The Fall and Resulting Curses Upon Earth & Her Inhabitants
Cleansing of Earth Prior to the Millennium
Preparations for the Millennium
This article is mainly the result of study and research. This
paper in no way pretends to be a full treatment on the subject of the millennium.
There are many excellent books which have been written about the last days
and the millennial period. This paper is intended mainly as a brief
summary and warning to others that we are living in a time of tremendous
transition. For further references, see recommended reading at end
The Fall and Resulting Curses Upon Earth & Her Inhabitants
When God first created the earth, it was beautiful to behold--moderate,
temperate, peaceful, a true paradise. God placed Adam and Eve in
the garden, where fruits of every kind of tree were available to them.
They were surrounded by beauty and pleasant conditions. There was
no death or killing in the world, everything was peaceful and harmonious.
Since the day that Adam and Eve ate of the fruit and were expelled from
the Garden of Eden, various curses have fallen upon the earth. Some
of the curses and changes that have fallen upon the earth and its inhabitants
include: the division of earth into different continents, climate
changes (weather extremes--winters with cold and snow, summers with unbearable
heat), the ground was cursed with weeds, thorns and thistles (Gen. 3:17-19),
deserts and swamps; women were cursed with sorrow in childbirth and less
than equal status with their mates (Gen. 3:16); different skin colors,
different languages, division into different tribes, nations and classes,
killing and bloodshed, conflict and war, eating of flesh for food instead
of the fruits of the earth, sickness, shortened life span, ignorance, error,
wickedness, crime, greed, pride, selfishness, love of money, division into
rich and poor, poverty, bondage, theft, family disunity and lack of love,
corrupt law, tyranny, and injustice (just to name a few).
The Prophet Isaiah stated: "The earth is defiled under the inhabitants
thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance,
broken the everlasting covenant." He warns us of terrible desolation
if men do not repent: "Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth,
and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of
the earth are burned, and few men left." (Isa. 24:5-6) However,
in Revelations 22:3, we are promised the day where "there shall be no more
Joseph Smith Jr. prophesied that the earth, during the Millennium,
would be returned to its original glory: "We believe that the earth
will be renewed and receive its paradisiacal glory." (Article of Faith
#10). D&C 84:99 declares that "The Lord hath gathered all things
in one." (see also Eph. 1:10) Indeed, the Lord will not only
restore the earth to its original garden-like condition as when it was
created, but he will unify the world by drawing all the continents into
one, by returning the people to one language, and the people will be "one"
or unified by their obedience to moral principles. Many scriptures
declare that this Millennial period of peace is to last for one thousand
years. As the Sabbath is the one day in seven in which man was to
rest from his labors and worship the Lord, so the Millennium (the 7th thousand
year period of the earth) is the Sabbath "Year" of the Lord. For
one thousand years, the earth will rest from wickedness, and all creation
will rejoice and worship the Lord. During this glorious time, the
scriptures tell us that Christ will personally reign over the earth.
Not only will Christ appear to the people, but his laws will hold rule.
Satan will be bound and people will live in righteousness. Peace
will cover the earth.
Some of the changes which will occur to bring the earth back to its
original condition include:
1) People to return to one pure language.
2) A new heaven...
3) And [a new] earth.
4) 10 Tribes to return.
5) Jews to be reconciled to Christ, to realize he is the long awaited
6) People and animals to return to the Adamic (vegetarian) diet.
7) Animals to live safely, no more killing.
8) A time of peace.
9) A time of rejoicing.
10) A time of health and longevity.
11) Christ will reign personally over earth, his government and law
will bear rule.
12) There will be two world capitols: the New Jerusalem on the American
Continent and Old Jerusalem in the Middle East.
13) Satan to be bound.
14) The place of men and women restored
15) People to enjoy the fruits/rewards of their own labors--no one
will cheat them out of the rewards of their labors.
16) Extensive Temple Work during the Millennium.
17) Knowledge of Secret Things, Hidden Things, True History and Knowledge,
to be Revealed.
The Knowledge of God will Cover the Earth.
These changes (return to the original state) will be explained in a
little more detail below.
1) People to return to one pure language (Adamic).
Gen. 11:1 tells us that in the days of Adam, "the whole earth was of
one language, and of one speech." This unity in language was broken
at the tower of Babel (Gen. 11:7-9). As the children of Noah went
out in colonies to cover the earth, hundreds of different languages developed.
The world today remains in this condition, divided into many different
nations and languages. In Zeph. 3:9, the Lord promises to "turn to
the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the
Lord, to serve him with one consent."
2) A new heaven.... (Isa. 65:17)
After the Fall of Adam, "the earth no longer retained its standing
in the presence of Jehovah; but was hurled into the immensity of space;
and there to remain till it has filled up the time of its bondage to sin
and satan." ("The Millennium," Part I, Times & Seasons, Vol.
3, No. 7, Nauvoo, Illinois, February 1, 1842; for "The Millennium," Part
2, see Vol. 3, No. 8).
At the glorious second coming of the Savior, "so great shall be the
glory of His presence that the sun shall hide his face in shame, and the
moon shall withhold its light, and the stars shall be hurled from their
places." (D&C 133:49, see also Matt. 24:29) Isaiah 13:13 tells
us that "the earth will remove out of her place." Since we know that
the entire populated portions of the earth during the Millennium will enjoy
a pleasant, moderate temperature, which will enable men to grow fruits
and crops all year round, it is probable that the axis of the earth or
position of the earth in relationship to the heavens will be altered."
"New heavens" may refer to different stars which will be seen in the sky
after the earth is placed in its new position in the universe/galaxy.
3) And [a new] earth (Isa. 65:17)
(a) Earth to again become united as it was before the flood.
In the beginning, the earth was "one". The scriptures record,
briefly, that in the days of Peleg (approximately five generations from
Noah after the Flood), "was the earth divided" (Genesis 10:25). Modern
scriptures inform us that the waters will be "driven back into the north
countries, and the islands shall become one land: and the land of Jerusalem
and the land of Zion shall be turned back into their own place, and the
earth shall be like as it was in the days before it was divided" (D&C
133:23-24). Isaiah refers to this union as a marriage: "thy land
shall be married" (Isa. 62:4).
(b) Earth to become a garden place.
Article of Faith #10 tells us that the earth will be renewed and receive
its paradisiacal glory. The mountains shall be leveled, the valleys
raised--(Rev. 16:20, Isa. 40:4, Ps. 97:5). Afterwards, the land that
previously was made desolate shall become like a garden (Ezek. 36:35).
