Will I be healed so I can kneel when Christ returns?

Will I be healed so I can kneel when Christ returns?

Question

 

Gramps,

I will gladly bow before Christ and praise Him. The only problem I have is that at age 14 I injured my knees. Time and age have taken a toll on my knees and it is really hard to bend my knees. When Christ comes, will He heal my knees so I can bow before Him and do it painlessly?

Susan

 

Answer

 

Dear Susan,

I am so sorry to hear about your knees, and admire your dedication to Christ.

The prophecy that “every knee shall bow” can be found in all four books of scripture. There’s a few things you should consider about the prophecy.

The first is the metaphorical nature of the phrase. In the Old Testament, where the phrase is first used, bowing often referred specifically to kings. Eventually the word was used among the Hebrews to mean both physically bowing, and the attitude of submitting yourself to your king.

Another thing you should consider is the timing of the prophecy. Most references to “every knee shall bow” only refer to an unspecified future time. But D&C 88:104, puts the prophecy in its chronological context, not only after the Second Coming, but also after the first resurrection, when Alma teaches “limb and joint shall be restored to their proper frame.”

It is likely, then, that you won’t have to meet the prophecy of bowing before the Savior until after your body has been resurrected.

But perhaps that misses the point of your question. If you are like me, you look forward to the Second Coming of Christ and worshiping Him as He arrives. Rest assured, if you are alive, your bodily ills will not rob you of that opportunity.

When Jesus appeared to the Nephites, every one of them fell to the Earth in worship even though many of them were sick and injured. And though Christ healed them eventually, He did not have to do so before they could bow before Him.

 

Gramps

 

 

 

Will the 2 witnesses killed in Jerusalem be apostles from the LDS Church?

Will the 2 witnesses killed in Jerusalem be apostles from the LDS Church?

Question

 

Gramps,

As we know, two ‘witnesses’ will be killed in Jerusalem. Many have supposed these two witnesses will be apostles (members of the first presidency or quorum of the twelve). Have there been any talks regarding these two witnesses? Are they going to be apostles from the LDS church? We know they will be raised up in the Jewish state. Any ideas?

Alan

 

Answer

 

Alan,

Thank you for your question.  I think I may have already answered most of your questions regarding this in a previous Q&A.  Are there references for 2 prophets killed in last days?

However, let me add a couple of things here that you have addressed that were not mentioned in my previous answer.

You mention that these two would have been raised up “in” the Jewish state.  According to D&C 77:15 it states:

 15 Q. What is to be understood by the two witnesses, in the eleventh chapter of Revelation?  A. They are two prophets that are to be raised up to the Jewish nation in the last days, at the time of the restoration, and to prophesy to the Jews after they are gathered and have built the city of Jerusalem in the land of their fathers.

Notice how it states “to” and not “in.”  This would tell me that they won’t necessarily be from the Jewish nation.

Bruce R. McConkie identified the two men as:

“followers of that humble man Joseph Smith, through whom the Lord of Heaven restored the fulness of his everlasting gospel in this final dispensation of grace. No doubt they will be members of the Council of the Twelve or of the First Presidency of the Church.” (Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, 3:509.)

 

I hope this and my previous answer helps to clarify this for you.

 

Gramps

 

 

 

 

 

Will we, as Saints, ever have to flee to avoid being destroyed?

Will we, as Saints, ever have to flee to avoid being destroyed?

Question

Hi Gramps,

Since we live in the last days and there are alot of troubling things going on, I’ve noticed a pattern in the scriptures, Whenever things get too wicked and unsafe for God’s people, He calls them out of that particular place.  The Bible and the Book of Mormon and Church History is full of exodus stories.  Do you think something like that will occur again? Will the saints have to flee to the mountains or the city of Zion to escape being destroyed?

Dev

 

Answer

Hi Dev,

In my own reading of the scriptures, I have interpreted things somewhat differently. From what I can see, God requires us to avoid being of the world even while He expects us to live in the world. “Ye are the salt of the earth,” our Lord taught us, and compared us with a little leaven “hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.” In like manner, we should act to raise the level of society around us.

But there are times when the people have cast out the righteous from among them, such as when Lot and his family were cast out of Sodom, or when the people of Ammonihah drove the male believers in Christ out of the city and murdered their wives and children. In such cases, the people are ripe in iniquity, and destruction inevitably follows.

In my firm opinion, if at some future time the Saints, as a whole, leave a city or region, it will be because they are driven away and forced to flee for their lives and liberty, as was the case in Missouri and Illinois early in the Restoration. I do not believe the Saints will otherwise be commanded as an entire body to physically pick up and move away from “Babylon”.

 

Gramps

Where can I find Ezra Taft Benson’s talk about the last days?

Where can I find Ezra Taft Benson’s talk about the last days?

Question

Gramps,

I keep hearing about a talk that Ezra Taft Benson gave in a devotional regarding events leading to the last days.  Have you heard of it and where can I find it?

