"We live in the day that “our forefathers have awaited with anxious expectation.” We have front-row seats to witness live what the prophet Nephi saw only in vision, that “the power of the Lamb of God” would descend “upon the covenant people of the Lord, who were scattered upon all the face of the earth; and they were armed with righteousness and with the power of God in great glory. 1 Nephi 14:14
"You, my brothers and sisters, are among those men, women, and children whom Nephi saw. Think of that!" Hear Him, April 2020 Conference talk by President Russell M. Nelson
“…but we do not need to let our fears displace our faith. We can combat those fears by strengthening our faith.
"Why do we need such resilient faith? Because difficult days are ahead. Rarely in the future will it be easy or popular to be a faithful Latter-day Saint. Each of us will be tested. The Apostle Paul warned that in the latter days, those who diligently follow the Lord “shall suffer persecution” (2 Timothy 3:12). That very persecution can either crush you into silent weakness or motivate you to be more exemplary and courageous in your daily lives.” The Future of the Church: Preparing the World for the Savior’s Second Coming, Liahona, April 2020
“This Church, when restored in its fulness, will prepare the world for the coming of the Lord,” but not before Christ’s followers are persecuted, he said.
“Church members in the Samoan Islands will not be immune from being persecuted,” he said, warning them to “prepare to be persecuted, even every day,” and telling them they have a solemn duty to prepare for it.
“Please protect your families from the deception you will see in your future,” he said. “That’s why we are all busily engaged in this work. We have to fortify our people against attacks of the adversary.” Russel M Nelson, May 18, 2019 Apia, Samoa
“We live in a world that is complex and increasingly contentious. The constant availability of social media and a 24-hour news cycle bombard us with relentless messages. If we are to have any hope of sifting through the myriad of voices and the philosophies of men that attack truth, we must learn to receive revelation.” ‘Hear Him’, April, 2020 GC
“We are witnessing an ever greater movement toward polarity. The middle-ground options will be removed from us as Latter-day Saints. The middle of the road will be withdrawn.” Elder Bednar, October 2020 talk, Holland quote originally given in 1998
"The problem with this assumption is simple...No where in sacred history does such a scenario ever present itself. In fact the opposite seems to be true.. The righteous gather to a place of peace and safety and are blessed. After a period of time the people began to be divided into the two groups...those who still keep the commandments and those who don’t. The longer the time period...the greater the division and the more those who have become wicked dominate the once righteous society. They take over control of the government and pass laws to help them in their quest for power and riches. The true humble followers of Christ become the very small (and diminishing) minority of the society." Robert K Young, Tent Cities in the Last Days
“Should the Lord decide at this time to cleanse the Church–and the need for that
cleansing seems to be increasing—a famine in this land of one year’s duration could
wipe out a large percentage of slothful members, including some ward and stake
officers. Yet we cannot say we have not been warned.” Ezra Taft Benson, Conference Report, April 1969, p.10-12
"In that regard, we can learn a lot from Captain Moroni. As commander of the Nephite armies, he faced opposing forces that were stronger, greater in number, and meaner. So, Moroni prepared his people in three essential ways.
"First, he (Moroni) helped them create areas where they would be safe—“places of security” he called them. Second, he prepared “the minds of the people to be faithful unto the Lord. And third, he never stopped preparing his people—physically or spiritually. Let us consider these three principles.
If we are not prepared what happens to us when the times of troubles takes place? Will we be rescued by ward members or the federal government or state and local officials or the Church?
"They confuse the mandate/commandment of sharing and taking care of the poor and needy with sharing their food with the rebellious. This false assumption is held not only by the rebellious (who often use it to justify their rebellious ways and minimize the outlined consequences) but by many of the obedient as well. There is a big difference between the two concepts of taking care of the truly poor and needy and taking care of the rebellious.
"It is one thing to share with those who either did not know the commandment or were prevented from complying (the truly needy and poor)...and something completely different to share with those who willfully rebelled against the commandment and were disobedient.
How many times have you heard the phrase (or something like it)....oh, I don’t have any food storage...I will just share with my neighbor who has food storage. (Unfortunately, most of the neighborhood thinks the same...and so if it was allowed to come to pass, the family who had sacrificed and gathered the one year food storage would have nothing left after a few days.)"
After talking about reviewing his food storage Elder Bednar related the parable of the 10 virgins:
“But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
“And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. David A. Bednar, October Conference 2010, We Will Prove them Herewith
“And the rebellious shall be cut off out of the land of Zion, and shall be sent away, and shall not inherit the land.
“For, verily I say that the rebellious are not of the blood of Ephraim, wherefore they shall be plucked out.” D&C 64:34-36
"And now the heart of the question.... “Is it right and just for the obedient who have sacrificed their means to be obedient and laid up in store for their families...to give to those who had the same opportunity...but who refused to obey the commandment and laid up nothing?” Wouldn’t that be rewarding the rebellious for their rebelliousness? How are the disobedient going to suffer the consequences of their actions or inactions? How will the obedient gain from being obedient... if they have given all their food away during a time of famine?
"It is one thing to share with those who either did not know the commandment or were prevented from complying (the truly needy and poor)...and something completely different to share with those who willfully rebelled against the commandment and were disobedient." Robert K Young, Tent Cities in the Last days, p 13, 15
WHEN WILL CHRIST APPEAR?
"But I tell you this, it shall come as a thief in the night, when many of us will not be ready for it." Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines of Salvation Vol 3 pp 52-53
"Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh." Matt 24:44
"Joseph Fielding Smith: The Lord has never revealed to us when the day will come, but has given us knowledge enough by which we may know that the day is not far away. When I say 'not far away,' I am not setting any definite number of years...People say all kinds of things but no man knows the day of his coming and no man is going to know and I don't think the Twelve will know it. I have my doubts that the Presidency of the Church will know, because the Lord says he will come when no one is expecting it, but he has given us signs and the world is full of them today, signs of his coming as he draws nigh." Take Heed Yourselves p 19-20
“While we are powerless to alter the fact of the Second Coming and unable to know it's exact time, we can accelerate our own preparation and try to influence the preparation of those around us.” Dallin H. Oaks, April 2004 General Conference
The apostle Mark indicates that the gospel would be preached to all of the world and the abomination of desolation which the Savior just described would happen to the Jews and Jerusalem soon after His death, would occur again as a sign indicating the nearness of his coming.
"But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains." Mark 13:14
"But of that day and that hour knoweth no man no, not the angels, which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father." Mark 13:32
"And again, verily I say unto you, the coming of the Lord draweth nigh, and it overtaketh the world as a thief in the night--
"Therefore, gird up your loins, that you may be the children of light and that day shall not overtake you as a thief" D&C 106:4-5
DO THE SCRIPTURES TELL US WHAT SIGNS IN THE HEAVENS MEAN?
What the signs and wonders are and when they shall appear have not been revealed. As signs appear it will be apparent, to the faithful saints, that the end is near but the exact time will not be revealed.
The signs and wonders will "enchant and entertain the Saints" but "terrify and awe the sinners of the earth." History of the Church, 1:440
"For not many days hence and the earth shall tremble and reel to and fro as a drunken man; and the sun shall hide his face, and shall refuse to give light; and the moon shall be bathed in blood; and the stars shall become exceedingly angry, and shall cast themselves down as a fig that falleth from off a fig tree." D&C 88:87
WILL THE GOSPEL BE PREACHED TO THE ALL WORLD BEFORE THE SECOND COMING?
"And the gospel must first be published among all nations." Mark 13:10
"Some day, in the providence of the Lord we shall get into Red China and Russia and the Middle East, and so on, until eventually the gospel will have been preached everywhere, to all people and this will occur before the second coming of the Son of Man...
"I have no hesitancy whatever in saying that before the Lord comes, in all those nations we will have congregations that are stable, secure, devoted, and sound. We will have progressed in spiritual things to the point where they have received all of the blessings of the house of the Lord. That is the destiny.
"People from all nations will have the blessings of the house of the Lord before the Second Coming." McConkie, All Are Alike Unto God, 1978 Religious Educators Symposium, SLC: The LDS Church Educational System, 1979 p 3
Bruce R. McConkie: The revealed words speak of...there being congregations of...covenant people of the Lord in every nation, speaking every tongue, and among every people when the Lord comes again..." Mexico and Central America Area Conference Report 16 Aug 1972, p 45
DOES AMERICA NEED CLEANSING?
"Who would ever have guessed that America would outlaw prayer, Bible reading, or the display of the Ten Commandments in public schools. Or legalize the abortion of forty million American babies in a single generation. Or tolerate a flow of murders, robberies, violent assaults, and rapes exceeding that of any other nation in the world? Or who would have thought that with the hundreds of millions spent to build prisons, the most dangerous types of criminals would be turned loose on the streets because officials claimed they had no room to hold them? Or who would have believed the filth pouring forth from books, magazines, television and motion pictures? or thousands of children being sexually abused, even by their own parents? Or the legalizing of sodomy as an optional judicially protected lifestyle and calling it part of the "new morality"?" The Cleansing of America, Cleon Skousen
THE RISE OF THE FIRST WORLDWIDE DICTATORSHIP (OR THE BEAST) AS SEEN BY JOHN
"Beginning with Revelation, chapter 13, John talks about an event which unfolds on the earth after the opening of the seventh seal and the beginning of the half hour of silence in heaven referred to.....
