50 Signs of the Times by David Ridges

50 Signs of the Times by David Ridges:

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Brother Ridges has been a stake President and has written other books namely the “Book of Mormon Made Easier” and other similar titles.

-signs of the times is mentioned 1500 times in the Old Testament and 300 in the new.

-the earth has a temporal existence of 7000 years. Temporal means time. Time has been important to our measuring since the fall of Adam. 6000 years have been used up. Satan is raging knowing that he only has a short time left.

-the signs of the times in fulfillment are proof that God exists. In the world of science, so many “lucky guesses” wouldn’t be considered coincidences. They match the scientific method of determining what is truth.

-forehead symbolizes loyalty among Jews.

-Matt 24:36 and Mark 13:32 say no one knows the time of the Second Coming.

-M. Russel Ballard BYU Devo. March 12, 1996: at Matt. 24:3-7 he said over the past ten years were we to plot the things going on in the earth we see these earthquakes hurricanes floods tornadoes etc we are seeing an excellerated pattern. But this doesn’t pin the time down. Said he doesn’t know the time of the Second Coming.

-footnotes in LDS scriptures show that the 10 virgins all had oil, but the faithful 5 had extra oil which they needed.

-a “measure” = 2 U.S. pints. (Refers to measures in book of Rev.)

-“not hurt the oil” (see Rev.)= don’t waste it. Terrible famine time.

-pale horse (see Rev) can mean not many saints left at that time

-mountains and islands depart is a theme in Genesis and D&C, it’s the continents coming together as one land again

-of Y2K Pres. Faust said: time changes with time. For a youth, it drags on. For old age, it flies. He said the real concern is the social moral downfall we are experiencing.

-several instances of ways opening up for the gospel to be shared are thus: missionaries who spoke to government officials until finding one of the top leaders one who went to BYU who changed policy to allow the preaching;

-another situation: a Book of Mormon given to a Chinese interpreter, and he used such to teach his 15000 workers english for 1 hour a day.

-we have members in over 150 nations

-speaking of “slaves rising up against their masters” as a thing to happen among all the people in D&C 87:4-5; it can apply to women’s rights, men equal employment, children in good homes growing up, etc. The Church’s D&C institute manual suggests this prophecy refers to slaves all over the world not just the U.S. Civil War time.

-“hiss” (see Isa.) = whistle

-sties Elder Talmage saying the lost 10 tribes could be some scattered, and some together as a group.  D&C 110:11 Implies that gathering Israel and leading the ten tribes from the north are separate events.

-1960 at Gen. Conf.  George Q Morris of the 12 said the Jews have been gathered back at Jerusalem (referring to the 1948 establishment of the nation of Israel)

-Joseph Smith said it will take some time for the Jews to rebuild the temple. Such must happen before the Second Coming.

-Mal. 3:1 “The Lord whom ye seek shall suddenly come to his temple.” This is fulfilled. Kirtland Ohio Temple, see D&C 110:1-10.

-In 1997 64 million Americans had written their own family history or drawn up their own family tree.

Over 1/2 of the patrons who come to the Churchs family history center in SLC are not members of the Church, yet the spirit of Elijah is upon them and they are drawn to the work.

-2003 Aug. Ensign “Your family history: Getting started” Speaks of learning of people as you see the names.

-he suggests the troubled waters so none but the pure in heart can come to Zion would refer to the days past in the church when they were going to Missouri

-he sites a prophet saying that the era of gathering to Missouri is over that now Saints are to gather to their local stakes (*Indeed I say we gather now to our own stakes, but I don’t suppose we’ll never go there again)

-he suggests the reason missionaries can’t go swimming is because many swimming locations have immodest swimsuits which causes immoral thoughts which drives the spirit away. In some missions they travel by water almost daily, so that suggests against a thing under water waiting to pull them under.

-suggests that the waters being troubled in the book of Rev. means that there will be great trouble with pollution or otherwise in the last days.

