When is the Second Coming:
(we don’t know exactly but here are hints from the prophets)
-For other critical quotes on the subject, see also document “Events that Prepare the Earth for The Millennium” at https://richardsonstudies.wordpress.com/category/events-preceding-the-second-coming-of-jesus-christ-reference-list/
-This document is far from complete but there is so much good material here I thought I would share it! Here are some key books for more research on the subject: “Prophecy: Key to the Future” by Dwayne S. Crowther; “Understanding the Signs of the Times” by Donald Parry.
-Elder Christofferson “Fathers” talk April 2016: here is the quote (he starts out by quoting a Book of Mormon passage): “Behold, I say unto you, that it is [Christ] that surely shall come … ; yea he cometh to declare glad tidings of salvation unto his people.
- -The day of the coming of the Lord won’t overtake the children of light as a thief in the night (D&C 106:4-5)
- –“Question: Does or will anyone know when the Lord will come? Answer: As to the day and hour, No; as to the generation, Yes. Question: Who shall know the generation? Answer: The saints, the children of light, those who can read the signs of the times, those who treasure up the Lord’s word so they will not be deceived.” ( Elder Bruce R. McConkie, D&C student manual for section 133 – https://www.lds.org/manual/doctrine-and-covenants-student-manual/sections-132-138/section-133-the-lords-appendix-to-the-doctrine-and-covenants?lang=eng)
- -It is said that Elder Nelson said at a Stake Conference that we are currently in the 7th seal.
- -“Joseph Smith showed that a careful reading of the book of Revelation can place limits on permissible interpretations. He pointed out that the first three chapters of the book deal with John’s day and “things which must shortly come to pass” (Revelation 1:1) and that the rest of the book deals with “things which must be hereafter” (Revelation 4:1), or beyond John’s day. (footnote 5 of this text pertains to this area of the text and says “Of course, as Joseph Smith knew, the first five of the seven seals deal with past events, but these serve to highlight the theme of a purpose or an endpoint to human history, culminating in the events leading up to the Second Coming—well beyond John’s day.”)“ (Dec. 2015 Ensign “Joseph Smith and the Book of Revelation” by David A. Edward Church Magazines; https://www.lds.org/ensign/2015/12/joseph-smith-and-the-book-of-revelation?lang=eng)
- -“Some Things We Know about the Book of Revelation Because of Joseph Smith: Revelation 5–8: D&C 77:6–7, 12 The seven seals represent seven time periods. The final two deal with our day and beyond.” (Dec. 2015 Ensign “Joseph Smith and the Book of Revelation” by David A. Edward Church Magazines; https://www.lds.org/ensign/2015/12/joseph-smith-and-the-book-of-revelation?lang=eng)
-After the 7th seal is opened, there is a little season before the Second Coming. That time is cut short lest even the elect be lost. The seals represent 1000 year periods of time. The earth has a temporal lifespan of 7000 years (D&C 77). “Christ will come in the beginning of the seventh thousand years” (D&C 77 heading; D&C 77:12; also recall, your 1st year starts when you are at age 0! So the 7th thousand years starts at 6k years in!) The Millennium is to last 1000 years (D&C 29:11) (this makes 6k pre millennium + 1k millennium = 7k year temporal lifespan of earth). At the year 2000 AD, 6000 years will have passed since the beginning. Adam lived at 4000 BC. “The Bible dictionary of the LDS edition of the King James Bible places the Fall near 4000 B.C. (See Bible Dictionary, p. 635.)” (Oct. 1983 Ensign “Book of Revelation Overview” https://www.lds.org/ensign/1983/10/book-of-revelation-overview?lang=eng)
-“When the second seal is opened in the subsequent verses, John is shown something about the second thousand years. And so on through the first four seals. The fifth seal information presented to John represents both a time period and some events of which John knew a great deal. The Apostle is shown a representation of those who “were slain for the word of God” after the opening of the fifth seal. (Rev. 6:9.) For us, however, it is not until the sixth seal is opened (beginning atRev. 6:12) that we begin to deal with events yet to occur. The sixth seal covers the sixth thousand year period, which generally would be about 1000 A.D. to 2000 A.D. When we come to Revelation 8, we begin to read of the seventh seal, or the seventh thousand years of the earth’s temporal existence. During the early part of this period is when judgments come upon the earth in a final attempt to turn mankind’s heart to God; it will be sometime early in this period—how early is unspecified—when at last the earth will be cleansed, Christ will return, and the Millennium will begin. (D&C 77:12–13; note the clear reference to both a time period and events to occur after the opening of the seventh seal but before the time of the Second Coming.) The description of those seventh seal events fills most of the remainder of the book.” (Oct. 1983 Ensign “Book of Revelation Overview” https://www.lds.org/ensign/1983/10/book-of-revelation-overview?lang=eng)
