Updated: May 26, 2020
These are prophecies that were given to us to know that we are in the last days. These prophecies are put loosely into a semblance of order,thus not to be taken as being fulfilled in order.
"The Coming of the Lord" by Gerald N. Lund (Bishop, Stake Pres, Mission Pres, Quorum of the 70)
"65 Signs of the Times" by David J. Ridges (CES, BYU CEW, Bishop, Patriarch)
Scriptures, History, Modern Revelation
BEING FULFILLED PROPHECIES:
1. Scattered Israel Will Be Gathered
Before the Second Coming can take place, the Jews who had been scattered over the last 2+ thousand years needed to be gathered together again. This is for all the 12 Tribes of Israel. The Lord had promised Abraham that his posterity (Israel) would spread the gospel and the priesthood throughout the world (Abraham 2:9-11.) Nephi teaches that this tribe would be gathered together again from "all four quarters of the Earth" (1 Nephi 10:12-14, 19:16.)
Isaiah also foretold of this great gathering in the last days in Isaiah 5:26-30. Then in D&C 39:11, the Lord says, "Thou shalt preach the fullness of my gospel, which I have sent forth in these last days, the covenant which I have sent forth to recover my people, which are of the house of Israel."
This has only been half fulfilled. The Tribe of Judah of Israel, has been gathered home in a direct fulfillment of their own prophesy via the Balfour Declaration in 1948. Now, it is just the Lost 10 Tribes who still remain to be gathered. They have their own prophecy, prophet, scriptures and will not be found until they come as "one body" down the Rocky Mountains from the northern countries (no one knows where) to the New Jerusalem. Gerald N. Lund, "Coming of the Lord" ph. 164.
2. Men's Heart's Shall Fail Them
America and the rest of the world will see great disasters, chaos, plagues, storms, earthquakes, famine, mobocracy and war. This is a necessary step for the Lord to cleanse the earth in preparation of His coming.
In Luke 21:25-27, he says, "And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory."
Similar messages are repeated in D&C 45:26, 88:91, and Moses 7:65-66. Fortunately, for the Saints in the last days, there is peace and stability in following the living prophets and being prepared. In Matt 24:6 and JS-Matt 1:23, Christ says, "see that ye be not troubled." There is peace in following the commandments and obeying the Prophets that we have no need to despair!
3. Sexual Immorality, Homosexuality, Lesbianism and Pornography Will Abound
This one has been in the category of "being fulfilled" for quite some time now. Unfortunately, it will only get worse. There are many warnings in the scriptures and by Prophets today against these sins and that it will be a major factor of the destruction in the last days. In Timothy 3:1, 6, the Apostle Paul uses the term, "divers lusts" which he later describes in Romans 1:23-31 as he warns the Roman Saints. Definitions for Paul's terminology in brackets are taken from "Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible."
Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves. [Masturbation.]
For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature. [Lesbianism.]
And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly. [Homosexuality.]
Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whipserers, backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful.
In "The Family: A Proclamation to the World," written in 1995, it adds, "We warn that individuals who violate covenants of chastity, who abuse spouse or offspring, or who fail to fulfill family responsibilities will one day stand accountable before God. Further, we warn that the disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets."
Lastly, Apostle Elder Neal A. Maxwell, in the April 1996 General Conference counseled the members of the church about "politically correct" terminology and it's error. He says, "The more what is politically correct seeks to replace what God has declared correct[...] Ironically, as some people become harder, they use softer words to describe dark deeds. This, too, is part of being sedated by secularism! Needless abortion, for instance, is a "reproductive health procedure," which is an even more "spongy expression" than "termination of pregnancy."
"Sedated by secularism." That would be terms such as "Pro-choice" which "implies agency is preserved in choosing abortion on demand, thus making an evil choice appear okay. Those who oppose this evil appear somehow anti-choice and thus, anti-God," says David J. Ridges.
Terms like "free love", "consenting adults", "significant others," "alternate lifestyles," "sexual preference," "safe sex," and "sexually active" are all ways that Satan deceives the righteous by making evil appear good and good appear evil. Unfortunately, this sign of the times will get worse and even now is considered to be the norm.
4. Many Temples Will Be Built
In the April 1980 General Conference, President Benson prophesied that, "We will see our missionaries cover the earth with the message of the Restoration. We will see temples in every land where the gospel has penetrated..."
Isaiah 2:2 says, "that the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established in the top of the mountains [plural], and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it." D&C 133:13 reflects this as well.
This is also summarized in the Institute of Religion's Doctrine and Covenants Student Manual, "Elder Erastus Snow said: "The mountain of the Lord's house" --this is a peculiar phrase, and was probably used by the Prophet because it was a common mode of expression in Israel in the days of David and many of the Prophets several hundred years after him."
Elder Bruce R. McConkie explained that this phrase had more than one meaning; "This great prophecy, as is often the case, is subject to the law of multiple fulfillment. 1. In Salt Lake City and other mountain locations[...] Mount Zion [New Jerusalem], itself, will be the mountain of the Lord's house in the day when that glorious temple is erected. 3. When the Jews flee unto Jerusalem, it will be "unto the mountains of the Lord's house," for a holy temple is to be built there also as part of the work of the great era of restoration." Doctrine and Covenants Student Manual, pg. 339.
Today, we have a great many Temples that dot the earth, however, this is still being fulfilled because more are coming!
5. Knowledge, Science and Tech Will Increase Dramatically