-the sun being darkened and the moon becoming as blood may suggest that throughout the world there will be overflowing flood of spiritual pollution. Sun and moon are symbolic of celestial and terrestrial kingdoms in scripture. It could be that people are living in a depraved state in the last days. The sun and moon have changed appearance in the past, yet President Hinckley said this is yet to come to pass. Hence this alternate interpretation is suggested.

-some people use medical advances to avoid the consequences of their actions, but none can stop the plagues from happening at the last days.

-desolating sickness in D&C 31:45 may be several plagues, including spiritual darkness which is the worst disease.

-Pres. Hinckley said that in these years there has been more scientific discovery than in any other era in the history of the earth.

-at the time of Joseph Smith, inventions and scientific discoveries started picking up. Typewritier, discovery of bacteria, archwelding, lightbulb, kodak camera, pneumatic tire, ball point pen, automobile, movies, zipper, printing, tape recorder, airplane, radio . . . many dealing with communication and transportation

-he read there were 53 declared wars going on at the time of writing that book

-with all the rumors of wars and wars we need beware of becoming calls to human suffering

-increasing earthquakes etc. are in current fulfillment. Scientists say it’s not just that we have more equipment to measure these things, we’ve found that they are happening much more often in these days.

-the pattern seen is that people become too wicked to live righteous laws. They make corrupt laws. They refer to weather or not something is legal to determine weather its ok to do. They cease to know how to rule themselves from their own hearts, and anarchy results.

-the scriptures suggest that the last days evil are that immorality is very common among people and that they seen strange those who don’t do that (*I had a teenager tell me recently in 2015 that I’m crazy for not believing in pre-marital sex!)

-Romans 1:24 “dishonor their own bodies between themselves” refers to masterbation.

-the politically correct terminology for sexual things takes away the

-Apr. 1996 Elder Maxwell said political correct terminology replacing what God has declared correct, the more non-working approaches we will have to human problems. Like C.S. Lewis says, people running around with fire extinguishers in time of flood. Like focusing on rights of prisoners in time of crime. Or like focusing on censorship (“the practice of officially examining books, movies, etc., and suppressing unacceptable parts.“) in this age of pornography.

-Elder Maxwell says that as people become harder, they use softer words to describe evil deeds. see May 1996 “Becometh as a Child” Ensign article.

-Illigitimacy vs non marital birth. Or alternative parency. Or a reproductive healthcare rather than abortion. Or pro-choice rather than abortion. Who oppose pro-choice seem against agency and anti-God. Consenting adults is a way of saying it’s ok if adults do it even though it’s next to murder. Sexual preference (not sin). Safe sex (as if sex had no emotional or spiritual consequences of all). Sexually active (to avoid saying adulterer).

-when people become wicked, they cease to be able to understand God’s laws.

-“my strange act”, strange = wonderful.

-when people don’t have the spirit, they cease to recognize what is beauty and good and wholesome and common sense

-Romans 1:29-32: wickedness=depravity; malicious=mean; debate=strife, arguing; malignity=plotting evil against others; whisterers=gossip; slanderers=who ruin others’ reputation; implacable=refuzing to make covenants; the text also says they know God’s commandments yet disobey; they improve of and encourage others to commit such sins.

-D&C 115:6 gather as a defense from the storm and from wrath poured out upon all earth: May refer to going to your local church to have these blessings. Pres. Hinckley says we live in a wonderful time in the history of the earth, “the best of all”. He says we did great things in pre mortality to get the privilege of coming to earth at this time.

-1946 the 6 day war: Israeli’s beat a much larger army and regained their nation. This is at least partial fulfillment that that nation would be a strong nation

-when people get wicked, they loose rational thought. Things which others recognize will prove the downfall of society, they try to promote in the political sphere.

-at Hollywood, they insist on the anything goes philosophy for entertainment

-the beast being able to do great miracles to deceive people is a way of saying that the devil is very deceptive

-life to the beast can mean that Satan has power to make sin look very attractive

-one of the signs of the times is that people will refuse to even believe the signs of the times, and say things are just the same as ever, and there is no such things as the last days. 2 Pet. 3:4 “And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.

