Scriptures on The Last Days: Several Topics
Scriptures on Gathering of Israel:
-“I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all countries whither I have driven them” (Jeremiah 23:3).
-spiritual precedes physical
-Deut 30:1-5 gather
–The physical gathering of Israel will not be complete until the Second Coming of the Savior and on into the Millennium (see Joseph Smith—Matthew 1:37).
-Gather to lands of our fathers (Jeremiah 16:14–15).
-The physical gathering of Israel means that the covenant people will be “gathered home to the lands of their inheritance, and shall be established in all their lands of promise” (2 Nephi 9:2).
-The tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh will be gathered in the Americas. The tribe of Judah will return to the city of Jerusalem and the area surrounding it. The ten lost tribes will receive from the tribe of Ephraim their promised blessings (see D&C 133:26–34). (they go to Zion also (Zion is America)
-Zion is America, Jerusalem is Palestine
– James 1:1 (twelve tribes scattered abroad)
– Genesis 17:1–8 (God’s covenant with Abraham)
- –Romans 9:4–8; Galatians 3:29 (those who follow Jesus Christ and His word are the children of the covenant)
- –Jeremiah 3:14–18 (one from a city, two from a family)
- –Ezekiel 20:33–36 (Israel will be gathered from all countries)
- – 3 Nephi 20:29–46 (Jews will be gathered to Jerusalem)
- –1 Nephi 15:13–18; 3 Nephi 21:26–29 (gathering starts with Restoration of the gospel)
- –D&C 38:31–33 (the Lord’s covenant people will be saved)
- –Isaiah 11:11–13 (the Lord will recover His people)
- –Revelation 18:4–8 (a voice will proclaim the gathering)
- –D&C 133:6–15 (Gentiles to Zion, Jews to Jerusalem)
-Ether 13:11 Shows that the old Jerusalem is to be built up unto the Lord after the destructions happen as well (when the new heaven and new earth come, which is the destructions making all things ready; see Ether 13). The lost 10 tribes have been scattered in the 4 quarters of the earth and in the north countries, see Ether 13:11. They return unto this place (this, the land of Israel, this is their inheritance! This is where they were before they were scattered! The place of inheritance for the seed of Joseph (Ephraim and Manasseh) is in the New Jerusalem on the American continent) after the new heaven and new earth: see Ether 13:11: “And then also cometh the Jerusalem of old; and the inhabitants thereof, blessed are they, for they have been washed in the blood of the Lamb; and they are they who were scattered and gathered in from the four quarters of the earth, and from the north countries” (see Ether 13:11, also verses 8-10)
-“The gospel will be taught far more intensely and with greater power during [the] millennium, until all the inhabitants of the earth shall embrace it.“(“Churches on Earth During the Millennium,” Improvement Era, Mar. 1955, 176; see also Doctrines of Salvation, 3:64.)25 (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Fielding Smith Manual: Ch.26 “Preparing for the Coming of Our Lord”)
-“Instead of being a time of rest, the Millennium is to be a time for all to labor. Idleness will not be found, better methods will be employed, not so much time will be consumed in the daily pursuits and more time will be given to the things of the Kingdom. The saints will be kept busy in the temples which shall be built in all parts of the land. In fact, so busy will they be that the temples will be occupied most of the time.”(The Way to Perfection (1931), 323–24.)” 26 cu (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Fielding Smith Manual: Ch.26 “Preparing for the Coming of Our Lord”
Scriptures on Events that will prepare the earth for the Millennuim:
-When the Lord comes, every corruptible things will “melt with fervent heat” and the works of the world will be burned up (2 Pet. 3:10-12; D&C 101:24-25)
-After the earth is cleansed by burning, the Lord will bring “new heavens and a new earth” (2 Pet. 3:10-13; D&C 101:24-25); the Lord said “old things shall pass away, and all things become new” (D&C 63:49)
– The Lord will separate the righteous from the wicked (D&C 63:54). The righteous remain on earth for the Millennium, whereas the wicked will be destroyed by burning (Mal. 4:1; D&C 29:9; 64:23-24; 133:63-64).
-The Lord will make a full end of all nations (D&C 87:6).
