“We are witnessing an ever greater movement toward polarity. The middle-ground options will be removed from us as Latter-day Saints. The middle of the road will be withdrawn.” Elder Bednar, October 2020 talk, Holland quote originally given in 1998
"In the days ahead, those who believe in Jesus Christ will need the friendship; and the support of one another." We Talk of Christ, April 2020, Neil L. Anderson
"Sadly, some who you thought were your friends will betray you. And some things will simply seem unfair. However, I promise you that as you follow Jesus Christ, you will find sustained peace and true joy." Russell M. Nelson, The Future of the Church: Preparing the world for the Savior's Second Coming.
2. IS PERSECUTION PREDICTED?
“…but we do not need to let our fears displace our faith. We can combat those fears by strengthening our faith.
"Why do we need such resilient faith? Because difficult days are ahead. Rarely in the future will it be easy or popular to be a faithful Latter-day Saint. Each of us will be tested. The Apostle Paul warned that in the latter days, those who diligently follow the Lord “shall suffer persecution” (2 Timothy 3:12). That very persecution can either crush you into silent weakness or motivate you to be more exemplary and courageous in your daily lives.” The Future of the Church: Preparing the World for the Savior’s Second Coming, Liahona, April 2020
“This Church, when restored in its fulness, will prepare the world for the coming of the Lord,” but not before Christ’s followers are persecuted, he said. (In other words persecution comes first, then the gospel is fully restored.)
“Church members in the Samoan Islands will not be immune from being persecuted,” he said, warning them to “prepare to be persecuted, even every day,” and telling them they have a solemn duty to prepare for it
“Please protect your families from the deception you will see in your future,” he said. “That’s why we are all busily engaged in this work. We have to fortify our people against attacks of the adversary.” Russell M Nelson, May 18, 2019 Apia, Samoa
"And I know that ye do walk in the pride of your hearts; and there are none save a few only who do not lift themselves up in the pride of their hearts, unto the wearing of very fine apparel, unto envying, and strifes, and malice, and persecutions, and all manner of iniquities; and your churches, yea, even every one, have become polluted because of the pride of your hearts." Mormon 8:36
“And he [beast or dictator] opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
“And it was given unto him to make WAR AGAINST THE Saints and to OVERCOME them: and power was given him over all mankind, and tongues and nations.” Revelation 13:6-7
"And it came to pass that I beheld that the great mother of abominations did gather together multitudes upon the face of all the earth, among all the nations of the Gentiles, to fight against the Lamb of God." 1 Nephi 14:13
December 14 2020 is exactly half way between the two eclipses, August 21, 2017 and April 8, 2024. It is the day the Electoral College confirmed Biden's victory.
This is not a question of semantics. Joe Biden is the president of the United States, not a high school debate coach. He controls the largest military and law enforcement agencies in the world. He has now declared war, and we have a right to know, specifically and precisely, who exactly he has declared war on. Innocent people could be hurt in this war. They usually are. There could be collateral damage in this war, and the casualties will be Americans.
So, again, what is a White supremacist? You might be surprised to learn just how broad the definition has become. Bloomberg News has described a wall along our southern border as "a Monument to White Supremacy," so be certain not to support that. Colin Kaepernick, who seems to have the unequivocal support of corporate America, calls the Fourth of July an example of White supremacy. Better put away the fireworks and the hot dogs.
The United States Army, a trusted institution if there ever was one, has an entire manual on what is and what is not White supremacy. Apparently, among the tell-tale signs of a committed White supremacist are these: Celebrating Columbus Day, using the term "American exceptionalism", any support for federal border security or English-only measures or "education funding from property taxes". Using the phrase "there's only one human race" is White supremacy, too, according to the Army.
3. THE CLEANSING OF AMERICA, FIRST THROUGH WAR
"Behold, the sword of vengeance hangeth over you; and the time soon cometh that he avengeth the blood of the saints upon you, for he will not suffer their cries any longer." Mormon 8:41
"And the blood of that great and abominable church, which is the whore of all the earth, shall turn upon their own heads; for they shall war among themselves, and the sword of their own hands shall fall upon their own heads, and they shall be drunken with their own blood.
