As I see it, we are just about to experience what was referenced in an unpublished revelation to Joseph Smith wherein he said:
“Verily, I say unto you, that the day of vexation and vengeance is nigh at the doors of this nation, when wicked, ungodly and daring men will rise up in wrath and might, and go forth in anger, like as the dust is driven by a terrible wind; and they will be the means of the destruction of the government and cause the death and misery of many souls; but the faithful among my people shall be preserved in holy places during all these tribulations. (Letter from W.W. Phelps to Brigham Young, dated August 12, 1861, Joseph Smith Collection, Church Historians Office.)
I think this whole being “preserved in holy places during all these tribulations” thing is closely related to “home centered and Church supported” study concept. When the abomination of desolation via thermonuclear war comes upon us we shall have to stay inside for some period of time, thus we shall need to “stand in holy places”. This is nothing other than a repeat of what God did to deliver the children of Israel at the first Passover. And I think that’s why Isaiah uses such interesting language when he says:
20 ¶ Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast.
21 For, behold, the Lord cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain. (Chapter 26)
We have to stay inside “until the indignation be overpast”. And I think the word “overpast” implies not just a repeat of the deliverance of Passover in modern times but of the timing as well. Please read what Elder Bednar had to say in our last conference:
The programs and activities of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are becoming ever more home centered and Church supported, as evidenced by the series of adjustments announced in recent general conferences. President Russell M. Nelson has counseled us: “There is much more to come. … Eat your vitamin pills. Get your rest. It’s going to be exciting.”….
Enabling the accomplishment of this grand spiritual objective for individuals and families is one of the fundamental reasons the programs and activities of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are becoming more home centered and Church supported in this specific season of the dispensation of the fulness of times….
Making our homes sanctuaries wherein we can “stand in holy places” is essential in these latter days. And as important as home-centered and Church-supported learning is for our spiritual strength and protection today, it will be even more vital in the future.
As Elder Bednar says, the concept of “home centered and Church supported” is closely related to standing “in holy places” which the Lord expressly informs us, “but the faithful among my people shall be preserved in holy places during all these tribulations”. And all of this follows Elder Bednar’s quoting President Nelson saying, “There is much more to come. … Eat your vitamin pills. Get your rest. It’s going to be exciting.”
So something is “going to be exciting”, have you figured it out yet? You are invited to download the free pdf version of The Bridegroom Cometh, just click on the image of the book below… May God bless!