Speaking about the quote above and one other quote that Joseph Smith made I say:
What are we able to deduce from a close analysis of these two statements? Here are my conclusions.
In the first quote we learn that “in any year that the bow should be seen the Lord would not come”. So, conversely, “in any year” that the bow should not be seen the Lord will come.
We are also told that “in any year that the bow should be seen…there should be seed time”. From this we can conclude that something will happen that year to interfere with “seed time” and of course without planting there can be no harvest.
We need to be looking for the lack of a rainbow early in the year for it to be a warning to us. Apparently, by “seed time” whatever is going to happen will have already commenced.
In the second quote we learn that “in the year when the bow was not to be seen would commence desolation, calamity, and distress among the nations, without seed time or harvest”. So taking these two statements together we conclude that “in the year” when “desolation, calamity, and distress” will “commence”, the Lord will come.
“The year…without seed time or harvest” act as verification that the sign is authentic. So if we consider the commencement of “desolation, calamity, and distress among the nations” in a year “without seed time or harvest” to be a part of the sign, we can also expect that he will not come until the fulfillment of the entire sign is complete. If this were the case, we should not be looking for the Lord to appear until after “harvest” time.
I remember listening to a speaker talk about the idea that Joseph Smith’s birth coming just after the winter solstice, when the days get longer, was symbolic of light coming into the world. He also taught that his death coming just after the summer solstice, when the days get shorter, was symbolic of light going out of the world. I think the title of his adderss was something like, “All things testify of Christ”. Considering the amount of symbolism contained in the gospel and the fact that all things do testify of Christ, we should not be surprised if he makes his appearance just after the winter solstice.
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