-The Lord will bring the city of Enoch back to earth, there to dwell in Zion (Moses 7:62-64)
-The wicked will remain in the spirit world until after the Millennium has ended (D&C 88:101; Rev. 20:5).
Scriptures on Physical Conditions of the Earth In the Millennium:
-“In the beginning of the seventh thousand years…the Lord God [will] sanctify the earth” (D&C 77:12).
– The mountains and valleys will be made smooth (D&C 133:22)
– The land will all be brought into one continent, “like as it was in the days before it was divided” (D&C 133:23-24)
-“The earth shall be transfigured” (D&C 63:20-21)
-“The earth will be renewed and receive it’s paradicical glory” (A of F 1:10), becoming like the Garden of Eden (Ezek. 36:35). Like the Garden of Eden, the earth will be devoid of thorns and thistles (Gen. 3:18).
– Earth will rest for a thousand years (Moses 7:64)
– The enmity between animals will cease (Isa. 11:6, 8; D&C 101:26)
– The enmity between animals and man will cease (Isa. 11:6, 8; D&C 101:26)
-The curse between the serpent and the seed of the woman will be removed (Gen. 3:15; Isa. 11:8)
-Man’s perfect dominion over the animals will be restored (Gen. 1:28; Isa. 11:6)
-People will enjoy the fruits of their labors (Isa. 65:21-23; D&C 101:101)
-Time will be no longer (D&C 84:100; 88:110)
Scriptures on Conditions of those who dwell on the earth in the Millennium:
-Children will grow up and grow old (D&C 63:51)
-People will die only after they reach a hundred years old (Isa. 65:20), and then they will “be changed in the twinkling of an eye” to a glorious state (D&C 43:32; 63:51; 101:30-31)
-There will be no death as we know it: “there shall be no sorrow because there is no death” (D&C 101:29)
-It will be a state of gladness, rejoicing, and joy; “and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying” (Isa. 65:18-19)
– Those who are resurrected will dwell in the New Jerusalem (D&C 63:49)
– Family history and temple work will be accelerated, without the obstacles we now know. (Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, 2:251-52)
Scriptures on the Spiritual Blessings of those who dwell on the earth in the Millennium:
-Satan will be bound by the power of God (Rev. 20:1-3; see also D&C 43:31; 45:55; 88:110), leaving him “no place in the hearts of the children of men” and “no power over [their] hearts” (D&C 45:55; 1 Ne. 22:26; see also 2 Ne. 30:18; D&C 101:28). Satan will also have no power “because of the righteousness of [the] people” (1 Ne. 22:26).
-Children will “grow up without sin unto salvation” (D&C 45:58).
-The Lord’s glory will dwell on the earth, that all may see it (Isa. 35:2; D&C 84:101; 101:25)
-The entire earth will be as a temple, which God calls “my holy mountain” (Isa. 65:25)
-The Lord himself will dwell “with men on earth” (D&C 29:11; see also Zech. 2:10; D&C 84:101; 133:25)
-“The earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord” (Isa. 11:9; Hab. 2:14; 2 Ne. 30:15); everyone will know the Lord (Jer. 31:34; D&C 84:98)
-Eventually, all will come to worship the Lord (Isa. 66:23)
-All things will be revealed to the children of men (2 Ne. 30:16-18; D&C 101:32-34)
-Man’s every request of the Lord will be granted (D&C 101:27), surely because no one will ask amiss (James 4:3; 2 Ne. 4:35).
-The prayer of one’s heart will be answered even before it is uttered (Isa. 65:24)
Scriptures on Political Conditions in the Millennium:
-The Lord will reign over the earth as king (Dan. 7:13-14; D&C 38:21; 133:25; A of F 10).
-Jesus Christ will be our lawgiver (D&C 38:22; 45:59).
