Saturday, 9 August 2014

Sermon: Our Place in the End Times

This week we have remembered those that died in the First World War. To lots of people it was a conflict many years ago, so long ago indeed that for many it can’t be recalled or indeed should never be so. Through the losses of life and the social changes that accompanied it we must remember it, it is a fact we can’t escape. While generations of families from all Social strata’s where effected with many of their loved ones never returning from this conflict, children left without fathers wives struggling to bring up children on their own.  We read in Psalms 27:3 ‘Though a host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear, though war should rise against me, in this am I confident’

Today we are fighting still, we are fighting against all forms of evil, tyranny, terrorism, inequality, all made to afflict man, all this used to great effect by Satan in his battle against righteousness. We need to protect our selves by wrapping our souls in the love of our lord. We put him at the head of our lives. Again we read in Psalms 29:1-2 ‘Give unto the Lord, O ye mighty, give unto the Lord Glory and strength. Give unto the Lord the glory due unto His name; worship the Lord in the beauty of Holiness’

In these end times we need to heed the teachings of the gospel and promptings of the Holy Ghost, being steadfast in prayer and fasting. In the D&C 88: 21 we read ‘Also, I give unto you a commandment that ye shall continue in prayer and fasting this time forth. And I give unto you a commandment, that you shall teach one another, the doctrine of the kingdom’

The war with Satan through his disciple the Anti-Christ in these end times will indeed make all conflicts in the past pale into insignificance. The Devil will be in much greater honour in the end times amongst the mass of the earth population, who will embrace the teachings of the Anti-Christ. The great positive in these end times to followers of the Saviour will be that we know the second coming of our Lord is imminent, and will usher in a thousand years of peace and love. In Revelation 19:16 and Revelation 20:1-2 we read ‘And he hath on a vesture, and on his thigh a name written, King of Kings, and Lord of Lords…And I saw an Angel come down out of heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon that old serpent, which is the Devil and Satan, and bound him a thousand years’

Finally The Latter Day Church of Jesus Christ is lead prophetically, using revelation coupled with scripture. In the Doctrine and Covenants 124:13 we read ‘And verily I say unto you, let this house be built unto My name, that I may reveal mine ordinances therein, unto My people, for I deign to reveal unto My church, things which have been kept hid from before the foundation of the world, things that pertain to dispensations of the fullness of times’

Our Prophet Matthew Gill is a man with whom God has chosen to talk to and to give guidance and direction through, for his people and his church. My plea today to all those who will read this address, would be to come follow us especially those who are in other Mormon sects, come listen to a Prophets voice take heart in these end times, learn from a Prophet still receiving revelation from the Lord where our future lies.

Elder Philip A. Gill

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