President Ezra Taft Benson told 8,500 seminary and institute students assembled in the Anaheim, California, Convention Arena February 8, 1987:
“While our generation will be comparable in wickedness to the days of Noah, when the Lord cleansed the earth by flood, there is a major difference this time: God has saved for the final inning some of His stronger and most valiant children, who will help bear off the kingdom triumphantly. … You are the generation that must be prepared to meet your God.” (Ezra Taft Benson, 1987)
In the video below President Monson speaks of this even…..
In the video blogs below, we use the concept of the four pillars of the Second Coming, based on Ezra Taft Benson’s statement for our overarching structure and sequence. Now, all one has to do to greatly expand his or her understanding of this sequence is to “plug in” various passages of scripture to see where they fit.
Ezra Taft Benson said:
“His first appearance will be to the righteous Saints who have gathered to the New Jerusalem. In this place of refuge they will be safe from the wrath of the Lord, which will be poured out without measure on all nations. . . .
The second appearance of the Lord will be to the Jews. To these beleaguered sons of Judah, surrounded by hostile Gentile armies, who again threaten to overrun Jerusalem, the Savior-their Messiah-will appear and set His feet on the Mount of Olives, “and it shall cleave in twain, and the earth shall tremble, and reel to and fro, and the heavens shall also shake. (D&C 45:48)
The Lord Himself will then rout the Gentile armies, decimating their forces (see Ezek.38,39). Judah will be spared, no longer to be persecuted and scattered. . . .
The third appearance of Christ will be to the rest of the world. . . .
All nations will see Him “in the clouds of heaven, clothed with power and great glory; with all the holy angels. . (Ezra Taft Benson, New Era, Dec. 1980, pp. 49-50)
Four pillars of the Second Coming and D&C 45
Four pillars of the Second coming and D&C 88
Four pillars of the Second Coming and Joseph Smith Matthew
The sequence of the Second Coming
How Zion shall be redeemed