Living in the Eleventh Hour (Hardcover)
Preparing for the Glorious Return of the Savior
Just as the scriptures teach us that the Second Coming of the Lord will be "at midnight" (Matthew 25:6), so the signs of the times teach us that "midnight" is close at hand.
In Living in the Eleventh Hour, author Robert L. Millet points our minds and hearts toward the future—to the glorious day that lies ahead. This encouraging work not only assists us a Latter-day Saints to recognize and better understand the signs of the times but also reminds us of our individual responsibilities as we prepare ourselves and the world for the much-anticipated return of Jesus Christ.
Filled with uplifting quotations from Church leaders, insightful scriptural texts, and engaging personal experiences, this timely book inspires us to live today as if He were coming tomorrow.
Brother Millet's faith-building message is clear: Steadfastly doing the small things that allow us to live each day with faith, rather than fear, builds our trust that the Savior's return to earth to rule and reign will be a glorious and welcome event.
- Size: 6 x 9
- Pages: 160
- Publisher: Deseret Book 2014
About the Author
Robert L. Millet, an Abraham O. Smoot Professor and former dean of Religious Education at Brigham Young University, is a professor of ancient scripture and a lifelong scholar of the last days. After receiving bachelor’s and master’s degrees from BYU in psychology, he earned a PhD from Florida State University in religious studies. He has served in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a seminary teacher, bishop, stake president, and member of the Materials Evaluation Committee. He and his wife, Shauna, are the parents of six children.
While It Is Called Today
We sing in our sacrament services a beloved hymn that begins with these lines:
Jesus, once of humble birth,
Now in glory comes to earth.
Once he suffered grief and pain;
Now he comes on earth to reign.
Jesus Christ is coming to earth, this time not as the lowly Nazarene but as the returning King of Israel (John 1:49),
the King of Zion (Moses 7:53), the Lord of Sabaoth (Lord of Hosts, Lord of Armies). He will come with his angels, his destroying angels: “For behold, the day cometh that shall burn as an oven, and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly shall burn as stubble; for they that come shall burn them, saith the Lord of Hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch (Joseph Smith History 1:37; emphasis added). This scene will be what the scriptures call the “end of the world,” meaning the end of the worldly or the destruction of the wicked (Joseph Smith-Matthew 1:4). It has been described as a day that is both great and dreadful: great for those who are prepared to receive him, and dreadful for those who would prefer that the Master postpone his coming indefinitely.
The Second Coming is not something we need fear or be unduly alarmed about. It can and should be a glorious and long-awaited day for men and women who have grown weary of waywardness, who have had their patience stretched by the allurements and tauntings of a world engulfed in wickedness. It will be a time of deliverance and salvation, a day of joy and sweet satisfaction, particularly for those who have watched for his coming and sought to stand in holy places.
Yes, the Lord is coming. And when is he coming? President Joseph Fielding Smith explained: “I was asked, not long ago, if I could tell when the Lord would come. I answered, Yes; and I answer, Yes, now. I know when he will come. He will come tomorrow. We have his word for it. Let me read it:
”Behold, now it is called today until the coming of the Son of Man, and verily it is a day of sacrifice, and a day for the tithing of my people; for he that is tithed shall not be burned at his coming.”
(Now there is a discourse sufficient on tithing.) ‘For after today cometh the burning’ this is speaking after the manner of the Lord for verily I say, tomorrow all the proud and they that do wickedly shall be as stubble; and I will burn them up, for I am the Lord of Hosts; and I will not spare any that remain in Babylon’ (D&C 64:23-24; see also 45:61; Malachi 3:3, 4:1)
So the Lord is coming, I say, tomorrow. Then let us be prepared. Elder Orson F. Whitney used to write about the Saturday Evening of Time. This is the 6th day now drawing to its close. When the Lord says it is today until His coming, that, I think, is what he has in mind, for he shall come in the morning of the Sabbath, or seventh day of the earth’s temporal existence, to inaugurate the millennial reign and to take his rightful place as King of kings and Lord of lords, to rule and reign upon the earth, as it is his right (see D&C 77:12).
The greatest preparation we can make today as we anticipate tomorrow is to attend to the small and simple things that come before us each minute and hour of every day. Abraham was able to surrender his own will to Jehovah and to do the unthinkable—offer his son, Isaac in sacrifice—because of the hundreds of private battles of the soul he had waged and won. In our own lives there are moments that mater, significant times in which choices are made between self-denial and self-absorption, struggles of the soul that call for mere meekness rather than railing accusation, conflagrations that require schooling the feelings rather than exploding in anger and resentment. Public success is always preceded by private victories won within individual human hearts.
The extent to which I am prepared to meet the Lord Jesus when he comes again might very well be reflected, for example, in the extent to which I am learning each day to tame the tongue; to channel my thoughts in righteous paths; to choose not to be offended but rather to assume the best; to ask myself consistently what I can do to serve and lighten the burdens of others; to put on hold my immediate gratification in order to achieve a higher aim than satisfied selfhood; to be willing to be inconvenienced; and to be found at my duty station at all times.
The prophet-writer Mormon spoke to his beloved son Moroni near the time of the destruction of the Nephite nation (in the fifth century after the coming of Christ) of those about him who ‘have lost their love, one towards another; and they thirst after blood and revenge continually.’ Mormon then delivered this noble charge: “And now, my beloved son, notwithstanding their hardness, let us labor diligently; for if we should cease to labor, we should be brought under condemnation; for we have a labor to perform whilst in this tabernacle of clay, that we may conquer the enemy of all righteousness, and rest our souls in the kingdom of God” (Moroni 9:5-6; emphasis added).