"John says the first worldwide dictatorship (beast) will come into its full dimension of power shortly after the year 2,000 but its beginning will be during the sixth seal. It is not a single dictatorship, but a coalition of nations. ( Similar to the Gadianton Robbers in the Book of Mormon) Here is how John describes it:
“And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.” Revelation 13:1
"The reference to HIS horns and HIS heads demonstrates that these nations were a unified coalition. We do not know why seven heads would have ten horns and ten crowns unless three of these nations had colonial dominions.
"John leaves no doubt that this monster rising out of the sea was a Satanicinstitution. Speaking of the monster as a united entity, John says “the dragon” (Satan) gave him his power and his seat of authority. Rev 13:2
"John describes the figurative symbols used by God, and says this dictatorship had the sinister cunning of a leopard, the feet and claws of a bear, and the teeth and mouth of a lion." The Cleansing of America by Skousen
DOES A SECRET COMBINATION CONTROL AMERICA TODAY?
"Who are the "Gadianton Robbers" in the beginning of the 7th seal? They are a group of people who run the Federal Reserve; international bankers, billionaire industrialists, Wall Street tycoons, influential people and politicians. Most are behind the scenes and their names are kept secret. In the past they made the Russian Revolution possible with financial support. They profit from wars by loaning money to both sides of conflicts which includes both World wars. They want America to be in debt because they collect the interest on the debt and this gives them leverage to control governments. This has been true for the last 120 years. They pick presidents and chart the course of a country. They spread Satan's agenda across America and the world by promoting abortion, divorce, sex slavery, war, homosexuality, lawlessness, disease and sexuality through foreign aid. They are in a war against the Constitution and want complete control of the populations who they loan money too. They meet regularly to promote their agenda. Some of the groups are known. One such group is called the Conference on Foreign Relations.
"It is important to note that the controlling powers behind the scenes helped cause the First World War and the Second World War by giving funds to first arm and then re-arm Germany, were also the main agents that funded the establishment and rise of Communism in Russia and throughout the world. These international Gadianton robbers have helped to foment wars, revolution, confusion etc in their quest for power. These powers have continued to this day as a behind the scenes influence of political kingdoms much like the Gadianton robbers described in the Book of Mormon. These powers, identified for many years as the powers that control the international banks are on the verge of succeeding in their quest to overthrow or control the world. In actuality this is the seat of power of the Beast. As A Thief in the Night by Roger K. Young 1999, p 29
It is interesting that the word "conspiracy" has been made to look extreme or absurd. In fact the best information on how conspiracies work is found in the Book of Mormon. There, the secret society called Gadianton Robbers destroy both the Jaradite and Nephite nations. The same is happening to America. "None Dare Call It Conspiracy" by Garry Allen is the best book on the topic.
“If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around [the banks] will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.
“I sincerely believe that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies, and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity under the name of funding is but swindling futurity on a large scale.” Thomas Jefferson to John Taylor, 1816. ME 15:2
WHO FINANCED THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION?
"Lord Alfred Milner, wealthy English man and front man for the Rothschilds, served as paymaster for the International bankers in Petrograd during the Bolshevik Revolution. Milner later headed secret society known as The Round Table which was dedicated to establishing a world government whereby a clique of super-rich financiers would control the world under the guise of Socialism. The American subsidiary of this conspiracy is called the Council on Foreign Relations and was started by, and is still controlled by leftist international bankers.
"The Federal Reserve System is not Federal; it has no reserves; and it is not a system at all, but rather, a criminal syndicate." Eustace Mullins
"It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning." Henry Ford
"When the Federal Reserve Act was passed, the people of these United States did not perceive that a world banking system was being set up here. A super-state controlled by international bankers and international industrialists acting together to enslave the world for their own pleasure. Every effort has been made by the Fed to conceal its powers but the truth is - The Fed has usurped the government!" Louis Thomas McFadden
“Sneaky and underhanded, the Federal Reserve has been sucking the life blood out of the United States since 1913. Like a black widow spider, it weaves a web of corruption and deceit. Unknown to its prey, the FED's bite is poisonous, deep, long-lasting and brings financial upheaval and misery to Americans.” Jim McCarthy, The Money Spiders, the Ruin-NATION of the United States by the Federal Reserve
"History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments by controlling money and its issuance." James Madison
"By remaining behind the scenes, they (the Rothschilds) were able to avoid the brunt of public anger which was directed, instead, at the political figures which they largely controlled. This is a technique which has been practiced by financial manipulators ever since, and it is fully utilized by those who operate the Federal Reserve System today." G. Edward Griffin
The Federal Reserve Bank of New York is eager to enter into close relationship with the Bank for International Settlements....The conclusion is impossible to escape that the State and Treasury Departments are willing to pool the banking system of Europe and America, setting up a world financial power independent of and above the Government of the United States....The United States under present conditions will be transformed from the most active of manufacturing nations into a consuming and importing nation with a balance of trade against it. Louis Thomas McFadden
"The depression was the calculated 'shearing' of the public by the World Money powers, triggered by the planned sudden shortage of supply of call money in the New York money market....The One World Government leaders and their ever close bankers have now acquired full control of the money and credit machinery of the U.S. via the creation of the privately owned Federal Reserve Bank." Curtis Bean Dall
"The few who understand the system, will either be so interested from its profits or so dependent on its favors, that there will be no opposition from that class." Mayer Amschel Rothschild
"Most Americans have no real understanding of the operation of the international money lenders. The accounts of the Federal Reserve System have never been audited. It operates outside the control of Congress and manipulates the credit of the United States." Barry Goldwater
"We have, in this country, one of the most corrupt institutions the world has ever known. I refer to the Federal Reserve Board. This evil institution has impoverished the people of the United States and has practically bankrupted our government. It has done this through the corrupt practices of the moneyed vultures who control it." Louis Thomas McFadden
"The financial system has been turned over to the Federal Reserve Board. That Board administers the finance system by authority of a purely profiteering group. The system is Private, conducted for the sole purpose of obtaining the greatest possible profits from the use of other people's money." Charles August Lindbergh, father to the aviator and politician
“When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing - When you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors - When you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you - When you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice - You may know that your society is doomed.”
Movie: Money Masters, documentary on international bankers.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE SILENCE IN HEAVEN?
And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour. (a half hour is 21 years in the Lord's time)
"And the saints that are upon the earth, who are alive, shall be quickened and be caught up to meet him.
"And they who have slept in their graves shall come forth, for their graves shall be opened; and they also shall be caught up to meet him in the midst of the pillar of heaven—
"They are Christ’s, the first fruits, they who shall descend with him first, and they who are on the earth and in their graves, who are first caught up (Taken up to heaven) to meet him; and all this by the voice of the sounding of the trump of the angel of God.
"And after this another angel shall sound, which is the second trump; and then cometh the redemption of those who are Christ’s at his coming; who have received their part in that prison which is prepared for them, that they might receive the gospel, and be judged according to men in the flesh." D&C 88:95-99
"But before the arm of the Lord shall fall, (before the judgments begin) an angel shall sound his trump, and the saints that have slept shall come forth to meet me in the cloud.
"Wherefore, if ye have slept in peace blessed are you; for as you now behold me and know that I am, even so shall ye come unto me and your souls shall live, and your redemption shall be perfected; and the saints shall come forth from the four quarters of the earth.
"Then shall the arm of the Lord fall upon the nations. (Judgement)
"And then shall the Lord set his foot upon this mount, and it shall cleave in twain, and the earth shall tremble, and reel to and fro, and the heavens also shall shake.
"And the Lord shall utter his voice, and all the ends of the earth shall hear it; and the nations of the earth shall mourn, and they that have laughed shall see their folly." D&C 45:45-49
Joseph Smith translation of Genesis concerning saints being translated:
"For God having sworn unto Enoch and unto his seed with an oath by himself; that every one being ordained after this order and calling should have power, by faith, to break mountains, to divide the seas, to dry up waters, to turn them out of their course;
"To put at defiance the armies of nations, to divide the earth, to break every band, to stand in the presence of God; to do all things according to his will, according to his command, subdue principalities and powers; and this by the will of the Son of God which was from before the foundation of the world.
"And men having this faith, coming up unto this order of God, were translated and taken up into heaven." Genesis 14:30-32
WHAT PLAGUES AND WOES HAPPEN AFTER THE SILENCE IN HEAVEN?
