Then Ye May Know – 3 Nephi 29:1-2

1 And now behold, I say unto you that when the Lord shall see fit, in his wisdom, that these sayings shall come unto the Gentiles according to his word, then ye may know that the covenant which the Father hath made with the children of Israel, concerning their restoration to the lands of their inheritance, is already beginning to be fulfilled.
2 And ye may know that the words of the Lord, which have been spoken by the holy prophets, shall all be fulfilled; and ye need not say that the Lord delays his coming unto the children of Israel.

The Savior taught that, just as a farmer knows when summer is coming by looking at his plants, so also we can tell when the Second Coming is near as we see the prophecies fulfilled (Matthew 24:32-33). People who aren’t aware of those prophecies or aren’t watching for them might miss the signs entirely, but those who are watching will know, just as the wise men noticed the new star at the birth of the Savior and traveled to Jerusalem to find the King of the Jews (Matthew 2:1-2).
When the Savior visited the American continent after His death and resurrection, He quoted extensively from Old Testament prophets, including Isaiah and Malachi. After describing the Savior’s visit, Mormon encourages us to have faith in those prophecies and to recognize that the coming forth of the Book of Mormon is itself a sign that these prophesied events are about to take place. The children of Israel will begin to be restored to the lands of their inheritance, and God will fulfill all of the covenants which He has made to them.
Today, I will watch for the fulfillment of prophecy in my life and in the world around me. I will be grateful that the Lord has given us prophecies, and I will trust that they will all be fulfilled.

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