When I think about the Savior, I usually think of His love, of the goodness and mercy He shows us “according to the multitude of his lovingkindnesses” (Isaiah 63:7). But that won’t be the case at His Second Coming, not for His enemies anyway. To them, that day will be a day of vengeance.
Do you suppose you can get rid of the justice of an offended God?
And wo be unto him that will not hearken unto the words of Jesus, and also to them whom he hath chosen and sent among them; for whoso receiveth not the words of Jesus and the words of those whom he hath sent receiveth not him; and therefore he will not receive them at the last day; and it would be better for them if they had not been born. For do ye suppose that ye can get rid of the justice of an offended God, who hath been trampled under feet of men, that thereby salvation might come? (3 Nephi 28:34–35.)
Accordingly, when Jesus comes again, He will not be dressed in white. He will be dressed in red—blood red. John the Revelator wrote:
And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. (Revelation 19:13–14; emphasis added.)
Modern revelation echoes John’s vision, as do the writings of Isaiah:
O Lord, thou shalt come down to make thy name known to thine adversaries, and all nations shall tremble at thy presence— . . . And it shall be said: Who is this that cometh down from God in heaven with dyed garments; yea, from the regions which are not known, clothed in his glorious apparel, traveling in the greatness of his strength? And he shall say: I am he who spake in righteousness, mighty to save. And the Lord shall be red in his apparel, and his garments like him that treadeth in the wine-vat. (D&C 133:42, 46–48; emphasis added.)
And why will be He be dressed in red?
And his voice shall be heard: I have trodden the wine-press alone, and have brought judgment upon all people; and none were with me; and I have trampled them in my fury, and I did tread upon them in mine anger, and their blood have I sprinkled upon my garments, and stained all my raiment; for this was the day of vengeance which was in my heart. (D&C 133:50–51; compare Isaiah 63:1-7; emphasis added.)
When I see the uncountable and unaccountable crimes, the sickening atrocities, the abominations, the injustices, the ornate selfishness, the cruel covetousness, and the downright wickedness of this badly off-balance world—and to be sure this wickedness has continued since the day Cain slew Abel until now—I admit I am anxious for the winding up scene, but I know I must be patient.
Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord. (Psalms 27:14.)
I am not anxious to condemn the weak, the discouraged, or the repenting sinner, for I am among them. I am not disposed to condemn anyone. But of those who worship Satan, those who serve the devil, his devotees, perhaps unknowingly, John also wrote:
The third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb. (Revelation 19:9–10; emphasis added.)
Woes await the unflinching and determinedly wicked. We need not be among them.
I admit that I must strive daily for mastery over the natural man (see 2 Timothy 2:5), but I don’t do it out of fear. I do it out of reverence, for God our Heavenly Father, for what is right and good and holy, and for His Son our Savior, whose coming I cherish.