Friday, April 21, 2017

“Be Ye Also Ready”

​From: Francis Harper

​“Be Ye Also Ready”

“. . . until the day that Noah entered into the ark, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, and knew not until the flood came and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be . . . In the last days, two shall be in the field; the one shall be taken and the other left. Two shall be grinding at the mill; the one taken and the other left. And what I say unto one, I say until all men; Watch, therefore, for ye know not at what hour your Lord doth come . . . therefore be ye also ready; for in such an hour as ye think not, the Son of Man cometh” (Matthew 24:45-51 IV; 24:38-44 KJV).

King Benjamin’s counsel to his people is still appropriate for us to consider today. “This much can I tell you, that if you do not watch yourselves, and your thoughts, and your words, and your deeds, and observe to keep the commandments of God, and continue in the faith of what ye have heard concerning the coming of our Lord, even unto the end of your lives, you must perish” (Mosiah 2:49).

The Lord promised Noah, “And the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh” (Genesis 9:20 IV; 9:15 KJV). Instead of a flood, the Lord promised a similar destruction by fire: “For behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble; and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.

But unto you that fear [reverence and honor] my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall grow up as calves of the stall [sheltered]. And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the Lord of hosts” (Malachi 4:1-3).

Jesus reminded his disciples that the day of his second coming would be as it was in the days of Lot. “Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed” (Luke 17:28-30).

Many may dismiss the words of Malachi as “Old Testament,” thinking that God surely would not destroy the inhabitants of the earth by fire! But the words of Malachi 4 were emphasized by the angel Moroni three times during the night of September 22-23, 1823, and a fourth time the next day.

During his visit in this hemisphere, Jesus emphasized the importance of the words of Malachi. “And he saith, these scriptures which ye had not with you, the Father commanded that I should give unto you, for it is wisdom in him that they should be given to future generations” (3 Nephi 11:29). We have much more to consider than global warming!

In 1991, I visited the site near the Dead Sea and Masada, where we walked on great mounds of the ashen remains of one of the five
wicked cities destroyed in the days of Lot. The ashes still have the lingering smell of sulphur, or brimstone.

Jesus spoke of Sodom when he warned the people of Capernaum, “. . . if the mighty works which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I say unto you, it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee” (Matthew 11:25-26).

“Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands and a pure heart” (Psalm 24:3-4). “Who may abide the day of his coming? And who shall stand when he appeareth? For he is like a refiner’s fire . . .” (Malachi 3:2).

My love to all,

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