"For the Lord shall comfort Zion: He will comfort all her waste places;
and He will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden
of the Lord; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and
the voice of melody." (Isa. 51:3)
After the upheavals of the last days, "the whole earth is at rest, and
is quiet; they break forth into singing," (Isa. 14: 7). Isaiah goes
on to say that even the trees rejoice at the coming of Christ, for they
are allowed to grow and live. (v. 8)
"Having restored the earth to the same glorious state in which it first
existed; leveling the mountains, exalting the valleys, smoothing the rough
places, making the deserts fruitful, and bringing all the continents and
islands together, causing the curse to be taken off, that it shall no longer
produce noxious weeds, and thorns and thistles......Thus, having cleansed
the earth and glorified it with the knowledge of God, as the waters cover
the sea, and having poured out his Spirit upon all flesh, both man and
beast becoming perfectly harmless as they were in the beginning, and feeding
on vegetable food only, while nothing is left to hurt or destroy in all
the vast creation...." (Parley P. Pratt, A Voice of Warning)
4) Ten Tribes to Return
Anciently, God promised Abraham and his descendants the land of Canaan
(Palestine). God promised to bless the world through the descendants
of Abraham. Abraham's grandson was named Jacob or Israel, who had
twelve sons. After their escape from the land of Egypt, they were
planted in the land of Canaan (Palestine, or Israel), each of the
twelve tribes receiving a portion of the land. In the days of King
Solomon's son, the tribes divided into two groups--the Northern Kingdom
of Israel, or the Ten Tribes, and the Southern Kingdom of Judah.
In the days of Nebuchadnezzer, King of Babylon, the Northern Tribes
of Israel were taken into captivity. After residing in Babylon for
a number of years, the tribes escaped northward during a time of political
upheaval, and were not heard from again. They became known as "The
Lost Ten Tribes."
Article of Faith #10 states that "We believe in the literal gathering
of Israel and in the restoration of the Ten Tribes." In the Kirtland
Temple, the Prophet Moses appeared to the Prophet Joseph Smith and committed
to him "the keys of the gathering of Israel from the four parts of the
earth, and the leading of the ten tribes from the land of the north" (D&C
110:11). D&C 133:26 informs us that "They who are in the north
countries shall come in remembrance before the Lord; and their prophets
shall hear his voice, and shall no longer stay themselves; and they shall
smite the rocks, and the ice shall flow down at their presence" (see also
Isa. 43:6 and Isa. 49:12). The Ten Tribes will then come to Zion,
where they will be received by the tribe of Ephraim who currently administer
the affairs of the Lord's kingdom on the earth, they are the Saxons.
The breach and division between Judah and Ephraim (Isa. 9:21), which
has existed since their division into the two kingdoms, shall be healed
5) Jews to be reconciled to Christ, to realize he is the long awaited
In the meridian of time, God sent his son, Jesus Christ to the earth.
He was the Messiah whom the prophets had testified of since the beginning
of time. (I Nephi 10:4, Gen. 49:10, Ps. 1:6-7, Ps. 22:1, Matt. 27:46,
Ps. 22:18-18, Matt. 27:35, Ps. 69:21, Matt. 27:34) Although His coming
in these last days will be in glory with power, during his mortal ministry,
the Prophet Isaiah predicted that He would be rejected by men (Isa.53:3,
Ps. 118:22, see also I Nephi 15:17), that he would suffer (Isa. 50 &
53), of his crucifixion (Isa. 22:22-25), and that he would be the Redeemer
The Jews who demanded his crucifixion declared "Let his blood be upon
us, and upon our children." (Matt. 27:25) No prophecy has been so
literally fulfilled throughout history, as the Jews have suffered the wrath
of the gentile nations, who have persecuted and killed them from generation
The Apostle John Taylor explained that "The Jews are cursed nationally,
on account of their fathers' transgression, and cannot remove that curse,
as a nation, until the time come. As individuals, they can receive
the gospel as well as others. Their fathers committed grievous national
offenses against God for some length of time, and finally filled up the
measure of their iniquity, in rejecting, and crucifying the Son of God.
If they killed the prophets, and stoned those whom God sent, how could
He treat ...them? He could act no other way consistently than to "destroy
those husbandmen, and give the vineyard to others." For if God be
the proprietor of the vineyard, and has a right to confer national blessings
for obedience, He has also a right to visit them with national curses for
disobedience. A nation rejecting God and his ordinances, and killing
his prophets, and still professing to be his people, act hypocritically,
and impose a great curse upon posterity. And if men will not acknowledge
God, how can they expect Him to acknowledge and bless them?"
Taylor then continues on to say that the curses upon the Jews will be
reversed: "For nationally, the conduct of fathers has a great influence
over their children, as well as in a family capacity. Hence, the
Jews will be blessed as a nation, in consequence of the promises made to
Abraham..." (John Taylor, The Government of God).
The ancient American Prophet Nephi taught his people about the prophecies
of Isaiah "concerning the restoration of the Jews, or of the house of Israel;
and after they were restored they should no more be confounded, neither
should they be scattered again." (I Nephi 15:20).
Nephi prophesied that "it shall come to pass that the Jews which are
scattered also shall begin to believe in Christ; and they shall begin to
gather in upon the face of the land; and as many as shall believe in Christ
shall also become a delightsome people" (2 Nephi 30:7). It was also
prophesied that the Lord will remember the covenant that he made with the
Jews and with the House of Israel, and that "he will do unto them according
to that which He hath sworn." (3 Nephi 29:8).
Two sources tell us about the turning of the Jews to Christ after His
coming in the last days. One source is from the Old Testament, the
other from the Doctrine and Covenants. After the Jews experience
the tribulation of the last days, and many of them are destroyed, with
the more faithful among them preserved, "And then shall the Jews look upon
Me and say: What are these wounds in thine hands and in thy feet?
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 Jesus, 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 45:51-53)
(See also Zech. 13:6 and Zech. 12:10-11)
"And they also of the tribe of Judah, after their pain, shall be sanctified
in holiness before the Lord, to dwell in His presence day and night, forever
and ever." (D&C 133:35).
6) People and animals to return to the Adamic (vegetarian) diet,
7) Animals to live safely, no more killing.
In the Garden of Eden, God gave man the fruits of the trees, and the
beasts were given every green herb "for meat" (that is, for food) Gen 1:29-30.
There was no eating of flesh in the garden. Expelled from the garden,
Adam was directed to till the earth and raise crops (Gen 3:19). After
the flood, God allowed men to eat animal flesh, prohibiting the consumption
of blood. (Gen. 9:3-5, see also Deut. 12:15-16). Whereas Adam and
Eve had lived peacefully with the animals in the garden, after the flood,
it was declared that "the fear of you, and the dread of you shall be upon
every beast of the earth." (Gen. 9:2).
The Jews were given a dietary law by God, cautioned against eating certain
foods. (Deut. 14). The dietary law was not only given for health
purposes (the heathen's eating habits being far worse than the limitations
the Lord gave to the Jews), but it was also given to set them apart as
a peculiar people, a people set apart to serve the Lord.
After Christ paid the price for sin, and appeared as a resurrected being
unto the Nephites, he told them that his death and atonement had put an
end to sacrifice by the shedding of blood: "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." (3 Nephi 9:19, see also 3 Nephi 15:5).
Yet man continued to shed blood.
It was God's intent to help men prepare for the return to the Adamic
diet by giving them a period of learning and transition. Only three
short years after the gospel was restored, God revealed the Word of Wisdom,
a code of diet and health, to the Prophet Joseph Smith (1833, at Kirtland,
Ohio). In this revelation, the Saints were warned against the use
of wine or strong drink, tobacco, and hot drinks. They were encouraged
to eat wholesome herbs, grains, and fruits grown under and above the ground.