"Before this earth becomes a fit habitat for the Holy One, it must be cleansed and purified. The wicked must be destroyed; peace must replace war; and the evil imagination in the hearts of men must give way to the desires for righteousness. How shall this be brought to pass? There are two ways: 1 plagues and pestilence and wars and desolation 20 Then, at his coming, the vineyard will be burned. The residue of the wicked will be consumed. No corruptible thing will remain. And this earth will then become a fit abode for the Prince of Peace." Bruce R McConkie, Millennial Messiah, p 378
"The judgements of God will be poured out upon the wicked to the extent that our elders from far and near will be called home. Or, in other words, the gospel will be taken from the Gentiles and later on will be carried to the Jews." Heber C Kimball Deseret News May 23, 1931 p 3
Brigham Young: "Do you think there is calamity abroad now among the people? Not much. All we have yet heard and all we have experienced is scarcely a preface to the sermon that is going to be preached. When the testimony of the Elders ceases to be given, and the Lord says to them "Come home: I will now preach my own sermons to the nations of the earth." all you now know can scarcely be called a preface to the sermon that will be preached with fire and sword, tempests, earthquakes, hail, rain, thunders and lightenings and fearful destruction. What matters the destruction of a few railway cars? You will hear of magnificent cities, how idolized by the people, sinking in the earth, entombing the inhabitants. The sea will heave itself beyond its bounds, engulfing mighty cities. Famine will spread over the nations and nation will rise up against nation, kingdom against kingdom and states against states, in our own country and in foreign lands. Brigham Young Journal of Discourses vol 8 p 123, 1860
"The Lord said they would not heed that warning voice no more than they had heeded the warning voice of his servants. But I want to call the attention of the Latter-Day Saints, and indeed if I had the power, the attention of all the world to the fact that God is speaking through the elements. The earthquakes, the sea heaving itself beyond its bounds, bringing such dire destruction as we have seen are the voice of God crying repentance to this generation, a generation that only in part has heeded the warning voice of the servants of the Lord." Melvin J. Ballard, Conference Report, Oct 1923 p 31
HOW LONG DOES THE BEAST HAVE FULL POWER?
“And there was given unto him [of the many kingdoms collectively] a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue FORTY AND TWO MONTHS.” Rev 13:5
"So the first dictatorship reaches a point where it dominates the world and sustains the ongoing society of immorality, abortion, non-religious education, and high crimes and misdemeanors.
"And so, as John says, it will continue until at some point the first dictatorship will attain a position of absolute power for three-and-a-half years. Then an amazing thing will happen." The Cleansing of America, Cleon Skousen
WHAT MISTAKE DOES THE BEAST MAKE?
However, at this point, John saw that the first dictatorship (beast) would make a lethal mistake which will eventually wipe it out of existence. Here is what happens:
“And he [beast or dictator] opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. (Religious persecution of the saints.)
“And it was given unto him to make WAR AGAINST THE Saints and to OVERCOME them: and power was given him over all mankind, and tongues and nations.” Rev 13:6-7
"So, again, what is a White supremacist? You might be surprised to learn just how broad the definition has become. Bloomberg News has described a wall along our southern border as "a Monument to White Supremacy," so be certain not to support that. Colin Kaepernick, who seems to have the unequivocal support of corporate America, calls the Fourth of July an example of White supremacy. Better put away the fireworks and the hot dogs.
"The United States Army, a trusted institution if there ever was one, has an entire manual on what is and what is not White supremacy. Apparently, among the tell-tale signs of a committed White supremacist are these: Celebrating Columbus Day, using the term "American exceptionalism", any support for federal border security or English-only measures or "education funding from property taxes". Using the phrase "there's only one human race" is White supremacy, too, according to the Army.
"Here's the problem: Let's say you don't buy those definitions. Let's say you're, for example, White but poor and you have trouble accepting the idea that you're benefiting from some kind of structural advantage. Well, you'd better shut up about it if you know what's good for you, because according to the United States Army, the "denial of White privilege" is a classic sign of, yes, White supremacy. So no complaining." Tucker Carlson, January 20, 2021
FROM THIS POINT ON, THE FIRST DICTATORSHIP WILL DRIFT INTO OBLIVION
Just as John’s account reaches a point of supreme suspense with the monster declaring war against the Saints – and overcoming them – John tells us the first dictatorship has been obliterated.
But what happened? He doesn’t tell us what happened! He simply closes the account of the first dictatorship with this rather amazing philosophical comment:
“If any man have an ear, let him hear. He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.” Rev 13:9-10
In other words, the first dictatorship has disintegrated into ashes and the faith of the saints is vindicated.
But what brought this about after the first dictatorship turned on the Saints and overpowered them?
Perhaps John left out this vital part of his story so it could be told by his Master. In any event we now have the whole story in the Book of Mormon, and it probably gives us far greater details than John could have provided.
THE RESURRECTED JESUS TELLS WHAT HAPPENS TO THE FIRST DICTATORSHIP
"When the resurrected Jesus appeared to his “other sheep” on the American continent in 34 A.D., he talked a lot about America in the latter days. He talked about the Gentiles coming from Europe and setting up the first free people in modern times. He talked about their riches and their power. But he also talked about their wickedness. He said the pure original gospel would be restored among them but unless they embraced it as a people, America would be entirely cleansed of its gentile wickedness and this continent would be largely depopulated." Cleon Skousen
Here is the way Jesus said it:
“And thus commandeth the Father that I should say unto you: At that day when the Gentiles shall sin against my gospel, and shall be lifted up in the pride of their hearts above all nations, and above all people of the whole earth, and shall be filled with all manner of lyings, and of deceits, and of mischiefs, and all manner of hypocrisy, and murders, and priest crafts, and whoredoms, and of secret combinations, and if they shall do all those things, and shall reject the fulness of my gospel, behold, saith the Father, I WILL BRING THE FULNES MY GOSPEL FROM AMONG THEM.” 3 Nephi 16-10
HOW WILL AMERICA BE CLEANSED?
On God’s prophetic time line, the cleansing of America was recognized in heaven as such a monumental watershed in history that God was talking about it with his prophet Micah clear back around 700 B.C.:
Having already discussed this momentous event with one of his prophets, Jesus therefore quoted Micah to the Nephites. He introduced it by saying:
“And the Father hath commanded me that I should give unto you this land for your inheritance.
“And I say unto you, that if the Gentiles do not repent after the blessing which they shall receive, after they have scattered my people – then shall ye WHO ARE A REMNANT OF THE HOUSE OF Israel go forth among them, and ye shall be in the midst of them who shall be many, and ye shall be among them as a lion among the beasts of the forest, and as a young lion among the flocks of sheep, who, if he goeth through both treadeth down and teareth in pieces, and none can deliver.
“Thy hand shall be lifted up upon thine adversaries, and all thine enemies shall be cut off. I will gather my people together as a man gathereth his sheaves into the floor. For I will make my people with whom the Father hath covenanted, yea, I will make thy horn iron, and I will make thy hoofs brass. And thou shalt beat in pieces many people; and I will consecrate their gain unto the Lord, and their substance unto the Lord of the whole earth. And behold, I am he who doeth it.” 3 Nephi 20:14-20
WILL THERE BE A SECOND CIVIL WAR IN AMERICA?
Brigham Young told of hearing the Prophet speak of the coming destruction of the United States:
Joseph Smith saw a vision of the cleansing of America and wrote:
“And now I am prepared to say by the authority of Jesus Christ, that not many years shall pass away before the United States shall present such a scene of bloodshed as has not a parallel in the history of our nation; pestilence, hail, famine, and earthquake will sweep the wicked of this generation from off the face of the land to open and prepare the way for the return of the lost tribes of Israel from the north country....Repent ye, repent ye, and embrace the everlasting covenant, and flee to Zion before the overflowing scourge overtakes you. ” Teaching of the Prophet Joseph Smith p 17
In one revelation the Lord mentions a coming scourge. He says:
“For behold, and lo, vengeance cometh speedily upon the ungodly as the whirlwind; and who shall escape it? The Lord’s scourge shall pass over by night and by day, and the report thereof shall vex all people. It shall not be stayed until the Lord comes.
“Nevertheless, Zion shall escape if she observe to do all things whatsoever I have commanded her.
“But if she observe not to do whatsoever I have commanded her, I will visit her according to all her works; with sore affliction, with pestilence, with plague, with sword, with vengeance, with devouring fire.” D&C 97:22-26
A scourge is a whip used to flog and inflict great pain upon individuals. The Lord has decreed one or more great scourges for the last days, scourges that will cleanse the world.
There are three other accounts by those who were allowed to see visions of what it will be like when the cleansing of America occurs.
1. John Taylor Vision: 2. George A. Smith Vision
He said the United States would take away the weapons of the people. They would have their missiles in big holes in the ground, which he described as being like grain silos. The Soviets would send their own missiles to try to destroy them, as well as U.S. military bases and cities. They would also send in ground troops.
President Smith indicated that this attack would take place on a holiday after the Presidential election, but before the official inauguration. He said that the President at this time would be of Greek ancestry. (some people used to refer to blacks as greeks) President Smith said that the conditions after the war would be “dreadful” and would make the worst times of the depression seem “like a Sunday School picnic” in comparison. The Full Vision of President George Albert Smith, David Hughes Horne, P.E., Chemical Engineer, 28 February 1989
3. Patriarch Charles D. Evans vision
"But," continued the messenger, Thou beholdest a change. Confidence is lost. Wealth is arrayed against labor, labor against wealth, yet the land abounds with plenty for food and raiment, and silver and gold are in abundance. Thou seest also that letters written by a Jew have wrought great confusion in the finances of the nation which, together with the policy of many wealthy ones, has produced distress and do presage further sorrow."
"Factions now sprang up as if by magic; capital had entrenched itself against labor throughout the land; labor was organized against capital. The voice of the wise sought to tranquilize these two powerful factors in vain. Excited multitudes ran wildly about; strikes increased; lawlessness sought the place of regular government. At this juncture I saw a banner floating in air whereon was written the words Bankruptcy, Famine, Floods, Fire, Cyclones, Blood, Plague. Mad with rage men and women rushed upon each other. Blood flowed down the streets of cities like water. The demon of bloody hate had enthroned itself on the citadel of reason; the thirst for blood was intenser than that of the parched tongue for water. Thousands of bodies lay untombed in the streets. Men and women fell dead from the terror inspired from fear. Rest was but the precursor of the bloody work of the morrow. All around lay the mournfulness of a past in ruins. Monuments erected to perpetuate the names of the noble and brave were ruthlessly destroyed by combustibles. A voice now sounded aloud these words, Yet once again I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. And this word yet once again signifies the removing of things that are shaken, as of things that are made; that those things that cannot be shaken may remain."
