"Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen. . . ." (Luke 24:5–6).
Our King is
the King of the Jews,
the King of Israel,
the King of righteousness
the King of all the ages,
the King of Heaven,
the King of Glory,
the King of Kings and
Lord of lords.
I wonder, do you know Him? Do you really?
He was a prophet before Moses,
a priest after Melchizedek,
a champion like Joshua,
an offering in the place of Isaac,
a king from the line of David,
a wise counselor above Solomon,
a beloved, rejected, exalted son like Joseph.
The heavens declare His glory,
and the firmament His handiwork,
He who is, who was, who always will be,
the First and the Last,
the Alpha and Omega,
the Aleph and the Tau,
the first fruits of them that slept,
the “I AM that I AM,”
the voice out of the burning bush.
He is the Captain of the Lord’s host,
He is the conqueror of Jericho,
He is enduringly strong,
He is entirely sincere,
He is eternally steadfast,
He is immortally graceful,
He is imperially powerful,
He is impartially merciful.
He is the greatest phenomenon to ever
cross the horizon of this world.
In Him dwells the fullness of the Godhead,
our Avenger of Blood,
our City of Refuge,
our eternal High Priest,
our perennial prophet,
our reigning King.
He’s the loftiest idea in literature,
He’s the fundamental doctrine of theology,
He’s the supreme problem in higher criticism!
He’s the Miracle of the Ages,
the superlative of everything good.
We are the beneficiaries of His love letter,
written in blood on a wooden cross,
erected in Judea 2,000 years ago.
No means can measure the limits
of His limitless love.
He was crucified on a cross of wood,
yet He made the hill on which is stood.
By Him were all things made that were made, and
without Him was not anything made that was made,
and by Him all things hold together.
What held Him to that cross?
It wasn’t the nails!
It was His love for you and me.
He was born of a woman
so we could be born of God.
He humbled Himself
below all things
so we could be lifted up.
He became a servant
so we could be heirs with Him.
He suffered rejection
so we could become His friends.
He denied Himself
so we could freely receive all things.
He gave Himself
so He could bless us in every way.
He’s available to all,
to the tempted and the tried,
He blesses the young,
He cleanses the lepers,
He defends the feeble,
He delivers the captives,
He discharges the debtors,
He forgives the sinners.
He franchises the meek,
He guards the besieged,
He heals the sick,
He provides strength to the weak,
He regards the aged,
He rewards the diligent,
He serves the unfortunate,
He sympathizes and
He reaches down to save.
His offices are manifold,
His reign is righteous,
His promises are sure,
His goodness is limitless,
His light is matchless,
His grace is sufficient,
His love never changes,
His mercy is everlasting,
His Word is more than enough,
His yoke is easy and His burden is light!
He’s irresistible, and
The heavens cannot contain Him
and man cannot explain Him,
The Pharisees couldn’t stand Him and
found they couldn’t stop Him.
Pilate couldn’t find fault with Him,
the witnesses couldn’t agree against Him.
Herod couldn’t kill him,
death couldn’t handle Him, and
the grave couldn’t hold him!
He has always been and always will be.
You can’t impeach Him and
He isn’t going to resign!
His name is above every name
and at the name of
every knee shall bow and
every tongue confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord, who
reigns in power and glory,
forever and forever.
Amen and amen.
All images courtesy of Gospel Media © IRI.
The events of 2020 are creating a growing interest in the signs of the times. Here’s a comparison of Jesus’s Olivet Discourse as given in Matthew 24, the Joseph Smith Translation of Matthew 24 (including the last verse of chapter 23 in Matthew), plus section 45 of the Doctrine and Covenants. I trust you will find it helpful. You can see a PDF version of this comparison here. If you see anyway to improve this schema, please let me know using the contact form. Stay healthy, be safe, and God bless.
