Second Coming: At Evening Time It Shall Be Light

When Christ comes again, there will be an incredible sign in the heavens, something like a magnificent sunrise.

Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. (Matthew 24:26–27; compare Joseph Smith—Matthew 1:25–26.)

Remember that at His first coming, at His birth, the light remained bright throughout the night, as we read in 3 Nephi:

And it came to pass that the words which came unto Nephi were fulfilled, according as they had been spoken; for behold, at the going down of the sun there was no darkness; and the people began to be astonished because there was no darkness when the night came . . . . And it came to pass that there was no darkness in all that night, but it was as light as though it was mid-day. And it came to pass that the sun did rise in the morning again, according to its proper order; and they knew that it was the day that the Lord should be born, because of the sign which had been given. (3 Nephi 1:15, 19.)

Zechariah prophesied that the same thing will happen when Christ comes a second time. In chapter 14, he tells us that when “the day of the Lord cometh” (verse 1),  after His feet shall stand on the mount of Olives (verse 4), that a similar sign will be manifest:

And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark: but it shall be one day which shall be known to the Lord, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light. (Zechariah 14:6–7.)

Isaiah tells us in yet another prophesy of the Lord’s coming that there will be at that time a remarkable light.

Moreover the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days, in the day that the Lord bindeth up the breach of his people, and healeth the stroke of their wound. (Isaiah 30:26.)

That night will be a celebration for the victory of our Lord over all wickedness. Evil will be vanquished at the presence of His light, and whether I am in a mortal or immortal state, I plan to stay up all night partying. I hope to see you there!

Finally—and I plan to write more about this in upcoming posts—let’s remember that after the millennial day, when the earth becomes a celestial sphere, the new Jerusalem will descend again to earth (see Revelation 21:2, 10) and Christ Himself will be the light of that city:

And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. (Revelation 21:23–24.)

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