They were cautioned to use meat sparingly (the flesh of beasts and fowls),
the Lord telling them that it would please Him if they did not use
flesh foods except in times of winter, cold, or famine, in other words,
in times of need. (D&C 89).
The Latter day Saints were slow in implementing the Lord's counsel,
clinging to their dietary traditions. It took several generations
to wean them off alcohol, tobacco and coffee. Today, the majority
of the Saints still do not observe the counsel to eat meat sparingly, and
are suffering the health consequences for ignoring the Lord's counsel.
God tells us that obedience to every law brings blessings (D&C 130:20-21),
and disobedience, the forfeiture of blessings. God revealed the Word
of Wisdom not solely as a code for physical health, but because He knew
that when man's body is free from contaminating, debasing or degenerating
elements, his spirit is more open and receptive to receiving truth.
Saints who rationalize their noncompliance with this code are not cheating
God, but themselves, out of great blessings and spiritual enlightenment.
Hyrum Smith, the brother of the Prophet Joseph Smith, wrote that God
is "acquainted with the spring of health...He knows what course to pursue
to restore mankind to their pristine excellency and primitive vigor and
health; and He has appointed the Word of Wisdom as one of the engine to
bring about this thing, to remove the beastly appetites, the murderous
disposition and vitiated taste of man; to restore his body to health and
vigor, promote peace between him and the brute creation...Why is it that
we are frequently so dull and languid? It is because we break the
Word of Wisdom, disease preys upon our system, our understandings are darkened,
and we do not comprehend the things of God; the devil takes advantage of
us, and we fall into temptation...Let men attend to these instruction,
let them use the things ordained of God; let them be sparing of the life
of animals; it is pleasing saith the Lord, that flesh be used only in times
of winter or of famine...Let these things be adhered to...we shall be healthy,
strong and vigorous, we shall be enabled to resist disease; and wisdom
will crown our councils, and our bodies will become strong and powerful,
our progeny will become mighty, and will rise up and call us blessed: the
daughters of Jesus will be beautiful, and her sons the joy of the whole
earth; we shall prepare ourselves for the purposes of Jehovah for the kingdom
of God for the appearance of Jesus in His glory, "out of Zion the
perfection of beauty," God will shine: Zion will be exalted, and
become the praise of the whole earth." (Hyrum Smith, discourse, Times
and Seasons, Vol. 3, No. 15, Nauvoo, Illinois, June 1, 1842).
But what will God do during the Millennium? "And in that day,
the enmity of man, and the enmity of beasts, yea, the enmity of all flesh,
shall cease from before my face." (D&C 101:26).
"And in that day will I make a covenant for them with the beasts of
the field, and with the fowls of heaven, and with the creeping things of
the ground: and I will break the bow and the sword and the battle out of
the earth, and will make them to lie down safely." (Hosea 2:18)
God establishes a covenant of peace, not only with people, but with the
The prophet Isaiah explains this transition by linking traditional enemies
(the predators and the prey), showing them at peace with one another:
"The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down
with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together;
and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall
feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat
straw like the ox And the sucking child shall play on the hole of
the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den.
They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain...." (Isa. 11:6-9,
see also Isa. 65:24). We are also informed that "the enmity between
beast and beast shall be taken away, and they will eat vegetable food only,
and no more devour the inferior beast to satisfy their appetite." (Times
& Seasons, Vol. 3, No. 7, February 1, 1842.)
Apostle Parley P. Pratt summarizes the changes as follows: "Next,
we learn from Genesis 1:29,30--'And God said, Behold, I have given you
every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every
tree, in which is the fruit of a tree, yielding seed; to you it shall be
for meat. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the
air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is
life, I have given every green herb for meat; and it was so.' From
these verses we learn, that the earth yielded neither nauseous weeds nor
poisonous plants nor useless thorns and thistles; indeed, every thing that
grew was just calculated for the food of man, beast, fowl and creeping
thing; and their food was all vegetable; flesh and blood were never sacrificed
to glut their souls, or gratify their appetites; the beasts of the earth
were all in perfect harmony with each other; the lion ate straw like the
ox--the wolf dwelt with the lamb--the leopard lay down with the kid--the
cow and bear fed together, in the same pasture, while their young ones
reposed, in perfect security, under the shade of the same trees; all was
peace and harmony and nothing to hurt nor disturb, in all the holy mountain."
--Parley P. Pratt, Voice of Warning.
8) A time of Peace
The Millennial peace will be a welcome relief after the turbulent cleansing
period of the last days, which will be highlighted by wars, pestilence,
earthquake, lightning and fire.
Speaking of the cessation from war, Isaiah says: "and they shall beat
their swords into plowshares [plows--for gardening] and their spears into
pruninghooks; nations shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall
they learn war any more." (Isa. 2:4, see also Psalm 46:9).
"Violence shall no more be heard in the land, wasting nor destruction within
thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates, Praise."
"Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend
them. (Psalm 119:165).
9) A time of rejoicing
"I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy. And I
will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people; and the voice of weeping
shall no be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying." (Isa.
10) A time of health and longevity
Children will no longer die prematurely in their infancy. Isaiah
tells us: "There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old
man that hath not filled his days; for the child shall die an hundred years
old..." (Isa. 65:20). "Wherefore, children shall grow up until they
become old; old men shall die; but they shall not sleep in the dust [grave],
but they shall be changed [resurrected] in the twinkling of an eye." (D&C
63:51, see also D&C 101:30-31).
Orson Pratt, speaking of the Millennium, declared that it would be a
time "when sickness, pain and sorrow are banished from the earth, when
darkness and error shall pale, when gold is used for paving streets, when
men shall walk in pure white linen, and eat and drink of the fruits of
the earth only, instead of flesh; when flowers bloom in eternal spring,
and fruits ripen in profuse succession every month of the year; when children
are born without pain and reared without sin....(Orson Pratt, Prophetic
Almanac for 1846, New York: Messenger office, (1846?), No. 2.)
11) Christ to reign over the earth
"We believe...that Christ will reign personally upon the earth..."
(Article of Faith #10).
"And the Lord shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there
be one Lord, and His name one." (Zech. 14:9).
"And the Lord, even the Savior, shall stand in the midst of his people,
and shall reign over all flesh." (D&C 133:25, see also Isa. 12:6).
"In time ye shall have no king nor ruler, for I will be your king and
watch over you" (D&C 38:21)
"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government
shall be upon his shoulder; and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor,
the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace, of the increase
of His government, and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of
David [Christ being a descendant of King David], and upon his kingdom,
to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth
even for ever...." (Isa 9:6-7).
"The Lord reigneth; let the earth rejoice!" (Psalm 97:1)
(a) The Second Coming of Christ
At his glorious Second Coming, Christ shall be dressed in red apparel.
