The Second Coming—is there any serious Christian who has not pondered the significance and consequences of that long-awaited, glorious event? Elder Bruce R. McConkie of the Council of the Twelve, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, expounds on this topic in all its magnificence and in his usual flowing style. The crowning work of his trilogy on the life of Christ—preceded by The Promised Messiah and The Mortal Messiah (in four volumes)—The Millennial Messiah lays out before the reader every pertinent bit of information to be gleaned from the four standard works and inspired prophets.
The Book of Mormon plays a significant part in any study of the Second Coming. According to Elder McConkie, the Book of Mormon is the standard of judgment both unique and perfect by which we gain a perfect knowledge of the Second Coming. Every Latter-day Saint will be interested in the role of the Church with respect to the return of the Savior and will want to become more knowledgeable about the events preceding that return. When are we to look for the return of the Ten Tribes? Is the current gathering of the Jews to Israel the gathering promised by the prophets?
What about the two prophets who will be raised up in Jerusalem who will minister for three and a half years, who will be killed, and whose bodies will be viewed for three and a half days—who are they, and will they be members of the Church?
Prophecies from ancient as well as modern scriptures are recounted, explained, and compared as the author delves into every aspect of the Savior's second advent. The earth and its five transformations; the Battle of Armageddon, which will be in progress when the Lord comes; the mountain opened to the House of David; the great meeting at Adam-ondi-Ahman; the transfigured earth—each receives careful consideration and detailed treatment.
And when the seventh thousand years has at last begun, when the Millennium is a reality, what will mortal man be like? How will Satan be bound?
No careful reader can complete this book without adding significantly to his knowledge about the Christian world's most-heralded future event. And every Latter-day Saint who wants to be among those who withstand the cataclysmic events of the last days of the earth's existence will read this book.
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