-“Revelation’s Seven Seals: John’s seven seals give an overview of the seven thousand years of earth’s “temporal existence,” as follows: 1. (Rev. 6:1–2—about 4000 B.C. to 3000 B.C.) John sees a warrior, conquering. 2. (Rev. 6:3–4—about 3000 B.C. to 2000 B.C.) John sees a representation of human contention and death. 3. (Rev. 6:5–6—about 2000 B.C. to 1000 B.C.) John sees images of famine. 4. (Rev. 6:7–8—about 1000 B.C. to A.D. 1) John sees death by war, famine, beasts. 5. (Rev. 6:9–11—about A.D. 1 to A.D. 1000) John sees the martyrs for Christ of the early Christian era. 6. (About A.D. 1000 to A.D. 2000) Great Earthquake (Rev. 6:12–17) John sees a great earthquake; the sun darkens, the moon turns to blood, stars appear to fall; the wicked mistakenly fear that it is the end of the world. (See also JS—M 1:33; D&C 29:14; D&C 88:87.) 144,000 Sealed (Rev. 7:1–8) A scene shows that angels are held back from sending further judgment until 144,000 high priests can be “sealed” and called to “administer the everlasting gospel.” (See D&C 77:9–11.) Rewards for Those Who Endure Tribulations (Rev. 7:9–17) A heavenly scene, “before the throne”; John sees that a “great multitude, which no man could number” will obtain the rewards of the faithful through righteously enduring “tribulation.” 7. (About A.D. 2000 to A.D. 3000) Six Judgments (Rev. 8 and Rev. 9) Six of seven trumps now sound, signaling six coming judgments on the earth: (1) hail and fire mingled with blood are cast upon the earth (cf. Ex. 9:22–26; Ezek. 38:22); (2) a great burning mountain is cast into the sea (cf. Ex. 7:19–25); (3) a great star falls, affecting 1/3 of fresh water; (4) 1/3 of heavenly bodies turn dark (cf. Ex. 10:21–23); (5) sun is darkened by smoke; 5-month battle plagues mankind, of such extent it is called a “woe”; (6) a 13-month war plagues mankind, but men still don’t repent, suggesting clearly the purposes for the “judgments of God.” An Assignment to John (Rev. 10) At this point, an angel informs John of a “sweet” but “bitter” assignment for him to gather Israel “before the time of [Christ’s] coming .” (See D&C 77:12, 14.) Two Witnesses in Jerusalem (Rev. 11:1–14) John sees the gentiles “tread” Jerusalem “under foot” for 42 months. During that same period two witnesses of the Lord testify with great power. The period ends with an earthquake. Conditions now are such that the period is called a second “woe.” (See D&C 77:15.) Seventh Judgment (Rev. 11:14–19) The seventh angel trumps, and voices in heaven proclaim the coming earthly reign of Christ; lightnings, thunderings, an earthquake, and great hail follow—a “third woe” of mankind.” (Oct. 1983 Ensign “Book of Revelation Overview” https://www.lds.org/ensign/1983/10/book-of-revelation-overview?lang=eng)
-“the seven seals in the book described by John beginning in chapter 5 of Revelation represent seven major time periods in earth’s history and that the final two are the ones that deal with our day and beyond (see D&C 77:6–7), helping us see why John’s vision spends so much more time with the sixth and seventh seals. Joseph Smith’s revelation then goes on to explain how some of the figures in the sixth seal (the four angels and the 144,000 servants sealed from the tribes of Israel) relate to the work of the Restoration and gathering in the last days (see D&C 77:9–11).” (Dec. 2015 Ensign “Joseph Smith and the Book of Revelation” by David A. Edward Church Magazines; https://www.lds.org/ensign/2015/12/joseph-smith-and-the-book-of-revelation?lang=eng)
-The trumpets to prepare for the Millennium will sound in the beginning of the seventh thousand years (D&C 77:12)
-The 6th thousand years is the opening of the 6th seal (D&C 77:10), etc. (your 1st year starts when you are at age 0! So the 7th thousand years starts at 6k years in! Since year 2000 AD has passed, we are in the time of small season of preparations for the Millennium!)