Peter

 

Answer

Peter,

I believe you may be referring to a talk that President  Benson gave at a BYU devotional in 1981.  He discusses the calamities that we will experience as we move closer and closer to the Second Coming of Christ.

The talk is titled, “Prepare Yourself for the Great Day of the Lord.”

It is a wonderful talk and so prophetic, one that we should all heed.

I hope this answers your question.

 

Gramps

Will the gospel be taken to the Middle East before the 2nd coming?

Will the gospel be taken to the Middle East before the 2nd coming?

Question

Gramps,

Will the gospel be taken to the middle eastern countries before the 2nd Coming?

Janet

 

Answer

Janet,

Great question.  It truly makes you wonder with all that is going on in the Middle East today.  Even recently, the news has been filled with reports of Christians being slaughtered by groups such as ISIS.

There are many things that need to happen before Christ returns.  One of them is that the gospel of Jesus Christ will be preached among all nations, tongues and people, and in their own language.

In the Gospel Principles Manual it states,

“Before the Second Coming and during the Millennium, the Lord will provide ways to bring the truth to all nations.”

In an extraction from Joseph Smith’s translation of Matthew it states this regarding the 2nd Coming of Christ and preaching to all nations,

31 And again, this Gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in all the world, for a witness unto all nations, and then shall the end come, or the destruction of the wicked;

32 And again shall the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, be fulfilled.

33 And immediately after the tribulation of those days, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of heaven shall be shaken.

34 Verily, I say unto you, this generation, in which these things shall be shown forth, shall not pass away until all I have told you shall be fulfilled.

35 Although, the days will come, that heaven and earth shall pass away; yet my words shall not pass away, but all shall be fulfilled.

36 And, as I said before, after the tribulation of those days, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken, then shall appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven, and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn; and they shall see the Son of Man coming in the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory;

Also in Matthew 24:14,

14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

We can also read in D&C 90:11,

11 For it shall come to pass in that day, that every man shall hear the fulness of the gospel in his own tongue, and in his own language, through those who are ordained unto this power, by the administration of the Comforter, shed forth upon them for the revelation of Jesus Christ.

While we may wonder how this will ever happen, considering the conditions within the world today, the Lord will help us find ways to accomplish His task.  

In a talk given by M. Russell Ballard during General Conference in 2008 entitled “The Truth of God Shall Go Forth”  he quotes,

“Even Joseph’s closest associates in those early years did not fully understand the trials that the Latter-day Saints would endure as the Church rolled forth from its small beginnings in the early 1800s. But Joseph Smith knew that no enemy then present or in the future would have sufficient power to frustrate or stop the purposes of God. We are all familiar with his prophetic words: “The Standard of Truth has been erected; no unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing; persecutions may rage, mobs may combine, armies may assemble, calumny may defame, but the truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly, and independent, till it has penetrated every continent, visited every clime, swept every country, and sounded in every ear, till the purposes of God shall be accomplished, and the Great Jehovah shall say the work is done” (History of the Church, 4:540).

Gramps

What happens to our debts during the millenium?

What happens to our debts during the millenium?

Question

Dear Gramps,

I’ve had a question that has bothered me for some time. When the Savior returns for His second coming, what is going to happen to all of the outstanding debt that is owed by one party to another here in this life? Because I assume our financial systems will be done away with. For example, I may have a student loan that is not completely paid off, or my neighbor may have a house or a car that is not completely paid off. Is the creditor just expected to just shrug his shoulders and lose his just compensation and reimbursement? I’ve always thought that Christ wanted us to pay our just debts, and not just “blow them off.” Any thoughts on this?

Robert 

 

Answer

Dear Robert,

I don’t think we’ve been told with any certainty what the economic system of the Millennium will be. The Doctrine and Covenants contains the principles of the United Order, which principles govern the law of consecration. But principles provide a wide range of latitude for implementation. What’s more, whatever economic system we’ll have needs us to work out the kinks. Joseph Smith and Brigham Young took the idea of a New Jerusalem quite literally. For them the doctrine meant they needed to be city builders. They learned what it meant to govern a city, what infrastructure deserved attention, how to set the culture, and what the layout should be. Their thoughts seemed to be that when the Second Coming finally occurred, Zion would already be set up and we would be ready to roll out on a large scale. When the early implementations of the United Order failed, Brigham Young began experimenting with co-ops as a bridge to the revealed economic principles of unity, industry, and thrift. All that is to say, that I’m not certain that debts will be immediately forgiven upon the return of the Savior.

Having said all that, there is a scriptural argument that debtors may be relieved at the onset of the Millennium. Under the Mosaic Law, not only was Israel to honor the Sabbath day once every seven days, they were also to honor a sabbatic year once every seven years! The relevant part here is that all debts were forgiven at this point. Note that it also comes with a caveat:

At the end of every seven years thou shalt make a release. And this is the manner of the release: Every creditor that lendeth ought unto his neighbour shall release it; he shall not exact it of his neighbour, or of his brother; because it is called the Lord’s release. Of a foreigner thou mayest exact it again: but that which is thine with thy brother thine hand shall release” (Deuteronomy 15:1-3).

