Chapter 20 Christ's Reign On Earth

ARTICLE 10 -- We believe * * * that Christ will reign personally upon the earth; * * *

First and Second Advents -- The facts of our Lord's birth in the flesh, of His thirty and three years of life among mortals, of His ministry, sufferings, and death, are accepted as attested history. Not alone do the records regarded distinctively by the Christian world as sacred and inspired bear testimony concerning these facts, but the history written by man, and in contrast called profane, is in general harmony with the Biblical account. Even those who reject the doctrine of Christ's divinity and refuse to accept Him as their Redeemer admit the historical facts of His marvelous life, and acknowledge the incalculable effect of His precepts and example upon the human family.

In the "meridian of time" Christ was born to earth, amid humble surroundings -- in obscurity, indeed, to all except the faithful few who had been watching for the promised event. His coming had been heralded through the previous centuries, even from the dawn of human existence; prophets of God had borne record of the great events that were to characterize His advent. Every important incident connected with His birth, life, death, triumphal resurrection, and ultimate glory as King, Lord, and God, had been predicted; and even circumstantial details were given with exactness. Judah and Israel had been told to prepare for the coming of the Anointed One; FN yet when He came to His own they received Him not. Persecuted and despised, He trod the thorny path of duty, "a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief"; and finally condemned by His people, who clamored to an alien power for authority to execute their own unjust sentence upon their Lord, He went to death by the torturing crucifixion prescribed for malefactors.

To human judgment it must have appeared that the mission of Jesus Christ had been nullified, that His work had failed, and that the powers of darkness had triumphed. Blind, deaf, and hard of heart were those who refused to see, hear, and comprehend the purport of the Savior's mission. Similarly benighted are they who reject the prophetic evidence of His second coming, and who fail to read the signs of the times, which declare the event, at once glorious and terrible, to be near at hand. Both before and after His death Christ prophesied of His appointed return to earth; and His faithful followers are today waiting and watching for the signs of the great fulfilment. The heavens are flaming with those signals, and the burden of inspired teaching is again heard -- Repent, repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Christ's Second Coming predicted and Signs Described; Biblical prophecies -- The prophets of the Old Testament and those of Book of Mormon record who lived and wrote before the era of Christ, had little to say regarding the second coming of the Lord, little indeed in comparison with their numerous and explicit predictions concerning His first advent. As they looked into the sky of futurity their vision was dazzled with the brilliancy of the meridian sun, and saw little of the glorious luminary beyond, whose proportions and radiance were reduced by distance. A few of them saw and so testified, as the following passages show. The Psalmist sang: "Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence: a fire shall devour before him, and it shall be very tempestuous round about him." FN These conditions did not attend the coming of the Babe of Bethlehem, and are yet future.

Isaiah cried: "Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompense; he will come and save you." FN Aside from the evident fact that these conditions were not characteristic of the first coming of Christ, the context of the prophet's words show that he applied them to the last days, the time of restitution, the day of the "ransomed of the Lord," and of triumph of Zion. FN Again Isaiah spake: "Behold, the Lord God will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him." FN

The prophet Enoch, who lived twenty centuries before the first of those whose words are given above, spoke with vigor on the subject. His teachings do not appear under his own name in the Bible, though Jude, a New Testament writer, cites them. FN From the Writings of Moses we learn concerning the revelation given to Enoch: "And the Lord said unto Enoch: As I live, even so will I come in the last days, in the days of wickedness and vengeance, to fulfil the oath which I have made unto you concerning the children of Noah." FN

Jesus taught the disciples that His mission in the flesh was to be of short duration, and that He would come again to earth, for we find them inquiring in this wise: "Tell us, when shall these things be? And what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?" FN In reply, our Lord detailed many of the signs of the latter times, the last and greatest of which He thus stated: "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." FN With great clearness, Jesus spoke of the worldliness in which the children of men had continued to indulge, even to the eve of deluge, and on the day of the fiery destruction which befell the Cities of the Plains, and added: "Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed." FN

Another of our Lord's predictions concerning His second coming is as follows: "And they [the disciples] asked him, saying, Master, but when shall these things be? And what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass? And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: Go ye not therefore after them. But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by. Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name's sake. And it shall turn to you for a testimony. Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer: For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist. And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake. * * * And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh." FN

Many of these dire predictions were realized at the destruction of Jerusalem; and the oft-quoted twenty-fourth chapter of Matthew undoubtedly has a double application -- to the judgment brought upon Israel in the complete overthrow of the Jewish autonomy, and in the events now current immediately preceding the Lord's coming, when He shall take His rightful place as Ruler.