(Isa. 63:2, D&C 133:48). Red has at least dual (if not multiple)
symbolism here. (1) It is symbolic of his atoning sacrifice, in which
he took upon himself the sins of all mankind, and so great was his agony,
that he sweat blood from every pore (D&C 19:18). (2) It is symbolic
of blood and destruction, or the removal of the wicked before his appearance
in glory. (D&C 88:106, D&C 133:48-51, Isa. 63:1-4) The Second
Coming of the Lord is prophesied to be "A Great and Dreadful Day." It will
be a great day for the righteous, but a dreadful day for the wicked, who
will be swept off the earth. (see below: "Pre-Millennial Cleansing of the
Earth") What is the message of the Lord unto all that dwell on the
earth? "Therefore, I command you to repent--repent, lest I smite
you by the rod of my mouth, and by my wrath, and by my anger, and your
sufferings be sore--how sore you know not, how exquisite you know not,
yea, how hard to bear you know not." (D&C 19:15), "and surely,
every man must repent or suffer (D&C 19:4), for behold, I, God, have
suffered these things for all, that they might not suffer if they would
repent, but if they would not repent, they must suffer even as I..." (D&C
19:16-17). "For though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white
as snow." (Isa. 1:18). God doesn't put conditions on repentance,
he doesn't limit his forgiveness to certain degrees of sin--He is willing
to forgive all who repent (D&C 58:42). It is the unrepentant
who will suffer the wrath of God. (Isa. 1:20)
(b) During the Millennium, Christ and His Saints will reign upon
Throughout the ages of men, kingdoms have been founded by force and
by the sword, by contention and bloodshed. Men have usurped power
to rule which did not belong to them.
George Bush, writing in 1832, identified the Dragon or Serpent mentioned
in the scriptures, as Satan, and "Satan's seed" as "a vast society of wicked
men," those who persecute the righteous and who have caused "untold sufferings
of the mass of men...in all ages." He explained that Satan uses "an
array of organized instrumentalities in the form of tyrannical [despotic]
governments, backed by false religions"[which he identified as corrupt
and pagan religions], which are "upheld by the terrors of the sword, the
rack, the block, and the dungeon." (George Bush, Treatise on the Millennium,
New York: J & J Harper, 1832).
In contrast, God's government is characterized by freedom, agency, and
liberty of conscience; by righteousness, justice and mercy.
The apostle John Taylor contrasts God's perfect government with the
chaotic rule of man: "The Kingdom of God is the government of God
on the earth or in the heavens. The earth, and all the planetary
systems, are governed by the Lord; they are upheld by his power, and are
sustained, directed, and controlled by His will...If the planets move beautifully
and harmoniously in their several spheres, that beauty and harmony are
the result of the intelligence and wisdom that exist in His mind."
"There are two kinds of rule on the earth...In God's government, there
is perfect order, harmony, beauty, magnificence, and grandeur; in the government
of man, confusion, disorder, instability, misery, discord, and death..
In the first, the most consummate wisdom and power are manifested; in the
second, ignorance, imbecility, and weakness. The first displays the
comprehension, light, glory, beneficence, and intelligence of God; the
second, the folly, littleness, darkness, and incompetency of man...."
The Government of God)
Apostle Taylor continues on to explain that "Our systems, our policy,
our legislation, our education, and philosophy, are all wrong...Our fathers
have left God, his guidance, control, and support, and we have been left
to ourselves; and our present position is a manifest proof of our incompetency
"God never gave man unlimited control of the affairs of this world;
but always speaks of man as being under His guidance, inhabiting His territory,
and responsible to Him for his acts. The world is His vineyard, and
man is the agent.....This earth is not Satan's inheritance; it is the Lord
Jesus Christ's, He is the rightful owner and proprietor.... and He only
has right to rule; but Satan has subverted the ways of God, deceived the
human family, introduced misery, and confusion, and blighted this
beautiful creation with his contaminating curse. As a usurper, it
would be unjust to permit him to rule..."
Mr. Taylor asks: "Shall tyranny, oppression, and iniquity forever
rule?" Shall the neck of the righteous always be under the feet of the
ungodly? No, echoes the voice of all the prophets...the time shall
come when the Saints shall possess the Kingdom....'And the Lord shall be
king over all the earth: in that day there shall be one Lord, and
His name one.' (John Taylor, The Government of God, quoting Dan.
7:18 and Zech. 14:9)
Satan knows that he is about to lose his power over the earth, and is
not going to go down without a tremendous fight, as he attempts to retain
his usurped power.
"Satan has held the dominion for some time, and the Lord now comes to
dispossess him, to take possession of His rightful inheritance, and to
rule his own kingdom. In order to do this, He issues his mandate,
makes a proclamation, lifts up a standard....Now a standard, or ensign,
is a nation's colours, flag, or rallying point...here the God of Heaven
sets up a standard....and invites all to join it...Those who do may be
considered as his servants, as the citizens of His kingdom.."
[Ensign: see Zech. 9:16 and D&C 64:41-42]
"The Kingdom of God....is the government of God, whether in the heavens
or on the earth. Hence Jesus taught his disciples to pray, "Thy kingdom
come, thy will be done, on earth, as it is done in heaven." And when
the kingdom of God is established on the earth, and prevails universally,
then will the will of God be done on earth, and not till then... It is
this reign we are speaking of, a reign of righteousness...." (John
Taylor, The Government of God)
When the kingdom of God is established upon the earth and the laws of
Jesus Christ hold sway, Christ's servants will rule (legislate) in righteousness.
The result will be peace and harmony, righteousness, justice, freedom and
liberty among all nations who choose to be governed under the direction
of the kingdom of Christ, for his laws are just, and his laws are for the
good and for the blessing of all mankind.
"We do not wish to be understood that Christ during the Millennium will
be perpetually confined to this earth; but the idea is, He will subject
the earth to himself, that it shall be wholly under his control of jurisdiction,
and He will go and come as will be necessary; and the patriarchs, prophets,
and immortal saints shall reign as kings and priests under him" ("The Millennium,"
and Seasons, Vol. 3, No. 7, Nauvoo, Illinois, February 1, 1842).
Throughout the ages, Satan has used force and the sword to coerce men
to accept one or the other religions or governments. God does not
operate in such a fashion.
"If there has been oppression, fraud or tyranny in the earth, it has
been the result of the wickedness and corruptions of men and has always
been opposed to God and the principles of truth, righteousness, virtue,
and all principles that are calculated to elevate mankind..." (John Taylor,
of Discourses, Vol. 23, April 9, 1882)
"I preach the gospel to the world--what is it? Force, tyranny,
and oppression? No! It is all free grace, and it is all free
will. Is anybody coerced? Did anybody coerce you, Latter day
Saints, Are any of you forced to continue Latter day Saints if you
do not want to?....We know of no such principle of coercion; it is a matter
of choice..." (John Taylor, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 23, April
During the Millennium, Zion will be established, and the gospel of Jesus
Christ will be preached to the nations of the world, but as in all ages,
God gives men their agency to believe or not, God does not use coercion.
Speaking of the nations of the world, the Prophet Brigham Young explained:
"They will be drawn to Zion by the great wisdom displayed there, and will
attribute it to the cunning and craftiness of men. It will be asked,
"What do you want to do, ye strangers from afar." "We want to live
our own religion."...They will ask, "If I bow the knee and confess that
He is that Saviour, the Christ, to the glory of the Father, will you let
me go home and be a Presbyterian?" "Yes." "And not persecute me?" "Never."
