Forty days after Jesus was resurrected, He met with his apostles on a hill called the Mount of Olives. Jesus had done all the things that Heavenly Father had asked Him to do and He was ready to return to heaven. The apostles watched Jesus go up into heaven. As they watched, two angels visited them and told them that Jesus would return to earth again someday.
From that time until now, followers of Jesus have looked forward to His return. His return is called the Second Coming of Christ.
At the Second Coming, Jesus will come down from heaven with great power. He will cleanse the earth of all wickedness, and Satan will no longer have power over the people. Jesus will rule for a thousand years over all the people who have been faithful to Him.
Jesus has told us many things that will happen before He comes again. These things are called the signs of His Second Coming. He has told us to look for these signs and be ready for His coming. We will not know the exact time of His coming.
Many things will happen before Jesus comes to earth again. Some have already happened, some are happening now, and the rest will happen in the future.
Here are some things that will happen before Jesus’ Second Coming:
The gospel will be preached to all nations.
Other things that will happen will be challenging. There will be great wickedness, earthquakes, and other kinds of destruction.
The prophets said the gospel would be restored to earth before Jesus would come again. The gospel has been restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith.
Jesus said we would know He was coming soon when the Book of Mormon had been published and given to the world.
The best way we can prepare for the Savior’s coming is to obey His teachings every day. We should keep the commandments and follow the prophet. We can live worthy to have the Holy Ghost guide us at all times. Then we will look forward to the Savior’s Second Coming with faith, not fear. The Lord said: “Fear not, little flock, the kingdom is yours until I come. Behold, I come quickly. Even so. Amen” (D&C 35:27).
When Jesus was born and lived on the earth, very few people knew that He, the Savior of the world, had come. When Jesus comes again, everyone will know He is Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and the Savior of the world.
I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.