|Matthew 23:39–Matthew 24:51||Joseph Smith—Matthew 1:1–55||Doctrine and Covenants 45|
|15 Wherefore, hearken and I will reason with you, and I will speak unto you and prophesy, as unto men in days of old.|
|23:39 For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.||1 For I say unto you, that ye shall not see me henceforth and know that I am he of whom it is written by the prophets, until ye shall say: Blessed is he who cometh in the name of the Lord, in the clouds of heaven, and all the holy angels with him. Then understood his disciples that he should come again on the earth, after that he was glorified and crowned on the right hand of God.|
|16a And I will show it plainly as I showed it unto my disciples as I stood before them in the flesh, and spake unto them, saying:|
|1 And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple.||2 And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple; and his disciples came to him, for to hear him, saying: Master, shew him show us concerning the buildings of the temple, as thou hast said—They shall be thrown down, and left unto you desolate.|
|16b As ye have asked of me concerning the signs of my coming, in the day when I shall come in my glory in the clouds of heaven, to fulfil the promises that I have made unto your fathers,|
|17 For as ye have looked upon the long absence of your spirits from your bodies to be a bondage, I will show unto you how the day of redemption shall come, and also the restoration of the scattered Israel.|
|18 And now ye behold this temple which is in Jerusalem, which ye call the house of God, and your enemies say that this house shall never fall.|
|19 But, verily I say unto you, that desolation shall come upon this generation as a thief in the night, and this people shall be destroyed and scattered among all nations.|
|2 And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.||3 And Jesus said unto them: See ye not all these things, and do ye not understand them? Verily I say unto you, there shall not be left here, upon this temple, one stone upon another that shall not be thrown down.||20 And this temple which ye now see shall be thrown down that there shall not be left one stone upon another.|
|3 ¶ And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?||4 And Jesus left them, and went upon the Mount of Olives. And as he sat upon the Mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying: Tell us when shall these things be which thou hast said concerning the destruction of the temple, and the Jews; and what is the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world, or the destruction of the wicked, which is the end of the world?|
|4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.||5 And Jesus answered, and said unto them: Take heed that no man deceive you;|
|5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.||6 For many shall come in my name, saying—I am Christ—and shall deceive many;|
|9 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.||7 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;|
|10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.||8 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another;|
|11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.||9 And many false prophets shall arise, and shall deceive many;|
|12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.||10 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold;||27 And the love of men shall wax cold, and iniquity shall abound.|
|13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.||11 But he that shall endure unto the end remaineth steadfast and is not overcome, the same shall be saved.|
|15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)||12 When you, therefore, shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, concerning the destruction of Jerusalem, then you shall stand in the holy place; whoso readeth let him understand.|
|32 But my disciples shall stand in holy places, and shall not be moved; but among the wicked, men shall lift up their voices and curse God and die.|
|16 Then let them which be in Judæa flee into the mountains:||13 Then let them who are in Judea flee into the mountains;|
|17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:||14 Let him who is on the housetop flee, and not return to take anything out of his house;|
|18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.||15 Neither let him who is in the field return back to take his clothes;|
|19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!||16 And wo unto them that are with child, and unto them that give suck in those days;|
|20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:||17 But Therefore, pray ye the Lord that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the Sabbath day;|
|21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.||18 For then, in those days, shall be great tribulation on the Jews, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, such as was not before sent upon Israel, of God, since the beginning of the world their kingdom to until this time; no, nor ever shall be sent again upon Israel.|
|8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.||19 All things which have befallen them are only the beginning of the sorrows which shall come upon them.|
|22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.||20 And except those days should be shortened, there should no none of their flesh be saved; but for the elect’s sake, according to the covenant, those days shall be shortened.|
|23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.||21 Behold, these things I have spoken unto you concerning the Jews; and again, after the tribulation of those days which shall come upon Jerusalem, then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there, believe him not;|
|24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.||22 For in those days there shall also arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders, insomuch, that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect, who are the elect according to the covenant.|
|6a And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars:||23a Behold, I speak these things unto you for the elect’s sake; and you also shall hear of wars, and rumors of wars;||26 And in that day shall be heard of wars and rumors of wars, and the whole earth shall be in commotion, and men’s hearts shall fail them, and they shall say that Christ delayeth his coming until the end of the earth.|
|34 And now, when I the Lord had spoken these words unto my disciples, they were troubled.|
|6b see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.||23b see that ye be not troubled, for all these things I have told you must come to pass; but the end is not yet.||35 And I said unto them: 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.|
|25 Behold, I have told you before.||24 Behold, I have told you before;|
|26 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.||25 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;|
|27 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.||26 For as the lightning of the morning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west, and covereth the whole earth, so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be.|
|28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.||27 And now I show unto you a parable. For Behold, wheresoever the carcass is, there will the eagles be gathered together; so likewise shall mine elect be gathered from the four quarters of the earth.|
|28 And they shall hear of wars, and rumors of wars.||63 Ye hear of wars in foreign lands; but, behold, I say unto you, they are nigh, even at your doors, and not many years hence ye shall hear of wars in your own lands.|
|7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.||29 Behold I speak for mine elect’s sake; for nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.||33 And there shall be earthquakes also in divers places, and many desolations; yet men will harden their hearts against me, and they will take up the sword, one against another, and they will kill one another.|
|30 And again, because iniquity shall abound, the love of men shall wax cold; but he that shall not be overcome, the same shall be saved.|
|14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.||31 And again, this Gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in all the world, for a witness unto all nations, and then shall the end come, or the destruction of the wicked;|
|32 And again shall the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, be fulfilled.|
|29 ¶ Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:||33 And immediately after the tribulation of those days, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken.||42 And before the day of the Lord shall come, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon be turned into blood, and the stars fall from heaven.
