AnonymousApril 16, 2016 at 4:03 PMJoseph Smith said: "but whenever you see the bow withdrawn, it shall be a token that there shall be famine,
pestilence and great distress among the nations, and that the coming of the Messiah is not far distant".
Notice he said "bow" not "rainbow". The rainbow is not the sign. That's a misinterpretation based on our present conditions. In the ancient traditions, the "bow" is the crescent, the illuminated limb of a nearby planet in an encounter. The statement by Joseph simply means that all this will be part of a planetary encounter. His is only one of dozens of examples why knowing the original intent of the prophet is so important. We do not have the luxury of imposing our own interpretations on their pronouncements. When we do so, we step off the path and wander away in to the mists of darkness, as Lehi and Nephi noted in their visions of the Tree of Life.
Also, when Joseph had the first vision this is what he learned when he asked which sect was right: "19 I was answered that I must join none of them, for they were all wrong; and the Personage who addressed me said that all their creeds were an abomination in his sight; that those professors were all corrupt; that: “they draw near to me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me, they teach for doctrines the commandments of men, having a form of godliness, but they deny the power thereof."
I doubt that anything has changed since the first vision so why do you/we take any stock in anything that anyone says (Dewey Bruton for example) other than our own Latter Day Apostles and Prophets?
Just politely asking.
More study, more study (basically waiting for something interesting to come along that backs this line of thinking). Joseph clearly taught that there would be a planetary encounter just before the end.
Oh, for the last part of the comment: Joseph Smith's sayings first. Scripture second. Current Prophets next. Those who have something that fits the bill. Dewey Bruton has nailed it perfectly well, so I run with him. Guys like Ron Wyatt, as well. Joseph Smith brought us the teaching of the Lord that we should seek learning from the best books. I always seek to do this very thing - but all things have to be in agreement with the "law and the Prophets".
Thanks for the great input, Scott!