Prophecy of rise, fall of world's kingdoms

Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, had a dream, which he had forgotten upon awaking.

Elder LeGrand Richards, in the April 1970 general conference, spoke of how the king, being disturbed by the dream he could not remember, "called in the soothsayers and the wise men and the astrologers, and none of them could give him the dream. He sent for the man Daniel. And Daniel came and he said, `There is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. Thy dream, and the visions of thy head upon thy bed, are these.' (Dan. 2:28.)"Then he told them about the rise and fall of the kingdoms of this world until the latter days, when the God of heaven would set up a kingdom that should never be destroyed nor given to another people, but instead it would be like a stone cut out of the mountain without hands and would roll forth until it would become as a great mountain and fill the whole earth." (See Dan. 2:31-35.)

In his April 1978 general conference address, President Ezra Taft Benson spoke of this scriptural account: "Today The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is extending the heralded message of the restoration of the gospel to every nation which permits us entrance through its borders. This is a fulfillment of the vision and revelation received by Daniel, the prophet, `who foresaw and foretold the establishment of the kingdom of God in the latter days, never again to be destroyed nor given to other people.' (See D&C 138:44.) He likened the beginning of this kingdom to a small stone cut out of a mountain without human hands but which rolled forward to become a great mountain until it filled the entire earth.

"This is the heaven-decreed destiny of the Church and kingdom. Not all men will perceive the hand of God in this latter-day work. Jesus told Nicodemus, `Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.' (John 3:3.) Without the guidance and inspiration of the Holy Ghost, there will be some who will see nothing more to the progress of the Church than a social curiosity."

President Benson further said, "The kingdom of God will not fail; it shall not be destroyed; it will not be left to other people; it will stand forever until `the kingdoms of this world

willT become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ.' " (Rev. 11:15.)

President Benson cited a prophecy made by Joseph Smith: " `No unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing: persecutions may rage, mobs may combine, armies may assemble, calumny may defame, but the truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly, and independent, till it has penetrated every continent, visited every clime, swept every country, and sounded in every ear, till the purposes of God shall be accomplished, and the Great Jehovah shall say the work is done.' " (History of the Church 4:540.)

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