-airplances, automobiles, computers, would be astonishing signs to all who’ve lived on earth prior to our day

-Lamanites blossom as a rose: this is being fulfilled by the financial support Senior (including hispanic) Missionaries get from a Church designated fund recently developed to go on missions so they prosper and blossom spiritually and temporally

-Pres. Benson said we will see “temples in every land where the gospel has penetrated” Ensign May 1980, page 33.

-the Constitution handing by a thread is being fulfilled by people who don’t use the inspired intent of the founding fathers. D&C says the Constitution was inspired of God, as were the writers of it. The words are the same but it’s changed meaning by the courts. Brigham Young said there will be a critical juncture where the Constitution would hang by a thread then the LDS would step in and save it  (JD 7:15) see also (JD 2:182).

-Pres. Wilford Woodruf said the destroying angels of the 4 corners have now been loosed. (Young women’s journal vol. 56 pg. 43)

-Abomination of Desolation means Jerusalem under siege (See LDS bible Dictionary). He says it’s certainly underway currently.

-The Life and Teachings of Jesus and The Apostles Institute manual says Abomination of Desolation was 1st to Jews at Jerusalem: Over 100 million Jews died. Women ate their children out of hunger. The manual also says that in the last days before Jesus comes again that every military weapon will be used at the conflict which centers at Jerusalem. Women again will be ravished. But this time Jesus will come and fight the battle, and be king of all the earth. (Elder McConkie Scriptural Commentary of the New Testament 1:659-60)

-rampant wickedness is upon the land because of intentional evil spread by the media, not natural deterioration of morals and values. It makes a virtual free fall of society.

-Rev. 19:17-21 shows that the wicked who survive the battles get killed by Christ at his coming

-the hailstorm to come as confirmed by Rev. and D&C, has hail that weights a talent. The Old Testament system of weights makes this about 75 pounds, but the New Testament has a different system of weights, so we don’t know for certain the size of these, but we know they’ll have weighty results among the people.

-Doctrines of Savlation 3:45 says another battle of Gog and Magog happens after the Millennium as well as before it.

-Daniel speaks of Adam-Ondi-Ahman that millions will be there and Christ will come.

-the two witnesses slain at Jerusalem in book of Rev. is changed to two “prophets” in the D&C. This will be in the time of the restoration of Jerusalem (D&C). A prophet is anyone in the Quorum of the 12 Apostles or the First Presidency. They’re all sustained as Prophets Seers and Revelators.

-Rev. says the 2 prophets are the 2 olive trees and the two candle sticks are the two Prophets slain at Jerusalem. Oil is to help people prepare for the Christ. The lamp is how to hold the oil. If people mess with these prophets they’re killed by fire (by the power of God).

-when the two prophets are slain, the whole earth rejoices not just those at Jerusalem. Their effect is known by and of to all the earth.

-modern revelation shows that the prophecy of the saints being taken into the air when Christ comes, is to be a literal event. See D&C 88:96…

-Pres. Joseph Fielding Smith verified that it’s Celestial people who will be caught up in the air with the Lord when he comes. We don’t know how the honorable men of the terrestrial kingdom will be preserved from the fire. (Doct. of Salv. 2:96)

-he gives parallels in the book of Helaman and how things are today. Helaman 1 is 85 years before the coming of Christ and deliverance of the righteous and destruction of the wicked. These include making laws to justify the behavior of the wicked, and claiming their works are good, and having many lawyers in the land, and societies in ethnic groups against each other, and famine in the land because of wickedness (our woes today are the same reason the D&C says), bold testimony of Christ like our Apostles to do the Church and all the world, anger against the prophets for what they say, conspiracy for acts of terror, many corrupt leaders, many convert baptisms just before His coming.

-D&C 84:97; 97:23 plagues will be around until The Second Coming. They’ll vex everyone. Not stayed until the Lord come.

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