"Won't you let me go home and belong to the Greek Church?" "Yes." "Will
you allow me to be a Friend Quaker or a Shaking Quaker?" "O yes, anything
you wish to be, but remember that you must not persecute your neighbors
...When you have paid this tribute to the Most High, who created you and
preserves you, you may then go and worship what you please...if you do
not infringe upon your neighbors." (Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses,
Vol. 2, July 8, 1855) [See also Zech. 8:23].
"And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven,
saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord,
and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever" (Rev. 11:15).
12) There will be Two World Governments--
New Jerusalem (Zion) to be built upon the American Continent;
Old Jerusalem to remain in Middle East.
"And I will make her that halted a remnant, and her that was cast far
off a strong nation: and the Lord shall reign over them in Mount Zion from
henceforth, even for ever." (Micah 4:7)
During the Millennium, there will be two world capitols: the New Jerusalem
on the American Continent and Old Jerusalem in the Middle East. Bruce
R. McConkie wrote: "in the great day of restoration, there will be two
world capitals, both called Zion, both called Jerusalem. One shall
be the seat of government, the other the spiritual capital of the world,
'for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from
Jerusalem' " (Bruce R. McConkie, The Mortal Messiah, Vol. I; the
quote is Isa. 2:3 and 2 Nephi 12:3). The two seats of world government
are symbolically akin to a husband and wife who rule their household with
love and righteousness. As the husband has one role (leader, guide,
protector, etc.) and the woman another (nurturer, supporter, advisor, etc.),
so the two governments will support one another and work together for the
and blessing of all men on the earth. (See also Ps. 6:7 and
The scriptures tell us that after the glorious return of Jesus
Christ to the earth, that all nations will go up to Jerusalem to worship
him (Zech. 14:16). "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" (Zech. 14:17). Why
will the Lord withhold rain from the nations who refuse to acknowledge
Him? Is it because He is cruel or dictatorial? No, it is to
teach the nations that He is the Lord over the whole earth, the creator
of the earth, and that He has power over the elements, and that all nations
are dependent upon Him as the source of their blessings. Therefore,
all nations will learn to look to God as the source of their blessings.
We already know that the city of Old Jerusalem is in Palestine.
Because the land of Palestine is currently filled with both the righteous
and the wicked; the people in Palestine, like the other people throughout
the world, will go through a cleansing process, with the wicked being eliminated.
(Zech.14:1-4). In the meantime, before the Second Coming of the Lord
in great glory, the other capitol, Zion or the New Jerusalem, will be established
in America. (D&C 42:9) Its location has already been established.
(D&C 57:1-4). The Saints will acquire the lands through purchase.
Probably due to wars or pestilence or other calamities, the area intended
for the New Jerusalem will be cleansed prior to the return of the Saints
and Lamanites who will build the city under heavenly direction. Remember,
it is by the wicked that the wicked are slain (Mormon 4:5, D&C 63:33);
the righteous are commanded not to shed blood, that is, not to make belligerent
acts of aggression against others (that is, to take the offensive position);
the righteous are allowed to defend themselves. It will either be
by natural or supernatural catastrophes or the wicked acts of men that
these events will take place, the righteous will not participate in harming
their neighbors, and the scriptures warn us that the days will come that
those who will not lift up their sword against their neighbors will have
to flee to Zion for safety (D&C 45:68). While God often allows
the wicked to carry out their destruction of the unrepentant, God eventually
will bring even the destructive nations to judgment, and their power will
A great temple of huge proportions and great magnificence and beauty
will be built at New Jerusalem (D&C 84:4 and Ezek. 40:5). A temple
will also be built by the Jews in Jerusalem (Zech 6:13).
People will also learn to put their faith and trust in the Lord instead
of in the false teachings of men and the imperfect governments of men.
(see Zeph. 3:11-12) Thus, false teachings and false government will
be replaced by true teachings and righteous government, the laws of Jesus
Christ replacing the corrupt laws of men. (D&C 38:22, D&C 45:59)
"Therefore, the redeemed of the Lord shall return, and come with singing
unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain
gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away." (Isa. 51:11).
A Note of Warning: Satan, the great counterfeiter,
will try to destroy God's plan for a holy and righteous government to be
set up under Christ by the Saints of God. In many ages, he has replaced
the government of God with his own corrupt substitutes. In the last
days also, Satan will offer a false imitation. He will try to imitate
God's government by offering at first what appears to be a peaceful government,
set up by the nations of men, which offers peace and security and false
unity to the nations of the world. (Ezek. 6:14, Micah 3:5, Rev. 13, Rev
16-18, Rev 19:20).
"Satan plans to destroy liberty--economic, political, and religious--to
set up in its place the most complete tyranny that has ever oppressed men.
He is working in such disguise that many do not recognize either him or
his methods." (Heber J. Grant, Messages of the First Presidency, Conference
Report, October 1942). Know the difference. It is the responsibility
of the Latter day Saints to repent and establish Zion prior to the Second
Coming of the Lord, that the righteous may find refuge, and that the nations
of the earth may have an ensign, an example to look to in their government.
13) Satan to be bound
The result of Satan being bound will be high obedience to moral, spiritual,
and civil law and low crime rates. It will result in peace and righteousness.
(a) Satan will be bound during the Millennium (Rev. 20:2, D&C 43:30-31,
D&C 84:100, D&C 88:110). He loses his power to deceive the
nations (Rev. 20:3), "and in that day...shall not have power to tempt any
man" (D&C 101:28).
(b) Obedience of people to laws of God will contribute to the binding
"And because of the righteousness of his (the shepherd's) people, Satan
has no power; wherefore, he cannot be loosed for the space of many years,
for he hath no power over the hearts of the people, for they dwell in righteousness,
and the Holy One of Israel reigneth" (I Nephi 22:26).
(c) Children to grow up without sin unto salvation (D&C 45:58).
"We talk about Satan being bound. Satan will be bound by the
power of God; but he will be bound also by the determination of the people
of God not to listen to him, not to be governed by him. The Lord
will not bind him and take his power from the earth while there are men
and women willing to be governed by him. That is contrary to the
plan of salvation. To deprive men of their agency is contrary to
the purposes of God." (George Q. Cannon, Gospel Ideals, Vol.
(14) The Place of Men and Women Restored
Parley P. Pratt, referring to the creation of man, said, that man was
"formed of noble principles, and bearing in his godlike features the emblems
of authority and dominion." (Parley P. Pratt, The World Turned
Upside Down). Adam and Eve were the children of God (Luke 3:38),
our Heavenly Father, and our Heavenly Mother, who placed them in the garden
upon earth as a test and trial of their faithfulness in keeping the commandments
of God. Man, in the beginning, was created in the image of God (Gen.
1:26), in other words, man, the child of God, is heir not only to the physical
form but also the spiritual, social, emotional, and intellectual attributes
of God. It is God's desire that his children progress to become like
him. It is Satan's desire to destroy man, and since the day that
men rebelled against God, men became carnal, brutal, selfish and devilish,
the very opposite which God intended them to become.
