After more than 10 years since Author Roger K. Young last visited the content of his all time bestselling book, As A Thief In The Night, he is delighted to release a new edition that contains the wisdom and insight he has gained over the past 11 years of continuing study and research.
The much acclaimed, number one selling LDS reference book on the prophecies and events of the last days by Roger K. Young has been expanded and updated with over 40 more pages of information and over 100 more scriptural references. A must for any student of the scriptures and the prophecies of the last days.
“As a Thief in the Night” has quietly become one of the top sellers among LDS religious works and is quickly on its way to becoming an LDS Reference Library mainstay, having sold out 8 printings in just six years. Not only is it an outstanding reference book on the last days with over 500 verified LDS references on the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, but it is a “good reading book” and leaves you spiritually uplifted even though it describes in some detail the troublesome times that lie ahead. If you teach gospel doctrine, Sunday school, are preparing for a mission or you just want to understand the times we live in and what lies ahead concerning the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, you should read this book. This is a resource/reference book to assist in identifying kingdoms and events of the last years before the second coming of Jesus Christ. An easy to understand compilation of over 500 scriptural references Prophetic/Apostolic quotes, (from verified LDS sources), and explanations concerning the events during the last years leading up to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
Roger K. Young is a relatively new LDS author, exploding on the scene when his scriptural/ Apostolic quote study on the signs and events of the last days, *AS A THIEF IN THE NIGHT* was finally published and made available for the general public. (It had been privately published for about 3 years, having been written in 1990).
In 1995 Brother Young’s book *AS A THIEF IN THE NIGHT* became an instant LDS best seller, selling over 9,000 copies the first year it was publicly printed, advertised primarily by word of mouth. This is something of a modern day miracle in LDS publishing in that brother Young was an unknown author (ie. not a General Authority, nor a BYU professor, nor a CES lecture personality) and his book was not published or promoted by an established LDS publisher. However, in 1996 it was one of the few non-Deseret published books honored as a Deseret Book Club book-of-the-month selection. *AS A THIEF IN THE NIGHT* continues to be the # 1 selling LDS book on the events of the last days, being highly recommended by Church members and leaders alike.
Since the popularity of *AS A THIEF IN THE NIGHT*, brother Young has written several additional books, each becoming in its turn, best sellers. In 1998 he also expanded the original AS A THIEF IN THE NIGHT adding in over 30 new pages and 100 new references. In this, the 20th Anniversary edition he has greatly expanded the content with an additional 132 pages!! His books (over 80,000 copies) are in demand all over the world, being sold in North America, Europe, Australia, South and Central America, even though they are still only printed in English. The State of Utah has also made an abbreviated audio version of *AS A THIEF IN THE NIGHT* for use in its blind program.
CHAPTER I. MUCH SOONER THAN EXPECTED
The thing that should concern us most is that the Lord has said that His Coming will be “as a thief in the night” Indications are that the savior’s Coming will be much sooner than expected and catch most people, including the saints not ready. (2 Peter 3:10)
Parley P. Pratt wrote: “But, notwithstanding all these things are written, His coming will overtake the world unawares, as the flood did the people in the days of Noah.”
CHAPTER II. IDENTIFYING THE POLITICAL KINGDOM THAT EVENTUALLY GATHER THE ARMIES TO ARMAGEDDON
The scriptures describe that in the last days there will be two opposing kingdoms, one true kingdom of Christ and one apostate kingdom of Satan. The scriptures go into some detail concerning these two kingdoms in the last days. John, Daniel and Nephi describe the rise of the kingdom of God on earth during the last days, indicating that it starts very small but continues to grow larger and stronger with unseen spiritual help, and eventually, with the return of the Savior to the earth, takes over from Satan’s evil kingdom, the affairs of the earth during a 1000-year period known as the Millennium.
CHAPTER III. THE SEVEN LAST PLAGUES OF THE WRATH OF GOD
“The greatest events that have been spoken of by all the Holy Prophets will come along so naturally as the consequences of certain causes, that unless our eyes are enlightened by the Spirit of God, and the spirit of revelation rests upon us, we will fail to see that these are the events predicted by the Holy Prophets.” George Q. Cannon
CHAPTER IV. WARS, RUMORS OF WAR AND WAR IN AMERICA
“And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars…For nation shall rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom…” Matthew 24:6-7
“Men will harden their hearts against me, and they will take up the sword, one against another, and they will kill one another.” D&C 45:33
Bruce R. McConkie talked about how terrible these wars would be: “Those with refined senses find it difficult to conceive of the desolation, destruction, and death that will prevail during the final great battles ushering in Christ’s reign of peace. So great shall be the slaughter and mass murder, the carnage and gore, the butchery and violent death of warring men, that their decaying bodies ‘shall stop the noses of the passengers,’ and it shall be a task of mammoth proportions merely to dispose of them…
CHAPTER V. ADDITIONAL EVENTS THAT ARE CENTERED IN AMERICA
Though many of the events that have been described previously affect the entire world, they are primarily centered or initiate from the “Old World” or the world around Jerusalem. However, in the previous chapter concerning the war(s) of the last days and specifically the war(s) in America, much of the more detailed information is about the events involving America. There are several other additional prophetic events that are centered upon the American continent that happen during the same time as the events centered in the “Old World.”
MISSIONARIES CALLED HOME
PLACES OF REFUGE, DOCTRINES OF THE GATHERING
A ZION SOCIETY
THE LAW OF CONSECRATION
THE GREAT AND TERRIBLE ARMY OF THE LORD
THE RETURN OF THE LOST TEN TRIBES
CHAPTER VI. PREPARING FOR THE DAYS AND EVENTS TO COME
The key thing that we should be concerned with at this time is preparing as best we can for the things which are to come in the very near future. The Prophets have repeatedly told us to prepare by
- Setting aside food storage etc., “Should the lord decide at this time to cleanse the Church… a famine in this land of one year’s duration could wipe out a large percentage of slothful members, including some ward and stake officers. Yet we cannot say we have not been warned.” Conference Report, April 1976
- Learning how to garden and do things on our own, “We will see the day when we live on what we produce.” Marion G. Romney, Conference Report, April 1975
- Preparing spiritually by following the prophet’s admonitions and separate ourselves from the “things” of the world. “The men and women who desire to obtain seats in the celestial kingdom will find that they must battle with the enemy of all righteousness every day.” Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 11, pg. 14
CHAPTER VII. THE VERY NEAR FUTURE
“Behold, vengeance cometh speedily upon the inhabitants of the earth, a day of wrath, a day of burning, a day of desolation, of weeping, of mourning, and of lamentation: and as a whirlwind it shall come upon all the face of the earth, said the Lord. “And upon my house shall it begin, and from my house shall it go forth, saith the Lord: “First among those among you, saith the Lord, who have professed to know my name and have not known me, and have blasphemed against me in the midst of my house, saith the lord.” D&C 112:24-26
CONCLUSION & SUMMARY
The “hard” evidence proclaims overwhelming that the Savior’s Coming is , at the very least, very soon. “And again, verily I say unto you, the coming of the Lord draweth nigh, and it overtaketh the world as a thief in the night– “Therefore, gird up your loins, that you may be the children of light and that day shall not overtake you as a thief” D&C 106:4-5