"Earthquakes rent the earth in vast chasms, which engulfed multitudes; terrible groanings and wailings filled the air; the shrieks of the suffering were indescribably awful. Water wildly rushed in from the tumultuous ocean whose very roaring under the mad rage of the fierce cyclone, was unendurable to the ear. Cities were swept away in an instant, missiles were hurled through the atmosphere at a terrible velocity and people were carried upward only to descend in unrecognized mass. Islands appeared where ocean waves once tossed the gigantic steamer. In other parts voluminous flames, emanating from vast fires, rolled with fearful velocity destroying life and property in their destructive course. The seal of the dread menace of despair was stamped on every healing visage; men fell exhausted, appalled and trembling. Every element of agitated nature seemed a demon of wrathful fury. Dense clouds, blacker than midnight darkness, whose thunders reverberated with intonations which shook the earth, obscured the sunlight. Darkness reined, unrivalled and supreme.
"Again the light shone, revealing an atmosphere tinged with a leaden hue, which was the precursor of an unparalleled plague whose first symptoms were recognized by a purple spot which appeared on the cheek, or on the back of the hand, and which, invariably, enlarged until it spread over the entire surface of the body, producing certain death. Mothers, on sight of it, cast away their children as though they were poisonous reptiles. This plague, in grown persons, rotted the eyes in their sockets and consumed the tongue as would a powerful acid or an intense heat. Wicked men, suffering under its writhing agonies, cursed God and died, as they stood on their feet, and the birds of prey feasted on their carcasses.
"I saw in my dream the messenger again appear with a vile in his right hand, who addressing me said: Thou knowest somewhat of the chemistry taught in the schools of human learning, behold now a chemistry sufficiently powerful to change the waters of the sea."
"He then poured out his vile upon the sea and it became putrid as the blood of a dead man, and every living soul therein died. Other plagues followed I forbear to record. A foreign power had invaded the nation which, from every human indication, it appeared would seize the government and supplant it with monarchy. I stood trembling at the aspect, when, lo, a power arose in the west which declared itself in favor of the constitution in its original form; to this suddenly rising power every lover of constitutional rights and liberties throughout the nation gave hearty support. This struggle was fiercely contested, but the stars and stripes floated in the breeze, and, bidding defiance to opposition, waved proudly over the land. Among the many banners I saw, was one inscribed thus: The government based on the constitution, now and forever;" on another Liberty of Conscience, social, religious, and political."
"The light of the gospel which had but dimly shown because of abomination, now burst forth with a luster that filled the earth. Cities appeared in every direction, one of which, in the center of the continent, was an embodiment of architectural science after the pattern of eternal perfections, whose towers glittered with a radiance emanating from the sparkling of emeralds, rubies, diamonds and other precious stones set in a canopy of gold and so elaborately and skillfully arranged as to shed forth a brilliancy which dazzled and enchanted the eye, excited admiration and developed a taste for the beautiful, beyond anything man had ever conceived." The Contributor, an LDS magazine, vol. 15, pp. 638-841
WHAT IS A SCOURGE?
Desolating: barren, devastated: a treeless, desolate landscape; deserted; uninhabited; solitary; lonely; feeling abandoned by friends or by hope; forlorn; dismal; gloomy: desolate prospects
Brigham Young who also saw the terrible plagues and scourges and related them to the Word of Wisdom. Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, vol. 8, p. 123
"I refer to a revelation given in the year 1833, called the Word of Wisdom. We fail to obey it today, and we shall fail tomorrow unless we make a short turn and determine in our own minds that we will obey it. How many of us have disregarded that revelation, in every particular? It is to be found on page 240 of the Doctrine and Covenants, and it shadows to me that a time will come in the midst of this people when a desolating scourge will pass through our ranks, and the destroying angel will be in our midst as he was in Egypt when he slew all the firstborn of the Egyptians. God says “the destroying angel shall pass by” and shall not harm you if you will observe to do these things." Journal of Discourses, Brigham Young, Jr. 15:26
For a desolating scourge shall go forth among the inhabitants of the earth, and shall continue to be poured out from time to time, if they repent not, until the earth is empty, and the inhabitants thereof are consumed away and utterly destroyed by the brightness of my coming. D&C 5:17
"And there shall be weeping and wailing among the host of men. And there shall be a great hailstorm sent forth to destroy the crops of the earth...Wherefore, I the Lord God will send forth flies upon the face of the earth, which shall take hold of the inhabitants thereof, and shall eat their flesh, and shall cause maggots to come in upon them: and their tongues shall be stayed that they shall not utter against me; and their flesh shall fall from off their bones and their eyes from their sockets." D&C 29:17-20
“And in that generation shall the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled. And there shall be men standing in that generation, that shall not pass until they shall see an overflowing scourge; for a desolating sickness shall cover the land.”
"But my disciples shall stand in holy places, and shall not be moved; but among the wicked, men shall lift up their voices and curse God and die." D&C:45:31-32
And there shall be earthquakes also in divers places, and many desolations; yet men will harden their hearts against me, and they will take up the sword, one against another, and they will kill one another. D&C 45:30-33
"The Lord's scourge shall pass over by night and by day and the report thereof shall vex all people." D&C 97:21-23
"Behold, vengeance cometh speedily upon the inhabitants of the earth...And upon my house (temple) shall it begin and from my house shall it go forth, saith the Lord, who have professed to know my name and have not known me, and have blasphemed against me in the midst of my house, saith the Lord." D&C 112:24-26
"For the time is come that judgement must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? and if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? 1 Peter 4:17-18
For behold, and lo, vengeance cometh speedily upon the ungodly as the whirlwind; and who shall escape it?
The Lord’s scourge shall pass over by night and by day, and the report thereof shall vex all people; yea, it shall not be stayed until the Lord come;
For the indignation of the Lord is kindled against their abominations and all their wicked works.
Nevertheless, Zion shall escape if she observe to do all things whatsoever I have commanded her. D&C 97:22-25
HOW CAN THE RIGHTEOUS PROTECT THEMSELVES?
Perhaps the reason Nephi was so anxious to tell us about the things he saw was to assure us that our Heavenly Father would not be unmindful of us. As we have already seen, the Lord said:
“Nevertheless, Zion shall escape if she observe to do all things whatsoever I have commanded her.” D&C 97:25
This is confirmed in another revelation where the Lord says:
“But my disciples shall stand in holy places, and shall not be moved; but among the wicked, men shall lift up their voices and curse God and die…When all these things shall come to pass, ye may know that the promises which have been made unto you will all be fulfilled.” D&C 45:32-35
As President Heber C. Kimball described these prophecies of the latter days, the people asked him, “What will become of this people?” He replied:
“That will depend, altogether upon our conduct. We have it within our power; God has given it to us to save ourselves from the desolation and calamities that will come upon this nation. How? By doing that which is right… .If we do this, prosperity will be upon the inhabitants…prosperity will be upon the towns and cities erected by this people, the hand of the Lord will be over us to sustain us, and we will spread forth…
“Now we have the choice. It is within our reach… .And on the other hand, we can reach forth the hand and partake of wickedness and bring desolation and destruction upon our borders.” Journal of Discourses. vol. 12:344
Heber C Kimball and Willard Richards: While the wicked fear and tremble at surrounding judgments, the Saints will watch and pray and waiting the final event in patience, will look calmly on the passing scenery of a corrupted world, and view transpiring events as confirmation of their faith in the holy gospel which they profess and rejoice more and more, as multiplied signs shall confirm the approach of the millennial day. Fifth General Epistle, 209, 216
In 1979 Gordon B. Hinkley said: This period will be "a time of great and terrible fears, of cataclysmic upheavals of nature, of weeping and wailing, of repentance too late, and of crying out unto the Lord for mercy" to the wicked, but to the righteous this will "be a day for thanksgiving." We Need Not Fear His Coming 82-83
Marion G Romney: All the acts of government, all the armies of the nations, all the learning and the wisdom of man together cannot turn these calamities aside. The only way they can be averted is for men to accept and conform to the way of life revealed by God our Heavenly Father. Calamities will come as a matter of cause and effect. Conference Report Apr 1977, p 76
"I testify that wickedness is rapidly expanding in very segment of our society. It is more highly organized, more cleverly disguised, and more powerfully promoted that ever before. Secret combinations lusting for power, gain and glory are flourishing. A secret combination that seeks to overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations, and countries is increasing its evil influence and control over America and the entire world.
I testify that it is time for every man to set in order his own house both temporally and spiritually...