After eating of the tree of good and evil, which God commanded them
not to eat, certain "curses" were pronounced upon Adam and Eve. Adam
was to live by the sweat of his brow. Previously, things had grown
in the garden without effort. Now he would have to work to plant,
till, weed, water, and reap the crops. Eve's "curse" was that she
should have "sorrow" in childbirth (did this mean difficulty or pain?)
and that her husband should "rule" over her. This pronouncement did
not give men permission to harshly, dictatorially or unjustly rule over
their wives. As a friend of mine once shared with me, it was simply
God's prophetic announcement of what would occur because of the fall--the
fall foreshadowing a diminishment of knowledge, since they had left the
presence of God. Once man rebels against God and leaves His presence
and rejects His truths, all kinds of errors start to appear. Man's
treatment of woman was one of these errors. In the garden, Adam and
Eve walked side by side; they were partners. Eve was said to have
been taken "from the side of Adam." I believe this signifies that
they were in the womb together. Symbolically, as a wonderful poem
teaches, Woman was not taken from man's head to be above him, nor from
his feet to be trampled by him, but from his side, to be equal with him,
and near his heart, to be loved by him.
After leaving the garden, Adam and Eve were faithful and obedient to
the commandments which God gave them, and they taught their children the
truth. Some of their children believed and were obedient, becoming
known as sons of God, while other children rejected the truth and chose
to live lives of sin, selfishness, and disobedience. As the descendants
of Adam and Eve began to rebel against the truth, women's position in life
slowly sank. In some nations, she became the chattel (property) of
man, to be treated by him however he desired. In other nations, she
was his servant or slave. Some degenerate nations have sought to
make women into whores, treating her without respect or privilege, denying
her the right to husband, children, and home. Other nations have
simply treated her as a second class citizen, denied the same rights given
In any day of enlightenment, the position of women has improved. Since
the restoration of the gospel in 1830 (the church being officially organized
at Fayette, New York), the position of women has improved greatly. In 1842,
at Nauvoo, Illinois, the Prophet Joseph Smith officially organized the
women of the church into the Women's Relief Society Organization, intended
to be a benevolent and charitable organization in which women could not
only help the poor, but uplift one another. At the same time, the
Prophet Joseph Smith bestowed upon women the keys to the companionship
of angels, if they would live worthy of it. (see also Alma 32:23)
An elder of the church recently shared the following thought with me:
"Women can have the presence of the Lord." My comments: When the
scriptures refer to "men" being able to obtain the "presence of God," they
are referring to the race of men, or men and women, not just men alone.
One of the curses of the Fall was that Adam and Eve, who formerly walked
and talked with God in the Garden, lost the presence of God (Gen. 2:15-17,
Moses 4:31, Alma 42:7, Helaman 14:16). The righteous who are pure
in heart (whether men, women or children) are promised that they can seek
the face, or presence of God, even while still in mortality (Psalm 140:13,
Matt. 5:8, Ether 3:13, D&C 38:8, D&C 67:10, D&C 88:68, D&C
93:1, D&C 93:20, D&C 103:20, D&C 107:19, D&C 130:3).
Sanctification is the process that prepares us to see and speak with Christ
face to face while still in mortality (Ex. 19:5-11, D&C 84:21-24.)
It comes when we yield our hearts to God (Hel. 3:35). (See also Ether
4:7, Moroni 10:33, D&C 118-119, D&C 105:31-37, D&C 133:62).
D&C 84:33-34 talks about the necessity of magnifying our callings as
part of the sanctification process. Some people would unwisely limit
this scripture solely to the fulfilment of our church callings/assignments.
This is not the full meaning of the scripture. It is speaking of
the fulfilling of our earthly callings or life missions (See "Stewardship"
in Bible Topical Guide. See "Stewardship" in article "The Traditions
of Men Vs. the Standards of God," by this author. See "Bringing to
Pass Much Righteousness: Discovering our Life Mission" by this author.
For examples of men who valiantly fulfilled their life callings while on
earth (other than prophets or spiritual leaders), see The Other Eminent
Men of Wilford Woodruff by Vicki Jo Anderson).
"There has come a day of calling, but the time has come for a day of
choosing; and let those be chosen that are worthy. And it shall be manifest
unto my servant, by the voice of the Spirit, those that are chosen; and
they shall be sanctified" (D&C 105:35-36) The scriptures explain
that "many are called, but few are chosen" (Matt. 20:16, Matt 22:14).
"And why are they not chosen? Because their hearts on set so much
upon the things of this world, and aspire to the honors of men (D&C
121:34-40) and because they fail to keep the commandments (D&C 95:5,6,12).
This elder then quoted many other scriptures to me. "Neither is
the woman without the man, nor the man without the woman, in the Lord"
(I Cor. 11:11). The Millennial generation will be righteous because
"Women in the Lord" will be raising the children. [Who are "Women in the
Lord"? Righteous women who have obtained the presence of God through
sanctification.] Abraham was counseled to listen to the advice of
his righteous wife, Sarah (Gen 21:12). He retold the parable of the
Good Samaritan to me in a different way, with the inn representing the
woman, who provides the sanctuary and refuge for the man (her husband),
who is "beaten up" because he has to deal with the problems of the world.
The man who preaches the gospel to the world often experiences rejection.
After he shared these words with me, it became clear to me in a new way
why women have been commanded by latter day prophets to get out of the
workplace and to be in the homes with their children, because this provides
a refuge from the world for her, and she can then provide the comfort that
her children and husband are in need of (D&C 25:5, which he also quoted
to me: wife to comfort her husband). This elder also shared D&C
25:14 with me: the woman is to delight in her husband and believe in his
potential and future glory. I believe this applies to men who are
striving to live righteously, not to wicked men. (Note: Parables
have many depths of meaning. Because this elder helped me to see
the Parable of the Good Samaritan as it could be applied towards women,
does not in any way negative the first or primary level of the parable,
which is that we should be loving and helping our neighbors, not ignoring
them and passing by like the supposedly religious Levite and Priest did.
Not only is Christ symbolized by the Good Samaritan as the one who heals
our wounds, but each one of us who reaches out to help a neighbor is acting
as the Good Samaritan.)
It is my personal feeling that every righteous woman deserves a righteous
husband (and vice versa), and I do not believe any woman is required to
remain married to a man who persists in living wickedly and who fails to
repent, because such men spiritually destroy themselves first, and secondly,
they attempt to pull their wives and children down to their own degenerate
level; their wicked choices result in spiritual, emotional, and physical
abuse to their families. Brigham Young once said that the Lord never
expected any woman to follow her husband to hell. I believe that
among the many reasons that Joseph Smith was persecuted, one reason was
the jealousy of wicked men. Men in those days had the freedom to
abuse wife, children, or slaves without any legal consequences. In
Nauvoo, Illinois, Joseph Smith allowed women their freedom to choose to
remain with or to leave a wicked man. Women were never forced to
stay with a wicked man, because he would corrupt his entire family.
Wicked men were incited against Joseph because they knew that their wives
would never by personal choice (except for the constraints of society)
remain with them. These men did nothing to earn the love or respect
for their wives. Therefore, in the world to come, these wicked men
will have neither wives nor children, as all righteous women who are entitled
to exaltation will be given the agency to join themselves to a righteous
man. Wicked men--and wicked women--will not be exalted nor married
in the world to come, all their covenants end at death in mortality.
Christ referred to these people as "the children of this world" (Matt.
