every nation will have gathered to make war around Jerusalem. If you remember world geography, this is the Middle East, the home of Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Libya, Jordan, Kuwait and Israel. It requires small imagination to believe there could be a world war centered in that place. But, after much destruction, and the complete annihilation of some of the armies, the remainder will turned their attention to conquering Jerusalem. If the current world condition persists until this time, one might prognosticate that the western nations and allies assembled there to protect Jerusalem, and that the nations of the Middle East were engaged in battle to crush her. Such is the stated goal of each side, and the armies we speak of are already there, poised and staged to begin. In my opinion, only a miracle of divine intervention could turn the scene to some different scenario.
All of the armies of the world will be assembled outside of Jerusalem for this purpose, but their plans will be put to frustration by two prophets who have been sent from the ranks of the Latter-day Church, (McConkie, Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, Vol.3, p. 510) to defend the Jews. (D&C 77:4)
Power will be given to the Two Prophets for 1260 days, or roughly 3-1/2 years, to defend Jerusalem by power. They shall call down fire from heaven and other miracles to defend the ancient covenant people. (Revelation 11:5) They will have power to command the heavens and control the weather, to smite the earth and water with plagues. We are told, “as often as they will”. (Revelation 11: 6) This description of their power is typical of translated beings, who have the power to divide the waters, call down fire, command the earth and elements, and have power in heaven and on earth. (D&C 50:26-27)
At this point the Two Prophets become a hindrance to the plans of kings of the armies, and they will turn their attention from Jerusalem in general, to the Two specifically, and shall make war against them, and kill them. (Revelation 11:7)
Their dead bodies will be left in the street, unburied, as the nations of the earth rejoice, and make merry, and send gifts to one another because these two prophets that tormented them are dead. (Revelation 11:8) We can hardly imagine it! But, it speaks of the world watching, which is believable because of the instant access we have to news events far removed from our world. I can almost imagine their dead bodies on CNN evening news, or on a webcam, so the world can watch and rejoice.
After 3-1/2 days the spirit of life returns to them and they arise and stand upon their feet. Now, consider the webcam scenario in these words “and great fear fell upon them which saw them.” (Revelation 11:11) Immediately following their reanimation a great earthquake will shake the earth. In that earthquake another 7,000 Jews die, and a great part of the city falls.
The remainder of the Jews will look up into heaven and see a man coming “in the clouds of heaven, clothed with power and great glory; with all the holy angels.” (D&C 45:44) They will run toward Him as he descends toward the Mount of Olives. He will set His foot upon the mount and it will “cleave in twain”. (D&C 45:48) The unspoken imagery is that the struggling survivors will rush into the broken mount, and will meet Him there as he descends. They will know He is their Messiah, will fall down at His feet. They will undoubtedly say in their hearts, “Our Messiah has finally returned!!” Then as they worship him, they will see the wounds in his hands and his feet.
They will look up to His face in wonderment and proclaim, “What are these wounds in thine hands and in thy feet?” (D&C 45:51) There should be no wounds in God’s hands and feet! How can this be?
Then Jesus Christ will answer 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.” (D&C 45:52) Then, then after millennia of resistance and persecution and rejection, at long last the Jews will finally believe. But, believing will give birth to rivers of tears as they weep because of their iniquities. Then shall they lament because they, and their fathers for every generation that has passed, persecuted their king. (D&C 45:53).
If I were to take some poetic license with this scene, I would imagine angels coming forth from the heavens to comfort them, heal their wounds, raise their worthy dead, and teach them. To believe is not to know, or to understand, and it will be a long period of teaching, testifying and of ordinances properly administered that brings these long-rebellions people into a position where they can take their place within the emerging glory of Old Jerusalem, to stand side-by-side with the New Jerusalem in the new millennial world that is soon to be.
This conversion of the Jews at long last signals the fulfillment of the times of the Gentiles. To fulfill means to complete, to accomplish your purpose, to succeed. As these newly-minted Jewish Saints take their place in the latter-day Kingdom, then will begin an orderly and glorious transition from the Kingdom God administered by the Gentiles, to the Kingdom of administered by Israel.
What will happen to we latter-day Gentiles? We will cease to be counted as Gentiles, and our spiritual adoption into the household of God will adjudicate us to be true Israelites, and we will continue our devotions, service and ministry, but now as a preeminent part of the House of Israel.
Next on the Un-Blog: The Universal Second Coming
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