I testify that no many years hence the earth will be cleansed. Jesus the Christ will come again this time to vanquish His foes and ro rule and reign on the earth. Joseph Fielding Smith, Signs of the Times 1952 pp 116-120-121
"I explained concerning the coming of the Son of Man; also that is is a false idea at that the Saints will escape all the judgements, whilst the wicked suffer; for all flesh is subject to suffer, and "the righteous shall hardly escape;" still many of the Saints will escape for the just shall live by faith; yet any of the righteous shall fall a prey to disease, to pestilence, etc. by reason of the weakness of the flesh, ad yet be saved in the Kingdom of God." Joseph Smith, Journal of Discourses vol 4 p 162
Wilford Woodruff: "Can you tell me where the people are who will be shielded and protected from these great calamities and judgments which are even now at our doors" I'll tell you. The priesthood of God who honor their priesthood, and who are worthy of their blessings are the only ones who shall have this safety and protection. They are the only mortal beings. No other people have a right to be shielded from these judgements. They are at our very doors; not even this people will escape them entirely. They will come down like the judgments of Sodom and Gomorrah. And none but the priesthood will be safe from their fury." Young women's Journal Aug 1894, p 512
WHO WILL REBUILD AMERICA?
There will be a gigantic task to perform after America has been cleansed of her wickedness but the wreckage and ruin of a whole civilization has been left behind.
1. The first group will be the righteous saints whom the Lord has preserved. All these will have been disciplined in Priesthood principles and will have studied God’s law so they will know’ what to do. In very short order, the other groups will lean upon this first group for guidance.
2. The second group will be made up of the members of God’s kingdom from all over the world. After America is cleansed and the clouds of the second dictatorship are beginning to replace the first dictatorship the Saints will be anxious to rally when the Priesthood leaders sound the trumpet and call them to gather to America. The Lord says:
“Yea, the work shall commence among all the dispersed of my people, with the Father, to prepare the way whereby they may come unto me, that they may call on the Father in my name. Yea, and. then shall the work commence, with the Father, among all nations, in preparing the way whereby his people may be gathered home to the land of their inheritance.” 3 Nephi 21:27-28
And of course for the members of The Church, that’s America! The Lord speaks of these gathering Saints from all over the world in a modern revelation:
“And it shall come to pass that the righteous shall be gathered out from among ALL NATIONS, and shall come to Zion, singing with songs of everlasting joy.” D&C 45:71
3. The third group to help reconstruct the western hemisphere will be the righteous gentiles who survive the cleansing. This is an interesting group of people. They are of many faiths. They love the Lord, they bow the knee in contemplation of his coming. They admire his Church and love the Saints. But they don’t join the Church. Nevertheless, they want to live under God’s Law and be part of God’s kingdom. The amazing part is that God extends an invitation to the righteous gentiles to be part of the political kingdom of God.
Brigham Young knew that a lot of the Saints would expect the kingdom of God to be only members of the church, but President Young said that is not the way the Lord planned it. Here are his words:
“The Kingdom of God [Those living under God’s Law] consists in correct principles; and it mattereth not what a man’s religious faith is; whether he be a Presbyterian, or a Methodist, or a Baptist, or a Latter-day Saint or ‘Mormon,’ or a Catholic or Episcopalian, or Mohammedan, or even pagan, or anything else, if he WILL BOW THE KNEE AND WITH HIS tongue CONFESS THAT JESUS IS THE CHRIST, and will support good and wholesome laws for the regulation of society, we hail him as a brother, and will stand by him while he stands by us in these things; for every man’s religious faith is a matter between his own soul and his God alone.” Millennial Star, vol. 10, March 15, 1848, p. 87; Hyrum Andrus, Doctrines of the Kingdom, Salt Lake City Bookcraft, 1973, p. 396
4. Finally, there is the fourth group will help restore the western hemisphere. These are the peacemakers . They are people in other parts of the world who see they are about to be drafted into Prince Gog’s vast, second dictatorship. They may have even heard that he has ambitions to set up an army of 200,000,000. Rev 9:16 So all of these are allowed to flee to America. The Lord says:
“And it shall come to pass among the wicked, that every man that will not take up his sword against his neighbor must needs flee unto Zion for safety.” D&C45:68
How grateful these peace-loving families will be after Prince Gog gets going with the second dictatorship. The scripture says:
“And there shall be gathered unto it out of every nation under heaven; and it shall be THE ONLY PEOPLE THAT SHALL NOT BE AT WAR ONE WITH ANOTHER.” D&C 45:69
John Taylor: And now you may write it down, any of you, and I will prophesy it in the name of God. And then will be fulfilled that prediction to be found in one of the revelations given through the Prophet Joseph Smith. Those who will not take up their sword to fight against their neighbor must needs flee to Zion for safety And they will come, saying, we do not know anything of the principles of your religion but we perceive that you are an honest community; you administer justice and righteousness, and we want to live with you and receive the protection of your laws, but as for your religion we will talk about that some other time. Will we protect such people? Yes, all honorable men. When the people shall have torn to shreds the Constitution of the United States the Elders of Israel will b e found holding it up to the nations of the earth and proclaiming liberty and equal rights to all men, and extending the hand of fellowship to the oppressed of all nations. Journal of Discourses 21:8
Heber C. Kimball spoke about the arriving handcarts with: "Is this the end of it? No; there will be millions on millions that will come much in the same way, only they will not have handcarts, for they will take their bundles under their arms, and their children on their backs, and under their arms, and flee, and Zion's people will have to send out relief to them, for they will come when the judgements come on the nation." Heber C. Kimball Journal of Discourses Vol 4 p 106, 1856
John Taylor's vision: "The next I saw, I was just this side of Omaha. It seemed as though I was above the earth looking down to it as I passewd along on my way east and I saw roads full of people principally women with just what they could carry in bundles on their backs traveling to the mountains on foot and I wondered how they could get there with nothing but small pack upon their backs. It was remarkable to me that there were so few men among them. It did not seem as though the car's were running. The rails looked rusty and the road abandoned and I have no conception how I traveled myself. Heber C Kimball Journal of Discourses vol 4 p 106, 1856
THE NEW JERUSALEM
"...gather out mine elect (the converts to the4 gospel) from the four quarters of the earth, unto a place which I shall prepare, a Holy City, that my people may gird up their loins, and be looking forth for the time of my coming; for there shall be my tabernacle, and it shall be called Zion, a New Jerusalem." Moses 7:62-63
WHO WILL SAVE THE CONSTITUTION?
"Once all of these choice groups of people are in place they will set about building the New Jerusalem and setting up ideal Zion cities from one end of the American continent to the other. To accomplish this, the whole structure of government and economics will be changed as well as the adoption of a highly elevated society." The Cleansing of America, Skousen
"Even this Nation will be on the very verge of crumbling to pieces and tumbling to the ground when the constitution is upon the brink of ruin this people will be the Staff up (on) which the Nation shall lean and they shall bear the constitution away from the very verge of destruction...I know these things by the visions of the Almighty." Joseph Smith
Elder Ezra T. Benson: I have faith that the Constitution will be saved as prophesied by Joseph Smith. But it will not be saved in Washington. It will be saved by the citizens of this nation who love and cherish freedom. It will be saved by enlightened members of this Church--men and woman who will subscribe to and abide by the principles of the Constitution. The Contributor, an LDS magazine, vol. 15, pp. 638-84
This isolation of the righteous and peace-loving people in America& will be an ideal situation for the building of theNew Jerusalem and setting up numerous Zion cities on the western hemisphere. Concerning America at this particular time, the Lord says:
And it shall be called the New Jerusalem, a land of peace, a city of refuge, a place of safety for the saints of the Most High God;
And the glory of the Lord shall be there, and the terror of the Lord also shall be there, insomuch that the wicked will not come unto it, and it shall be called Zion.
And it shall come to pass among the wicked, that every man that will not take his sword against his neighbor must needs flee unto Zion for safety.
In other words the righteous of the world flee to America.
And there shall be gathered unto it out of every nation under heaven; and it shall be the only people that shall not be at war one with another.
And it shall be said among the wicked: Let us not go up to battle against Zion, for the inhabitants of Zion are terrible; wherefore we cannot stand.
And it shall come to pass that the righteous shall be gathered out from among all nations, and shall come to Zion, singing with songs of everlasting joy. D&C 45:66-71
While all of these new arrangements are being worked out among the four groups of survivors in America, God will begin to isolate America with what Luke called, “waves roaring.”
“Wherefore, the days will come that no flesh shall be safe upon the waters., And it shall be said in days to come that none IS ABLE TO GO UP TO THE LAND OF ZION UPON THE WATERS, but he that is upright in heart. D&C 51:15-16
This verse would suggest that while America is by violent seas it will be impossible for ordinary people to either fly or sail across the turbulent oceans in an effort to get to Zion or America.
Another scripture implying complete isolation of the western hemisphere is the Lord’s statement we have already quoted which says:
“And there shall be gathered unto it out of every nation under heaven; and it shall be the only people that shall not be at war one with another.” D&C 45:69
Joseph Smith warned that when the signal goes out to gather to Zion, the people must not tarry or they may lose their opportunity to even get to Zion. He said:
“The cry is to make haste. The last revelation says, Ye shall not have time to have gone over the earth (our missionaries), until these things come. It will come as did the cholera, war, fires and earthquakes; one pestilence after another. D&C 45:67
WHERE ARE THE TEN TRIBES?
The scriptures tell us that the ten tribes are in the lands of the north, the south, the west. or the ends of the earth, all nations, or the far countries. In other words the ten tribes have been dispersed among nations throughout the world. They will be found through missionary work, a work that is going on today.
