Scriptural Perspectives on How to Survive the Calamities of the Last Days:
Within Chapter 21:
"It will be a terrible time, with “wars..., and rumors of wars” (JS—M 1:28), with world unrest; “nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes” (JS—M 1:29). “And again, because iniquity shall abound, the love of men shall wax cold” (JS—M 1:30). Yet at that very time “this Gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in all the world, for a witness unto all nations, and then shall the end come” (JS—M 1:31). A thick pall of dust and smoke shall cover the earth, “the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light” (JS—M 1:33).
⚠️The GENERATION in which these things happen WILL SEE the FINAL END ⚠️(see JS—M 1:34): unlike all the other great destructions, this one involves the entire globe, when “all the tribes of the earth mourn” (JS—M 1:36). Then the Son of Man shall come, ⚠️ but first “he shall send his angels before him with the great sound of a trumpet” for a last gathering—”and they shall gather together the remainder of his elect from the four winds”⚠️ (JS—M 1:37). “As it was in the days which were before the flood,” it will be business as usual right up until the end, which shall come suddenly and unexpectedly: “They were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage; and knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be” (JS—M 1:42–43). Again an interesting comparison occurs when the Lord likens himself to a thief in the night. There are no criminal connotations; the metaphor is used purely to describe the manner of his coming—it will be a complete surprise. How does one prepare for it, then? One does not. Jesus makes it very clear that the only preparation is to live every day as if the Lord were coming on that day. In striking contrast to the Jerusalem situation, he gives no specific instructions but explains that “then shall be fulfilled that which is written, that in the last days, two shall be in the field, the one shall be taken, and the other left; two shall be grinding at the mill, the one shall be taken, and the other left” (JS—M 1:44–45), which means that there is no point in devising ingenious schemes for survival. There is but one real course of escape. What you should do is to watch yourself at all times (see JS—M 1:46); to be found doing good all the time (see JS—M 1:49); to not act as if it were going to be business as usual indefinitely, as if the great event belonged to a vague and indefinite future (see JS—M 1:51). The one thing you can be sure of is that it will be “in such an hour as ye think not” (JS—M 1:48). So the only preparation is to do what? To abstain from taking advantage of others, oppressing the poor, and living in luxury (see JS—M 1:52)."
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