Sections 49 and 50

Read Doctrine and Covenants sections 49 and 50

Section 49

No one knows the day and hour of second coming, except the Lord (7)

Holy men on earth (8)

Several instructions:

D&C 49:20 (will be discussed in connection with section 70:14)

Section 50

Information regarding false spirits and false doctrines (6-9)

We were not ordained to preach the gospel in whatever way we want, but to preach it by the Spirit, and by no other way (13-14, 17-25)

The Prophet Joseph Smith:

"There are two Comforters spoken of. One is the Holy Ghost, the same as given on the day of Pentecost, and that all Saints receive after faith, repentance, and baptism. This first Comforter or Holy Ghost has no other effect than pure intelligence. It is more powerful in expanding the mind, enlightening the understanding, and storing the intellect with present knowledge ...

"The Spirit of Revelation is in connection with these blessings. A person may profit by noticing the first intimation of the spirit of revelation; for instance, when you feel pure intelligence flowing into you, it may give you sudden strokes of ideas, so that by noticing it, you may find it fulfilled the same day or soon … and thus by learning the Spirit of God and understanding it, you may grow into the principle of revelation, until you become perfect in Christ Jesus."
   (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pp. 149,151)


Keys to discern spiritual manifestations:

What does it mean to be "servants" in the kingdom of God? (26-30)

How to cast evil spirits out (31-33)

Do not fear: trust the Lord and His power and be obedient, and the blessings will come (40-46)

Questions for Review

1. At the time of his second coming, will the Lord Jesus Christ appear in a different corporeal form--perhaps looking like an ordinary person traveling around the world? (49:22)

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