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Consider the details of this astronomical event to be of significant worth-
***Interesting Insight...To What MAY Happen Sooner Than Expected***
Revelation 12 (JST):
1 And there appeared a great sign in heaven, in the likeness of things on the earth; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars.
The astronomical version of the event described in the latter part of the verse will occur on 23 September 2017, as referenced in the first 8 words of the verse. Watch the following video for a better understanding. When doing so, try to ignore the fact that it is outdated and that it also contains a lot of doctrinally incorrect material. Just focus in on the information about the astronomical event itself, it is a "golden nugget" of information that may help us understand one of the great mysteries contained in this verse of scripture.
Here is a link to another video describing the same event.
There are other videos on YouTube that also detail this astronomical event and its significance. Some of them may provide additional data about the event that this video did not and vice versa. For example, the full sign in its "entirety" doesn't appear until September 23rd, 2017. 23 September, 2017 is the only day that ALL aspects of the sign will actually present themselves at the same time. The fact that this is the ONLY time in a 7,000 year period that this particular sign lines up in the heavens as outlined in Revelations 12 is very compelling.
Consider the details of this astronomical event to be of significant worth and can understand why this event would have never been made known or discussed through official Church channels or via prophetic declaration of any Church leadership. To do so would almost certainly cause the membership at large to acknowledge the fact that there is a known future date tied to this significant end-time event. prophesying to the general membership in this manner is not part of the Lord's plan and that the reason for this was revealed to us by our Prophet Thomas S. Monson in the SEP 2014 First Presidency Messageentitled “Are We Prepared?” through his parable of the molting chickens (link below).
This link contains some great insights and analysis on the parable of the molting chickens.
The next 8 words of the verse “in the likeness of things on the earth” were added in the JST and reference what I believe will be a duplicative event that will occur on the earth on 23 SEP 2017. Could This be the day that many priesthood holders in the Church will be endowed with great power and strength, as the “Fullness of the Priesthood” is given to those deemed worthy enough by Jesus Christ to receive it.
2 And the woman being with child, cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.
This verse describes the state of affairs that the Church will be in the days and months prior to "Birth-Day" (23 September, 2017).
Some key aspects of verse 7 in the Joseph Smith Translation of Revelations 12. Almost the entire verse was added by the Prophet to clarify who the “woman” represents and who the “child” that she is giving birth to represents. It reads:
“And the dragon prevailed not against Michael, neither the child, nor the woman which was the church of God, who had been delivered of her pains, and brought forth the kingdom of our God and his Christ.”
The inspired translation is designed to distinguish “the Church of God” from “the kingdom of our God and His Christ”.
It is plausible to suppose that Jupiter entering the “birth canal”, or coming out of the “womb” on 9 September 2017 could also be indicative of Church members coming out of their places of refuge. If that is the case, then they will have been in the protected "womb" becoming a Zion-like people for approximately the same amount of time that it takes for a fetus to fully mature. Simultaneously, the church of God (all faithful LDS members) will be experiencing the type of birth pangs that can only be relieved by way of the comfort and deliverance that the “Fullness of the Priesthood” will provide.
“……a great restoration of the physical and emotional health of the people quickly came about. This new power gave great hope and courage among the Saints. This was a powerfully unifying event among us. It made us strongly cohesive-united-one in heart. Our courage and faith was not just restored, but it was amplified and made visible before all. We knew at that moment that we were going to survive, andthat God was beginning to work miracles to save us. The day of miracles had begun.” (VoG, Fullness of the Priesthood, pg. 137)
same day that President Nelson was referring to when he made the following statement in the last priesthood session of conference.
“I urgently plead with each one of us to live up to our privileges as bearers of the priesthood. In a coming day, only those men who have taken their priesthood seriously, by diligently seeking to be taught by the Lord Himself, will be able to bless, guide, protect, strengthen, and heal others. Only a man who has paid the price for priesthood power will be able to bring miracles to those he loves and keep hismarriage and family safe, now and throughout eternity.”
Assuming that every talk given and nearly every word spoken by the general authorities in general conferences are carefully and prayerfully selected, and that they probably go through several revisions before the final product is completed, the phrase that President Nelson chose to use when he said “In a coming day” was particularly profound, especially when you consider what alternative phrases he could have opted to use in lieu of the one he did (e.g., “The time will come when” or “In the coming future” or “Eventually there will come a point in time where”).
