The end of the world has been predicted since its very beginning. According to prophecy, that end will be reached somewhere near the close of the six thousandth year which, according to man’s calculations, is some 25 or 30 years hence. The end of the world means “the destruction of the wicked,” (Smith 1:4) and the “destroying of Satan and his works.” (D&C 19:1) Therefore, the fall of Satan’s Great and Abominable Church will occur simultaneously therewith.
Nephi, who provides most of the information about the devil’s church, was not permitted to describe its fall. He did state that such was inevitable. (2 Nephi 28:18) He also described a worldwide war between all nations which belong to “the Mother of Abominations.” (1 Nephi 14:15–16) This war followed the attack made by these nations on the Church of the Lamb, and according to other prophesies, that attack signals their utter destruction. Modem scripture describes the end of the devil’s church in these words:
For the hour is nigh and the day soon at hand when the earth is ripe; and all the proud and they that do wickedly shall be as stubble; and! will burn them up, saith the Lord of Hosts, that wickedness shall not be upon the earth;
And the great and abominable church, which is the whore of all the earth, shall be cast down by devouring fire,…for abominations shall not reign. (D&C 29:9, 21)
The Point Of No-Return
The time of the end of the world has not been revealed, but Moroni has told us that the people on the promised land will be “swept off’ when they become “ripened in iniquity.” Four different times in as many verses he repeats this as an everlasting decree of God, and his last warning is directed to us “Gentiles.” (Ether 2:8–11) But at what point does a nation on this land become “ripened in iniquity” so that its destruction is made certain? Is there a point of no-return which, when reached, guarantees extinction? Is there a particular kind of wickedness which, when committed, will be punished with death, terror, famine, and pestilence?
Moroni, in the following passage assures us that there is a national sin which brings certain destruction to the nation which commits it, and he specifies what that sin is:
And whatsoever nation shall uphold such secret combinations, to get power and gain, until they shall spread over the nation, behold, they shall be destroyed; for the Lord will not suffer that the blood of his saints, which shall be shed by them, shall always cry unto him from the ground for vengeance upon them and yet he avenge them not.
Wherefore, O ye Gentiles, it is wisdom in God that these things should be shown unto you, that thereby ye may repent of your sins, and suffer not that these murderous combinations shall get above you (Ether 8:22–23)
This scripture is just one of many which teaches that the one unforgivable sin which has invariably brought the judgments of God upon that nation which has committed it is the unpunished murder of the saints and the prophets. When, instead of using government to protect God’s servants, the people use it to persecute, imprison, and kill those sent to call them to repentance, at that point disaster becomes inevitable. To state the matter another way, when a nation becomes so corrupt that they allow their officers of government to condone or participate in crimes against the saints and prophets, this is a sure sign of destruction. Let us observe that religious history confirms this truth.