“..feel the prints of the nails in my hands and in my feet, that ye may know that I am the God of Israel, and the God of the whole earth, and have been slain for the sins of the world” (3 Nephi 11:14).
Just as the resurrected Christ appeared to those in America, He will again return in the last days – though under different circumstances, as prophesied. “And then shall the power of heaven come down among them, and I also will be in the midst” (3 Nephi 21:25). The second coming will be a welcome sight for the righteous, who will reach out ready to receive Him – but it will be a mournful scene for the wicked, who are shown with coins strewn under their fallen figures. Traditionally the Savior is portrayed as appearing draped in white, however, His being clothed in red is mentioned in Isaiah 63:2, and also in D&C 133:48.
The artist’s granddaughter noted the following: “The painting dramatically portrays Christ descending from the clouds of Heaven clothed in scarlet. Figures appear kneeling and bowing at his feet, overcome by his presence. The brightly lit forms on his right represent the righteous while the obscure figures on his left signify the damned. The compassionate gestures of Christ’s head and hands toward the kneeling righteous reaching out to him follow the scriptural account: “And now the year of my redeemed is come; and they shall mention the loving kindness of their Lord, and all that he has bestowed upon them according to his goodness, and according to his loving kindness, forever and ever (D&C 133:52).” (footnote: Wardle, Marion, Minerva Teichert: Pageants in Paint. Provo, Brigham Young University Museum of Art, 2007. 96.)
Additional reading: “To Look, Reach, and Come unto Christ”
More information on the artist: “Minerva Kohlhepp Teichert: With a Bold Brush”