Understanding the Signs of the Times

by Jay A. Parry, Donald W. Parry

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The Lord has warned about the events of the last days: “All things shall be in commotion; and surely, men's hearts shall fail them; for fear shall come upon all people” (D&C 88:91). But elsewhere he has given us this comforting assurance: “If ye are prepared ye shall not fear” (D&C 38:30).

Who has not contemplated the cataclysmic events that will precede and be a part of the Savior's second coming and wondered how the prophesied conditions will play out? Are the catastrophes and calamities we hear about in the daily news the fulfillment of prophecy? What blessings to the righteous will counterbalance the judgments on the wicked?

In this book, authors Donald W. Parry and Jay A. Parry take a balanced, reasoned look at the signs of the times and what the scriptures reveal about events of the last days. Drawing upon the writings of latter-day prophets, they explain, clarify, and put into context the events that have been foretold by both ancient and modern seers.

Among the many compelling topics examined are the following:

  • The gathering of the Jews to Israel
  • Armageddon
  • The possible meaning of the moon turning to blood
  • The mission of the 144,000 high priests
  • The “healing” of the Dead Sea
  • The prophesied wars, earthquakes, pestilence and other disasters
  • The two prophets who will become martyrs in Jerusalem
  • The growth of the Church that will precede the Lord's triumphant return
  • How we can prepare ourselves to participate and rejoice in these events

Pointing out that “if we know the signs and watch with soberness, we can have our lives, our hearts, and our families in readiness for his coming,” the authors help us read the signs of the times and give us ample reason to look forward with anticipation and rejoicing to the Second Coming, assuring us that if we faithfully prepare, we truly need not fear.

From the authors of the best-selling Understanding Isaiah and Understanding the Book of Revelation comes the new book Understanding the Signs of the Times.

About the Authors

Jay A. Parry

In addition to co-authoring several books, Jay A. Parry has published numerous articles on Church-related subjects. He has also presented a series of classes at BYU Education Week on the subject of daily miracles. He and his wife, Vicki, live in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Donald W. Parry

Donald W. Parry, a professor of the Hebrew Bible at Brigham Young University holds the Abraham O. Smoot Professorship. For nearly twenty years he has served as a member of the prestigious international team of translators of the Dead Sea Scrolls and is the author or coauthor of more than thirty books and numerous articles on the Bible and the Dead Sea Scrolls. He has coauthored with his brother, Jay A. Parry, several books for Latter-day Saints, including Understanding Isaiah, Understanding the Signs of the Times, and most recently, Symbols and Shadows: Unlocking a Deeper Understanding of the Atonement. Brother Parry, who has served in the Church as a bishop, a temple worker, and high councilor, is a popular speaker at BYU Education Week. He and his wife, Camille Parry, are the parents of six children.

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Understanding the Signs of the Times
By , Submitted on 2016-06-27

Since high school I have been a student of the Signs of the Times and I find Understanding the Signs of the Times to be an important study--well written and east to follow. I now have great hope for the future--this work points out the good things that are going to happen!

Wishful Thinking
By , Submitted on 2015-11-18

In this book we see a premature interpretation of the Book of Revelations prophesy and written in 1999 it was apparently too soon to see what is blatently obvious in 2015. Mr. Parry almost gets it but doesn't see the answer is in his own writing. Page 285 says " Nephi saw the "whore of all the earth" "many generations" after the time of peace that followed the coming of Christ to the Americas.(1 Ne. 12:21; 13:4-6; 14:10). It is obvious America is The Whore of Babylon. Mr. Parry defines the whore very well and describes America to a t but never considers the obvious...instead refers to America as The New Jerusalem. wishful thinking. If America isn't Babylon then she is the Daughter of Babylon. God save the Queen. Did I say that?

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