The Millennium is the Sabbath of the world, so it stands to reason that there will be some sort of similar debt forgiveness program. But even here, there’s uncertainty, because I don’t know if you or your neighbor would fall under the brother (where it is completely forgiven) or the foreigner clause (where it is merely deferred).

Add to that uncertainty the principle of integrity. Zion is the “pure in heart”, these people will meet their obligations. Elder Wirthlin described this ideal, “we believe in honoring our debts and being honest in our dealings with our fellow men,” and gave the following example:

In the 1930s Fred Snowberger opened the doors of a new pharmacy in northeastern Oregon. It had been his dream to own his own business, but the economic turnaround he had hoped for never materialized. Eight months later, Fred closed the doors of his pharmacy for the last time.

Even though his business had failed, Fred was determined to repay the loan he had secured. Some wondered why he insisted on repaying the debt. Why didn’t he simply declare bankruptcy and have the debt legally forgiven?

But Fred did not listen. He had said he would repay the loan, and he was determined to honor his word. His family made many of their own clothes, grew much of their food in their garden, and used everything they had until it was thoroughly worn out or used up. Rain or shine, Fred walked to and from his work each day. And every month, Fred paid what he could on the loan.

Years passed and finally the wonderful day arrived when Fred made the last payment. He delivered it in person. The man who had loaned him the money wept and with tears streaming down his face, said, “You not only paid back every penny, but you taught me what a man of character and honesty is.”

To this day, nearly 70 years after Fred signed his name to that note, descendants of Fred and Erma Snowberger still tell this story with pride. This act of honor and nobility has lived through the decades as a cherished example of family integrity.” (Earthly Debts, Heavenly Debts, April 2004 General Conference).

So don’t bank on Christ’s coming as granting you a reprieve from your financial obligations. As you noted, while not having to pay your debts would be helpful to you, it could be quite harmful to the creditor. I’m sure you feel your debts as a burden – and quite rightly so. They are a tremendous weight to carry. Church leaders ancient and modern have compared it to slavery. Conversely, paying them off can change your entire attitude and demeanor. President Hinckley shared one such example in the October 1998 General Conference:

President Faust would not tell you this himself. Perhaps I can tell it, and he can take it out on me afterward. He had a mortgage on his home drawing 4 percent interest. Many people would have told him he was foolish to pay off that mortgage when it carried so low a rate of interest. But the first opportunity he had to acquire some means, he and his wife determined they would pay off their mortgage. He has been free of debt since that day. That’s why he wears a smile on his face, and that’s why he whistles while he works.” (To the Boys and to the Men).

In your journey towards financial self-reliance, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has provided some useful resources. Take a look at the Provident Living site for suggestions on improving your career path or better managing the finances you’re already receiving. You can also find encouragement from this Ensign article “Getting Out of Debt – for Good“. It mentions a debt elimination plan called the “debt snowball” to help you feel the momentum you gain as you pay off your debts.

Gramps

Are the blood moons occurring this year a sign of the times?

Are the blood moons occurring this year a sign of the times?

Question

Do you think the four blood moons occurring this year are signs of the times and part of what the scriptures speak of? Thanks.

Dev

 

Answer

Dev,

This is a great question, and the answer really could be yes and no.

Part of this question is whether or not the blood moons this year are fulfillment of scriptural prophecy of the moon into blood or the moon becoming as blood (Acts 2:20Joel 2:31Revelation 6:12, etc.). In reference to this part of the question, the answer is likely no. There are still many prophesied signs and wonders that have yet to be fulfilled before the “great and dreadful day of the Lord” (Malachi 4:5).

Having said that, it’s important to also note that, living in the latter-days, we live in a day and age where signs of the Lord’s Second Coming abound. We will continue to see anomalies (signs and wonders) as the Lord’s Second Coming draws near. As we progress through the latter-days, it’s important to see these signs for what they are: not markers to help us guess the time of the Lord’s coming (for “the hour and the day no man knoweth, neither the angels in heaven, nor shall they know until he comes”) (D&C 49:7), but to strengthen our faith that He will come again. In this way, some of the celestial and physical anomalies that we experience and witness in the latter-days can serve as reminders that (1) we need to seek to be prepared for the Lord’s coming and (2) that we can find peace through the Gospel of Jesus Christ as we navigate the challenges of latter-day living.

Gramps

Does the first resurrection happen before the millenium begins?

Does the first resurrection happen before the millenium begins?

Question

Hi Gramps,

Jesus said that no man would know of the second coming of Jesus Christ, I believe he referenced it as “thief in the night.” My question is this. The Savior was introduced by Father in Heaven to young Joseph Smith to end the great apostacy unknown to the world as perhaps the “thief in the night” reference. Can we suppose that the second coming has already been started and the great and dreadful day of the Lord will be his official “second coming” that everyone in the world will recognize?  If this is true doesn’t the first resurrection happen before the Millenium begins?  Just wondering if you could clarify.

Nate (more…)

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