Elder McConkie: True it is that they are lost from the knowledge of the world; they are not see and recognized as the kingdom they once were; but in general terms, their whereabouts is known. They are scattered in all the nations of the each, primarily in the nations north of the lands fo their first inheritance. New Witness for Articles of Faith p 520
“And now I am prepared to say by the authority of Jesus Christ, that not many years shall pass away before the United States shall present such a scene of bloodshed as has not a parallel in the history of our nation; pestilence, hail, famine, and earthquake will sweep the wicked of this generation from off the face of the land to open and prepare the way for the return of the lost tribes of Israel from the north country.” Teaching of the Prophet Joseph Smith p 17
"The western boundary of the State of Missouri will be swept so clean of its inhabitants that as President Young tell us, when you return to that place there will not be left so much as a yellow dog to wag his tail." Heber C Kimball, Deseret News, Church Department, May 23, 1931. This is referred to as the "Yellow Dog Prophecy."
... After Zion is built in Jackson County, and after the Temple is built upon that spot of ground where the cornerstone was laid in 1831; after the glory of God in the form of a cloud by day shall rest upon that Temple, and by night the shining of a flaming fire will fill the whole heavens round about; after every dwelling place upon Mount Zion shall be clothed upon as with a pillar of fire by night, and a cloud by day, about that period of time, the ten tribes will be heard of, away in the north, a great company, as Jeremiah says, coming down from the northern regions, coming to sing in the height of the latter-day Zion. Their souls will be as a watered garden, and they will not sorrow any more at all, as they have been doing during the twenty-five hundred long years they have dwelt in the Arctic regions. They will come, and the Lord will be before their camp, he will utter his voice before that great army, and he will lead them forth as he led Israel in ancient days. This long chain of Rocky Mountains, that extends from the cold regions of the north away into South America, will feel the power of God, and will tremble before the hosts of Israel as they come to sing on the heights of Zion. In that day the trees of the field will clap like hands, says the Prophet, and in that day the Lord will open waters in the wilderness, and streams in the desert, to give drink to his chosen, his people Israel. And when they come to the height of Zion they shall be crowned with glory under the hands of the servants of God living in those days, the children of Ephraim, crowned with certain blessings that pertain to the Priesthood, that they could not receive in their own lands. Orson Pratt Journal of Discourses, vol 18, p 68, July 25, 1875
Spring Hill is named by the Lord Adam-ondi-Ahman, because said he, it is the place where Adam shall come to visit his people or Ancient of Days shall sit, as spoken of by Daniel the prophet. D&C 116:1
Elder Orson Pratt: "whole term Adam-ondi-Ahman means Valley of God, where Adam dwelt. It is in the original language spoken by Adam, as revealed to the Prophet Joseph" Journal of Discourses 18:348
This council in the valley of Adam-ondi-Ahman is to be of the greatest importance to this world. At that time there will be a transfer of authority from the usurper and impostor, Lucifer, to the rightful King, Jesus Christ. Judgment will be set and all who have held keys will make their reports and deliver their stewardships, as they shall be required....Our Lord will then assume the reigns of government; directions will be given to the Priesthood; and He, whose right it is to rule, will be installed officially the voice of the Priesthood there assembled. This grand council of Priesthood will be composed, not only of those who are faithful who now dwell on this earth, but also of the prophets and apostles of old, who have had directing authority.....When this gathering is held, the world will not know of it; the members of the Church at large will not know of it, yet it shall be preparatory to the coming in the clouds of glory of our Savior Jesus Christ as the Prophet Joseph Smith has said. Teaching of the Prophet Joseph Smith ; 157-158
We are committed to the fact that Adam dwelt on this American continent. But when Adam dwelt here, it was not the American continent, nor was it the Western Hemisphere, for all the land was in one place, and all the water was in one place. There was no Atlantic Ocean separating the hemispheres. Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines of Salvation 3:74
We are to understand that those who are sealed are high priests, ordained unto the holy order of God, to administer the everlasting gospel; for they are they who are ordained out of every nation, kindred, tongue, and people, by the angels to whom is given power over the nations of the earth, to bring as many as will come to the church of the Firstborn. D&C 77:11
The Prophet Joseph Smith referred to the 144,000 as "saviors on mount Zion" and added they would be accompanied toy "an innumerable hose that no man can number." History fo the Church 6:365
THE RISE OF THE SECOND MILITARY DICTATORSHIP (BEAST)
While all of this orderly progress has been occurring in “sealed-off” America something totally evil will have been hovering over the rest of the world. After the collapse of the first military dictatorship, it will immediately allow numerous world leaders with satirical ambitions to begin maneuvering for an opportunity to claw their way to the top and build another world empire. Here is the way John described what he saw happening: The Cleansing of America, Cleon Skousen
“And I beheld ANOTHER BEAST COMING UP OUT OF THE EARTH; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake like a dragon. And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the FIRST beast, whose deadly wound was healed. (This best appears like a lamb.)
“And he doeth great wonders, so he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, and deceiveth them that dwell on the earth, by the means of these miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword and did live.
“And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free or bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
“And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark; or the name of the beast, or the number of his name…. and his number is Six hundred three score and six.” Revelation 13:11-18
It was the ambition of the second dictatorship to exercise “all the power of the first beast. . .and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.” Revelation 13:12
Ezekiel tells us that this second dictatorship was designed to mobilize all the gentile nations of the world under a massive army. But what happens to the heathen nations?
“And I will execute vengeance and fury upon them, even as upon the heathen, such as they have not heard. But if they will repent and hearken unto my words, and harden not their hearts, I will establish my church among them, and they shall come in unto the covenant and be numbered among this the remnant of Jacob, unto whom I have given this land for their inheritance;” 3 Nephi 21:21-22
WHAT HAPPENS TO ISRAEL?
As the prophetic story unfolds, we learn that since the fall of the first dictatorship some remarkable things have happened in Israel.
First, the Jews have gathered their people and their wealth from all over the world to the security of Israel. They will have built their capital city of Jerusalem into a magnificent metropolis secured by heavy walls. Ezekiel, chapters 40-43
Second, the prophet Zechariah (6:12-13) tells us that a beautiful temple will occupy the heights of Mount Moriah where the “Dome of the Rock” once stood.
We cannot help wondering how all of this can happen.
THE WORLDWIDE GATHERING OF THE JEWS
Ezekiel describes in chapter 34 how scattered and distressed the Jews will be when the Lord reaches out to rescue them. The Lord said to Ezekiel:
‘.. .yea, my flock was scattered upon all the face of the earth, and none did search or seek after them Behold, I, even I, will both search my sheep and seek them out….and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day. And I will bring them out from the people, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land, and feed them upon the mountains of Israel by the river, and all the inhabited places of the country…. And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, EVEN MY SERVANT, Davida prince among them; I the Lord have spoken it.” Ezekiel 34:6, 11-13, 23-24
Many scholars, including the King James translators, thought these passages referred to the Savior. However, as we have just seen in Ezekiel, chapter 34, verses 23 and 24 the Lord specifically refers to this particular Davida as his “servant.”
Joseph Smith referred to this Prince David and said he would replace his great ancestor temporarily because “the throne and kingdom of David is to be taken from him [ancient David] and given to another by the name of David in the last days, raised up out of his lineage.” Doc. History of the Church, vol. 6, p. 253
The administration of this outstanding leader apparently will last a long time, clear over to the time when the Ten Tribes return and become one with Judah. Ezekiel 37:22-24
In Ezekiel, chapter 46, we read how David, the prince, will conduct the services at the temple when they come to worship the Lord, and Jeremiah said:
“For it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord of hosts, that I will break his (Israel’s] yoke from off thy neck and.. .they shall serve the Lord their God MID DAVID THEIR KING, WHOM I SHALL RAISE UP TO THEM.” Jeremiah 80:8-9
Isaiah speaks of this great leader of Israel in the latter days as a “rod” that would come from “the stem of Jesse,” which is Christ. D&C 113:2.
In a modern revelation the Lord said:
“Behold, thus saith the Lord, It (the rod) is a servant in the hands of Christ, which is partly a descendant of Jesse as well as of Ephraim, or of the house of Joseph, on whom is laid much power.” D&C 113:4
There has been some question as to whether this refers to Prince David or Joseph Smith. In either case we have an interesting disclosure by the Lord that this distinguished leader is a mixture of both Judah and Ephraim. It would be amazing to the Jews if David turned out to be partly Ephraim and it certainly would be somewhat surprising to the members of the restored kingdom if Joseph Smith turned out to be part Jewish. The Cleansing of America, Cleon Skousen
As David the prince gathers the Jews from all over the world to the land of Israel, there will be both wealth and manpower to beautify the city of Jerusalem. We learn later that he will raise up its mighty walls as a defense and then rebuild the temple. Zechariah 6:12-13
For the Jews, this will be their 4th temple. This is the temple seen by Ezekiel in vision and the one to which the Savior will come. The three previous temples – One built by Solomon around 950 B.C., the one built by Zerubbabel around 516 B.C., and the one built by Herod at the time of Christ were all destroyed, and while this fourth temple will be attack fl, it will continue to survive right into the Millennium.
WHO WILL BUILD THE TEMPLE IN JERUSALEM?
Orson Pratt: The Temple at Jerusalem will undoubtedly be built, by those who believe in the true Messiah. The construction will be, in some respects different from the Temples now being built. It will contain the throne of the Lord, upon which he will, at times, personally sit, and will reign over the house of Israel for ever. It may also contain twelve other thrones, on which the twelve ancient Apostles will sit, and judge the twelve tribes of Israel It will, very likely, have an apartment, with a table on which food and drink will be prepared, such as are suitable to the taste and happiness of immortal resurrected beings, thus fulfilling the words of Jesus--"Ye that have followed me in the regeneration shall eat and drink at my table and sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel Matt 19:28, Journal of Discourses 19:20.