"And every nation which shall war against thee, O house of Israel, shall be turned one against another, and they shall fall into the pit which they digged to ensnare the people of the Lord. And all that fight against Zion shall be destroyed, and that great whore, who hath perverted the right ways of the Lord, yea, that great and abominable church, shall tumble to the dust and great shall be the fall of it. 1 Nephi 22:13-14
In America, Jesus quoted Micah regarding the role the Lamanites would play in the cleansing:
13 And then shall the aremnants, which shall be bscattered abroad upon the face of the earth, be cgathered in from the east and from the west, and from the south and from the north; and they shall be brought to the dknowledge of the Lord their God, who hath redeemed them.
14 And the Father hath acommanded me that I should give unto you this bland, for your inheritance.
15 And I say unto you, that if the Gentiles do not arepent after the bblessing which they shall receive, after they have scattered my people—
16 Then shall ye, who are a aremnant of the house of Jacob, go forth among them; and ye shall be in the midst of them who shall be many; and ye shall be among them as a lion among the beasts of the forest, and as a young blion among the flocks of sheep, who, if he goeth through both ctreadeth down and teareth in pieces, and none can deliver.
17 Thy hand shall be lifted up upon thine adversaries, and all thine enemies shall be cut off.
4. WAR IN AMERICA?
Brigham Young told of hearing the Prophet speak of the coming destruction of the United States:
"The whole government is gone; it is as weak as water. I heard Joesph Smith say nearly thirty years ago, "They shall have mobbings to their hearts' content, if they do not redress the wrongs of the Latter-day Saints." Mobs will not decrease but will increase until the whole government becomes a mob, and eventually it will be state against State, city against city neighborhood against neighborhood. Methodists against Methodists, and so on." Brigham Young Deseret News, vol 9, p2 May 1, 1861
Orson Pratt predicted the following:
"The great American Republic is now one of the most powerful governments in the world . . . . But that great–that powerful nation–is destined to an utter overthrow. If it be asked, why is America to suffer? The answer is, because they have rejected the kingdom of God, and one of the greatest divine messages ever sent to man; because they have sanctioned the killing of the Saints, and the martyrdom of the Lord’s Prophets, and have suffered his people to be driven from their midst, and have robbed them of their houses, and homes, and land, and millions of property, and have refused to redress their wrongs.
"For these great evils, they must suffer; the decrees of Jehovah have gone forth against them; the sword of the Lord has been unsheathed, and will fall with pain upon their devoted heads. Their great and magnificent cities are to be cut off. New York, Boston, Albany, and numerous other cities will be left desolate. Party will be arrayed in deadly strife against party; State against State; and the whole nation will be broken up; the sanguinary weapons of the dreadful revolution will devour the land. Then shall there be a fleeing from one city to another, from one State to another, from one part of the continent to another, seeking refuge, from the devastations of bandits and armies; then shall their dead be left unburied, and the fowls of heaven shall summer upon them, and the beasts of the earth shall winter upon them.
