Christ’s Multiple Second Comings

Hey guys, so today we’re going to talk about the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. A lot of what members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe about the Second Coming overlaps with the beliefs of most Christians, but there are a few beliefs that are unique to our faith. In this episode, we’re not really going to be getting into the specifics of all of the signs and wonders and catastrophes leading up to the Second Coming. Instead, we’re just going to get a bird’s eye view of the appearances of Christ leading up to His Second Coming. We believe that before Christ reveals Himself to the whole world in glory, He will make at least one or two precursory appearances. Let’s talk about ‘em.

Alright so the first event we’re going to talk about has to do with a prophecy made in Daniel chapter 7: “I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him…”

A lot of Christians interpret “Ancient of days” to be a name for God the Father. Joseph Smith offered a different interpretation. In Joseph’s journal is written, “Daniel in his seventh chapter speaks of the Ancient of Days; he means the oldest man, our Father Adam … he will call his children together and hold a council with them to prepare them for the coming of the Son of Man.” Not to be confused with God the Father, as the first man spoken of in scripture we consider Adam to be the “father” of the physical human family.

Latter-day Saints believe that before Christ’s official Second Coming, He will meet on the earth with faithful mortal followers as well as many immortal individuals, namely Adam and many others. At this meeting, the priesthood keys given to these individuals to administer the gospel to the earth will be turned back over to Jesus Christ. Why? Because after the Second Coming it will be Christ Himself who reigns on earth during the Millennium, which we talked about in this episode.

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