Elder McConkie: There is only one people who know how to build temples and what to do in them when they are completed. That people is the Latter-day Saints. The temple in Jerusalem will not b e built by Jews who have assembled there for political purposes as at present. It will not be built by a people who know nothing whatsoever about the sealing ordinances and their application to the living and the dead. It will not be built by those who know nothing about Christ and his laws and the mysteries reserved for the saints. But it will be built by Jews who have come unto Christ, who once again are in the true fold of their ancient Shepherd, and who have learned anew about temples because they know that Elijah did come not to sit in the vacant chair at some Jewish feast of the Passover, but to the Kirkland Temple on April 3, 1836, to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery. The temple in Jerusalem will be built by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millennial Messiah pp 179-80
Ezekiel says the second dictatorship which will arise at this time is headed up by a fierce and ambitious tyrant named Gog the height of his power he will be like the leader of the first dictatorship and consider himself totally invincible, but the Lord said to his prophet:
“Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal and prophesy against him.” Ezekiel 38:2
This happens right at the time the beautiful edifice of the temple is being raised up to crown the heights of Mount Moriah. 75 This will be the most elaborate “house of the Lord” ever constructed, and no doubt Prince Gog will have his spies carefully reporting every phase of its construction. Of course, he will be contemptuous of the Jewish belief that this is a holy place – a center of sacred worship. On the contrary, Prince Gog will look upon this temple as a mighty treasure house in which the Jews have stored away their wealth from all over the world.
As the greedy eyes of Gog are focused on the loot he will derive from a raid on Jerusalem, the Lord is saying:
“Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief of princes of Mesheck and Tubal; and I will turn thee back and put hooks into thy jaws and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them, clothed with all sorts of armor, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords.” Ezekiel 38:3-4
The Lord had Ezekiel describe precisely what this bloodthirsty tyrant would do:
“Thou shalt ascend and come like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou, and all thy bands, and many people with thee.” Ezekiel 38:9
Because the Lord could read Gog’s mind, he said:
“Thou shalt think an evil thought: and thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls and having neither bars nor gates, to take spoil, and to take a prey, to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land..” Ezekiel 38:10-12
GOG LOOKS TOWARD JERUSALEM
It appears that Gog will have conquered all of Europe and Asia before he turns his greedy war machine on the land of Palestine. This man will have established terroristic Gadiantonism and a murder-cult criminal spoils system everywhere but in America. John says:
“And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: and that no man might buy or sell save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” Revelation 13:16-17
It is interesting that the whole earth will be under his domination exept North and South America. As we have mentioned earlier a modern revelation says he would have invaded America except for his fear of the consequences. Gog and his cohorts are quoted in this scripture as saying:
“Let us not go up to battle against Zion, for the inhabitants of Zion are terrible, wherefore we cannot stand.” D&C 22: 16-17
Some of this may have been due to heavenly powers possessed by God’s servants in Zion similar to that which Enoch exhibited during the first thousand years of human history. It says:
“…their enemies came to battle against them; and he (Enoch] spake the word of the Lord, and the earth trembled, and the mountains fled, even according to his command; and the rivers of water were turned out of their course; and the roar of the lions were heard out of the wilderness; and all nations feared greatly, so powerful was the word of Enoch, and so great was the power of the language which God had given him.” Moses 7:18-14
But in the beginning of the second dictatorship seen by John, the violent Gog and his hordes of ferocious military forces will be spreading their “abomination of desolation” in every direction. Daniel 11:31
JOEL WITNESSES A VISION OF HORROR – THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION
A prophet named Joel – living several centuries before Ezekiel – used two whole chapters to describe the terrifying weapons of modern warfare which Gog would employ to set up his second dictatorship. Joel could scarcely find words to describe what he saw. In fact, until the nuclear age, no generation could have completely comprehended what Joel was trying to describe:
“A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the Garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.” Daniel 2:2-3
Joel felt he was seeing the very ultimate in destructive warfare. He said:
“There hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations.” Joel 2:2
Joel did his best to describe what he saw:
“The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run.” Joel 2:4
But these were not like any horses he had ever seen. Notice his bold attempt to describe the strange mobile units which he saw:
“Like the noise of chariots [not of horses] on the tops of mountains shall they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devoureth the stubble;…they shall run like mighty men [once more the simile changes] they shall climb the wall like men of war; and they shall march every one on his ways, and they shall not break ranks: neither shall one thrust another, they shall walk every one in his path: and when they fall upon the sword, they shall not be wounded. They shall run to and fro in the city; they shall run upon the wall, they shall climb up upon the houses: and they shall enter in at the window like a thief. The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble.” Joel 2:5-10
It sounds very much as though the prophet is attempting to describe helicopter gun ships and a modern armored division rumbling across a city with cannon and flame-throwers spreading destruction all around.
THE BATTLE OF ARMAGEDDON
But at Jerusalem Gog and his mighty host will come to a sudden halt. It turns out that Prince David has two powerful allies that Gog would have never suspected. He has 2 prophets whom God will raise up among the Jews with powers unlike anything Gog has seen. An angel describes what he sees the two prophets will be able to do:
“If any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed. These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.” Rev 11:5-6
For three-and-a-half years these prophets will hold Gog and these great gentile armies at bay. Rev 11:2-3
When the prophet Joel saw the predicament in which the Jews would find themselves, he knew there was no human power that could save them. Apparently, even before Joel saw the two prophets demonstrating their powers, Joel pleads with the Jews to begin their fasting and prayer with fervent pleadings that God will intervene and save them. He cried:
“Rend your hearts and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God…. Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly; gather the people, sanctify the congregation … let them say, Spare thy people, O Lord, and give not thine heritage to reproach.” Joel 2:13-16
TRAGEDY AMONG THE JEWS
In spite of all the prayers and petitions of the Jews, Gog will launch a do-or-die assault on the walls of Jerusalem,- at the height of his stubborn fury his army does succeed in penetrating the strong walls and kill the two prophets. Then they will slaughter the Jews by the thousands as they make their way toward the temple.
The Lord told the prophet Zechariah – who lived a generation after Ezekiel (520 B.C.) – that the invasion of Jerusalem will be terrible indeed. He says:
“And the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity.” Zerachiah 14:2
GOG AND HIS HOSTS CELEBRATE FOR THREE-AND-A-HALF DAYS
At this juncture, Prince Gog will be supremely jubilant. In triumphant glee the dictator will order a brief cease-fire. He wants to hold a victory banquet and spread the news that the prophets who “tormented” them have been overcome and killed. Gog will not permit the bodies of the two prophets to be buried, but orders them left lying in the street while he and his generals celebrate in a drunken orgy for three-and-a-half days. Rev 1:10-11
But at the end of this period, Gog and his army will have the most shocking surprise of their lives.
The mutilated bodies of the two prophets will suddenly arise up from the ground, fully restored. Then a great voice will be heard from heaven saying, “Come up hither,” and the two prophets will ascend in a cloud as Gog and his hosts watch in amazement. Rev 11: 111-12
THE APPEARANCE OF JESUS CHRIST TO THE JEWS
Jesus will suddenly appear on the Mount of Olives with a great host, and the scripture says he shall “utter his voice an all the ends of the earth shall hear it.” At this point the prophet Zechariah says:
“And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great earth quake; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north and half of it toward the south. And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains….” Zachariah 14:4
It is interesting that when Jesus makes himself visible to the Jews in the great valley between the separated halves of the Mount of Olives, he withholds his glory . Just as when he appeared after his resurrection to his apostles and others, he came as an ordinary man and had to show them the wounds in his hands and his feet and his side to prove his identity. Luke 24:13-16
So it will be when he appears to the Jews. Apparently neither he nor the Saints will appear in glory. The Jews will therefore be unafraid and gather round him in jubilant adoration. But they will still not know him. Finally, someone standing nearby will ask in curious wonderment:
“What are these wounds in thine hands and in thy feet?” Zachariah 14:10
At this point Jesus decides to tell them the rest of the story. Here are his own words:
“Then shall they know that I am the Lord; for I will say unto them: These wounds are the wounds with which I was wounded in the house of my friends. I am he who was lifted up. I am he that was crucified. I am the Son of God.
“And then shall they weep because of their iniquities; then shall they lament because they persecuted their king.” D&C 45:52-53
At last the Jews will know the true identity of their great Messiah. It is none other than Jesus Christ who was slain when he came the first time because they thought he was an impostor. Skousen, Days of the Living Christ, op. cit. pp. 828-829
Even while the Jews are in mourning because their ancestors failed to recognize the Savior, they will now try to make it up to him. In a spirit of humble adoration they will lead him to their beautiful temple and enter the holy sanctuary by the eastern gate. The gate will then be closed and never opened again. Ezekiel 44:2
This is purely symbolic, of course, since the apostles learned in their day, that the resurrected Jesus could appear and depart when the gates were closed and the doors were locked. John 20:19, 26
Latter-day revelation informs us that the Savior's voice "shall be heard among all peoples," and it shall "break down the mountains, and the valleys shall not be found' D&C 133:21-22
Indeed, his very presence, "shall b e as the melting fire and burneth, as the fire which causeth the waters to boil' when he comes "the mountains shall flow down." D&C 133:341
For the Jews , this is a supremely joyous time.