-The Saints will rule with Jesus Christ (Dan. 7:27; Rev. 5:10; Rev. 20:4, 6; D&C 43:29)
-There will be two world capitals, Zion and Jerusalem (Isa. 2:3)
Scriptures on Conditions at the end of the Millennium:
-When the thousand years are over, meant will “again begin to deny their God” (D&C 29:22)
-Satan will be loosed to reign for a “little season” (Rev. 20:3, 7; D&C 43:31)
-Satan will go forth again to “deceive the nations” (Rev. 20:8)
-Satan will gather his armies to fight against Michael and his armies (D&C 88:111-13). The number of Satan’s followers will be “as the sand of the sea” (Rev. 20:8) In the “battle of the great God,” Satan and his armies will surround the Saints and “the beloved city,” but “fire [will come] down from God out of heaven, and [devour] them” (D&C 88:114; Rev. 20:9)
-The devil will be cast into “the lake of fire and brimstone,” where he “shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever” (Rev. 20:10)
-The remaining dead will all be resurrected (D&C 29:26-28)
-The family of man will be judged, to receive a blessing or a cursing (Rev. 20:11-15; 21:7-8; D&C 29:26-28)
-“And the end shall come, and the heaven and the earth shall be consumed and pass away” (D&C 29:23)
Scriptures on The Celestial World:
-A celestial glory will be established on the earth; it is called “a new heaven and a new earth.” The celestialized earth will have no sea (Rev. 21:1; D&C 29:23-24).
-The earth will be “crowned with glory” and “sanctified” (D&C 88:19, 26)
-The righteous will inherit the glorified earth (D&C 88:26)
-God himself will dwell with mankind on the celestialized earth (Rev. 21:3; D&C 88:19)
-“There shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away” (Rev. 21:4)
Scriptures on Sinners and those who are not members of Christ’s Church in the Millennium:
-At least for a time, there will be some who worship other gods (Mic. 4:5; Zech. 14:16-19)
-At least for a time, there will be those who are called “sinners” during the Millennium (Isa. 65:20).
Scriptures on the Signs of the Second Coming:
–“I will reveal myself from heaven with power and great glory … and dwell in righteousness with men on earth a thousand years, and the wicked shall not stand” (D&C 29:11
–all faithful followers of Christ will know what the signs are and will be watching for them (seeD&C 45:39)
-prophet Daniel said that the time before the Second Coming would be a time of trouble such as the earth has never known (see Daniel 12:1).
-The Lord said, “The love of men shall wax cold, and iniquity shall abound” (D&C 45:27).
-“And all things shall be in commotion; and … fear shall come upon all people” (D&C 88:91).
-Hailstorms will destroy the crops of the earth (see D&C 29:16).
-Jesus told His disciples that war would fill the earth: “Ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars. … For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom” (Matthew 24:6–7).
Scriptures on the Building of the New Jerusalem:
–3 Nephi 21:23–25 Jesus and power from heaven comes after we build New Jerusalem
-Moses 7:62 The New Jerusalem will be built before the Second Coming of Jesus Christ
-Moses 7:63 city of Enoch comes after we have built the New Jerusalem
-Moses 7:64 Christ will dwell at the New Jerusalem “his abode”
-The Lord said the city will be built in the state of Missouri in the United States (see D&C 84:2–3).
-Ether 13 speaks of several holy cities to come in the last days
-Ether 13:8-13 shows that the New Jerusalem will be built after there comes a new heaven and a new earth (after the destructions which wipe out much): “Wherefore, the remnant of the house of Joseph shall be built upon this land; and it shall be a land of their inheritance; and they shall build up a holy city unto the Lord, like unto the Jerusalem of old; and they shall no more be confounded, until the end come when the earth shall pass away. And there shall be a new heaven and a new earth; and they shall be like unto the old save the old have passed away, and all things have become new. And then cometh the New Jerusalem; and blessed are they who dwell therein”
-Ether 13:11 Shows that the old Jerusalem is to be built up unto the Lord after the destructions happen as well. The lost 10 tribes have been scattered in the 4 quarters of the earth and in the north countries. They return unto this place (this, the land of Israel, this is their inheritance! This is where they were before they were scattered! The place of inheritance for the seed of Joseph (Ephraim and Manasseh) is in the New Jerusalem on the American continent): “And then also cometh the Jerusalem of old; and the inhabitants thereof, blessed are they, for they have been washed in the blood of the Lamb; and they are they who were scattered and gathered in from the four quarters of the earth, and from the north countries”
Scriptures on The Second Coming of Jesus Christ:
– “Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go” (Acts 1:11).