Again, by way of warning, the Lord said: "Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of Man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels." FN

At the time of the ascension, as the apostles stood gazing into the firmament where a cloud had hidden the resurrected Lord from sight, they became aware of the presence of two visitants in white apparel, who said: "Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven." FN Paul instructed the churches in the doctrines of Christ's second advent, and described the glory of His coming. FN So also did others of the apostles. FN

Among Book of Mormon Prophecies concerning our present subject, it is sufficient to consider here the personal assurances of Christ at the time of His ministrations to the Nephites in His resurrected state. To the multitude He explained many matters, "even from the beginning until the time that he should come in his glory." FN In promising the three disciples the desire of their hearts, which was that they might be spared in the flesh to continue the work of the ministry, the Lord said to them: "Ye shall live to behold all the doings of the Father unto the children of men, even until all things shall be fulfilled according to the will of the Father, when I shall come in my glory with the powers of heaven." FN

The Word of Modern Revelation is no less sure regarding the appointed advent of the Redeemer. To servants, specially commissioned, instructions were given to this effect: "Wherefore, be faithful, praying always, having your lamps trimmed and burning, and oil with you, FN that you may be ready at the coming of the Bridegroom -- For behold, verily, verily, I say unto you, that I come quickly." FN And further: "Cry repentance unto a crooked and perverse generation, preparing the way of the Lord for his second coming. For behold, verily, verily, I say unto you, the time is soon at hand that I shall come in a cloud with power and great glory." FN

In a revelation to the people of the Church, March 7, 1831, the Lord speaks of the signs of His coming, and counsels diligence: "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; Even so it shall be in that day when they shall see all these things, then shall they know that the hour is nigh. 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. And they shall see signs and wonders, for they shall be shown forth in the heavens above, and in the earth beneath. And they shall behold blood, and fire, and vapors of smoke. 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. And the remnant shall be gathered unto this place; 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; and he that watches not for me shall be cut off." FN

A distinctive characteristic of the revelations given in the present dispensation, regarding the second coming of our Lord, is the emphatic and oft-repeated declaration that the event is near at hand." FN The call is, "Prepare ye, prepare ye, for that which is to come; for the Lord is nigh." Instead of the cry of one man in the wilderness of Judea, the voice of thousands is heard authoritatively warning the nations and inviting them to repent and flee to Zion for safety. The fig-tree is rapidly putting forth its leaves; the signs in heaven and earth are increasing; the great and dreadful day of the Lord is near.

The Precise Time of Christ's Coming has not been made known to man. By learning to comprehend the signs of the times, by watching the development of the work of God among the nations, and by noting the rapid fulfilment of significant prophecies, we may perceive the progressive evidence of the approaching event: "But the hour and the day no man knoweth, neither the angels in heaven, nor shall they know until he comes." FN His coming will be a surprise to those who have ignored His warnings, and who have failed to watch. "As a thief in the night" FN will be the coming of the day of the Lord unto the wicked. "Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of Man cometh." FN

Christ's Reign; The Kingdom -- We have seen that, according to the words of holy prophets ancient and modern, Christ is to come in a literal sense and so manifest Himself in person in the last days. He is to dwell among His saints. "Yea, even I will be in the midst of you," FN He declared to the people on this continent, whom He promised to establish in the land of the New Jerusalem; and similar assurances were given through the prophets of the east. FN In this prospective ministration among His gathered saints, Jesus Christ is to be at once their God and their King. His government is to be that of a perfect theocracy; the laws of righteousness will be the code, and control will be administered under one authority, undisputed because indisputable.

The scriptures abound with declarations that the Lord will yet reign among his people. To this effect sang Moses before the host of Israel after their miraculous passage through the Red Sea: "The Lord shall reign forever and ever;" FN and the psalmist echoes the refrain, "The Lord is King forever and ever." FN Jeremiah calls Him "an everlasting king" before whose wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations yield; FN and Nebuchadnezzar, humbled through tribulations, rejoiced in honoring the King of heaven, "whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation." FN

Even the covenant people, Israel, were not always willing to accept the Lord as their king. Remember how they protested that Samuel, the anointed prophet and judge, was old -- -a poor excuse for their clamor, as the old man ministered with vigor among them for thirty-five years beyond that time -- and how they cried for a king to rule them, that they might be like other nations. FN Note the pathos with which the Lord replied to Samuel's prayer regarding this demand of the people: "Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee; for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them." FN But the Lord will not be ever rejected by His people; at the time appointed He will come with power and great glory, and will assume His rightful place of authority as King of earth.

