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A Thought to Ponder from The Urantia Book
"The spiritual forward urge is the most powerful driving force present in this world; the truth-learning believer is the one progressive and aggressive soul on earth."

194:3.4 (2063.2)
Are These the Last Days?

The prophet Daniel spoke of “the time of the end.” The apostle Peter said, “there shall come in the last days scoffers.” Paul said, “In the last days perilous times shall come.” Christ’s disciples asked Him about “the end of the world.” Has this time come? Can you be sure?
God’s Call to Stand Apart

 If the last battle will be about worship, we can be certain that the Sabbath will be involved. The Catholic Church claimed to change it to Sunday, and then most of the protestants followed. While the true Sabbath is a sign between God and His people, the Catholic Church claim Sunday to be a mark of their authority, calling for all people to unite and keep it for the environment, for the poor and for the family.
 “And Marie said, Bea-hold the handmaid of the Lord, be it unto me according to thy word: and Angel departed from her.”                                - Luke 1:38
A Commandment with Blessings

From the days of the Old, the Lord has commanded His people to build temples-sacred structures where He could teach, guide, and bless them. The Lord told the Israelites to build a portable tabernacle that would be their temple while they traveled in the wilderness (see Exodus 26-27; 40:35). Additional Old Testament references to temples are found in 2 Chronicles 5:1-14; 7:1-2 (Temple of Solomon) and Ezra 3:1-13; 6:3 (Temple of Zerubbabel).
The concept of a plan of salvation is a concept which occurs first in the New Testament, for example in the Gospel of Matthew and the Gospel of Mark, although some scholars consider the idea fully developed first in the Gospel of Luke
Salvation (Latin salvatio; Greek soteria; Hebrew yeshu'ah is being saved or protected from harm or being saved or delivered from some dire situation. In religion, salvation is stated as the saving of the soul from sin and its consequences

Israelite Ark of the Covenant

Portable Tabernacle

The Lord told the Israelites to build a portable tabernacle that would be their temple while they traveled in the wilderness  (see Exodus 26-27: 40:35).

When Jesus Christ was on the earth, the only existing temple was known as the Temple of Herod. Jesus was often found in this temple (see, for example, Luke 2:40-49; Matthew 21:10-14).

After the rejection and deaths of Jesus's Apostles, there were no temples on the earth for many centuries. When the gospel of Jesus Christ was restored in the early 1800s, the Lord again commanded His people to build temples (see D&C 88:119; see also section 95). The earliest temples of the restored Church were built in Ohio, Illinois, and eventually in Utah. Today, the Church has 140 operating temples around the world. Regardless of the place or time period, temples are the most sacred place on earth-a place where earth and heaven meet and where we feel close to our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.
The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,
- Revelation 1:1
GOD said it -
That settles it -
Prophecy - Prophecy involves a process in which one or more messages allegedly communicated to a prophet are then communicated to other people. Such messages typically involve divine inspiration, interpretation, or revelation of events to come. Historically, clairvoyance has been used as an adjunct to prophecy.
Daniel 2:44
The antediluvian (alternatively pre-diluvian or pre-Flood or even tertiary) period—meaning "before the deluge"—is the period referred to in the Bible between the Fall of man and the Deluge (flood) in the biblical cosmology. The narrative takes up chapters 1-6 (excluding the flood narrative) of the Genesis. The term found its way into early geology and lingered in science until the late Victorian era. Colloquially, the term is used to refer to any ancient and murky period. Noah prepares to leave the antediluvian worlds, Jacopo Bassano and assistants, 1579
The biblical flood

In religious texts such as the Christian Bible and the Hebrew Torah, the antediluvian period begins with the creation according to Genesis and ends with the destruction of all life on the earth except those saved with Noah in the ark. According to Bishop Ussher's 17th-century chronology, the antediluvian period lasted for 1656 years, from creation at 4004 BC to the flood at 2348 BC. The elements of the narrative include some of the best-known stories in the Bible — the creation, Adam and Eve, and Cain and Abel, followed by the genealogies tracing the descendants of Cain and Seth, the third mentioned son of Adam and Eve. (These genealogies provide the framework for the biblical chronology, in the form A lived X years and begat B).

The Bible speaks of this era as being a time of great wickedness. There were Gibborim (giants) in the earth in those days as well as Nephilim; some translations identify the two as one and the same. The Gibborim were unusually powerful; Genesis calls them "mighty men which were of old, men of renown". The antediluvian period ended when God sent the Flood to wipe out all life except Noah, his family, and the animals they took with them. Nevertheless, the Nephilim (literally meaning 'fallen ones', from the Hebrew root n-f-l 'to fall') reappear much later in the biblical narrative, in Numbers 13:31–33 (where the spies sent forth by Moses report that there were Nephilim or "giants" in the promised land).

A Chosen People

7 “When the Lord your God brings you into the land which you go to possess, and has cast out many nations before you, the Hittites and the Girgashites and the Amorites and the Canaanites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than you,  2 and when the Lord your God delivers them over to you, you shall conquer them and utterly destroy them. You shall make no covenant with them nor show mercy to them.  3 Nor shall you make marriages with them. You shall not give your daughter to their son, nor take their daughter for your son.  4 For they will turn your sons away from following Me, to serve other gods; so the anger of the Lord will be aroused against you and destroy you suddenly.  5 But thus you shall deal with them: you shall destroy their altars, and break down their sacred pillars, and cut down their wooden images,[a] and burn their carved images with fire.

6 “For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth.  7 The Lord did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples;  8 but because the Lord loves you, and because He would keep the oath which He swore to your fathers, the Lord has brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you from the house of bondage, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.

9 “Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments;  10 and He repays those who hate Him to their face, to destroy them. He will not be slack with him who hates Him; He will repay him to his face.  11 Therefore you shall keep the commandment, the statutes, and the judgments which I command you today, to observe them.

Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book."
- Rev 22:7

The prophet Daniel spoke of “the time of the end.” The apostle Peter said, “there shall come in the last days scoffers.” Paul said, “In the last days perilous times shall come.” Christ’s disciples asked Him about “the end of the world.

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Created: December 31, 2015 · Modified: December 31, 2015

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