-“Q. What are we to understand by the seven seals with which it was sealed? A. We are to understand that the first seal contains the things of the first thousand years, and the second also of the second thousand years, and so on until the seventh.” (D&C 77:7)
-“Q. What are we to understand by the sounding of thetrumpets, mentioned in the 8th chapter of Revelation? A. We are to understand that as
God made the world in six days, and on the seventh day he finished his work, and sanctified it, and also formed man out of the dust of the earth, even so, in the beginning of the seventh thousand years will the Lord God sanctify the earth, and complete the salvation of man, and judge all things, and shall redeem all things, except that which he hath not put into his power, when he shall have sealed all things, unto the end of all things; and the sounding of the trumpets of the seven angels are the preparing and finishing of his work, in the beginning of the seventh thousand years—the preparing of the way before the time of his coming.” (D&C 77:12)
-After the 7th seal, there will be a half hour of silence before the coming of the Lord (Rev.
–7th seal opens (Rev. 8:1) then the 1/2 hour of silence (Rev. 8: 1) then the 7 trumpets given to 7 angels begin (Rev. 8:6-7); the 7th trumpet announces that the kingdoms of the world now belong to Christ (Rev. 11:15)
-The Book of Revelation says that after the opening of the 7th seal there will be a half hour of silence, then destructions and the coming of the Lord. Elder McConkie, as seen in his book The Millennial Messah, said that one way to interpret this is that the 7th seal opens at year 2000 AD, then the half hour of silence happens. The half hour could equal 21 years, since 1000 years is a day to God. After these 21 years, at year 2021, would come the major destructions upon the land. A while after that, the Lord would come. Elder McConkie goes on to say that the coming of the Lord will be after the 7th seal is opened, citing the D&C, that a little while after that, the Second Coming happens. He says we don’t know weather it will be 20 50 or 100 years after that seal opening that Christ will come, we only know that it will be shortly after the opening of the 7th seal (2000 AD).
-“D&C 77:6–7. Why Was the Book Sealed That John Saw?
“‘The book which John saw’ represented the real history of the world—what the eye of God has seen, what the recording angel has written; and the seven thousand years, corresponding to the seven seals of the Apocalyptic volume, are as seven great days during which Mother Earth will fulfill her mortal mission, laboring six days and resting upon the seventh, her period of sanctification. These seven days do not include the period of our planet’s creation and preparation as a dwelling place for man. They are limited to Earth’s ‘temporal existence,’ that is, to Time, considered as distinct from Eternity.” (Whitney, Saturday Night Thoughts, p. 11.)” (Section 77 Questions and Answers on the Book of Revelation, Doctrine and Covenants Student Manual, (2002), 167–171; https://www.lds.org/manual/doctrine-and-covenants-student-manual/section-69-80/section-77-questions-and-answers-on-the-book-of-revelation?lang=eng)
-There is a period of time “after the opening of the seventh seal, before the coming of Christ” (D&C 77:13). This means that The Millennium won’t happen right at year 2,000 AD, but a little bit after!