Daniel interpreted the dream of Nebuchadnezzar, and spoke of the many kingdoms and divisions of kingdoms that were to be established; then he added: "And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever." FN Touching the extent of the great kingdom to be established the same prophet declared: "And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him." FN

Speaking of the restoration of Judah and Israel in the last days, Micah prophesied: "And the Lord shall reign over them in mount Zion from henceforth, even forever." FN In the annunciation to the Virgin, the angel said of the unborn Christ: "He shall reign over the house of Jacob forever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end." FN In the visions of Patmos, the Apostle John saw the glorious consummation, and a universal recognition of the eternal King: "And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ: and he shall reign forever and ever." FN Modern revelation is rich in evidence of an approaching reign of righteousness, with Christ as King; witness the following: "And also the Lord shall have power over his saints, and shall reign in their midst." FN "For in mine own due time will I come upon the earth in judgment, and my people shall be redeemed and shall reign with me on earth." FN

Kingdom and Church -- In the Gospel according to Matthew, the phrase "kingdom of heaven" is of frequent occurrence; while in the books of the other evangelists, and throughout the epistles, the equivalent expression is "kingdom of God," "kingdom of Christ," or simply "kingdom." It is evident that these words may be used interchangeably without violence to the true meaning. However, the term kingdom is used in more senses than one, and a careful study of the context in each instance may be necessary to a proper comprehension of the writer's intent. The most common usages are two: An expression synonymous with "the Church" having reference to the followers of Christ without distinction as to their temporal organizations; and the designation of the literal kingdom over which Jesus Christ is to reign upon the earth in the last days.

When we contemplate the kingdom in the latter and more general sense, the Church must be regarded as a part thereof; an essential indeed, for it is the germ from which the kingdom is to be developed, and the very heart of the organization. The Church has existed and now continues in an organized form, without the kingdom as an established power with temporal authority in the world; but the kingdom cannot be maintained without the Church.

In modern revelation, the expressions "kingdom of God" and "kingdom of heaven" are sometimes used with distinctive meanings -- the former phrase signifying the Church, and the latter the literal kingdom which is to supersede and comprise all national or racial divisions. In this sense, the kingdom of God has been set up already in these the last days; its beginning in and for the present dispensation was the establishment of the Church on its latter day and permanent foundation. This is consistent with our conception of the Church as the vital organ of the kingdom in general. The powers and authority committed to the Church are, then, the keys of the kingdom. Such meaning is made clear in the following revelation to the Church: "The keys of the kingdom of God are committed unto man on the earth, and from thence shall the gospel roll forth unto the ends of the earth, as the stone which is cut out of the mountain without hands FN shall roll forth, until it has filled the whole earth. * * * Call upon the Lord, that his kingdom may go forth upon the earth, that the inhabitants thereof may receive it, and be prepared for the days to come, in the which the Son of Man shall come down in heaven, clothed in the brightness of his glory, to meet the kingdom of God which is set up on the earth. Wherefore, may the kingdom of God go forth, that the kingdom of heaven may come, that thou, O God, mayest be glorified in heaven so on earth, that thine enemies may be subdued; for thine is the honor, power and glory, forever and ever." FN

At the time of His glorious advent, Christ will be accompanied by the hosts of righteous ones who have already passed from earth; and saints who are still alive on earth are to be quickened and caught up to meet Him, then to descend with Him as partakers of His glory. FN With Him too will come Enoch and his band of the pure in heart; and a union will be effected with the kingdom of God, or that part of the kingdom of heaven previously established as the Church of Jesus Christ on earth; and the kingdom on earth will be one with that in heaven. Then will be realized a fulfilment of the Lord's own prayer, given as a pattern to all who pray: "Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven." FN

The disputed question -- Is the kingdom already set up on earth or are we to wait for its establishment until the time of the future advent of Christ, the King? -- may properly receive answer either affirmative or negative, according to the sense in which the term "kingdom" is understood. The kingdom of God as identical with the Church of Christ has been established; its history is that of the Church in these the last days; its officers are divinely commissioned, their power is that of the Holy Priesthood. They claim an authority that is spiritual, but also temporal in dealing with the members of the organization -- Church or kingdom as one may choose to call it -- but they make no attempt, nor do they assert the right, to assail, modify, or in any way interfere with existing governments, far less to subdue nations or to set up rival systems of control. The kingdom of heaven, including the Church, and comprising all nations, will be set up with power and great glory when the triumphant King comes with His heavenly hosts to personally rule and reign on the earth, which He has redeemed at the sacrifice of His own life.

