Sunday, May 19, 2013

Doctrine and Covenants Lesson #21 "Looking Forth for the Great Day of the Lord to Come"



D&C 29, 34, 45, 88, 101, 133

INTRODUCTION
D&C 45:35: “Be not troubled, for, when all these things shall come to pass, ye may know that the promises which have been made unto you shall be fulfilled.”

PARABLE OF THE FIG TREE—You will know when summer is nigh if you watch
D&C 45:36-37: “And when the light shall begin to break forth, it shall be with them like unto a parable which I will show you—Ye look and behold the fig trees, and ye see them with your eyes, and ye say when they begin to shoot forth, and their leaves are yet tender, that summer is now nigh at hand.”
                :39 “…he that feareth me shall be looking forth for the great day of the Lord to come…”
                :44-46 “And then they shall look for me and, behold, I will come; and they shall see me in the clouds of heaven, clothed with power and great glory with all the holy angels…” Those who have “slept in peace” will be brought back to life and redeemed, also.
                :54 “Then shall the heathen nations be redeemed…in the first resurrection…”
                :55 “Satan shall be bound…”

PARABLE OF THE TEN VIRGINS—In addition to watching, preparation is required
D&C 45:56-57: “And at that day, when I shall come in my glory, shall the parable be fulfilled which I spake concerning the ten virgins. For they that are wise and have received the truth, and have taken the Holy Spirit for their guide, and have not been deceived—verily I say unto you, they shall not be hewn down and cast into the fire, but shall abide the day.”
                :57 the oil in their lamps is knowing the truth and having the Holy Spirit for their guide & having not been deceived. (Write on the board)
                :58-59 “the earth shall be given unto them…they shall multiply and wax strong…the Lord shall be in their midst, and his glory shall be upon them, and he will be their king and their lawgiver.”
                :60-61 The New Testament translation will tell more, that ye may be prepared.

JS-MATTHEW—Counsel for those watching & preparing
Hazards for Disciples in the last days (Note on blackboard) (Matt. 24)
1.       JS-M 1:7 Being Afflicted. “Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you, and ye shall be hated of all nations, for my name’s sake.” Don’t worry about this one. See D&C 101:36
2.       JS-M 1:8 Being Offended. “And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.” Zion people will not war with one another. See D&C 45:69
3.       JS-M 1:9 Being Deceived. “And many false prophets shall arise, and shall deceive many.” JS-M 1:22—“For in those days there shall also arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders, insomuch, that, if possible, they shall deceive the very elect, who are the elect according to the covenant.” False prophets would deceive even the very elect, according to the covenant. JS-M 1:37--“Whoso treasureth up my word, shall not be deceived…”
4.       JS-M 11:10 Being surrounded by Iniquity. “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” JS-M 1:30 “…he that shall not be overcome, the same shall be saved.” How to overcome by faith, rather than be overcome by iniquity, is found in D&C 76:50-53 from last week. (The basic cycle of sanctification we discuss every week: Faith to Repentance to Baptism/Covenant Keeping to Holy Ghost.) Don’t be confused that you will do this by yourself: D&C 76:61 – “Wherefore, let no man glory in man, but rather let him glory in God, who shall subdue all enemies under his feet.” Christ will have done it for you.
The Promise: JS-M 1:11 “He that remaineth steadfast and is not overcome, the same shall be saved.” JS-M 1:12 so “stand in the Holy Place.”

Blessings of the Millenium to those who watch & prepare
D&C 101:22-38 Stand in the holy place and prepare for the revelation
These are the good things that will happen:
                :26 anything you ask will be given
                :28 Satan will have no power
                :29 no sorrow, no death
                :30 no infant death
                :31 translation rather than death
                :32-34 all knowledge will be available.
Therefore
                :36 don’t be afraid, even about death, because it will be a joyful time
                :37 don’t worry about your body; worry about your soul. In D&C 88:15, it explains that the spirit and the body combined are the soul. So worry about the body only as it relates to or impacts our spirit.
                :38 seek the face of God that you may possess your souls (spirit + body) and you shall have eternal life.

We’ll give glory to Christ
D&C 133:52-53 “And now the year of my redeemed is come; and they shall mention the loving kindness of their Lord, and all that he has bestowed upon them according to his goodness, and according to his loving kindness, forever and ever. In all their afflictions he was afflicted. And the angel of his presence saved them; and in his love, and in his pity, he redeemed them, and bore them, and carried them all the days of old.” We will realize all the wonderful things the Lord did for us throughout our lives. “In all their afflictions he was afflicted…the angel of his presence saved them; and in his love and in his pity, he redeemed them, and bore them, and carried them all the days of old.”
                :57 “for this cause, that men might be made partakers of the glories…the Lord sent forth the fullness of his gospel, his everlasting covenant…”
                :58 “…to prepare the weak…”
                :59 to “…thrash the nations by the power of his Spirit.”
                :60 “for this cause these commandments were given.”

Counsel of a Latter-day Prophet
President Gordon B. Hinckley: “How do you prepare for the Second Coming? Well, you just do not worry about it. You just live the kind of life that if the second coming were to be tomorrow, you would be ready. Nobody knows when it is going to happen….Our responsibility is to prepare ourselves, to live worthy of the association of the Savior, to deport ourselves in such a way that we would not be embarrassed if He were to come among us. That is a challenge in this day and age.” (Church News, 2 January 1999, p. 2)

CONCLUSION—Sanctify Yourselves
D&C 88:68 – “Therefore, sanctify yourselves that your minds become single to God, and the days will come that you shall see him; for he will unveil his face unto you, and it shall be in his own time, and in his own way, and according to his own will.” Sanctify yourselves and the days will come that you shall see him. The definition of sanctification immediately follows: “that your minds become single to God.”
                :68 “Remember the great and last promise…”
                :74 A commandment to the first laborers in the last kingdom
                       1.  Assemble yourselves together
                       2.   Organize yourselves 
                       3.  Prepare yourselves 
                       4.    Sanctify yourselves—purify your hearts (motives, intentions, emotions), cleanse your hands (actions, service) & feet (directions, pathways) THAT I MAY make you clean, THAT I MAY defend you at the judgment and show that you are to be saved out from the wicked, THAT I MAY fulfill the great and last promise. 
                         a.  What is the great and last promise? Eternal life.
                         b.   Write on the board:
                                   MOTIVES: Love
                                   ACTIONS: Service
                                   PATHWAYS: Upwards

THINGS THAT MIGHT COME UP
Mass migration to Jackson County:
D&C 45:66-71. Revelation about Zion, the New Jerusalem.
D&C 133:8-9. We will be too big to fit in Jackson County. The Lord has command us to set down “stakes” and now the borders of Zion have been enlarged. Later in this chapter it tells us that Christ will stand everywhere (verse 20) and that all the lands will be brought together (verse 23).

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