-D&C 76:51-52, 63 those who are baptized- buried in the water in his name- and keep the commandments are whom will come with Christ in glory at the Second Coming.
– All things that are corrupt will be burned, and the earth will be cleansed by fire (see D&C 101:24–25).
-He will judge the nations and will divide the righteous from the wicked (see Matthew 25:31–46; see also chapter 46 in this book). John the Revelator wrote about this judgment: “I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, … and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.” The wicked he saw “lived not again until the thousand years were finished” (Revelation 20:4–5; see also D&C 88:95–98).
-The righteous will be “quickened and caught up to meet” Jesus at His coming (see D&C 88:96)
Scriptures on how Knowing the Signs of the Times can help us:
– “The hour and the day no man knoweth, neither the angels in heaven” (D&C 49:7).
-He taught this with the parable of the fig tree. He said that when we see a fig tree putting forth leaves, we can tell that summer will soon come. Likewise, when we see the signs described in the scriptures, we can know that His coming is near. (SeeMatthew 24:32–33.)
– “Be not troubled, for, when all these things [the signs] shall come to pass, ye may know that the promises which have been made unto you shall be fulfilled” (D&C 45:35)
-He said those who are righteous when He comes will not be destroyed “but shall abide the day. And the earth shall be given unto them for an inheritance; … and their children shall grow up without sin. … For the Lord shall be in their midst, and his glory shall be upon them, and he will be their king and their lawgiver” (D&C 45:57–59)
- –1 Corinthians 15:22–28 (the end cometh; death is done away)
- –Matthew 16:1–4 (discern signs of the times)
- –Matthew 24; D&C 29:14–23; 45:17–57; 88:87–94;Joseph Smith—Matthew 1 (signs of the Second Coming)
- –1 Thessalonians 5:1–6 (watch for the signs and prepare)
- –D&C 38:30 (prepare so we might not fear)
- –D&C 68:11 (we can know the signs)
Scriptures on The Millennium:
-During the Millennium, mortals will still live on earth, and they will continue to have children (whom grow up without sin) as we do now (see D&C 45:58)
-During the Millennium, Jesus will “reign personally upon the earth” (Articles of Faith 1:10)
-Eventually there will be no need to teach others the first principles of the gospel because “they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord” (Jeremiah 31:34)
-during the Millennium, “the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisiacal glory” (Articles of Faith 1:10)
-During the Millennium, Satan will be bound. This means he will not have power to tempt those who are living at that time (see D&C 101:28)
– “Because of the righteousness of [the Lord’s] people, Satan has no power; wherefore, he cannot be loosed for the space of many years; for he hath no power over the hearts of the people, for they dwell in righteousness, and the Holy One of Israel reigneth” (1 Nephi 22:26).
-“They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more” (Isaiah 2:4; see also Isaiah 11:6–7; D&C 101:26 (enmity of all flesh man and beast ceases).
-During the Millennium, there will be no death as we know it. When people have lived to an old age, they will not die and be buried. Instead, they will be changed from their mortal condition to an immortal condition in “the twinkling of an eye.” (See D&C 63:51; 101:29–31.)
-Some truths have not been revealed to us. All things will be revealed during the Millennium. The Lord said He will “reveal all things—things which have passed, and hidden things which no man knew, things of the earth, by which it was made, and the purpose and the end thereof—things most precious, things that are above, and things that are beneath, things that are in the earth, and upon the earth, and in heaven” (D&C 101:32–34).
-People will continue to plant and harvest crops and build houses (see Isaiah 65:21)
- – Daniel 7:27 (Saints to be given the kingdom)
- – D&C 88:87–110 (conditions during the Millennium)
- – Revelation 20:1–3; 1 Nephi 22:26 (Satan to be bound)
- – D&C 101:22–31 (enmity to cease; no death; Satan to have no power to tempt)
- –Isaiah 11:1–9 (wolf and lamb to dwell together)
Scriptures on the Struggle After the Millennium:
-Satan will gather his armies, and Michael (Adam) will gather the hosts of heaven. In this great struggle, Satan and his followers will be cast out forever. The earth will be changed into a celestial kingdom. (See D&C 29:22–29; 88:17–20, 110–15.)