As seen, the kingdom of heaven will comprise more than the Church. The honorable and honest among men will be accorded protection and the privileges of citizenship under the perfect system of government which Christ will administer; and this will be their lot whether they are members of the Church or not. Law-breakers and men of impure heart will receive judgment according to their sin; but those who live according to the truth as they have been able to receive and comprehend it will enjoy the fullest liberty under the benign influences of a perfect administration. The special privileges and blessings associated with the Church, the right to hold and exercise the Priesthood with its boundless possibilities and eternal powers, will be, as now they are, for those only who enter into the covenant and become part of the Church of Jesus Christ.

The Millennium -- In connection with scriptural mention of Christ's reign on earth, a duration of a thousand years is frequently specified. While we cannot regard this as indicating a time limit to the kingdom's existence, or a measure of the Savior's administration of power, we are justified in the belief that the thousand years immediately following the establishment of the kingdom are to be specially characterized, and so be different from both preceding and succeeding time. The gathering of Israel and the establishment of an earthly Zion are to be effected preparatory to His coming. His advent is to be marked by a destruction of the wicked, and by the inauguration of an era of peace. The Revelator saw the souls of the martyrs, and of other righteous men, in power, living and reigning with Christ a thousand years. FN At the beginning of this period Satan is to be bound, "that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled. FN Certain of the dead are not to live again until the thousand years are past; FN while the righteous "shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years." FN Among the most ancient of revelations regarding the Millennium is that given to Enoch: "And it came to pass that Enoch saw the day of the coming of the Son of Man, in the last days, to dwell on the earth in righteousness for the space of a thousand years." FN

It is evident, then, that in speaking of the Millennium we have to consider a definite period, with important events marking its beginning and its close, and conditions of unusual blessedness extending throughout. It will be a sabbatical era FN -- a thousand years of peace. Enmity between man and beast shall cease; the fierceness and venom of the brute creation shall be done away, FN and love shall rule. FN A new condition of affairs will prevail later, as was declared in the word of the Lord to Isaiah: "For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind." FN

Concerning the state of peace, prosperity, and duration of human life, characteristic of that period, we read: "There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old, but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed. And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them. They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands. They shall not labor in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the Lord, and their offspring with them. And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear. The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent's meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the Lord." FN

The Lord's voice is heard today declaring the same prophetic truths, as shown in the revelations touching the Millennium given in the present dispensation of the Church. FN In 1831, He thus addressed the elders of His Church: "For the great Millennium, of which I have spoken by the mouth of my servants, shall come. . . For Satan shall be bound, and when he is loosed again he shall only reign for a little season, and then cometh the end of the earth." FN On another occasion these words were spoken: "For I will reveal myself from heaven with power and great glory, with all the hosts thereof, and dwell in righteousness with men on earth a thousand years, and the wicked shall not stand. * * * And again, verily, verily, I say unto you that when the thousand years are ended, and men again begin to deny their God, then will I spare the earth but for a little season; And the end shall come." FN

During the millennial period conditions will be propitious for righteousness; Satan's power will be restrained; and men, relieved to some degree from temptation, will be mostly zealous in the service of their reigning Lord. Nevertheless, sin will not be wholly abolished, nor will death be banished; though children will live to reach maturity in the flesh, and then may be changed to a condition of immortality in the "twinkling of an eye." FN Both mortal and immortal beings will tenant the earth, and communion with heavenly powers will be common. The Latter-day Saints believe that during the millennial era they will be privileged to continue the vicarious work for the dead, which constitutes so important and so characteristic a feature of their duty, FN and that the facilities for direct communication with the heavens will enable them to carry on their labor of love without hindrance. When the thousand years are passed Satan will again be permitted to assert his power, and those who are not then numbered among the pure in heart will yield to his influence. But the liberty thus recovered by "the prince of the power of the air" FN will be of short duration; his final doom will speedily follow, and with him will go to the punishment that is everlasting, all who are his. Then the earth will pass to its celestial condition and become a fit abode for the glorified sons and daughters of our God. FN


Prophecies of and Conditions to Attend the Lord's Coming

The Lord said unto Enoch: As I live, even so will I come in the last days -- Moses 7:60; Enoch saw the day of the coming of the Son of Man, in the last days, to dwell on earth for a thousand years -- verse 65.

Enoch prophesied, saying: Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints -- Jude 14, 15.

For I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth -- Job 19:25.

Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence -- Ps. 50:3; note that verses 4 and 5 tell of conditions that shall attend the Lord's future coming.

He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth -- Ps. 72:8; see also verse 17; 82:8.

When the Lord shall build up Zion, he shall appear in his glory -- Ps. 102:16.

The Lord of Hosts shall reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem -- Isa. 24:23.

