Do We Talk About the Signs of the Times?

by | Dec 11, 2023

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Big Question Today

Should we talk to each other about the signs of the Second Coming? Should we dwell on them?

The Book of Mormon gives four explicit purposes why we should.✤✤ Here’s a little scripture study about signs, discussing them with others, and knowing them.

Consider the effect the signs had in 3 Nephi, chapter 1. Particularly verse 26 at the end.

Some Background

Miracles and wonders of all types were taking place and increasing in strength, but we’ll focus on the one big sign.

First, was anyone given knowledge of the most significant sign of His birth and mission ahead of time? Yes, Samuel, the Lamanite said, “5 Years.”

Then people argued about when the five years were up (imagine that), and all the believers would be put to death if the great sign didn’t happen.

Nephi is told when it will happen:

13 Lift up your head and be of good cheer; for behold, the time is at hand, and on this night shall the sign be given, and on the morrow come I into the world, to show unto the world that I will fulfill all that which I have caused to be spoken by the mouth of my holy prophets.

Note that the Lord seems interested in giving signs to his holy prophets, having them spoken of, and fulfilling them. But Why?

After the Big Sign

Notice what happens AFTER the Big Sign of no night and no darkness – three days of light.

Four purposes

✤✤This tells me signs and wonders have their place and that discussing them serves a purpose. 1) to give hope to the faithful watcher amid all the darkness and peril. 2) to establish the existence of prophets and prophesy. 3) to convert people. 4) to testify of Christ and His Great Mission.

Plus – it’s the Lord’s given pattern. He attempts to appeal to every learning style and every way a person might get the message to repent and come to Him. 👉Both the humble and the hardened.👈

Which Voice Talks to You?

Consider Doctrine and Covenants 43:24-25

Note which voice spurs you into action…which is the voice that reaches you best?

Sad to say, but earthquakes get me moving down the path – whatever it is, I need to straighten out and upgrade. It is what it is.

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