Prophecy - Key to the Future

By Duane S. Crowther

Synopsis: This book is about the prophesied events of the future - wars and plagues, the Second Coming of Christ, the Millennial Reign, and the ultimate destiny of the earth. It draws on the scriptures and the teachings of the prophets to present an account of these future events.

Strong Points: Crowther does an excellent job of gathering the scattered prophecies about the end times into the context of a systematic, coherent picture that readers can readily understand. There is even a chart showing the flow of events within the inside cover. No longer are the prophecies of the future vague and loosely connected; Crowther pieces together scattered scriptural passages and teachings of various Church leaders from the Journal of Discourses to present the reader with a plainly laid-out and highly consistent picture of the future. The edition I read was from 1962, and so it was interesting to see how a few predictions have since been fulfilled or appear plausible in today's world.

Weak Points: Crowther made the mistake of referring to the United Order as a "communal" system, which is incorrect. Also, he makes extensive use of the dubious "White Horse Prophecy" supposedly made by Joseph Smith (but is of questionable veracity), although he does give an intriguing analysis of the prophecy in an appendix, showing how most of it elements are prophesied elsewhere by other General Authorities. Also, there were points in the book where I questioned whether Crowther's chronology of events was correct.

Interesting: 4/5

Must Read: 3.8/5

Overall: 4.2/5

 
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