|28 And when the times of the Gentiles is come in, a light shall break forth among them that sit in darkness, and it shall be the fulness of my gospel;|
|29 But they receive it not; for they perceive not the light, and they turn their hearts from me because of the precepts of men.|
|34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.||34 Verily, I say unto you, this generation, in which these things shall be shown forth, shall not pass away until all these things I have told you shall be fulfilled.||21 And it shall come to pass, that this generation of Jews shall not pass away until every desolation which I have told you concerning them shall come to pass.|
|30 And in that generation shall the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.|
|35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.||35a Although, the days will come, that heaven and earth shall pass away;||22 Ye say that ye know that the end of the world cometh; ye say also that ye know that the heavens and the earth shall pass away;|
|35b but yet my words shall not pass away, but all shall be fulfilled.||23 And in this ye say truly, for so it is; but these things which I have told you shall not pass away until all shall be fulfilled.|
|24 And this I have told you concerning Jerusalem; and when that day shall come, shall a remnant be scattered among all nations;|
|25 But they shall be gathered again; but they shall remain until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.|
|31 And there shall be men standing in that generation, that shall not pass until they shall see an overflowing scourge; for a desolating sickness shall cover the land.|
|30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.||36 And, as I said before, after the tribulation of those days, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken, then shall appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven, and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn; and they shall see the Son of Man coming in the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory;||44a 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;|
|44b and the saints that have slept shall come forth to meet me in the cloud.|
|46 Wherefore, if ye have slept in peace blessed are you; for as you now behold me and know that I am, even so shall ye come unto me and your souls shall live, and your redemption shall be perfected; and the saints shall come forth from the four quarters of the earth.|
|31a And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet,||37a And whoso treasureth up my word, shall not be deceived, for the Son of Man shall come, and he shall send his angels before him with a the great sound of a trumpet,||45a But before the arm of the Lord shall fall, an angel shall sound his trump,
|45b and the saints that have slept shall come forth to meet me in the cloud.|
|31b and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.||37b and they shall gather together the remainder of his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.||43 And the remnant shall be gathered unto this place;|
|36 And when the light shall begin to break forth, it shall be with them like unto a parable which I will show you—|
|32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:||38 Now learn a parable of the fig tree—When his its branches is are yet tender, and it begins to put forth leaves, you know that summer is nigh at hand;||37 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;|
|33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.||39 So likewise ye, mine elect, when ye they shall see all these things, they shall know that it is he is near, even at the doors;||38 Even so it shall be in that day when they shall see all these things, then shall they know that the hour is nigh.|
|39 And it shall come to pass that he that feareth me shall be looking forth for the great day of the Lord to come, even for the signs of the coming of the Son of Man.|
|40 And they shall see signs and wonders, for they shall be shown forth in the heavens above, and in the earth beneath.|
|41 And they shall behold blood, and fire, and vapors of smoke.|
|47 Then shall the arm of the Lord fall upon the nations.|
|48 And then shall the Lord set his foot upon this mount, and it shall cleave in twain, and the earth shall tremble, and reel to and fro, and the heavens also shall shake.|
|49 And the Lord shall utter his voice, and all the ends of the earth shall hear it; and the nations of the earth shall mourn, and they that have laughed shall see their folly.|
|50 And calamity shall cover the mocker, and the scorner shall be consumed; and they that have watched for iniquity shall be hewn down and cast into the fire.|
|51 And then shall the Jews look upon me and say: What are these wounds in thine hands and in thy feet?|
|52 Then shall they know that I am the Lord; for I will say unto them: These wounds are the wounds with which I was wounded in the house of my friends. I am he who was lifted up. I am Jesus that was crucified. I am the Son of God.|
|53 And then shall they weep because of their iniquities; then shall they lament because they persecuted their king.|
|54 And then shall the heathen nations be redeemed, and they that knew no law shall have part in the first resurrection; and it shall be tolerable for them.|
|55 And Satan shall be bound, that he shall have no place in the hearts of the children of men.|
|36 ¶ But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.||40 But of that day, and hour, no man one knoweth; no, not the angels of God in heaven, but my Father only.|
|37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.||41 But as it was in the days of Noah were, so it shall be also at the coming of the Son of Man;|
