"Even so it shall be in that day when they shall see all these things, then shall they know that the hour is nigh. And it shall come to pass that he that feareth me shall be looking forth for the great day of the Lord to come, even for the signs of the coming of the Son of Man. And they shall see signs and wonders, for they shall be shown forth in the heavens above, and in the earth beneath."

Doctrine & Covenants 45:38-40
Second Coming of Jesus Christ by Harry Anderson, DC Temple Visitors Center Mural

The Signs of the Times
of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ

Like other Christians, Latter-day Saints believe and look forward to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. It was prophesied in the Bible and the Book of Mormon that there will be certain signs that will precede His coming for the faithful to watch for. The following is a list of signs and events that were foretold by Jesus, ancient prophets, and latter day prophets that would need to happen before that "Great and dreadful day"(Doctrine and Covenants 2:1).

The list is divided into three groups: Has happened; Are happening; and Will happen.

Has Happened


Wars and rumors of wars

Restoration of gospel

Restoration of the Priesthood

Coming forth of the Book of Mormon

Elijah Returning

Persecution of the Jews

The Spirit shall be poured out on all flesh

Discovery and the use of printing

The Protestant Reformation and renaissance

The discovery and colonization of America

Establishment of the American Nation

Translation and printing of the Bible

Establishment of the U.S. Constitution

Latter day Revelation

Opposition to the Book of Mormon

Messengers are to precede the second coming

Church and Kingdom of God are set up again

Growth of the Church

Building of Latter day temples

The Lord is to come suddenly to the temple

Genealogical research will be increasing

Persecution of the saints

Worldly knowledge will increase

Scientific and inventive progress

Strikes, anarchy, violence increases

Peace taken from Earth

Angels are now reaping the Earth

The American Civil War

Depression and Economic turmoil

Many false churches arise

Refusal of men to believe in signs of times

Is Happening

Love of man shall wax cold

Iniquity shall abound

All things in commotion

People shall live in fear

Increased earthquakes

More diseases

More famines

Great storms. Lightening and Thunder

Hailstorms destroying crops

The Lamanites will become a great nation

The Jews will rise to be a great nation

Latter Day Revelation

Opposition to the Book of Mormon

Messengers to precede the Second Coming

Growth of Church

The spiritual and physical gathering of Israel

Times of gentiles being fulfilled

The Jews will begin to believe in Christ

Building of latter day temples

Worldly knowledge to increase

Scientific and inventive progress

Elements in commotion/seasons shifting and changing

Disasters and calamities to abound

Strikes, anarchy, violence increases

latter day wickedness: including;

murder, robbery, rape, whoredoms,
every form of sexual immorality,
increased juvenile delinquency,crimes against persons and property

Birth control is a major issue

Spirit ceasing to strive with the wicked

Peace taken from Earth

Depressions and economic turmoil

Many false churches arise

Refusal of men to believe in signs of the times

Signs on earth and in heaven

Will Happen

Missionaries will be
in every country of the world

The building of the
new Jerusalem in Missouri

The Jews will assemble in Jerusalem

The Lost Ten Tribes
of Israel shall return

A Temple will be built
in Independence, Missouri

The gathering at Adam-Ondi-Ahman

Final Great war involving
200,000,000 forces and armaments, will last for 3 years.

Two prophets will lie dead
in Jerusalem street for 3 days
then will rise for everyone to see

Christ to win war for the Jews
to fulfill the Jewish role
as the messiah

The Jews will acknowledge Christ
as the messiah and will know
He was the same one that was crucified

The wicked will be burned as stubble

Christ will come from the East

Mormon Doctrine: by Bruce Mcconkie; pg: 715-734 copyright 1966
Book of Mormon
The Doctrine and Covenants