The Signs of His Coming – Helaman 14:1-31

1 And now it came to pass that Samuel, the Lamanite, did prophesy a great many more things which cannot be written. [Cannot be included in the BofM record because the amount was great.]

2 And behold, he said unto them: Behold, I give unto you a sign; for five years more cometh, and behold, then cometh the Son of God to redeem all those who shall believe on his name.

3 And behold, this will I give unto you for a sign at the time of his coming; for behold, there shall be great lights in heaven, insomuch that in the night before he cometh there shall be no darkness, insomuch that it shall appear unto man as if it was day. [The Lord manifests the big events to this earth with a sign in the heavens. This has always been the pattern used by the Throne of God to witness of His works.]

4 Therefore, there shall be one day and a night and a day, as if it were one day and there were no night; and this shall be unto you for a sign; for ye shall know of the rising of the sun and also of its setting; therefore they shall know of a surety that there shall be two days and a night; nevertheless the night shall not be darkened; and it shall be the night before he is born. [A mystery. I will ask the Lord.]

5 And behold, there shall a new star arise [in addition to the night without darkness], such an one as ye never have beheld; and this also shall be a sign unto you.

I saw the star, kind of low on the horizon. It was the combining of two stars and was bright and I knew it was the star talked about in scripture. (personal journal)

6 And behold this is not all, there shall be many signs and wonders in heaven. 

I asked the Lord, “What were the signs that manifest themselves according to the prophecies of Samuel?” I saw the vision open as the Lord spoke to me. Soon after Samuel gave his prophecy there began to be an increase in solar flare activity. The Northern lights could be seen all the way down to the area where Zarahemla was in the current state of Missouri.  When Christ was born there was a massive solar flare ejection that lit up the night sky to the extent that it appeared to be as light as day. The Lord said that such an event is a type to represent the glory of God coming down to this earth. There was also great acts amongst the righteous, not just among the people of this continent, but throughout the world, as the veil thinned and many angels appeared bearing tidings of great news regarding the birth of the Messiah. When the star made its appearance at Christ’s birth it shown even brighter as the solar flare reached the conjunction of planets. It was certainly a light show in the heavens! (Personal Journal)

7 And it shall come to pass that ye shall all be amazed, and wonder, insomuch that ye shall fall to the earth. [in prayer or in fear]

8 And it shall come to pass that whosoever shall believe on the Son of God, the same shall have everlasting life. [Repentance is the key.]

9 And behold, thus hath the Lord commanded me, by his angel, that I should come and tell this thing unto you; yea, he hath commanded that I should prophesy these things unto you; yea, he hath said unto me: Cry unto this people, repent and prepare the way of the Lord. [Today, the message is the same!]

10 And now, because I am a Lamanite, and have spoken unto you the words which the Lord hath commanded me, and because it was hard against you, ye are angry with me and do seek to destroy me, and have cast me out from among you. [Yes, there was racism in ancient America. Today prophets are cast out because of their poor standing, lack of perceived authority, and their unfamiliarity of persona.]

11 And ye shall hear my words, for, for this intent have I come up upon the walls of this city, that ye might hear and know of the judgments of God which do await you because of your iniquities, and also that ye might know the conditions of repentance; [Not just the judgements of God, but also how you may avoid them!]

12 And also that ye might know of the coming of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Father of heaven and of earth, the Creator of all things from the beginning; and that ye might know of the signs of his coming, to the intent that ye might believe on his name. [Christ was indeed the Son of God, the creator of this Heaven and Earth, and all things from the beginning of this creation. He wants us to know the signs of His coming so that we may know Him and prepare.]

13 And if ye believe on his name ye will repent of all your sins, that thereby ye may have a remission of them through his merits. [Only through Christ can we receive the remission of sins, which is the process of ascension.]

14 And behold, again, another sign I give unto you, yea, a sign of his death.

15 For behold, he surely must die that salvation may come; yea, it behooveth him and becometh expedient that he dieth, to bring to pass the resurrection of the dead, that thereby men may be brought into the presence of the Lord. [This is the Atonement. We are bound to Him through His suffering, and He is bound to us if we choose Him. Without such a blood sacrifice it could not have been.]

16 Yea, behold, this death bringeth to pass the resurrection, and redeemeth all mankind from the first death—that spiritual death; for all mankind, by the fall of Adam being cut off from the presence of the Lord, are considered as dead, both as to things temporal and to things spiritual. [“All mankind,” except those who choose to reject Him and the gift. These will follow Satan to Outer Darkness. Those who do not choose to receive baptism and the Holy Ghost will not have Eternal Life, but avoid the eternal misery of Outer Darkness.]

17 But behold, the resurrection of Christ redeemeth mankind, yea, even all mankind, and bringeth them back into the presence of the Lord. [Through Jesus’ resurrection, we all are saved from eternal damnation. This verse alludes the reality of progression beyond the grave.]

18 Yea, and it bringeth to pass the condition of repentance, that whosoever repenteth the same is not hewn down and cast into the fire; but whosoever repenteth not is hewn down and cast into the fire; and there cometh upon them again a spiritual death, yea, a second death, for they are cut off again as to things pertaining to righteousness. [The Spirit Prison is where all departed spirits go until they choose to come unto Christ. They linger, follow Christ, or follow Satan in those circumstances.]