22:30, Luke 20:34-36), in other words, the worldly, who fail to retain
their marriages in the world to come. In stark contrast, the children
of the Kingdom (Christ's seed--the faithful and obedient), are made joint-heirs
with Christ (Rom. 8:16-17).
In the above paragraph, I have limited my comments to speaking about
the consequences upon wicked men and women. I have not said anything
about people who are living moral lives who have not yet fully committed
themselves to Christ. If a man or woman is an unbeliever, but has
a good heart and is open to the spirit, he/she can be influenced by good
and drawn towards God by a faithful, believing, loving spouse (see I Cor.
7:14-16 and D&C 74:1-7). I am not in any way encouraging divorce
or separation. God has set marriage without divorce or separation
as an ideal for us to try to achieve, and for most couples, this should
be the goal, especially in the cases where both spouses are making mistakes,
but trying to repent and to serve God. However, in the case of the
wicked and unrepentant, their divorces will come naturally, as their criminal
or abusive acts result in legal separation from family in this life and
permanent separation from loved ones in the world to come, as God will
separate the righteous to one reward and the wicked and unrepentant to
Orson Pratt pointed out the connection between righteousness and the
ability to love, and wickedness and hatred for others. He said:
"If we should inquire what constitutes the misery of the fallen angels,
the answer would be, they are destitute of love; they have ceased to love
God; they have ceased to have pure love one towards another; they have
ceased to love that which is good. Hatred, malice, revenge, and every
evil passion have usurped the place of love; and unhappiness, wretchedness,
and misery are the results. Where there is no love, there will be
no desire to promote the welfare of others. Instead of desiring that
others may be happy, each desires to make all others miserable like himself.....As
love decreases, wickedness, hatred and misery increase; and the more wicked
individuals or nations become, the less capable are they of loving others
and making them happy; and vice versa, the more righteous a people become,
the more they are qualified for loving others and rendering them happy.
A wicked man can have but little love for his wife, while a righteous man,
being filled with the love of God, is sure to manifest this heavenly attribute
in every thought and feeling of his heart, and in every word and deed.
Love, joy and innocence will radiate from his very countenance, and be
expressed in every look. This will beget confidence in the wife of
his bosom, and she [if she is willing to receive his love] will love him
in return, for love begets love; happiness imparts happiness; and these
heaven-born emotions will continue to increase more and more, until they
are perfected and glorified..." (Orson Pratt, The Seer).
First, in regards to the above quote about the ability to love, I do
not wish to condemn those people who may struggle to love as they attempt
to overcome negative or abusive backgrounds. We should be assured
that God knows the desires of our hearts (Alma 29:4-5, Alma 41:5).
If we live righteously and desire to please the Lord, God will eventually
help us to overcome our weaknesses (Ether 12:27) and will magnify our ability
to love. Second, I wish to point out that some people associate righteousness
with church attendance. Attendance at church is meant to help us
become righteous, but just because a person attends church, he is not necessarily
a righteous person, for many hypocrites and liars attend church along with
the righteous and the repentant. Attendance at church, by itself,
is not a sign of righteousness unless the person attending is striving
to incorporate into his life those Christlike principles which he learns.
It is interesting that once God opens the door for people on the earth,
how other things begin to change. Only six years after the establishment
of the Women's Relief Society Organization of the Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter day Saints, the first woman's suffrage movement was held in the
United States in 1848 at Seneca Falls, New York. Led by the tireless
efforts of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and many other women,
it took years until women not only succeeded to getting the right to vote
for themselves, but also the right to hold property, to attain a college
education or a profession, to achieve child custody rights, etc. ("Not
for Ourselves Alone," televised broadcast, produced by Ken Burns and Paul
The apostle Parley P. Pratt, who lost his beloved wife, Thankful, after
the birth of their first child, had these words to say about women:
"From the bosom, or rather, from his side, emanated woman. She became
more exquisitely fine, beautiful and delightsome; combining in her person
and features the noble and majestic expression of manhood, with the soft
and gentle, the modest and retiring graces of angelic sweetness and purity,
as if destined to grace the dignity of manhood, to heighten the charms
of domestic life, to delight the heart of her lord, and to share with him
the enjoyments of life, as well as to nourish and sustain the embryo, and
rear the tender offspring of her species. and thus fill the earth with
myriads of happy and intelligent beings...." (Parley P. Pratt, The World
Turned Upside Down).
When men embrace and live the principles of the gospel, the gift of
the Holy Ghost works with them and helps them to refine their characters
and dispositions until they become godly men, men who are leaders among
men, men who treat their wives and children with respect, men who honor
themselves and live honestly, faithfully, and courageously, men who desire
to confer the blessings of God upon all their fellowmen, treating all with
respect and equality in opportunities.
When women live the gospel, they become women of God, queens and priestesses,
the glory of their husbands (I Cor. 11:7), a refuge and sanctuary for their
families, and raise their children in righteousness.
15) People to enjoy the fruits/rewards of their own labors
Today, and throughout the history of the earth, men have been placed
in positions of inequity with one another, divided into the owner and the
slave, the rich and the poor, and in some cases, a middle class.
These types of inequities are unknown when people are obeying the principles
of the gospel and desire to bless the lives of their neighbors (I
Cor. 10:24) instead of hoarding wealth and prosperity to themselves or
to an elite few. Some have been forced to slave their lives away
in the support of the rich, while for their hard labor, they achieved only
constant serfdom and poverty. This is a form of robbery, a robbery
of just wages, just the same as if a man who had owned property had it
stolen from him. Often, laborers have been forced to work long hours
for miserable wages, some barely able to sustain their families.
Those who have been on the bottom end of the economic scale are expected
to be self-sufficient, but are robbed of the means of being so. Often
unable to own property, or owning property at great sacrifice, and dependent
upon the wages of others, their inability to establish a meaningful life
for themselves, to accumulate property or independence, breeds a deep sense
of futility and hopelessness.
The scriptures prophesy that during the Millennium, no one will cheat
any man out of the rewards of their labors (D&C 101:101, Isa. 65:21-23).
16) Extensive Temple Work during the Millennium, to link families
together, and provide ordinances for those who lived upon the earth who
did not have access to such ordinances during their lifetimes.
"Instead of a time to rest, the Millennium is to be a time for all to
labor [But what kind of labor?] The Saints will be kept busy in the
temples which shall be built in all parts of the land. In fact, so
busy, will they be, that the temples will be occupied most of the time."
(Joseph Fielding Smith, The Way to Perfection).
Doctrine & Covenants 128:18 reveals that the earth will be cursed
"unless there is a welding link of some kind...between the fathers and
the children..." This scripture explains how generations will once
more be welded together (united) through the temple work which "the children"
(descendants) will perform for their ancestors. Since God himself
set the requirement that "except a man be born of water [baptism] and of
the spirit [gift of the Holy Ghost], he cannot enter the Kingdom of God,"
(John 3:5), then in order to be just and fair (one of the attributes of
God), God must provide a way for ALL of his children to have the opportunity
to receive or reject his ordinances, in order that all who desire may have
an equal opportunity to enter his kingdom and receive of his blessings.
God has provided this way for all in temple work for the "dead" (i.e.,
the spirits of those people who have departed this earthly mortal life,
and whose spirits wait in paradise or spirit prison prior to their judgment
and assignment to a kingdom).