|38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,||42 For it shall be with them, as it was in the days that which were before the flood; for until that the day that Noah entered into the ark they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage;|
|39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.||43 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be.|
|40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.||44 Then shall be fulfilled that which is written, that in the last days, two shall be in the field, the one shall be taken, and the other left;|
|41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.||45 Two women shall be grinding at the mill, the one shall be taken, and the other left;|
|42 ¶ Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.||46 And what I say unto one, I say unto all men; watch, therefore, for you know not at what hour your Lord doth come.|
|43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.||47 But know this, if the good man of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to have been broken up, but would have been ready.|
|44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.||48 Therefore be ye also ready, for in such an hour as ye think not, the Son of Man cometh.|
|45 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?||49 Who, then, is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?|
|46 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.||50a Blessed is that servant whom his lord, when he cometh, shall find so doing;|
|47 Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.||50b and verily I say unto you, that he shall make him ruler over all his goods.|
|48 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;||51 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart: My lord delayeth his coming,|
|49 And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;||52 And shall begin to smite his fellow-servants, and to eat and drink with the drunken,|
|50 The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,||53 The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,|
|51 And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.||54 And shall cut him asunder, and shall appoint him his portion with the hypocrites; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.|
|55 And thus cometh the end of the wicked, according to the prophecy of Moses, saying: They shall be cut off from among the people; but the end of the earth is not yet, but by and by.||44b and he that watches not for me shall be cut off.|
|56 And at that day, when I shall come in my glory, shall the parable be fulfilled which I spake concerning the ten virgins.|
|57 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.|
|58 And the earth shall be given unto them for an inheritance; and they shall multiply and wax strong, and their children shall grow up without sin unto salvation.|
|59 For the Lord shall be in their midst, and his glory shall be upon them, and he will be their king and their lawgiver.|
|62 For verily I say unto you, that great things await you;|
|64 Wherefore I, the Lord, have said, gather ye out from the eastern lands, assemble ye yourselves together ye elders of my church; go ye forth into the western countries, call upon the inhabitants to repent, and inasmuch as they do repent, build up churches unto me.|
|65 And with one heart and with one mind, gather up your riches that ye may purchase an inheritance which shall hereafter be appointed unto you.|
|66 And it shall be called the New Jerusalem, a land of peace, a city of refuge, a place of safety for the saints of the Most High God;|
|67 And the glory of the Lord shall be there, and the terror of the Lord also shall be there, insomuch that the wicked will not come unto it, and it shall be called Zion.|
|68 And it shall come to pass among the wicked, that every man that will not take his sword against his neighbor must needs flee unto Zion for safety.|
|69 And there shall be gathered unto it out of every nation under heaven; and it shall be the only people that shall not be at war one with another.|
|70 And it shall be said among the wicked: Let us not go up to battle against Zion, for the inhabitants of Zion are terrible; wherefore we cannot stand.|
|71 And it shall come to pass that the righteous shall be gathered out from among all nations, and shall come to Zion, singing with songs of everlasting joy.|
Behold the Man: The Bible’s Story of Jesus’s Last Days Retold is free on Kindle from April 18 until April 22, 2019. Happy Easter!
Here’s what the book is about from the back cover of the paperback edition:
“The Passion of Jesus Christ is the greatest tragedy and triumph in history. I have never found anything to compare with it. This book began over three decades ago as a study of the events surrounding the Passion—the last week of the mortal life of Jesus Christ, as found in the New Testament.
“In 1986, I began to piece together the enormous puzzle of the Passion as told in the gospels. The testimonies of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John each provide unique details about the events leading to Jesus’ death. My goal in writing this book was to: (1) identify the unique details from each of the accounts relating to the Passion; (2) to unify that material; and (3) to present it in an easy-to-read, narrative or story format.
“The source for this book is simply the Authorized King James Version of the New Testament. While completely based on scripture, I have updated the punctuation and paragraphing in the text, altered some capitalization and pronouns, and added quotation marks where appropriate. I have also added conjunctive or transitional words, without setting them off in brackets, and deleted some words, to help the flow of the narrative.”
You can download your free Kindle copy here.
