I haven’t written much about the Second Coming since the release of my book, In the Last Days, but I continue to study the topic with great interest. In my heart, I feel these events are imminent.
I see it in the behavior of the faithful Saints around me. The truly faithful are watchful, wary, but not worried. They are listening carefully to the counsel of leaders, but not overdoing it. They are quietly and carefully preparing, without fanfare and without fear-mongering.
Ye hear of wars in far countries, and you say that there will soon be great wars in far countries, but ye know not the hearts of men in your own land. I tell you these things because of your prayers; wherefore, treasure up wisdom in your bosoms, lest the wickedness of men reveal these things unto you by their wickedness, in a manner which shall speak in your ears with a voice louder than that which shall shake the earth; but if ye are prepared ye shall not fear. (Doctrine and Covenants 38:29, 30.)
They are spending more time in the temple and in the scriptures, two things they treasure. They are repenting and drawing closer to God. They don’t worry so much about social standing as they do about kneeling in private. They have confidence and peace in God and in themselves. They are not deceived by the mockers who are leaning so far out the windows of the great and spacious building—accusing and pointing their fingers—they are about to fall out (see 1 Nephi 8:26, 27).
I was recently struck by this verse in Luke from his chapter on the Olivet discourse:
Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. (Luke 21:36; emphasis added.)
What can we do to be “worthy to escape” the desolations that will precede the Second Coming? Here are three suggestions that will help:
- Keep your eyes and ears and heart open to what is good and right and true though at odds with popular sentiment. “Watch . . . and pray always” (Luke 21:36).
- Treasure up the words of eternal life, for “whoso treasureth up my word, shall not be deceived” (see Joseph Smith-Matthew 1:37).
- Don’t get distracted by the empty promises of the world, shutting off divine communication through “the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in” (see Mark 4:19).
When the Romans attacked Jerusalem in 70 A.D, tradition holds that the early Christians escaped to a gentile settlement called Pella, having been warned by “an oracle given by revelation” (Eusebius [260–340 A.D.]). May we all likewise by “worthy to escape.”