Come Follow Me - New Testament
“The Son of Man Shall Come”
May 27–June 2


Lesson Highlights

Scripture references for study:  Joseph Smith—Matthew 1; Matthew 25; Mark 12–13; Luke 21
     Note: Underlined scripture references have been hyperlinked to the Scriptures at LDS.org.

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Prophecies about the Savior’s Second Coming Can Help Us Face the Future with Faith

"Jesus ... went upon the Mount of Olives. And as he sat upon the Mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying: Tell us when shall these things be which thou hast said concerning the destruction of the temple, and the Jews; and what is the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world, or the destruction of the wicked, which is the end of the world?" (Joseph Smith-Matthew 1:4)

After teaching about the destruction of Jerusalem, Jesus turns the subject of his discourse from ancient times to the Last Days, the time preceding the Second Coming (see v21).

"For in those days there shall also arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders, insomuch, that, if possible, they shall deceive the very elect, who are the elect according to the covenant."(v22)

"Behold, I speak these things unto you for the elect's sake; and you also shall hear of wars, and rumors of wars; see that ye be not troubled, for all I have told you must come to pass; but the end is not yet." (v23)

"And now I show unto you a parable. Behold, wheresoever the carcass is, there will the eagles be gathered together; so likewise shall mine elect be gathered from the four quarters of the earth." (v27)

"And again, this Gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in all the world, for a witness unto all nations, and then shall the end come, or the destruction of the wicked." (v31)

"Behold I speak for mine elect's sake; for nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. And again, because iniquity shall abound, the love of men shall wax cold; but he that shall not be overcome, the same shall be saved." (v29-30)


Signs of the Times

WHY IS THERE VALUE IN KNOWING THESE PROPHECIES?

HOW CAN WE PREPARE FOR THE CHALLENGES BROUGHT ON BY THE FULFILLMENT OF THESE PROPHECIES?

The abomination of desolation at the Second Coming.

The glories attending our Lord's return.


We Must Always Be Ready For the Savior’s Second Coming

When will the Son of Man come?

Watch, Pray, Take Heed, Be Ready!

READ MATTHEW 25:1-13. Parable of the Ten Virgins. This parable continues the Olivet Discourse which began in Matthew 24 (JS-Matthew 1).

WHAT DOES THE PARABLE OF THE TEN VIRGINS TEACH ABOUT PREPARING FOR THE SECOND COMING?

"Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh" (v13).

WHY WERE THE FIVE WISE VIRGINS NOT DECEIVED?

If I am to be prepared for a future power outage, I need to have my oil lamp filled in advance though I know not the time of such an event. It is difficult and dangerous to perform this task once the event has arrived.


At the Final Judgment, We Will Give the Lord an Account of Our Lives

READ MATTHEW 25:14-30. The parable of the Talents.

WHAT DID THE FIRST TWO SERVANTS DO WITH THEIR TALENTS? WHAT WAS THEIR REWARD?

WHAT DID THE THIRD SERVANT DO WITH HIS TALENT? WHAT WAS HIS REWARD?

WHAT IS THE MASTER TEACHING US?

HOW CAN WE DETERMINE WHAT GIFTS THE LORD HAS GIVEN US?

WHY DO MANY OF US HIDE THE GIFTS WE RECEIVE FROM THE LORD?

READ MATTHEW 25:31-46. Parable of the sheep and goats.

WHAT MUST WE DO TO PREPARE FOR THE SECOND COMING AND THE DAY OF JUDGMENT?

We add oil to our lamps by the service we give.


Gospel Doctrine Notebook

Most of us have had experiences of getting caught in inclement weather unprepared because we either failed to check the forecast or we failed to heed it. In the Olivet Discourse, the Savior has given us the forecast. We need to, from time to time, compare the forecast to current conditions and make adjustments in our preparation. It is one thing to get caught unprepared in the rain, it will be quite another if we are caught unprepared as the events of the Last Days continue to unfold. The great storm described by the Master has started and we need to seek out "holy places" to give us refuge from the latter-day storm.

The Savior's Second Coming is near at hand. Though we do not know the day or the time, it is imperative that we do not procrastinate our preparation. We must be diligent in keeping our lamps filled by keeping the commandments, developing our talents, and giving service to others.

Record your thoughts on the teachings in this lesson. What can you do to be better prepared for the difficult times that will precede the return of the Savior? What did you do this week to add oil to your lamp? What are some of the things you will do in the coming week to add oil? What gifts and talents have you received from the Lord? What can you do in the next few weeks to more fully utilize those gifts and give service to others?


Resources Used In This Lesson

A New Witness for the Articles of Faith by Bruce R. McConkie

Aesop's Fables

Answers to Gospel Questions, Volume 2, by Joseph Fielding Smith

Church News

Come Unto Christ by Ezra Taft Benson

Faith Precedes the Miracle by Spencer W. Kimball

General Conference

Jesus the Christ by James E. Talmage

Journal of Discourses

The Millennial Messiah by Bruce R. McConkie

The Mortal Messiah: From Bethlehem to Calvary, Volume 3, by Bruce R. McConkie

The New Testament Greek Lexicon - King James Version (https://www.biblestudytools.com/lexicons/greek/kjv/#)


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