Do you wonder about events taking place today? Are you concerned with the future of the United States? Does the prospect of another world war worry you? You are not alone! This subject is the topic of this blog post featured book. Prophecy—Key to the Future is an excellent guide to the signs of the times. This chart is an overview and of significant future events.

Prophecy—Key to the Future

The original draft of this book was a master’s thesis written by Duane S. Crowther. It was submitted, reviewed and accepted by some of the best-prepared scriptural scholars in the Department of Scripture in the College of Religious Instruction, Brigham Young University. The study was limited to scriptural passages and to interpretive prophecies and comments by General Authorities of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 

In preparing the thesis, the author strived to meet three objectives:

  • to present the events in correct chronological order;
  • to provide an understandable and well-documented discussion of each of the prophesied events which are to come upon the earth; and
  • to compile a great deal of material which had been inaccessible to the average Latter-day Saint reader. 

In the process, he assembled all the key prophecies concerning last-days events found in the Old and New Testaments, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price: a thorough and remarkable accomplishment. He was well aware of the Apostle Paul’s instruction to “Covet earnestly the best gifts,…but rather that ye prophesied.” (1 Corinthians 12:31, 14:1)

Last Days Events

Many of the quoted prophecies speak of “happy events” so the book certainly isn’t a “gloom and doom” book. But many of the cited prophecies are warnings. For instance, one of the last prophecies made by the Savior before hung on the cross was: “nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. (Matthew 24:7-8).

Knowledge of the “signs of the times” is a valuable spiritual gift. It was conferred to brethren in the early days of the restoration and has been a blessing passed on to others down through the years: “unto you it shall be given to know the signs of the times, and the signs of the coming of the Son of Man.” (D&C 68:11)

And that knowledge can be an anchor of faith as “unhappy events” take place in these last days. As another revelation recorded in the Doctrine and Covenants says, “treasure up wisdom in your bosoms, lest the wickedness of men reveal these things unto you by their wickedness, in a manner which shall speak in your ears with a voice louder than that which shall shake the earth; but if ye are prepared ye shall not fear.” (D&C 38:30-31)

From the earliest days of its publication, it is acknowledged to be the most comprehensive book on future latter-day events in Later-day Saint literature. That remains to this day. 

Prophecy, Key to the Future by Duane S. Crowther - Updated Edition

A chart which summarizes some of the major themes treated in the book was included in the earliest printings. You can order a copy of Prophecy Key to the Future to study and learn more about significant future events.

Last Days Quiz

How sharp are you on inspired prophecies of last-day events? The scriptures and Latter-day prophets have foretold numerous events—some in great detail, others in more general terms. Listed below are 42 very significant future events. This challenge: rate your personal knowledge level on each of them, on a scale of 0 to 5. Zero means nothing. Three is “I know and understand it on a general level but don’t know the details.” Five means you really know the details and can cite some of the basic sources which form the prophetic basis for the event. 

Last-Days Prophesies Quiz 

Based on the Book, Prophecy—Key To The Future 

_____ 1. The Times of the Gentiles 
_____ 2. The Fulness of the Gentiles 
_____ 3. World Wars have Already Begun in these Last Days 
_____ 4. Preparatory Wars Will Cause Governments to Be Formed which Accept the Missionaries 
_____ 5. A Mission to the Gentile Nations [1st Period of Missionary Labor] 
_____ 6. Slaves Will Rise Up against Their Masters 
_____ 7. The Third World War 
_____ 8. The Saints Will Remain in Foreign Lands, Suffer Persecutions during Preparatory Wars 
_____ 9. The Fulfilling of the Times of the Gentiles 
_____ 10. Saints and Friends in Foreign Lands Will Gather to America 
_____ 11. Judgments Will Be Poured Out 
_____ 12. Future Wars of Complete Destruction 
_____ 13. Internal Wars in the United States 
_____ 14. Worldwide Warfare during the US Internal Wars 
_____ 15. Saints to Gather to the Mountains 
_____ 16. Famine during the Internal Wars 
_____ 17. Political Kingdom of God to Be Established 
_____ 18. Law of Consecration to Be Established 
_____ 19. New Jerusalem to Be Established in Western Missouri 
_____ 20. Conversion of the Lamanites 
_____ 21. Ten Tribes to Come from the North 
_____ 22. Christ’s Coming to the Temple in the New Jerusalem 
_____ 23. The Calling of the 144,000 
_____ 24. Removal of the Ten Tribes from Zion to Palestine 
_____ 25. Trumps and Plagues of the Book of Revelation [chapters 8 to 11] 
_____ 26. Universal Conflict [4th World War] 
_____ 27. The Council at Adam-ondi-Ahman 
_____ 28. Gathering to the New Jerusalem after the Universal Conflict 
_____ 29. A Mission to the House of Israel [2nd period of missionary labor] 
_____ 30. Gathering of the Tribes of Israel to Palestine 
_____ 31. The Rule of David the Prince 
_____ 32. The Jerusalem Temple to Be Built 
_____ 33. The Battle of Armageddon 
_____ 34. Christ’s Coming on the Mount of Olives 
_____ 35. A Mission to the Heathen Nations [3rd period of missionary labor] 
_____ 36. A Final Mission to All Mankind [4th period of missionary labor] 
_____ 37. Christ’s Coming in Glory 
_____ 38. The Resurrection of the Righteous 
_____ 39. The Millennium 
_____ 40. The Battle of Gog and Magog 
_____ 41. The Final Judgment 
_____ 42. The Dissolution and Resurrection of the Earth 

Order a copy of Prophecy—Key to the Future at today. To obtain a copy of the Chart of Key Last-days Events and this quiz, order from Helpful Handouts. “…if ye are prepared ye shall not fear.” (D&C 38:30-31)