In April General Conference of 1980, Elder Bruce R. McConkie made some prophesies relating to the future of the world and the Latter-day Saints. Will these prophesies come true?
“Nor are the days of our greatest sorrows and our deepest sufferings all behind us. They too lie ahead. We shall yet face greater perils, we shall yet be tested with more severe trials, and we shall yet weep more tears of sorrow than we have ever known before.””We see the Lord break down the barriers so that the world of Islam and the world of Communism can hear the message of the restoration; and we glory in the fact that Ishmael—as well as Isaac—and Esau—as well as Jacob—shall have an inheritance in the eternal kingdom.”
“We see evil forces everywhere uniting to destroy the family, to ridicule morality and decency, to glorify all that is lewd and base. We see wars and plagues and pestilence. Nations rise and fall. Blood and carnage and death are everywhere. Gadianton robbers fill the judgment seats in many nations. An evil power seeks to overthrow the freedom of all nations and countries. Satan reigns in the hearts of men; it is the great day of his power.”
“Truly the world is and will be in commotion, but the Zion of God will be unmoved. The wicked and ungodly shall be swept from the Church, and the little stone will continue to grow until it fills the whole earth.”
“The way ahead is dark and dreary and dreadful. There will yet be martyrs; the doors in Carthage shall again enclose the innocent. We have not been promised that the trials and evils of the world will entirely pass us by.”
These are just a few interesting quotes from the talk. The whole thing is worth reading.
I especially found interesting his prediction that the “wicked and ungodly shall be swept from the Church.” Are the wicked and ungodly really that big a problem in today’s Church? How are they to be swept out? By excommunication? I used to think that perhaps the Lord would reveal some doctrine that was really offensive to members who do not have strong testimonies, restoring plural marriage perhaps. But over the years I have come to think that something else is even more probable: the Internet! I think that the Internet is going to cleanse the Church of those who do not have strong testimonies. With the emergence of the Internet, anti-Mormons, former Mormons, dissidents within the Church, and crusading apostates have found a way to publish their filthy, lying propaganda far more effectively than ever before.
In the past, they haven’t been able to reach the saints at Church very well. And unless one lives in central Utah, the saints are not much exposed to apostate books and magazines on the newsstands and in bookstores. But here on the Internet they are free to serve the devil with great cunning and craftiness, preaching false doctrine, spreading a spirit of criticism towards the Brethren, and deliberately undermining the testimonies of the saints.
Are they effective? You bet they are. Large numbers of saints are leaving the Church because of the Internet. If you don’t believe me, just do a Google search on the term “Mormon” and see how highly ranked the most prominent apostate websites are. One of them is ranked right up there at the top just under the three main Church websites. Search other popular keywords such as LDS, Joseph Smith, and Book of Mormon. You will find that apostates and other anti-Mormons have websites that rank highly there too. The same is true on the other major search engines. And nearly everyone who uses the Internet rely on these major search engines.
So how many saints will remain after these apostates and dissidents have done their evil work? No one knows. But of one thing we may be sure. The remaining saints will be those who receive personal revelation, the true and faithful, the steadfast, and those who are valiant in the testimony of Jesus. Satan rages in the hearts of men and women across the Internet. But so does the spirit of the Lord among those who are the humble followers of Jesus Christ.