What does Latter-Days Really Mean?

With the historic correction by President Nelson about removing Mormon and LDS as part of our vocabulary, it got me thinking about what the term Latter-Days, really means, I went back to the Old Testament to get some ideas.

Numbers 24:14

"And now, behold, I go unto my people: come therefore, and I will advertise thee what this people shall do to thy people in the latter days."

Right after this is one of the greatest prophecies about the Savior:

Numbers 24:17

"I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel . . ."

Deuteronomy 4:30 - 31

"30 When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the Lord thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice; 31 (For the Lord thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them."

That even though there is tribulation or hard times in the last days that we can receive protection from God.

Hosea 3:5

"Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the Lord their God, and David their king; and shall fear the Lord and his goodness in the latter days."

The Old and New Testaments having warnings and concerns about the last days but generally when the King James Version of the Bible uses the term "Latter-days" or "Latter-day" it discusses not only the terrible conditions but often talks about those who trust God will be blessed.

So I am proud to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Lord will bless us and others who turn to him even in the latter-days.

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