Doctrine & Covenants/Church History
Lesson 21
“Looking Forth for the Great Day of the Lord to Come”

Lesson Highlights

A study of this lesson will help us understand and recognize the signs of the Second Coming and prepare for “the great day of the Lord to come” (D&C 45:39).

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The Great Day of the Lord to Come

Nearly 2000 years ago, just a few days before his death, Jesus went up to the mount of Olives. In a discussion with his disciples they asked, "what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?" (Matthew 24:3). The Master then listed some of the signs that would indicate that his second coming was near.

For additional resources on this topic see Second Coming of Jesus Christ at

Signs of the Times, the Second Coming, & the Millennium

"Ye look and behold the fig-trees, and ye see them with your eyes, and ye say when they begin to shoot forth, and their leaves are yet tender, that summer is now nigh at hand; Even so it shall be in that day when they shall see all these things, then shall they know that the hour is nigh. And it shall come to pass that he that feareth me shall be looking forth for the great day of the Lord to come, even for the signs of the coming of the Son of Man. And they shall see signs and wonders, for they shall be shown forth in the heavens above, and in the earth beneath." (D&C 45:37-40)

The Gospel To Be Restored.

The Gospel To Be Preached To The World.

The Jews To Be Gathered.

An Increase in Iniquity.

The Whole Earth in Commotion.

Great Natural Disasters.

The City of New Jerusalem To Be Built.

The Return of The Ten Tribes.

Signs In The Heavens.

The Wicked To Be Destroyed.

The Lord Returns To Earth.

The Resurrection Begins.

The Righteous Rewarded.

The Millennium.

We Must Prepare for the Second Coming

"Watch, therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour" (D&C 133:11).



Gospel Doctrine Notebook

Record your thoughts about the great events discussed in this lesson. What steps can you take now to prepare for the times ahead?

Resources Used In This Lesson

Church News.

Collected Discourses, Volume 4.

Come Unto Christ by Ezra Taft Benson.

Companion To Your Study of the Old Testament by Daniel H. Ludlow.

Conference Reports (CR).

Doctrine & Covenants Commentary by Hyrum M. Smith and Janne M. Sjodahl.

Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, Volume 1, by Bruce R. McConkie.


History of the Church (HC).

Journal of Discourses (JD).

The Millennial Messiah by Bruce R. McConkie.

Studies In Scripture, Volume 1, edited by Robert L. Millet and Kent P. Jackson.

Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith (TPJS).

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