The Second Coming

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“The Second Coming,” Liahona, Dec. 2002, 9

The Second Coming

Mount of Olives

Jesus was talking to His disciples at a place called the Mount of Olives. The disciples asked Him when the wicked would be destroyed and when He would come again (the Second Coming). Matt. 24:3; JS—M 1:4

Jesus told about His Second Coming

Jesus told them that before His Second Coming, false prophets will claim to be the Christ and that many people will follow them. But, He said, if the disciples obey His words, they will not be fooled by the false prophets and will be saved. Matt. 24:4–5, 24–27; Mark 13:21–22; JS—M 1:21–22, 37

Before He came again there would be many troubles

He also said that before He comes again, there will be many wars, famines, pestilences (plagues), and earthquakes. The love of men shall wax cold, iniquity shall abound, and a terrible sickness will affect many people. D&C 45:20–23, 31–32; JS—M 1:23

The gospel will be preached to the whole world

The gospel will be preached to the whole world, but many people will not listen to the word of the Lord. JS—M 1:31

Signs in the heavens

The sun will be darkened, the moon will not shine, and the stars shall fall from heaven. Matt. 24:29; Mark 13:24–25; JS—M 1:33

The righteous will see Him come down from heaven

When He comes again, the righteous shall see Him coming down from the clouds with power and great glory. He shall send His angels to gather the righteous together. Matt. 24:30–31; Mark 13:26–27; JS—M 1:36–37

We can prepare by doing what is right

We can prepare for the Second Coming by doing what is right. We will know that His coming is near when we see the signs He has promised. No one knows exactly when He will come again, but if we are prepared, we can be with Him then. Matt. 24:44; Luke 21:36; JS—M 1:39–40

Illustrations by Paul Mann