-The D&C attests that the 1000 year marks are on what we call 1000 year marks, i.e. year 0, year 1000 AD, year 2000 AD, etc. This it does by showing that at year 0, Jesus was born. (D&C 20:1). However, this was not in the original version of D&C 20. Several prophets have said that April 6 is Christ’s birthday, seeming to have taken D&C 20:1 as revelation. Further reading on this, see http://en.fairmormon.org/Jesus_Christ/Date_of_birth.
-The Book of Mormon is an account is typical of future events. What happens in the text is that the destructions happen among the Nephites, then one year later, the Lord comes among the Nephites.
– “The day of the coming of the Lord is near. I do not know when…. I sincerely believe it will come in the very day when some of us who are here today [5 April 1936] will be living upon the face of the earth.” (President Joseph Fielding Smith ; see Doctrines of Salvation, 3:2-3; see also the Doctrine and Covenants Institute Manual pg. 61.)
-“Moreover the multitude of her strangers shall be like small dust, and the multitude of the terrible ones shall be as chaff that passeth away: yea, it shall be at an instant suddenly.” (JST Isa. 29:5)
(for further discussion of this happening suddenly, see “Valleys Exalted” https://richardsonstudies.wordpress.com/category/valleys-exalted/)
–“According to our Prophet’s teachings, God gave to this planet, Mother Earth, seven thousand years as the period of “its temporal existence;” and four thousand years, or four of those great days, had passed before Christ was crucified, while nearly two thousand years, or two more days, have gone by since. Consequently, we stand at the present moment in the Saturday Evening of Time, near the close of the sixth day, at the week’s end of human history. Morning will break upon the Millennium, the thousand years of peace, the Sabbath of the World.”
(Orson F. Whitney, Conference Report, April 1920, p.123)
-“Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.” (Mark 13:36)
- –“Jesus Christ never did reveal to any man the precise time that He would come. Go and read the Scriptures, and you cannot find anything that specifies the exact hour He would come; and all that say so are false teachers” (Smith,Teachings, 341).
- (The Doctrines of the Gospel Student Manual Ch 36 “The Lord’s Second Coming”)
- -“The precise time of Christ’s coming has not been made known to man. By learning to comprehend the signs of the times, by watching the development of the work of God among the nations, and by noting the rapid fulfilment of significant prophecies, we may perceive the progressive evidence of the approaching event: ‘But the hour and the day no man knoweth, neither the angels in heaven, nor shall they know until he comes’ [D&C 49:7]. His coming will be a surprise to those who have ignored His warnings, and who have failed to watch. ‘As a thief in the night’ will be the coming of the day of the Lord unto the wicked [2 Peter 3:10; 1 Thessalonians 5:2]” (James E. Talmage, The Articles of Faith, 362–63).
- (The Doctrines of the Gospel Student Manual Ch 36 “The Lord’s Second Coming”)
-Joseph Smith said that the time it will be revealed to the prophet. He pointed out that when Jesus said no man knoweth the hour, he was referring to those living at the time, not to a general overall time. He used Amos 3:7 to prove this.
