In 2 Thess 2:3, it talks about a falling away before a restoration of the gospel. Before each dispensation, there has been a falling away before a new prophet was delivered. If Christ is going to usher in the 7th dispensation, does there have to be another falling away before his return? Thanks
Eric, from Washington
Apostasies occurred to end all the previous dispensations of the gospel, but the dispensation of the fullness of times is to prepare earth for the coming of the Savior. Thus, it shall not be overcome, neither before nor after His coming. This has been prophesied since early times. If you read Daniel’s interpretation of King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, Daniel 2:38-44, you will find it there. In verse 44 we read,
And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.
When the Lord comes he will be received by the faithful members of the Church-
And the saints that are upon the earth, who are alive, shall be quickened and be caught up to meet him. And they who have slept in their graves shall come forth, for their graves shall be opened; and they also shall be caught up to meet him in the midst of the pillar of heaven- They are Christ’s, the first fruits, they who shall descend with him first, and they who are on the earth and in their graves, who are first caught up to meet him; and all this by the voice of the sounding of the trump of the angel of God (D&C 88:96-98).