OGDEN -- Larry Moench Davis, of Ogden, is the author of a newly released book, "Reconciling the Book of Revelation With Mormon Prophecies: A Guide to Overcoming the Hour of Temptation That Shall Come Upon All the World" (Digital Legend, $19.95).
The title references Revelation 3:10, which in the King James version reads: "Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth."
Davis is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
He said people often refrain from studying the Book of Revelation because it's difficult to read.
In his book, which he researched for 14 years, Davis worked to take that difficulty away.
The first half of the book is written in a format that asks a question, answers it and then provides relevant Scriptures that back up the answer. The questions and answers, Davis said, are arranged to build understanding as the reader continues through the book.
"By the time you read this book, you have read the entire Book of Revelation."
He said people are confused by the organization of Revelation.
"One of the problems you get with the Book of Revelation, it's not written in order," he said. "The first half is in chronological order, and all of a sudden, you get halfway through, and there are prophecies that happen at the very end of time."
But Davis said that when he was able to get the chronology lined up, many questions were answered.
He said temptations will cause a great division among the people of the world.
"What's going to happen in the future, the world will be divided. There will be no fence-sitters," he said.
Some of the questions that are answered in the book:
* What is the great temptation?
* How will the division happen?
* What do the righteous need to do to be able to make it through that?
The second half of Davis' book reconciles the Book of Revelation with Mormon doctrine, Davis said.
He said his text explains how the direction of the world has been spiraling downhill.
The book quotes Alexander Pope's poem "Vice" as an explanation of how that spiraling happens:
Vice is a monster of so frightful mien,
As to be hated needs but to be seen; Yet seen too oft, familiar with her face,
We first endure, then pity, then embrace.
"It's as if society is on a roller coaster that is descending at an ever-increasing speed toward self-destruction," Davis said in the book.
"I have felt an increasing urgency that the public needs to be aware of what is happening."
Davis said he felt moved to write the book.
He was not commissioned to do it by any group.
"I've always loved the Book of Revelation," he said. "I felt an urgency to get the word out."
He said those who delve into his book no longer have to be afraid of the Bookd of Revelation.
"Eight out of 10 people say, "I don't read the Book of Revelation because it's too difficult to understand," he said.
To order Davis' book, visit digitalegend.com or call 877-222-1960.
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