-“The Prophet Joseph Smith believed in a rigorous adherence to the literal meaning of the biblical text. “What is the rule of interpretation?” he asked. “Just no interpretation at all.” It should be “understood precisely as it reads.” (The Words of Joseph Smith, ed. Andrew F. Ehat and Lyndon W. Cook (1980), p161) An example of this was his use of Amos 3:7 to refute speculation about the date of the Second Coming. In the early 1840s, Baptist William Miller stirred considerable national interest with his prediction that the Second Coming would occur in 1843. When one of Miller’s followers claimed to have seen the “sign of the Son of Man” as predicted in Matthew 24 [Matt. 24], Joseph replied: “He has not seen the sign of the Son of Man, as foretold by Jesus; neither has any man … for the Lord hath not shown me any such sign; and as the prophet saith, so it must be—‘Surely the Lord God will do nothing but He revealeth His secret unto His servants the prophets.’ (See Amos 3:7.) Therefore hear this, O earth: The Lord will not come to reign over the righteous, in this world, in 1843, nor until everything for the Bridegroom is ready.” (History of the Church, 5:291.) Of the Savior’s words that no man knows the day or the hour of the coming of the Son of Man (see Matt. 24:36), the Prophet asked: “Did Christ speak this as a general principle throughout all generations? Oh, no, He spoke in the present tense. No man that was then living upon the footstool of God knew the day or the hour. But He did not say that there was no man throughout all generations that should not know the day or the hour. No, for this would be in flat contradiction with other scripture. For the prophet says that God will do nothing but what He will reveal unto His servants the prophets. Consequently, if it is not made known to the prophets, it will not come to pass.” (The Words of Joseph Smith, ed. Andrew F. Ehat and Lyndon W. Cook (1980), 180–81. Also: Joseph Smith, discourse of 6 Apr. 1843; cited in Joseph Smith’s Commentary of the Bible, Kent P. Jackson, ed. and comp., 112)…Another inspired literal interpretation that has had a far-reaching effect on our doctrine is the Prophet’s reading of Isaiah 2:3 [Isa. 2:3]: “Out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.” He taught that the words Zion and Jerusalem, rather than being an example of Hebrew poetic parallelism, which would make the terms synonymous, referred to two different places, suggesting that nearly every mention of Zion in Old Testament prophecy points toward the New Jerusalem to be built in America.” (THE PROPHET JOSEPH SMITH’S USE OF THE OLD TESTAMENT by Grant Underwood; August 2002; https://www.lds.org/ensign/2002/08/the-prophet-joseph-smiths-use-of-the-old-testament?lang=eng#footnote12-22908_000_008)
-“Wherefore, as those who have been destroyed have been destroyed speedily; and the multitude of their terrible ones shall be as chaff that passeth away—yea, thus saith the Lord God: It shall be at an instant, suddenly—” (2 Ne. 26:18)
–Gen. Conf. April 2016 opening prayer: “we strive to be worthy to welcome in the Second Coming of Thy Son”
-Elder Nelson in a 2016 worldwide broadcast to the youth said that we are Millennials in a very different sense than the world calls us, and this he knows based on spiritual promptings he has been receiving from the Holy Ghost. He said that our role is to help prepare people to live in the Millennium. See https://www.lds.org/broadcasts/article/worldwide-devotionals/2016/01/becoming-true-millennials?lang=eng Here is the quote: “” We are grateful for each time you stand up and speak up for truth—especially when it is not popular.
A True Millennial is a man or woman whom God trusted enough to send to earth during the most compelling dispensation in the history of this world. A True Millennial is a man or woman who lives now to help prepare the people of this world for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ and His millennial reign. Make no mistake about it—you were born to be a True Millennial… Expect and prepare to accomplish the impossible. God has always asked His covenant children to do difficult things. Because you are covenant-keeping sons and daughters of God, living in the latter part of these latter days, the Lord will ask to do difficult things. You can count on it—Abrahamic tests did not stop with Abraham.4“”
-“¶Therefore shall evil come upon thee; thou shalt not know from whence it riseth: and mischief shall fall upon thee; thou shalt not be able to put it off: and desolation shall come upon theesuddenly, which thou shalt not know.” (Isa. 47:11)
-“The Lord who shall suddenly come to his temple; the Lord who shall come down upon the world with a curse to judgment; yea, upon all the nations that forget God, and upon all the ungodly among you.” (D&C 133:2)
-like the fig tree getting leaves, we know it’s near time; watch the prophecies
-the children of light are not to be taken as a theif in the night pertaining to Jesus’ coming
-the book of revelation can be taken very symbolically, and much of it can already be fulfilled.
-need Armageddon which could be symbolic of the turmoil of our time
-need Adam-ondi-Ahman to happen before the 2nd Coming. (see Millennial Messiah)
-the Church in wilderness 3.5 years.
-Jerusalem under siege 3.5 years.
-Prophets slain in street after prophesying 3.5 years must happen first.