President Nelson’s plea is one that I think every priesthood holder should move to the top of their list of priorities due to the shortness of the time we have left to progress before that day arrives. I am very worried that there are many priesthood holders who don’t have a good understanding of what will be required to be deemed worthy to receive such a gift. The phrase “diligently seeking to be taught by the Lord Himself” is basically code for demonstrating the obedience that is required and making the sacrifices that are necessary to receive the Second Comforter. Having said that, I absolutely believe that it will still be possible (from that day forward) for men of the priesthood (who had previously not been deemed ready or worthy) to receive it once they become worthy in the eyes of the Lord. I believe that it will continue to be given to men as they become spiritually ready for it, but just not BEFORE the appointed day comes for it to be given.
Latter-day Saint men and women, who after going through a toilsome period of spiritual development (whether within places of refuge or without) will be chosen to be "saviors on Mount Zion" for the remaining Days of Tribulation leading up to the Second Coming. These will be the ones who will assist in the actual construction of the Temple in New Jerusalem and subsequently take an active role in participating in the ordinance work that will ensue after its completion. They will also participate in the literal building up of Zion on Earth, and many of them will become translated beings and be tasked with participating in the literal Gathering of Israel and God's elect. They are the representation of the “child” and collectively they will comprise “the kingdom of our God and His Christ.”
Another interesting date that Jupiter (the child) enters the protection of the “womb.” The 20th of November 2016 is the Sabbath and it occurs approximately 5 days before Thanksgiving Day, which also happens to be the same holiday that some prophecies have indicated would be the holiday that America will be attacked with nuclear weapons. Assuming that this is how things play out, then it could be that November 20th, 2016 is the very last day that any Latter-day Saints are able to enter into their places of refuge.
We should also be mentally prepared to consider the possibility that the scriptures and prophecies referencing the Saints being gathered into places of refuge may actually be referring to the mass migrations of the Saints and God’s elect to these various safe havens at various points in time AFTER 23 September, 2017, or in other words, nearly a year after the major earthquake along the Wasatch Fault has occurred. Given this scenario, the period of time that Jupiter is in the womb might simply correspond with the period of time during which the Church as a whole, will be in distress and when all Latter-Day Saints will be tried and tested. 3rd Nephi, Chapter 22, Verses 6-8 certainly seem to provide evidence that this could be the case.
6 For the Lord hath called thee as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth, when thou wast refused, saith thy God.
7 For a small moment have I forsaken thee, but with great mercies will I gather thee.
8 In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment, but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the Lord thy Redeemer.
After reviewing the sequential order , then that would mean that the General Conference being discussed on page 143 of the book (Visions Of Glory) will occur on 1 October, 2017, which will be approximately one week after 23 September. In this portion of the book, Joseph Smith is quoted as saying, “I would like to speak of an event that happened a few weeks ago in the valley of Adam-ondi-Ahman.” This implies that the event at Adam-ondi-Ahman will occur around 9 September, 2017 which will be a good two weeks BEFORE the aforementioned Fullness of the Priesthood will be bestowed upon the Church’s righteous and worthy members.
The event that occurs in the valley of Adam-ondi-Ahman, will essentially bring official closure to this dispensation. This is another excerpt from page 143 of VoG that provides us with some insight into what will happen there.
“Joseph then said that Adam had received the report of every prophet, then Joseph himself reported last. He reported to us with great emotions that he then turned to Adam and testified in the name of Jesus Christ, that his work had been accomplished, not all completed, but his assigned labors were accomplished. At that moment in the meeting, Joseph reported that Jesus Christ then appeared in glory next to Adam. Adam knelt and reported to Jesus Christ that the work had been accomplished. Jesus Christ then accepted his report and pronounced it good and commended them all for their faithfulness.”
The completion of this event at Adam-ondi-Ahman will usher us into “the times of refreshing” that Peter spoke of and said would come before God would again “send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began” (Acts 3:19-21).
ThoughtsPriesthood holders everywhere should begin preparing now to qualify themselves to receive the Fullness of the Priesthood. President Nelson has made a heartfelt plea for us to do so, and has explicitly told us what we stand to lose if we fail in this endeavor. Some of us who may have been jogging along at a steady pace in our priesthood progression, may now all of the sudden discover that we are going to have to sprint to the finish line with every bit of effort we can muster if we are going to be successful. The gap that exists between our current level of priesthood worthiness and what is required in order to meet the Lord’s standard of worthiness should permeate our thoughts daily. Every action we take and every decision we make between now and then should only be done after having carefully considered how they will affect our personal priesthood worthiness.