21. "What is the Sign of Thy Coming?" | BYU Studies

21. "What is the Sign of Thy Coming?"

Signs of the Second Coming
 
 
The scriptures teach that the era preceding the second coming of the Savior will be "perilous" and filled with "tribulation." Both the wicked and the righteous will experience these times of tribulation. While there is no way to predict the exact date of Christ's return, Christ has described signs to look for. When he does come there will be an age of peace, harmony, and joy.
 
 
The phrase "the great and dreadful day of the Lord" should not be interpreted, as some say, to mean "great" for the righteous and "dreadful" for the wicked. The term "great" means large and powerful—something that no one could miss. The last days will be a difficult time for both the righteous and the wicked.
 
 
Jesus foretold many signs that would precede his second coming. We have seen many of these events transpire that have been prophesied of. "Still, men's hearts will be hardened to the revelations from heaven. Even greater signs shall then be given to manifest the approaching great day of the Lord." To withstand the challenges and circumstances that will come from these signs we must be valiant and faithful in our testimonies of Christ and not be deceived by false rumors.