19 Therefore repent ye, repent ye, lest by knowing these things and not doing them ye shall suffer yourselves to come under condemnation, and ye are brought down unto this second death.

20 But behold, as I said unto you concerning another sign, a sign of his death, behold, in that day that he shall suffer death the sun shall be darkened and refuse to give his light unto you; and also the moon and the stars; and there shall be no light upon the face of this land, even from the time that he shall suffer death, for the space of three days, to the time that he shall rise again from the dead. [This only occurs upon their land, and not a global phenomenon. I will explain this more in detail in 3 Nephi.]

21 Yea, at the time that he shall yield up the ghost there shall be thunderings and lightnings for the space of many hours, and the earth shall shake and tremble; and the rocks which are upon the face of this earth, which are both above the earth and beneath, which ye know at this time are solid, or the more part of it is one solid mass, shall be broken up;

22 Yea, they shall be rent in twain, and shall ever after be found in seams and in cracks, and in broken fragments upon the face of the whole earth, yea, both above the earth and beneath. [The earth shall fracture in many places. This shall be felt globally.]

23 And behold, there shall be great tempests [tornados], and there shall be many mountains laid low, like unto a valley, and there shall be many places which are now called valleys which shall become mountains, whose height is great. [This is a prophecy concerning the Nephite lands which extended from the central northern regions of America into southern Canada.]

24 And many highways shall be broken up, and many cities shall become desolate.

25 And many graves shall be opened, and shall yield up many of their dead; and many saints shall appear unto many. [This is a use of language to explain that many of the former inhabitants and family who have passed away shall appear to people.]

26 And behold, thus hath the angel spoken unto me; for he said unto me that there should be thunderings and lightnings for the space of many hours.

27 And he said unto me that while the thunder and the lightning lasted, and the tempest, that these things should be, and that darkness should cover the face of the whole earth for the space of three days.

28 And the angel said unto me that many shall see greater things than these, to the intent that they might believe that these signs and these wonders should come to pass upon all the face of this land, to the intent that there should be no cause for unbelief among the children of men— [Inferring to the coming of Christ amongst them.]

29 And this to the intent that whosoever will believe might be saved, and that whosoever will not believe, a righteous judgment might come upon them; and also if they are condemned they bring upon themselves their own condemnation.

These verses are important to consider in the context of those preparing for the coming of Christ in our day!

30 And now remember, remember, my brethren, that whosoever perisheth, perisheth unto himself; and whosoever doeth iniquity, doeth it unto himself; for behold, ye are free; ye are permitted to act for yourselves; for behold, God hath given unto you a knowledge and he hath made you free.

31 He hath given unto you that ye might know good from evil, and he hath given unto you that ye might choose life or death; and ye can do good and be restored unto that which is good, or have that which is good restored unto you; or ye can do evil, and have that which is evil restored unto you.

Reading Samuel the Lamanite’s words are helpful in considering how the Lord would speak to us today. There is a type in these things. Who are the Samuel the Lamanites amongst us today? They are many, of all colors, races, and genders. 

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4 Responses to The Signs of His Coming – Helaman 14:1-31

  1. Chaser says:

    You probably knew this question was coming, so here it goes. Are there any signs that you can tell us of? Signs in the heavens. Will you be the one to declare the signs, or is there another with that assignment, or will there be a multitude of prophets declaring the sign or signs? Which leads me to ask also, is there a sign for any of us to watch for to know if or when Adam-Ondi-Ahmen has, or is to occur?

    There is much belief amongst us, but I think a lot of us are wondering what to look for. Personally, I’d like to be able to take a deep breath at the start.

    [John the Revelator has given us the whole revelation. I have commented on everything I am permitted to say in the book “A Witness of the End of Times.” PR]

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  2. jaywez says:

    Samuel mentions a couple of times to believe “on” the name of Christ. I’m wondering if you (or anyone else following) has an idea why Samuel says believe “on” the name of Christ rather than “in” Christ. Perhaps these terms synonymous, though I’m coming to realize that how and where and in what and whom we place our belief is important, and getting the terminology and grammar might be helpful. Thanks! [My understanding is that “on” implies directed towards, and “in” is to exist and abide with. It’s subtle, and the word Joseph Smith felt best carried the meaning of the record’s intent. PR]

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  3. Nate says:

    Will a similar increase in heavenly signs, northern lights activity, ect., occur before Zion? Are we in the middle of those signs right now? [Very little has yet occurred on the kind of scale this is referring to. PR]

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  4. Karla says:

    Was the star a new star? Did it merge with another? I wonder if we all have a star when we are born, and it is a portal, maybe that’s another link of light coming from Heaven. [A star is any light in the heavens. In was a conjunction. PR]
    ”many graves shall be opened, and shall yield up many of their dead; and many saints shall appear unto many.” Is this what Christ asked Nephi, why they didn’t write it down, that many saints raised up from the dead, in 3Nephite. [The Lord knew which particulars were not included in the record as spoken by Samuel. I do not know what those particulars are. PR]

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