The Lord God will come with strong hand -- Isa. 40:10.

The Lord shall reign in mount Zion even forever -- Micah 4:7; see also Zech. 14:9, 20, 21.

The Lord to come suddenly; but who may abide the day of his coming? -- Mal. 3:1-4.

Elijah the prophet to be sent before the great and dreadful day of the Lord -- Mal. 4:5, 6.

The Son of Man to come in the glory of his Father -- Matt. 16:27.

The Son of Man to come in glory and to judge the nations -- Matt. 25:31-46.

Then shall appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven -- Matt. 24:30.

Of the day and hour of the Lord's coming no man knoweth -- Matt. 24:36.

Then shall they see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory -- Mark 13:26; see also verses 32, 33, 37. Of him also shall the Son of Man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels -- 8:38.

After many tribulations the people shall see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory -- Luke 21:27; read verse 10 and the verses following; also 17:26-30.

Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of Man cometh at an hour when ye think not -- Luke 12:40.

But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night -- 2 Peter 3:10; see also 1 Thess. 5:2.

This same Jesus shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven -- Acts 1:11.

And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you -- Acts 3:20.

Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come -- 1 Cor. 4:5; compare 11:26.

From whence also we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ -- Philip. 3:20.

At the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints -- 1 Thess. 3:13; see also 2:19.

For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God -- 1 Thess. 4:16.

When the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels -- 2 Thess. 1:7; see also 2:1; 1 Tim. 6:14; Titus 2:13; Heb. 9:28.

Stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh -- James 5:8.

That we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming -- 1 John 2:28; see also 3:2.

Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him -- Rev. 1:7; see also 6:12-17.

The Holy One of Israel must reign in dominion, and might and power, and great glory -- 1 Nephi 22:24; see also verse 26.

The bands of death to be broken and the Son to reign -- Mosiah 15:20.

Elijah to come before the great and dreadful day of the Lord -- 3 Nephi 25:5.

Christ expounded to the Nephites things that should occur until he should come in his glory -- 3 Nephi 26:3.

The power of heaven to come down with Christ in the midst -- 3 Nephi 21:25; compare 20:22; see also 24:1-3.

The Three Nephites to remain in the flesh until the Lord shall come in his glory with the powers of heaven -- 3 Nephi 28:7.

Ye need not say that the Lord delays his coming -- 3 Nephi 29:2.

Christ to reveal himself from heaven with power and great glory, with all the hosts thereof -- D&C 29:11; see also 45:44; 65:5.

The time is soon at hand when I shall come in a cloud with power and great glory -- D&C 34:7, 8, 12.

When he shall come in the clouds of heaven to reign on the earth over his people -- D&C 76:63.

The Lord to be in the midst of the saints in glory, and to be their king and lawgiver -- D&C 45:59; see also 1:36.

The Son of Man now reigneth in the heavens, and will reign on the earth -- D&C 49:6.

The Lord will come down from the presence of the Father to take judgment upon the wicked -- D&C 63:34.

Preparing the way of the Lord for his second coming -- D&C 34:6; see also 39:20; 77:12.

The Son of Man to come in an hour you think not -- D&C 61:38.

The time of the Lord's coming nigh at hand -- D&C 35:15; 43:17; 133:17.

Hour and day of the Lord's coming no man knoweth, neither the angels -- D&C 49:7; 39:21; 133:11.

The good and the meek shall be looking for the time of the Lord's coming -- D&C 35:15. He that feareth me shall be looking for the great day of the Lord to come -- D&C 45:39; see also verses 40-56, and verses 74, 75.

Unto some it shall be given to know the signs of the coming of the Son of Man -- D&C 68:11.

I come quickly -- D&C 34:12; 35:27; 39:24; 41:4; 49:28; 51:20; 54:10; 68:35; 87:8; 99:5; 112:34.

The Millennium

Conditions to prevail during the Millennium -- Isa. 11:6-9; see also 65:25.

Satan to be bound during the thousand years -- Rev. 20:1-7.

And they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years -- Rev. 20:4. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished -- verse 5.

And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth -- Rev. 5:10.

For the space of a thousand years the earth shall rest -- Moses 7:64. Enoch saw the day of the coming of the Son of Man to dwell on the earth for a thousand years -- verse 65.

The Lord to dwell on earth with men a thousand years -- D&C 29:11.

For the great Millennium, of which I have spoken, shall come -- D&C 43:30; read also verses 31-35.

Conditions when the thousand years are ended -- D&C 29:22, 23.

Satan not to be loosed for the space of a thousand years, then to muster his armies -- D&C 88:110-116.