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Zechariah and Malachi describe the sequence of events that will lead up to the Savior’s coming in glory. They also lay out what is required of those who will come unto Him and partake of His Atonement.
Every week we have the sacred privilege of coming unto Christ at the sacrament table. We are commanded to “go to the house of prayer and offer up [our] sacraments upon my holy day” At that moment we come into the presence of the Lord and account for ourselves. Imagine being denied access to the sacrament table. Imagine losing the privilege of coming unto Christ to be purified of Him.
Throughout the vast span of human history innumerable kingdoms have risen and nearly all of them have fallen into the dust until now they only exist as remnants of scattered memories.
In 592 B.C., Ezekiel was taken in vision to Jerusalem where he witnessed the extent to which wickedness had consumed the hearts of the Jews. He also witnessed that their corruption caused the “glory of the Lord,” or the light of Christ, to withdraw from the city. The vision commenced with Ezekiel seeing through successive stages “increasingly greater acts of apostasy.”
It was a bleak and hopeless time. Scattered Israel had become the prey of spiritual wolves, and had become spiritually a “valley of dry bones.” But Ezekiel promised that the day would come when the Lord would “set up one shepherd over [Israel], and he shall feed them, even my servant David.”