Taken from the best-selling book, 100 Signs of the Times by David Ridges.
SIGN 55: PEACE WILL BE TAKEN FROM THE EARTH
Again, as with the previous sign of the times, we must be careful to keep this sign in context. Obviously, peace is being taken from the earth. This sign is being fulfilled. There are wars and rumors of war. Violent civil wars rage on every hand. Gangs destroy the tranquility in once peaceful neighborhoods. Families are disintegrating. Violence and abuse are daily life for many. Movies make millions by making violence exciting. Even much of today’s music is about violence and is violent itself. Mass media makes violence available everywhere. In the Doctrine and Covenants, the Lord tells us (bold added for emphasis):
35 For I am no respecter of persons, and will that all men shall know that the day speedily cometh; the hour is not yet, but is nigh at hand, when peace shall be taken from the
earth, and the devil shall have power over his own dominion
As you can see in verse 35, above, when the Lord gave this revelation to Joseph Smith in 1831, He said, “The hour is not yet, but is nigh at hand,” when this sign would begin to be fulfilled. Surely, it is underway now. But we must remember also that when we try our best to do right, there is peace in our hearts. When there is peace in our hearts, there is peace on earth for us. Also, there is wonderful peace in living among the Saints and in reading our scriptures and in creating righteous homes. In fact, the Lord provides great comfort in the following verse (bold added for emphasis):
36 And also the Lord shall have power over his saints, and shall reign in their midst, and shall come down in judgment upon Idumea, or the world.
Furthermore, the Lord reminds us of the peace and safety to be had in the congregations of the members of the Church (bold added for emphasis):
6 And that the gathering together upon the land of Zion, and upon her stakes, may be for a defense, and for a refuge from the storm, and from
wrath when it shall be poured out without mixture upon the whole earth.
When we read the above-quoted scriptures, we come to the conclusion that, in the final days prior to the Second Coming, peace will largely be taken from the earth and its inhabitants. However, when we listen carefully to President Gordon B. Hinckley’s counsel about being happy, as in the following quote, we soon realize that we live in a marvelous age, and that there can be much peace and beauty in our lives and in the world around us, when seen through the gift of the Holy Ghost.
I do not know what we did in the preexistence to merit the wonderful blessings we enjoy. We have come to earth in this great season in the long history of mankind. It is a marvelous age, the best of all. As we reflect on the plodding course of mankind, from the time of our first parents, we cannot help feeling grateful. (“Living in the Fulness of Times,” Ensign, November 2001, 4)
Likewise, when we listen to President Thomas S. Monson’s repeated messages about “enjoying the journey,” we realize that much depends on our attitude and faithfully living the gospel, when it comes to whether or not we, personally, have mostly peace in our lives. In the October 2008 general conference of the Church, he taught (bold added for emphasis):
Let us relish life as we live it, find joy in the journey, and share our love with friends and family. One day each of us will run out of tomorrows.
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