I was inspired by the example of President Russel M. Nelson’s who recently studied over 2,200 scriptures about the life of our Savior, Jesus Christ. I want to follow that example. I’m excited to begin the adventure myself today.
After he was done reading all these verses, President Nelson said:
I have devoted much of my 92 years to learning about the Savior, but rare are the occasions when I have been able to learn as much as I did over this six-week study period. (Ibid.)
If he could learn more about Christ after serving in the Quorum of the Twelve for over 30 years, can’t I too? I’m going to give it my best.
Here are links to pages from the Bible Dictionary and Topical Guide that discuss the life and teachings of Christ.
Jesus (Bible Dictionary)
Jesus Christ (Topical Guide)
Jesus Christ, Advocate
Jesus Christ, Antemortal Existence of
Jesus Christ, Appearances, Antemortal
Jesus Christ, Appearances, Postmortal
Jesus Christ, Ascension of
Jesus Christ, Atonement through
Jesus Christ, Authority of
Jesus Christ, Baptism of
Jesus Christ, Betrayal of
Jesus Christ, Birth of
Jesus Christ, Condescension of
Jesus Christ, Creator
Jesus Christ, Crucifixion of
Jesus Christ, Davidic Descent of
Jesus Christ, Death of
Jesus Christ, Divine Sonship
Jesus Christ, Exemplar
Jesus Christ, Family of
Jesus Christ, Firstborn
Jesus Christ, Foreordained
Jesus Christ, Glory of
Jesus Christ, Good Shepherd
Jesus Christ, Head of the Church
Jesus Christ, Jehovah
Jesus Christ, Judge; Jesus Christ, King;
Jesus Christ, Lamb of God
Jesus Christ, Light of the World
Jesus Christ, Lord
Jesus Christ, Mediator
Jesus Christ, Messenger of the Covenant Jesus Christ, Messiah
Jesus Christ, Millennial Reign
Jesus Christ, Mission of
Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son Jesus Christ, Power of
Jesus Christ, Prophecies about
Jesus Christ, Redeemer
Jesus Christ, Relationships with the Father
Jesus Christ, Resurrection
Jesus Christ, Rock
Jesus Christ, Savior
Jesus Christ, Second Comforter
Jesus Christ, Second Coming
Jesus Christ, Son of Man
Jesus Christ, Spirit of
Jesus Christ, Taking the Name of
Jesus Christ, Teaching Mode of
Jesus Christ, Temptation of
Jesus Christ, Trials of
Jesus Christ, Types of, in Anticipation
Jesus Christ, Types of, in Memory
Bonus: You can view his January 2017 devotional address, where he talked about his study of these verses, here.
I’ve listed here a few yes-or-no questions about the last days and Christ’s Second Coming based on Matthew chapter 24 and other scriptures. How many questions would you say deserve a yes?
The yeses are a strong indication of how close we are getting to the actual winding up scene. I’ll let you be your own judge, but I think it’s safe to say were getting really close. What does that mean in terms of days, months, and years? I don’t know. But I do know this: Now is the time to get ready.
- Are you hearing of wars and rumors of wars? (Matthew 24:5–6.)
- Are there famines, earthquakes, pestilences, tempests, and waves themselves heaving beyond their bounds (tsunamis) in various places? (Matthew 24:7; Doctrine and Covenants 88:89.)
- Have false Christs and false prophets appeared, deceiving people, including the very elect? (Matthew 24:5, 11, 23, 24.)
- Are the saints hated in all nations for His name’s sake? (Matthew 24:9.)
- Are there many who are offended, betraying one another, and hating one another? (Matthew 24:10.)
- Does iniquity abound? (Matthew 24:12.)
- Has the love of many waxed cold? (Matthew 24:12.)
- Has the gospel been preached in all the world as a witness? (Matthew 24:14.)
- Has the “abomination of desolation” appeared—the pollution of the holy temple and likely the setting up of an idol therein? (Daniel 11:31; Daniel 12:11; Matthew 24:15.)
- Has a great tribulation appeared, “such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time”? (Matthew 24:15.)
- Are there signs in the heavens? (Luke 21:11.)
- Has the sun been darkened, the moon refused to give her light, and the stars fallen from heaven? (Matthew 24:29).
- Has the earth reeled to and fro as a drunken man? (D&C 45:48; 88:87.)
- Has the antichrist, the Son of Perdition, been revealed? (2 Thessalonians 2:14.)
- Have the angels sounded their trumpets for all the world to hear? (Matthew 24:31.)