- -“The Savior will appear to all the world sometime in the beginning of the seventh thousand years of the earth’s temporal existence (see D&C 77:12–13).” (The Doctrines of the Gospel Student Manual Ch 36 “The Lord’s Second Coming”)
- –“At the time appointed by the Father, the Son of Man will come in the clouds of heaven. It is an unknown day in the beginning of the seventh thousand years of the earth’s temporal continuance. War, such as has not been known from the beginning of time, is in progress. All nations are assembled at Armageddon.“All things are in commotion. Never has there been such a day as this. The newspapers of the world, as well as radio and television, speak only of war and calamity and the dread that hangs like a millstone around every neck. …
“And the signs in heaven above are like nothing man has ever seen. Blood is everywhere; fire and vapors of smoke fill the atmospheric heavens. No man has seen a rainbow this year. …
“And above all are the vexing words of those Mormon Elders! They are everywhere preaching their strange doctrine, saying that the coming of the Lord is near, and that unless men repent and believe the gospel they will be destroyed by the brightness of his coming.
“In this setting, as these and ten thousand like things are in progress, suddenly, quickly, as from the midst of eternity, He comes! Fire burns before him; tempests spread destruction; the earth trembles and reels to and fro as a drunken man. Every corruptible thing is consumed. He sets his foot on the Mount called Olivet; it cleaves in twain. The Lord has returned and the great millennium is here! The year of his redeemed has arrived!” (McConkie, Millennial Messiah, 21–22). (The Doctrines of the Gospel Student Manual Ch 36 “The Lord’s Second Coming”)
- -It is an act of righteousness, yea of love for God, to look for the signs of the Second Coming of Christ (D&C 45:39). These people shall indeed see signs and wonders (D&C 45:39). Even he who watches for Christ won’t be cut off (D&C 45:44). For a more full account of D&C 45 about the last days and Second Coming, see of the JST of the New Testament (D&C 45:60). This will enable further preparation for that day (D&C 45:61).
- -“D&C 77:8. Four Angels Sent from God with Power to Save Life and to Destroy It
President Joseph Fielding Smith explained that “these angels seem to fit the description of the angels spoken of in the parable of the wheat and the tares, (Matt. 13:24–43 and D. & C. 86:17), who plead with the Lord that they might go forth to reap down the field. They were told to let the wheat and the tares grow together to the time of the end of the harvest, which is the end of the world (Matt. 13:38–39). … These angels have been given power over the four parts [quarters] of the earth and they have the power of committing the everlasting Gospel to the peoples of the earth. The fulness of the Gospel was not restored by any one messenger sent from the presence of the Lord. All the ancient prophets who held keys and came and restored them, had a hand in this great work of restoration. There are, we learn from this revelation, four angels unto whom the power has been given, to shut up the heavens, to open them and with power unto life and also unto death and destruction. These are now at work in the earth on their sacred mission.” (Church History and Modern Revelation, 1:300–301.) Susa Young Gates reported an address by President Wilford Woodruff in which he declared: “Those angels have left the portals of heaven, and they stand over this people and this nation now, and are hovering over the earth waiting to pour out the judgments. And from this very day they shall be poured out.” (Young Women’s Journal, Aug. 1894, p. 512; see also Notes and Commentary for D&C 86:5.)” (Section 77 Questions and Answers on the Book of Revelation, Doctrine and Covenants Student Manual, (2002), 167–171; https://www.lds.org/manual/doctrine-and-covenants-student-manual/section-69-80/section-77-questions-and-answers-on-the-book-of-revelation?lang=eng)
-“the Book of Mormon, brought forth through the Prophet Joseph Smith, teaches us that we were meant to have John’s description of the events leading up to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ and that it is worthy of our study.” (Dec. 2015 Ensign “Joseph Smith and the Book of Revelation” by David A. Edward Church Magazines; https://www.lds.org/ensign/2015/12/joseph-smith-and-the-book-of-revelation?lang=eng)
-While I was taking a class from Donald Parry, BYU professor of Hebrew, he told us that he has an LDS Jewish friend, whom is about age 50 or 60, and when in a most holy place of the temple one day, around year 2016, she received a powerful impression that she would be an ordinance worker in the temple at Jerusalem. So she went and learned Hebrew to help her be prepared!