"Moreover, the Lord will visit them with the deadly pestilence which shall sweep away many millions by its ravages; for their eyes shall fall from their sockets, and their flesh from their bones, and their tongues shall be staid in their mouths, that they shall not be able to blaspheme against their Maker. And it will come to pass, that the heavens will withhold their rains and their fruitful fields be turned into barrenness, and the waters of their rivers will be dried up, and left in standing pools, and the fish therein will die; and the Lord will send forth a grievous plague to destroy the horses and cattle from the land. Thus by the sword and by pestilence, and by famine, and by the strong arm of the Almighty, shall the inhabitants of that wicked nation be destroyed. In that day a remnant shall repent, and be numbered with the people of Zion, and shall know that the Lord hath spoken, and hath fulfilled his decrees upon the land, and executed his fierce justice upon the oppressors of his people. (Orson Pratt, Mill Star, 28:633-34, 1866; Masterful Discourses of Orson Pratt, pp. 156-157)
"The great, powerful and populous city of New York, that may be considered one of the greatest cities of the world, will in a few years become a mass of ruins. The people will wonder while gazing on the ruins that cost hundreds of millions to build, what has become of its inhabitants. Their houses will be there, but they will be left desolate. So saith the Lord God. That will be only a sample of numerous other towns and cities on the face of this continent." Orson Pratt, Journal of Discourses, vol 20, p 151, 1879
"What then will be the condition of that people, when this great and terrible war shall come? It will be very different from the war between the North and the South, Do you wish me to describe it? I will do so. It will be a war of neighborhood against neighborhood, city against city, town against town, county against county, state against state, and they will go forth destroying and being destroyed and manufacturing will, in a great measure, cease, for a time, among the American nation. Why? Because in these terrible wars, they will not be privileged to manufacture, there will be too much bloodshed—too much mobocracy—too much going forth in bands and destroying and pillaging the land to suffer people to pursue any local vocation with any degree of safety. What will become of millions of the farmers upon that land? They will leave their farms and they will remain uncultivated, and they will flee before the ravaging armies from place to place; and thus will they go forth burning and pillaging the whole country; and that great and powerful nation, now consisting of some forty millions of people, will be wasted away, unless they repent." Orson Pratt, Journal of Discourses, vol 20, p 151, 1879
"When the testimony of the Elders ceases to be given, and the Lord says to them, “Come home; I will now preach my own sermons to the nations of the earth,” all you now know can scarcely be called a preface to the sermon that will be preached with fire and sword, tempests, earthquakes, hail, rain, thunders and lightnings, and fearful destruction. What matters the destruction of a few railway cars? You will hear of magnificent cities, now idolized by the people, sinking in the earth, entombing the inhabitants. The sea will heave itself beyond its bounds, engulfing mighty cities. Famine will spread over the nations, and nation will rise up against nation, kingdom against kingdom, and states against states, in our own country and in foreign lands; and they will destroy each other, caring not for the blood and lives of their neighbors, of their families, or for their own lives. They will be like the Jaredites who preceded the Nephites upon this continent, and will destroy each other to the last man, through the anger that the Devil will place in their hearts, because they have rejected the words of life and are given over to Satan to do whatever he listeth to do with them. You may think that the little you hear of now is grievous; yet the faithful of God’s people will see days that will cause them to close their eyes because of the sorrow that will come upon the wicked nations. The hearts of the faithful will be filled with pain and anguish for them." Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses vol 8, p 123, 1860
5. WILL AMERICA BE CLEANSED SECONDLY: THROUGH A SCOURGE?
“For, verily I say that the rebellious are not of the blood of Ephraim, wherefore they shall be plucked out.” D&C 64:34-36
Joseph Smith saw a vision of the cleansing of America and wrote:
“And now I am prepared to say by the authority of Jesus Christ, that not many years shall pass away before the United States shall present such a scene of bloodshed as has not a parallel in the history of our nation; pestilence, hail, famine, and earthquake will sweep the wicked of this generation from off the face of the land to open and prepare the way for the return of the lost tribes of Israel from the north country....Repent ye, repent ye, and embrace the everlasting covenant, and flee to Zion before the overflowing scourge overtakes you. ” Teaching of the Prophet Joseph Smith p 17
There are many references to a scourge coming to America. Here are three:
“For behold, and lo, vengeance cometh speedily upon the ungodly as the whirlwind; and who shall escape it? The Lord’s scourge shall pass over by night and by day, and the report thereof shall vex all people. It shall not be stayed until the Lord comes.
“Nevertheless, Zion shall escape if she observe to do all things whatsoever I have commanded her.
