1:6For a nation is come up upon my land, strong, and without number. . . 16 Is not the meat cut off before our eyes .. . . 19 for the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness, and the flame hath burned all the trees of the field. 2:1 Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: . . .. the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them. . . 7 like men of war; and they shall march every one on his ways, and they shall not break their ranks: . . . 17spare thy people, O Lord, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God?. . . . 20 But I will remove far off from you the northern army, and will drive him into a land barren and desolate, . . . And I will restore to you the years that. . . my great army which I sent among you.
1:14Sanctify ye a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land into the house of the Lord your God, and cry unto the Lord, . . . 2:12Therefore also now, saith the Lord, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: 13And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentheth him of the evil. . . 15Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly: . . . 32And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord hath said, and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call.
Rev. 18: 6-11
6 Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double. 7 How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously , so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow. 8 Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her. 9 And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning, 10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying , Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come . 11 And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more:
Bruce R. McConkie, "Stand Independent above All Other Creatures", Ensign, May 1979, 92
There is a common axiom among us which states: A religion that cannot save a man temporally does not have power to save him spiritually. If we cannot care for our temporal needs in this world, how can we ever succeed in spiritual things in the world to come?
It is one of the sad heresies of our time that peace will be gained by weary diplomats as they prepare treaties of compromise, or that the Millennium will be ushered in because men will learn to live in peace and to keep the commandments, or that the predicted plagues and promised desolations of latter days can in some way be avoided. We must do all we can to proclaim peace, to avoid war, to heal disease, to prepare for natural disasters—but with it all, that which is to be shall be.Knowing what we know, and having the light and understanding that has come to us, we must—as individuals and as a Church—use our talents, strengths, energies, abilities, and means to prepare for whatever may befall us and our children. . . As the Saints of the Most High we shall strive to “stand independent above all other creatures beneath the celestial world”
It may be, for instance, that nothing except the power of faith and the authority of the priesthood can save individuals and congregations from the atomic holocausts that surely shall be.
Orson Pratt, Journal of Discourses, vol. 18, p. 339
“We read that the four beasts, representing the powers of the earth, will exist at the time of the coming of the Ancient of Days. And that the fourth beast, represented by the Roman Empire and the kingdoms that have grown out of it, will be "slain and his body destroyed and given to the burning flame." Here then we can read the destiny of that portion of the inhabitants of the earth constituting the fourth beast: or, in other words, the destiny of the kingdoms of Europe, who were to arise and grow out of that fourth power… Not only the kingdoms and governments of Europe, and the western portion of Asia are to be thus visited, but also those who have grown out of these kingdoms, and that have emigrated to this western hemisphere, and elsewhere. For instance, this great republic must pass away in the manner indicated unless the people repent”
Elder Ezra Taft Benson, Conference Report, October 1961, Afternoon Meeting, p.69-70
The great destructive force which was to be turned loose on the earth and which the prophets for centuries have been calling the "abomination of desolation" is vividly described by those who saw it in vision. Ours is the first generation to realize how literally these prophecies can be fulfilled now that God, through science, has unlocked the secret to thermonuclear reaction.
Vision of Pres. George Albert Smith
David H. Horne recounts Pres. George Albert Smith say, "Thousands of tanks would be transported in huge trucks so they would be in place where they were needed when the war began." Here is a link from Google Maps that shows what looks to be track housing northeast of Monterrey, Mexico. However, many of the units are not much bigger and wider than a small car. Is this tract housing, or are these rows upon rows of armored vehicles and tanks disguised as tract housing to hide them from satellite surveillance? Probably it is just track housing but something to look out for that someone online pointed out.