And so it is with us in the twenty-first century. We too have a labor to perform. We too must conquer Satan, the enemy of all righteousness, so that we too may rest our souls in the kingdom of God and enjoy life on a celestialized earth with God and Christ and our families forevermore.
A hopeful look at an often confusing topic.
by Heidi - reviewed on February 27, 2014
One of the things that I have always loved about Robert Millet's books is how readable they are, how well he explains complex doctrines for the lay reader. In this book, he takes on a complex and rarely understood topic: The Second Coming of Jesus Christ. I found it interesting that he starts the book by discussing his own attitude toward the topic, how as a child he was terrified of The Second Coming, but as he's grown and experienced life, he's learned to look forward to it. I also really appreciate how he uses scriptures to make his points about preparing for a day in the near future that only God Himself knows for sure. I love how he focuses on the greatest need is for us to be SPIRITUALLY prepared, to repent and access the blessings of the Atonement in our lives. A truly inspiring look at a challenging and sometimes scary topic that relates to all of us. Highly recommended.
Good Reminder to Live in Faith
by Melanie - reviewed on February 28, 2014
This book is a good reminder of what we all need to be doing daily to prepare for the Second Coming. Since nobody knows when it will be, we need to be prepared at all times. There are lots of scriptures, quotes and personal stories included. There are some great insights and discussions and towards the end, he has a chapter on knowing the signs of the times. He doesn't go into them in any detail but shares principles he has gleaned over the years relative to reading the signs of the times. He ends by listing some of the personal responsibilities we share as we do our part to prepare the world for the Second Coming of the Son of God. I enjoyed reading this book and I felt like I was able to check off some things that I'm doing well and also determine the areas where I need to make improvements. This is a book that reminds us that there is a lot to look forward to in the coming days and years and we need to be full of faith rather than fear.
by Shauna - reviewed on February 27, 2014
"We are left to ponder and wonder about many things." Wondering about the Second Coming of Christ falls into this category... "Perhaps we are left to ponder to keep us alert and attentive to the commandments should the Lord come in our day." As many know this will be a both GREAT and TERRIBLE day. Many of us worry... Many of us fear... Robert L. Millet has given us the WONDERFUL book to help put our minds at ease and to teach us what to look for and how to prepare. Filled with quotes, scriptures, and personal experiences... "Steadfastly doing the small things that allow us to live each day with faith, rather than fear, builds our trust that the Savior's return to earth to rule and reign will be a glorious and welcome event." We truly are 'Living in the Eleventh Hour!'
A writing leaving a hungry reader wondering what is said. Nothing
by Customer - reviewed on February 01, 2014
Although there were many quotations which were interesting to read, there is nothing in this book that has not already been said but in a different way. To the new member of the church, this writing may put many things into better perspective. To a member of the church who reads the prophets and apostles on a regular basis as we have been instructed to do as members of the church, the author sheds little light or furthers our understanding of the scriptures. After reading many books by this author and coming away satisfied with what I learned, I must say I was disappointed with this book.
Beautiful First Installment
by Ryceejo - reviewed on February 21, 2014
Millet gives a detailed discussion of a few signs of the Second Coming and even more attributes and cautions we as Latter-day Saints living in the last days ought to be aware of. A great reminder of gospel truths, Millet sticks to doctrine and avoids speculation. The binding says, "Book One," so there will be more to come! I can't wait to read the next book. This is a beautiful first installment for Latter-day Saints living in the "eleventh hour!"
by Customer - reviewed on March 12, 2014
I really wanted to like this book, (obviously I bought it). I love the Last Days and have read quite a bit about it. This book however didn't really have anything new to offer on the subject. It only has 114 pages and it seemed as though there were several subjects discussed that weren't relevant to the Last Days. In fairness, if you don't know much about the last days and the subject worries you then you may like this book. For 20 bucks I thought it was lacking.
A great read that will help and inspire you!
by Crystal - reviewed on February 28, 2014
This is my first time reading a book by Robert L. Millet and I was hooked from the beginning. Gospel books are not always easy for me to read, but Millet speaks in a straight forward fashion, uses scriptures and direct quotes from prophets to make it easy for the reader to understand the point he is making. He shared personal stories from teaching religion classes at BYU and he tied everything into each point seamlessly. I enjoyed the short chapters that focused on one specific aspect of living in the last days. I came away with a sense of calmness not fear. Millet gives us knowledge backed through scriptures and prophets to help us understand what we will are and will face as the time approaches for His return. I honestly was amazed at how quickly I read through the book! I found certain quotes or stories so great that I would re-read them and then share them with my husband. One of my favorite's is taken from chapter 9, "We stand in holy places when we stand firm against vice and immorality and stand humbly but assuredly with God and with "clouds of witnesses" (Hebrews 12:1) made up of Saints on both sides of the veil (2 Kings 6:16, compare 1 John 4:4). This is truly a great read that will help and inspire you and I highly recommend it! I received a copy of this book for free and this is my honest review.
Uplifting and Hopeful
by katie - reviewed on February 25, 2014
A lot of these types of books create a panicky feeling inside of me. I feel like the end is so scary, even if it's something to look forward to. I loved the way this book was written in a way that made me feel at peace with things. This truly is a time to anticipate, rather than dread. I loved what the author said in the preface--"My intention is not to frighten but to fortify; not to startle but to solidify; not to be sensational but to be sound." He did an excellent job of doing just what he claimed he'd do. I enjoyed the way scripture and General Authority quotes were woven into the commentary, as well as modern thoughts and applications to our own lives today. I was able to find relations between the person stories given and my own life and I was filled with hope as I read this book. There was a lot of good information in here, especially in the Glossary. My mind was opened to a few new ideas that I hadn't considered before and I'm enjoying pondering on those. I highly recommend this book for those looking for an uplifting and encouraging source about the Last Days.