THE FATE OF GOG AND HIS HOSTS
Of course, Gog and his hosts will be completely oblivious to the sensational events which are taking place among the Jews who have survived their great crisis. But they will be terribly aware of something else – their own destruction. A tidal wave of devastation will be sweeping down upon them. The Lord had described to Ezekiel what would happen:
“I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire and brimstone.” Ezekiel 28:22
“And I will turn thee back, and leave but the sixth part of thee.” Ezekiel 39:2
As with the wicked Gentiles in America, the hosts of Gog are devastated by the power of God. Here is the way Zechariah describes it:
“And this shall be the plague wherewith the Lord will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem: their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in the holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.” D&C 29:18, Zachariah 14:12
MOSLEMS OF OUR OWN DAY WON'T BELIEVE WHAT WILL HAPPEN NEXT
The prophets were shown that the great events at Jerusalem would be world-wide. The city of Jerusalem will be rebuilt and millions of people in the surrounding nations will eagerly seek to visit there. The Jewish prophet Zechariah describes it:
“Yea, many people and strong nations shall come to seek the Lord of hosts in Jerusalem, and to pray before the Lord…. In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that GOD IS WITH YOU.” Zachariah 8:22:23
The converted Christian Jews in Israel will not only make their covenants with their great Messiah through baptism, but they will have radiant testimonies to proclaim to all who come to Jerusalem their witness concerning their newly discovered gospel of salvation. The results of all this will generate a wonderful bonding among the descendants of Abraham. The Arabic nations that surround the Mediterranean and the Moslems of India, China, Russia and elsewhere will thirst for the message of the Jewish Messiah. Isaiah says this great new wave of Christian conversion will bind the Jews to their Moslem cousins:
“The Lord of hosts shall bless, saying, Blessed be Egypt MY PEOPLE, and Assyria THE WORK OF MY BANDS, and Israel MINE INHERITANCE.” Isaiah 19:25
Not only will the Jews and Arabs become united but so will many of the Gentile nations. After Armageddon Zechariah says:
“And it shall come to pass that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.
“And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain.” Zachariah 14:16-17
CLEANSING THE LAND
The tens of thousands of the hosts of Gog who will be slain will be a plague on the land of Israel. For months the people will be laboring by day and by night to bury the dead. Ezekiel writes:
“And it shall stop the noses of the passengers: and there shall they bury Gog and all his multitude: and they shall call it The valley of Hamon-gog.
“And seven months shall the house of Israel be burying of them, that they may cleanse the land. Yea, all the people of the land shall bury them….And they shall sever out men of continual employment, passing through the land to bury with the passengers those that remain upon the face of the to cleanse it: after the end of 7 months shall they search.” Ezekiel 39:11-14
WHAT IS THE SUPPER OF THE GREAT GOD?
"After the defeat by the sword of the armies of God and Magog, and in the day when the slain of the Lord cover the earth and are as dung upon its face, then the flowls and the beasts shall gorge themselves upon the flesh and blood of the dead. This awful happening, attended by all the stench and stink of the rotting corpses, is set forth in both the Old Testament and the New and in latter-day revelation. It will indeed be something to behold." Bruce R McConkie, The Millennial Mesiah, p 488-489
THE END OF BLOOD SACRIFICES AT THE TEMPLE IN JERUSALEM
The fourth temple in Jerusalem will be copied after the earlier temples of the Jews and will therefore be designed for blood sacrifices. However, once the Jews have learned that their Messiah has come, the purpose of these blood sacrifices – in anticipation of Christ’s sacrifice – will give them a new perspective. Nevertheless, Joseph Smith indicated that the law of sacrifice will be continued as part of the “restitution of all things” until the sons of Levi have learned how to offer these sacrifices “in righteousness.” Teachings of Joseph Smith, pp. 172-173
Such a time was anticipated by John the Baptist when he restored the Aaronic Priesthood and said:
“This (Priesthood of Aaron) shall never be taken again from the earth, until the sons of Levi do offer again an offering unto the Lord in righteousness.” D&C 13:1
Malachi indicates that the problem for the Levites is not merely learning the ritual in righteousness but having a corps of humble and righteous Levites who are worthy to perform the ordinances. He says:
“And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness. Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the LORD, as in the days of old, and as in former years.” Malachi 3:3-4
When the Lord is fully satisfied that the “offering of Judah and Jerusalem is pleasant unto the Lord,” he will no doubt say to the Priesthood in Jerusalem as he did to the Priesthood among the Nephites:
“And ye shall offer up unto me no more the shedding of blood; yea, your sacrifices and your burnt offerings shall be done away, for I will accept none of your sacrifices and your burnt offerings. And ye shall offer for a sacrifice unto me a broken heart and a contrite spirit.” 3 Nephi 9: 19-20
It will probably be about this time that all of the higher ordinances can be introduced into the holy precincts of the temple in Jerusalem just as they will, be practiced in the beautiful temple in New Jerusalem.
THE UNITING OF EPHRAM AND JUDAH
"In fact, by this time a warm relationship will have developed between the leadership of God’s two great capitals. Both people will be worshipping the same Messiah, both people will have the same ordinances in their temples, both people will now be prepared to finish the final preparation for the Second Coming of the Messiah. As Isaiah predicted:
“The envy also of Ephraim shall depart, and the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off: Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not vex Ephraim.”
"When man fell, the earth fell into space, and took up its abode in this planetary system, and the sun became our light." Journal of Discourses 17:143
THE SUN DARKENED
At some future point this earth will be rolled back into its former paradisiacal planetary orbit. At that time its source of light will be from God's presence rather than from the sun. In thiS sense, then the face of the sun will be hidden or darkened. D&C Encyclopedia pp 364, 435, 570
THE CITY OF ENOCH RETURNS TO EARTH?
Yet to come are two other holy cities that should not be confused with the millennial New Jerusalem; the city of Enoch and the celestial Jerusalem of the post millennial period. "John the Revelator saw in vision the holy city come down from God to heaven twice. First he saw the City of Enoch, a Holy City called the New Jerusalem, come down after the Second Coming to remain with men on earth a thousand years. ThEn with seeric eyes he beheld the celestial Jerusalem, the Holy City where God and angels dwell, come down from heaven to be with the men forever in that day when this earth becomes a celestial sphere. Revelation 21 and New Witness for the Articles of Faith p 588
The City of Enoch would again take its place in the identical spot from which it had been detached, now forming that chasm of the earth, filled with water, called the Gulf of Mexico. Joseph Young, History of the Organization of the Seventies, 1898 p 12
HOW DID JOHN VIEW THE CELESTIAL JERUSALEM?
And the glory of the Lord shall be there, and the terror of the Lord also shall be there, insomuch that the wicked will not come unto it, and it shall be called Zion.
And it shall come to pass among the wicked, that every man that will not take his sword against his neighbor must needs flee unto bZion for safety.
And there shall be gathered unto it out of every nation under heaven; and it shall be the only people that shall not be at war one with another.
And it shall be said among the wicked: Let us not go up to battle against Zion, for the inhabitants of Zion are terrible; wherefore we cannot stand.
And it shall come to pass that the righteous shall be gathered out from among all nations, and shall come to Zion, singing with songs of everlasting joy. Revelation 15:66-71
John Taylor: There will be a peculiar habitation for the resurrected bodies. This habitation may be compared to paradise whence man, in the beginning was driven. The Gospel Kingdom SLC 1964 p 218
Joseph Fielding Smith: During all these years men dwelling in mortality will have the privilege of associating with those who have received their resurrection. Our Lord and Savior will be a familiar figure among the righteous saints. Instruction will be given by resurrected prophets. How could wickedness remain under such conditions? those who have passed through resurrection will not, however, dwell with those in mortality. They will not stay in earthly or human homes nor sleep in the beds of mortals. Such a thing would be inconsistent. Way to Perfection p 321-13
WHAT SOURCES WERE USED FOR THIS RESEARCH?
The people will be organized by families into tens, fifties, hundreds and thousands. The unit of around one hundred families will be called a secular, non-denominational “ward” similar to the Anglo Saxons and ancient Israel.
The judges or captains over each unit of ten, fifty, hundred and thousand families, etc. shall be elected each year and will be selectively nominated by the supreme councils and their officers as described in Exodus, chapter 1. This procedure eliminates the need for political parties.
The people will be governed by the original inspired Constitution as revealed to the Founding Fathers and endorsed by the Lord in 1834. D&C 101:77:80 and 98:6-10
Civil and criminal law are to be administered according to the law revealed to Moses on Mount Sinai as set forth principle by principle in chapters three to nine inclusive in the author’s text, The Majesty of God’s Law, Ensign Publishing Company,1996, pp.3
The economy will be practiced in harmony with the principles laid down byAdam Smith in 1776, but in the spirit of the Golden Ru1e.
The money system will be based on gold and silver with silver as the basic medium of exchange and gold circulating at free market value. Paper money issued by the government will be redeemable in precious metal and have reserves in the vaults for any currency issued. Borrowed money will be based on guaranteed collateral at market value.
God’s “law of consecration” will be allowed to operate under the control of God’s kingdom for those who have qualified in the temple and prefer its practice to the system of competitive free enterprise.