- Has the sign of the coming of the Son of Man appeared? (Matthew 24:27, 30.)
But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is. For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch. (Mark 13:32–37.)
The Same Day at Evening
Afterward, the same day at evening, as they thus spake, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus himself, and appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat and stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, “Peace be unto you.”
But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit. And he said unto them, “Why are ye troubled? And why do thoughts arise in your hearts?
“Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Handle me, and see, for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.”
And when he had thus spoken, he shewed unto them his hands, and his feet, and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord.
And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, “Have ye here any meat?” And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb. And he took it, and did eat before them.
And he said unto them, “These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.”
Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, and said unto them, “Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day.” And upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen. And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
And ye are witnesses of these things. then said Jesus to them again, “Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.”
And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, “Receive ye the Holy Ghost. Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them, and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.”
A Village Called Emmaus
And, behold, after that he appeared in another form unto two of them, as they walked, and went that same day into the country, And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs.
And they talked together of all these things which had happened. And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them.
But their eyes were holden that they should not know him.
And he said unto them, “What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad?”
And the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering said unto him, “Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in these days?”
And he said unto them, “What things?” And they said unto him, “Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him.
“But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel, and beside all this, to day is the third day since these things were done.
“Yea, and certain women also of our company made us astonished, which were early at the sepulchre. And when they found not his body, they came, saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, which said that he was alive.
“And certain of them which were with us went to the sepulchre, and found it even so as the women had said, but him they saw not.”
Then he said unto them, “O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken. Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?”
And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.
And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went, and he made as though he would have gone further. But they constrained him, saying, “Abide with us, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent.” And he went in to tarry with them.
And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. And their eyes were opened, and they knew him, and he vanished out of their sight.
And they said one to another, “Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?”
And they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them, saying, “The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon.”
And the told it unto the residue, what things were done in the way, and how he was known of them in breaking of bread, neither believed they them.
Touch Me Not
Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils. But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre, and seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.
And they say unto her, “Woman, why weepest thou?” She saith unto them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him.”
And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.
Jesus saith unto her, “Woman, why weepest thou? Whom seekest thou?” She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, “Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.”
Jesus saith unto her, “Mary.” She turned herself, and saith unto him, “Rabboni”—which is to say, “Master.”
Jesus saith unto her, “Touch me not, for I am not yet ascended to my Father, but go to my brethren, and say unto them, ‘I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.’”
And Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, as they mourned and wept, and that he had spoken these things unto her. And they, when they had heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not.
Be Not Afraid
And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, “All hail.” And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.
Then said Jesus unto them, “Be not afraid. Go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me.”
And the Graves Were Opened
And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, and came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.
We Will Persuade Him and Secure You
Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the things that were done.
And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers, saying, “Say ye his disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept. And if this come to the governor’s ears, we will persuade him, and secure you.”
So they took the money, and did as they were taught, and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.
Who Shall Roll Us Away the Stone?
And when the sabbath was past, very early in the morning, when it was yet dark as it began to dawn upon the first day of the week, behold, there was a great earthquake.
For the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.
His countenance was like lightening, and his raiment white as snow. And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.
At the rising of the sun came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary, the mother of James, Salome, and Joanna, and certain other women that were with them, bringing the sweet spices which they had bought and prepared that they might come and anoint him.
And as they came to see the sepulchre, they said among themselves, “Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre?”
And when they looked, they found that the stone was rolled away from the sepulchre—for it was very great.
Then She Runneth
Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, “They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him.”
He Is Not Here
And they, entering into the sepulchre, found not the body of the Lord Jesus. And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, they saw two young men—one sitting on the right side and one stood by them—clothed in a long white, shining garments.
And they were affrighted and bowed down their faces to the earth, and the angel answered and said unto the women, “Fear not ye. For I know that ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified. Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
“And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead. Remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, saying, ‘The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.’
But behold, go your way, and tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee. There shall ye see him—lo, I have told you. And they remembered his words.
They Went Out Quickly
And they departed quickly and fled from the sepulchre, with fear and great joy—for they trembled and were amazed, and did run to bring his disciples word. Neither said they any thing to any man, for they were afraid.
And told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest.
It was Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women that were with them, which told these things unto the apostles.
And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not.
They Ran Both Together
Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre.
So they ran both together, and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre. And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in.
Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and ran unto the sepulchre; and stooping down, he beheld the linen clothes laid by themselves, and the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself.
Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed.
For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead.
And then the disciples went away again unto their own home, Peter wondering in himself at that which was come to pass.