The scriptural language suggests that the slaying of the righteous had an intoxicating effect on those who carried out the slaughter. Hinckley — affirmed that the Lord and His people will prevail in the war against evil:.
It is waged across the world over the issues of agency and compulsion. It is waged by an army of missionaries over the issues of truth and error. It is waged in our own lives, day in and day out, in our homes, in our work, in our school associations; it is waged over questions of love and respect, of loyalty and fidelity, of obedience and integrity. We are all involved in it. God has provided a way to live in this world and not be contaminated by the degrading pressures evil agents spread throughout it. You can live a virtuous, productive, righteous life by following the plan of protection created by your Father in Heaven: These riches will be destroyed, and those who have placed their hearts upon them will lament see Revelation Lee — warned that with prosperity often comes the temptation to embrace the materialism of Babylon: Some people might think their iniquities are hidden, but these verses are a reminder that sins do not go undetected by God, though their consequences may not all come immediately.
The voice also declared that Babylon would receive the consequences of her works and would be punished doubly, reminiscent of terminology used in the law of Moses see Revelation The list of merchandise sold in Babylon reveals a startling truth: At the Second Coming, Babylon and its inhabitants will be recompensed for their evil works see Revelation Knowing that God is a God of judgment enables Saints to endure in faith: Marriage is the relationship that requires the most fidelity, sacrifice, commitment, and long-suffering of all relationships.
McConkie —85 of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles explained: This imagery of a bride dressed in white presents a stark contrast to the harlot in extravagant apparel described earlier in Revelation, who symbolized spiritual Babylon see Joseph Smith , —66 ; see also Matthew Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles taught that a testimony of Jesus Christ is a gift received through divine revelation:.
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We need to know for ourselves. We will receive a calm and unwavering certainty that will be the source of our testimony and conviction irrespective of our culture, race, language, or socioeconomic background.
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These promptings of the Spirit, rather than human logic alone, will be the true foundation upon which our testimony will be built. Maxwell — of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles stated:. When Jesus comes again to the earth, He will bring justice against the wicked see Revelation The Joseph Smith Translation of Revelation The titles of the Savior recorded in Revelation He will also reign over heavenly kings and lords.
John saw the ultimate destruction of the wicked when their slain bodies would be eaten by carrion birds Revelation Ezekiel prophesied of this same destruction Ezekiel The Millennium will be a time of great peace see Isaiah I am inclined to believe that the chain spoken of in the Bible, with which Satan is to be bound, is more figurative than real.rossis.myerp.work/erp/brunswick/ver-chica-busca-chica-2008.php
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Smith to His Missionary Sons, comp. The enthroned beings John saw in Revelation Jesus said that these Apostles would sit on thrones and judge Israel see Matthew Though the Lord has indicated that some of His servants will assist Him as judges, the scriptures also affirm that Jesus Christ Himself will be the great and final Judge of all see John 5: McConkie explained the First Resurrection: Abinadi and Alma, for instance, so considered it.
To those who have lived since that day, the first resurrection is yet future and will take place at the time of the Second Coming. Those who will receive celestial and terrestrial bodies will come forth in the First Resurrection. With this final cleansing of evil, the earth will be prepared to receive celestial glory. The Old Testament describes the destruction of the wicked cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by fire and brimstone from heaven see Genesis In the book of Revelation, fire and brimstone symbolize the destruction and ultimate abode of the wicked.
Packer — of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles explained:. Brimstone is another name for sulfur. The Prophet Joseph Smith taught: When they arrived, they found that some Saints were being deceived by claims of false revelations: As a conference meeting had been appointed for the 26th day of September, I thought it wisdom not to do much more than to converse with the brethren on the subject, until the conference should meet.
Finding, however, that many, especially the Whitmer family and Oliver Cowdery, were believing much in the things set forth by this stone, we thought best to inquire of the Lord concerning so important a matter; and before [the] conference convened, we received the following:. And thou shalt be obedient unto the things which I shall give unto him.
The subject of the stone previously mentioned was discussed, and after considerable investigation, Brother Page, as well as the whole Church who were present, renounced the said stone, and all things connected therewith, much to our mutual satisfaction and happiness. This is the order of heaven, and the power and privilege of [the Melchizedek] Priesthood.
It is also the privilege of any officer in this Church to obtain revelations, so far as relates to his particular calling and duty in the Church. Kimball, while serving as a counselor to President Brigham Young, reported: Wilford Woodruff, the fourth President of the Church, reported: At that meeting some remarks were made … with regard to the living oracles and with regard to the written word of God.
We should confine ourselves to them. I would rather have the living oracles than all the writing in the books. When he was through, Brother Joseph said to the congregation: Brigham Young, the second President of the Church, recalled: Joseph Smith recorded that the following occurred at the dedication of the Kirtland Temple on March 27, They all covenanted to do so, by rising. There are those who profess to be Saints who are too apt to murmur, and find fault, when any advice is given, which comes in opposition to their feelings, even when they, themselves, ask for counsel; much more so when counsel is given unasked for, which does not agree with their notion of things; but brethren, we hope for better things from the most of you; we trust that you desire counsel, from time to time, and that you will cheerfully conform to it, whenever you receive it from a proper source.
Why stand in the way when he is appointed to do a thing?
Revelation and the Living Prophet
Who knows the mind of God? Does He not reveal things differently from what we expect? This knowledge, or revelation, … was not believed by the inhabitants of the earth. They knew Adam was the first man, made in the image of God; that he was a good man; that Enoch walked with God three hundred and sixty-five years, and was translated to heaven without tasting death.
But they could not endure the new revelation: And the flood swept them away. It showed the corruptions of that generation, as others before, and they cried, away with him; crucify him! The old revelation, the old patriarchs, pilgrims and apostles, were blessed. We believe in them, but the new ones we cannot abide. It was this same principle that crucified the Lord Jesus Christ, and will cause the people to kill the prophets in this generation.
Many seal up the door of heaven by saying, So far God may reveal and I will believe. False prophets always arise to oppose the true prophets and they will prophesy so very near the truth that they will deceive almost the very chosen ones.
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