“But if she observe not to do whatsoever I have commanded her, I will visit her according to all her works; with sore affliction, with pestilence, with plague, with sword, with vengeance, with devouring fire.” D&C 97:22-26
"But my disciples shall stand in holy places, and shall not be moved; but among the wicked, men shall lift up their voices and curse God and die." D&C:45:31-32
6. HOW CAN WE STAY STRONG AMID WAR?
"Our Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ will perform some of His mightiest works between now and when He comes again. We will see miraculous indications that God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, preside over this Church in majesty and glory. But in coming days, it will not be possible to survive spiritually without the guiding, directing, comforting, and constant influence of the Holy Ghost." Russell M. Nelson, " Revelation for the Church, Revelation for Our Lives' April 2018 General Conference
"Life with God is a life filled with peace. This is because spiritual blessings come to the faithful. Receiving personal revelation is one of the greatest of those blessings." Russell M Nelson, Embrace the Future with Faith, 2020 October Conference
"We live in the day that “our forefathers have awaited with anxious expectation.” We have front-row seats to witness live what the prophet Nephi saw only in vision, that “the power of the Lamb of God” would descend “upon the covenant people of the Lord, who were scattered upon all the face of the earth; and they were armed with righteousness and with the power of God in great glory. 1 Nephi 14:14
"You, my brothers and sisters, are among those men, women, and children whom Nephi saw. Think of that!" Hear Him, April 2020 Conference talk by President Russell M. Nelson.
Revelation 13:1-10 provides an excellent summary of the cleansing of America:
1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. (The beast represents the dictatorship or group of people or secret combination that control the governments of the world. They include international bankers, corrupt politicians and influential people who have great power over nations. 10 horns represent ten governments. The beast has had power for many years.)
2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. (The beast has great power and influence over all nations. Moroni says the beast or secret combination is "built up to get "power and gain.")
3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. (One of the kings or governments is wounded and comes back which amazes the world. This head could represent President Trump who wounded the power of the beast for a time but the beast came back in 2021. This could also refer to the resurgence of socialism/communism in the 21 century after it's demise in the late 1980s)
4 And they worshipped the dragon (Satan) which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? (The people of the world give praise and admiration to the beast which should be reserved for God. This can be seen today with the worship of media, Hollywood and politics. Certainly the focus on saving the world from global warming has taken on a form of worship. )
5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. (The beast persecutes the saints or speaks blasphemies against God. The secret combination has been in control for many but is given complete power for 3.5 years. The 3.5 years, may have, begun December 14, 2010 when a new president, was confirmed by the Electoral College, who will be given unparrelled power. As the previous verse notes the beast has total power. This date is important because it is the 5th day of Hanukkah holiday and it is exactly half way between two eclipses.)
6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. (The beast, through it mouthpiece, the media, attacks God's name, the temple and angels in heaven. Even though the beast already has control of nations it it leashes an all out attack on Christianity and God himself in order to solidify control of America.)
7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. (The Lord allows Satan and the beast to persecute the saints and some will be overcome. Those who are overcome will, no doubt, be those who are weak in the faith.
8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. (To honor the beast is to worship and honor him. The book of life is the book kept in heaven of those who merit eternal life. Those people who follow after the beast do not merit eternal life and their names are not recorded in the book. Paul said "Every one of us shall give account of himself to God." Rom. 14:12 The wicked will be cast into a lake of fire and brimstone. Worshiping the beast has devastating consequences.)
9 If any man have an ear, let him hear. (This is an invitation to listen to the next verse which says it all.)
10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints. (He that leadeth into captivity is the beast who tries to controls through tyranny. (The Lord warns those who follow the beast into sin and those who harm others will receive punishment to match their offenses. This also gives comfort to the saints that their wrongs will be redressed by a just God. He will fight our battles.)
Nephi saw the same end to the battle between the Lamb and the beast:
"And every nation which shall war against thee, O house of Israel, shall be turned one against another, and they shall fall into the pit which they digged to ensnare the people of the Lord. And all that fight against Zion shall be destroyed, and that great whore, who hath perverted the right ways of the Lord, yea, that great and abominable church, shall tumble to the dust and great shall be the fall of it.
"For the time soon cometh that the fulness of the wrath of God shall be poured out upon all the children of men; for he will not suffer that the wicked shall destroy the righteous." 1 Nephi 22:14, 16
Behold, the sword of vengeance hangeth over you; and the time soon cometh that he avengeth the blood of the saints upon you, for he will not suffer their cries any longer. Mormon 8:41