The Revelation of John, Comets and the Second Coming

In General Conference on April 6th of 1843 the Prophet Joseph Smith made a prediction about the fulfillment of a prophecy in the Revelation of John.  He said that when the Lord returns at the time of the Second Coming, his coming would be mistaken as a comet by much of the world.  Here are the exact words of Joseph Smith as recorded in the Documentary History of the Church:

Judah must return, Jerusalem must be rebuilt, and the temple, and water come out from under the temple, and the waters of the Dead Sea be healed. It will take some time to rebuild the walls of the city and the temple, Etc.; and all this must be done before the Son of Man will make his appearance. There will be wars and rumors of wars, signs in the heavens above and on the earth beneath, the sun turned into darkness and the moon to blood, earthquakes in divers places, the seas heaving beyond their bounds; then will appear one grand sign of the Son of Man in heaven. But what will the world do? They will say it is a planet, a comet, etc. But the Son of Man, which will be as the light of the morning cometh out of the east. (April 6, 1843.) DHC 5:336-337.

Often comets are visible and their orbits known by astronomers long before they arrive in the vicinity of Earth and are visible to the naked eye. Is such a comet known and coming? Could the arrival of such a comet be one of the signs of the time?

I am not making a statement here. I am asking a question.

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5 Responses to The Revelation of John, Comets and the Second Coming

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  3. Ray says:

    Will a cyanide comet hit an ocean in the future?

    Revelation 8

    8. And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood;
    9. And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.

    The second trumpet brings about what seems to be a meteor, comet, or other heavenly body hitting the oceans and causing the death of one-third of the world’s sea life. Most comets are made up of deadly cyanide ice compounds like cyanogen which undergoes reduction to hydrogen cyanide when mixed with water, which has an almond odor and bitter taste, and reportedly causes death at concentrations over 5 parts per million. Could a comet large enough to poison the oceans strike the earth in the foreseeable future?

  4. Let’s look at Joseph’s statement a little more carefully. The two words he used to describe the “sign” were “comet” and “planet.” A mere comet could do little damage. But an approaching planet might be a bit more problematic. That is, the “sign” might be the cause of the “signs in the heavens above and on the earth beneath, the sun turned into darkness and the moon to blood, earthquakes in divers places, the seas heaving beyond their bounds …” Still more telling is the fact that Joseph used two words to characterize the “sign.” Apparently “comet” or “planet” alone were insufficient. This implies that the intruder, the sign, will appear to be both — a planet sized object with a tremendous tail like that of a comet. Think about it. Given the other things that Joseph said about planets and stars, this makes perfect sense.

  5. According to BYU Professor Val Brinkerhoff, who wrote the book, _The Day Star: Reading Sacred Architecture_, early Church member Wandel Mace claimed he heard Joseph Smith make the statement that this “comet” was the “return of the City of Enoch to the Earth.” Brinkerhoff cites pgs 39-40 of the book, _Symbols in Stone_, by Covenant Communications (I don’t have this latter book or would have cited it as the source of the quote).

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