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Joseph’s interpretation of Pharaoh’s dream tells of seven years of plenty and seven years of famine.
As far as I have been able to find, President Hinckley has made reference to this dream twice in a general conference. The first was in the October 1998 session.
Prefacing his citation of Joseph’s dream, President Hinckley said “I wish to speak to you about temporal matters.” After paraphrasing Joseph’s dream of the seven years of plenty and seven of famine, he goes on to say:
Now, brethren, I want to make it very clear that I am not prophesying, that I am not predicting years of famine in the future. But I am suggesting that the time has come to get our houses in order. (Gordon B. Hinckley, “To the Boys and to the Men”, October 1998)
Exactly seven years later, in the October 2005 General Conference, the Prophet said:
Let us never lose sight of the dream of Pharaoh concerning the fat cattle and the lean, the full ears of corn, and the blasted ears; the meaning of which was interpreted by Joseph to indicate years of plenty and years of scarcity. (Gordon B. Hinckley, If Ye Are Prepared Ye Shall Not Fear, October 2005)
Can this be written off as a coincidence? Might one interpret these two references, given seven years apart, to mean something significant? This Gospel Library search seems to indicate that the mentions of Joseph’s dream of seven years of plenty and seven of famine shown above are the only two times President Hinckley has mentioned them in official Church publications.
Have we as children of God on the Earth passed our seven years of plenty, only to face upcoming years of famine and other related privations? Following the math, seven years after 2005’s mention would point us to 2012. Several situations point to 2012 as an eventful year, and a cursory google search yields several interesting results.
Predicting foretold calamities can be a tricky thing, however the Saints have been told that we may know the signs of His coming. No man knows the day or hour of the Savior’s coming, but a lot of death and destruction will precede that event. Perhaps we can know when such things will occur?
2012. 5 more years. This should get interesting…