Thursday, November 20, 2014

Preparing for the Savior's Second Coming

Mark chapter 13 tells us of things that we should watch for to know when Jesus will come. Although none of us know the hour, we can gauge His closeness by the signs of the times. In Mark we find the words "take heed" and "watch" quite frequently.  Here are some of the things that we should watch for:

·         people trying to deceive you that Christ is already here
·         people trying to persecute you for following Christ
·         the signs of the times
·         False Christ’s
·         Wars and rumors of wars
·         Earthquakes
·         Famines
·         Gospel taken everywhere
·         Families turning on each other
·         False prophets

Some additional scriptures and insights they hold:

D&C 87:8 – We need to stand apart from Babylon, resisting temptation until the Lord comes.
JST-Matt 1:32 – Terrible things will happen before the Lord returns.
JST-Matt 1:37 – We need to build our testimonies and hold them as sacred so that we may be gathered up in the last days to dwell with our Savior and Father in Heaven.
JST-Matt 1:46-50 – Nobody knows when the Lord will return. He will come when unsuspected.
D&C 33:17 – We should be ready for the Lord when he comes. The time to prepare is now, not when he gets here.
D&C 45:56-57 – We will be saved in the last day if we are faithfully prepared.

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