Horrific – Cataclysmic or Glorious Conditions

A Scientific Perspective

Many fear and have deep concerns in their hearts about the days ahead – given what is happening in the world.

The sciences tend to assume that things are in a steady-state; how things are today is like they were yesterday.  Hence, the evolution of humankind over millions of years back to a one-celled whatever.  In contrast, the Lord often uses cataclysmic events to do His work – getting our attention to such non-steady-state and important events.  For example, the fall of Adam and Eve, Noah’s flood, the events around the birth and death of our Savior.  And in the last days, we can anticipate several massive and cataclysmic events, some of which I will share below.  It will move us all to the core of our souls and be far from a “steady state.”  Some big surprises for scientists are coming.

A Divine Perspective

The Lord has revealed the last days to many of the prophets.  It will be the best of times and the worst of times.  It is called the “great and dreadful day of the Lord.”  A great day for the righteous and looking forward to the Glorious return of our Lord and Savior.  In contrast, it is a dreadful day for the wicked and horrendous, as apparently, the “world is coming apart.”  Does the Lord work through cataclysmic events?  Indeed, He does, and we will see many in the years ahead!

The Lord has shared a fascinating perspective regarding the future, “which our forefathers have awaited with anxious expectation to be revealed in the least times, which their minds were pointed to by the angels, as held in reserve for the fulness of their glory.”: “A time to come in the which nothing shall be withheld…” (D&C 121:26-28)  If we will open our hearts and minds, we can “be made partakers of the glories which are to be revealed in the last days, as it was written by the prophets and apostles in days of old.” (D&C 66:2)  And we have this great and exciting promise from the Lord:

Yea, verily I say unto you, in that day when the Lord shall come, he shall 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)

Restitution of All Things

The Apostle Peter spoke of our day when we would receive the “restitution of all things” before the Lord Comes. (Acts 3:19-21)

So, soon we will see the end of the world, (of worldliness), as we move in due process from our telestial – worldly sphere – of existence to the millennium and the terrestrial sphere of existence, where Christ gloriously reigns as King of kings, and Lord of lords for a thousand years. (Rev. 19:16)

In that process, over the coming next years, we will see the New Jerusalem built here in this Promised Land (North America); we will see the Ten Tribes of Israel come back; we will see the earth receive its baptism of fire as part of its purification process – following its baptism by water with Noah’s flood – this will be as the wicked are destroyed; we will see the continents come back together, as part of the “restitution of all things;” and we will see Zion built up – the Bride to meet the Bridegroom.  How exciting it is to know the resurrected Savior will be in our midst as part of this great process – to see Him face to face and bask in His perfect and eternal love.

Now, we are witnessing the great gathering of Israel from the “four corners of the earth,” as one of the grand steps in preparation for the Savior’s millennial reign.  President Russel M. Nelson has counseled us that the best thing we can do at this time is to help in this great gathering on both sides of the veil — to bring them to Christ.

 Prophet Joseph Smith Has Declared

…shall we not go on in so great a cause?  Go forward and not backward.  Courage… and on, on to the victory!  Let your hearts rejoice and be exceedingly glad.  Let the earth break forth into singing… Let the mountains shout for joy, and all ye valleys cry aloud, and all ye seas and dry lands tell the wonders of your Eternal King!  And ye rivers, and brooks, and rills, flow down with gladness.  Let the woods and all the trees of the field praise the Lord; and ye solid rocks weep for joy!  And let the sun, moon, and the morning stars sing together and let all the sons of God shout for joy!  And let the eternal creations declare his name forever and ever! (D&C 128:22-23)

Millennial Preparation

Then consider that in this millennial preparation process the earth moves out of our solar system, as the “stars fall from heaven,” and our light for the “new heaven and a new earth” is Christ during the millennial epoch, as the earth is relocated in another special place in our galaxy – on its way to eternal glory.  Your “seat belts” will not be good enough to ride through this time.  The key is to truly come to Christ, fully repent, and “hearken” to His voice. (D&C 29:1-2)

What a glorious time it will be, and we will see that all the trials and challenges associated with what most might consider a “horrific” time, will not only be worth it, but we will be eternally grateful to be part of His Kingdom – knowing His justice and mercy are perfect, because of His infinite atonement.

Most don’t know that this “promised land” (North America) has a blessing and a curse placed upon it by the Lord; it is a …land of promise, which [is] choice above all other lands, which the Lord God had preserved for a righteous people.  And he had sworn in his wrath… that whoso should possess this land of promise, from that time henceforth and forever, should serve him [keep His commandments], the true and only God, or they should be swept off when the fulness of his wrath should come upon them… And the fulness of his wrath cometh upon them when they are ripened in iniquity. (Ether 2:7-9)

It is where the Garden of Eden was, where the City of Enoch was – and was taken up and will return as part of the “restitution of all things;” it is where Noah built his Ark; it is the place of two great civilizations described of in the Book of Mormon; it is where the Ten Tribes will return to receive their temple blessings; it is where the heads of all seven dispensations of the gospel will give their keys to Adam, who will give them to Christ at Adam-ondi-ahman, as He begins His reign as Lord of lords and King of Kings; it is where the New Jerusalem will be built, and where a Zion (pure in heart people) will be prepared to meet the Savior and have Him in their midst.

Warnings

In His perfect love, He will effectuate the Divine Law of Witnesses: First, He will warn through the prophets; then, Secondly, He will warn with natural disasters.   He will send “the fulness of his wrath… upon them when they are ripened in iniquity,” (Ether 2:9) but only after He has warned them and given them time to repent and after they have rejected the “testimony”, of the prophets sent amongst them.  “Therefore, they are left without excuse, and their sins are upon their own heads.”  Then they will be “swept off,” because our Loving God knows they would only go deeper into sin, and their destruction is a manifestation of His perfect, justice, and mercy. (D&C 88:72, 73, 82, 86-102)  God is the only one that truly knows our hearts – the only perfect judge.  Many of the wicked will destroy the wicked as well.

A Glorious Time

To move to a higher level, it is imperative that worldliness come to an end, as the earth moves from its telestial level to its “new heaven and a new earth” terrestrial level.  How blessed we are to live at this glorious time in anticipation of His Coming.  Let us choose to repent and take full advantage of the infinite atonement.  How great it will be to be included in the Bride to meet the Bridegroom at His coming.  How glorious that will be.  Choose Christ, who will be our perfect Lord and King, or be destroyed.  It is our individual choice.

David W. Allan