If you would like to learn more about this subject, please see I Cor.
15:29, D&C 124:28-39, and sections 128, 137, and 138 of the Doctrine
and Covenants. (See also The Vision, or The Degrees of Glory, compiled
by N. B. Lundwall.)
17) Knowledge of Secret Things, Hidden Things, True History and Knowledge,
to be Revealed; The Knowledge of God will Cover the Earth
Throughout the ages, men have often succeeded in hiding their crimes
and wicked deeds. During the Millennium, secret or hidden things
will be revealed. D&C 88:108-109 tells us that the secret acts
of men during different ages of the earth will be revealed (compare D&C
1:13--the sins of men to be spoken of upon the house tops (another good
reason to repent before the great and dreadful day of the Lord).
God will also provide us with knowledge by his spirit, things which
have not been revealed before this time. (D&C 121:26-32, see
also D&C 128:18). "When the Lord shall come, He shall reveal
all things--things which have passed [true history], and hidden things
which no man knew [all types of mysteries and unanswered questions], things
of the earth [geological mysteries], by which it was made, and the purpose
and the end thereof--things most precious [this speaks not only of hidden
treasures of gold, silver and precious metals and gems, but hidden treasures
of knowledge and divine truths], things that are above, and things that
are beneath, things that are in the earth, and upon the earth, and in heaven.
(D&C 101:32-34). Imagine having the secrets--the answers to questions
we have been unable to understand--revealed to us.
Isaiah 54:13 declares that "all thy children shall be taught of the
Lord..." Righteous people during the Millennium will teach their
children the correct principles about Christ and godliness. Not only
that, but Christ himself (because of the obedience of those who live on
the earth) will walk among the people (Zech. 2:10, Zeph. 3:17, D&C
45:59). What will be the result of this teaching? "And
great shall be the peace of thy children."
The unfortunate story in many of today's schools is one of our children
being exposed to drugs and crime, to immoral practices and atheistic beliefs.
Many modern day schools are turning our children into heathens (unbelievers)
and gentiles (the worldly). Instead of our children being exposed
to true and uplifting principles, in many cases, they instead graduate
from school addicted to vices, believing in the false theories and degenerating
practices of men. As a result, many who retain these degenerate practices
into adulthood have lives of misery, their lives broken by drug usage,
crime, and wrecked marriages. During the Millennium, this trend will
Currently, so many people are so caught up with business and with the
pursuits of their everyday lives that few (speaking comparatively) take
the time to study the scriptures, pray, and develop a close and personal
relationship with their Heavenly Father, who desires to guide them and
help them. Other people attend church faithfully, but rely on their
ministers to read and interpret the scriptures for them. During the
Millennium, "the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the
waters cover the sea." (Isaiah 11:9). The phrase "as the waters cover
the sea" is symbolic of the fullness or completeness of the spread of knowledge.
Instead of relying on others to teach them, people will take personal responsibility
for their own salvation, relying on the Savior and the merits of His atonement
to save them after all they can personally do.
People will have such open access to the truths of God and will be so
willing to live these principles that they will advance rapidly in righteousness.
The result of this will be that "they shall teach no more every man his
neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, 'Know the Lord:' for they
shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith
the Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their
sin no more." (Jere. 31:34).
The gift of the Holy Ghost is available to people even in our present
day after they exercise faith in Christ, repent of their sins, and are
baptized into the true church of God by one who possesses the Holy Priesthood
and who is authorized by God to perform this ordinance. This gift
will spread to even more people as they decide (freely--without coercion)
to repent and embrace the true gospel of Jesus Christ. It is after
people have gone through these steps and received the Holy Ghost in their
lives that the Spirit leads them step by step closer to God (2 Nephi 28:30,
Isa, 28:9-10, D&C 98:12), and they become godly people, filled with
the peace and joy and knowledge of God. The Holy Ghost (the Comforter)
"shall teach you all things." (John 14:26).
Instead of using their talents to degrade their fellowmen, to drag them
into vice, immorality, crime and sin (Matt. 12:34-35), people during the
Millennium will use their gifts and talents to praise the Lord (Psalm 150)
and to bring glory to His name (Matt. 5:16). The rocks, streams and
trees will join in praise of the Lord during the Millennium. People
will not only be using their gifts to glorify God, but also to lift and
edify their fellowmen, for when we are in the service of our fellowmen,
we are in the service of our God. (D&C 46:11-12, D&C
82:19, Mosiah 2:17-18).
During the Millennium, people will learn to overcome the false precepts
of men which teach men to seek self-aggrandizement and to accumulate wealth
at the expense and impoverishment of others. This harmful attitude
will be replaced by a spirit of unity, cooperation and concern for the
welfare and good of others. (D&C 38:26-27)
Cleansing of the Earth in Preparation for the Sanctification of the Earth
1) The Lord's Kingdom re-established on earth
In 1820, the Lord appeared in vision to Joseph Smith, Jr. Joseph
Smith, Jr. was called by the Lord, directly by revelation, like the prophets
of old, to restore the Lord's apostolic church to the earth. The
church was officially restored, organized at Fayette, New York, on April
6, 1830. (See The Restoration of All Things by Joseph Fielding Smith.)
Since this paper is not about the restoration of the gospel, the reader
who would like to learn more is encouraged to read The Book of Mormon,
the ancient American record translated by the prophet Joseph Smith, in
order to prayerfully gain his own testimony of this work.
The Latter day Saints believe in the words of the prophets in both the
and The Book of Mormon. Ezekiel told us that these two records
are to become one in testifying of Christ: "Moreover, thou son of man,
take thee one stick, and write upon it, for Judah, and for the children
of Israel his companions [the Bible], then take another stick, and write
upon it, for Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, [the Book of Mormon] and for
all the house of Israel his companions; And join them one to another into
one stick; and they shall become one in thine hand" (Ezek. 37:16-17).
The Prophet Nephi recorded the resentment with which some people would
receive further revelations from the Lord--"A Bible! A Bible! We
have got a Bible, and there cannot be any more Bible. But thus saith
the Lord God; O fools, they shall have a Bible, and it shall proceed forth
from the Jews, mine ancient covenant people. And what thank they
the Jews for the Bible which they receive from them? Yea...Do they
remember the travails, and the labors, and the pains of the Jews, and their
diligence unto me, in bringing forth salvation unto the Gentiles?
O ye Gentiles, have ye remembered the Jews, mine ancient covenant people?
Nay; but ye have cursed them, and have hated them, and have not sought
to recover them....Thou fool, that shall say: A Bible, we have got
a Bible, and we need no more Bible...Know ye not that there are more nations
than one? Know ye not that I, the Lord your God, have created all
men, and that I remember those who are upon the isles of the sea; and that....I
bring forth my word unto the children of men, yea, even upon all the nations
of the earth? Wherefore murmur ye, because ye shall receive more
of my word? Know ye not that the testimony of two nations is a witness
unto you that I am God, that I remember one nation like unto another?
Wherefore, I speak the same words unto one nation like unto another. And
when the two nations shall run together, the testimony of the two nations
shall run together also...And I do this that I may prove unto many that
I AM THE SAME yesterday, today and forever; and that I speak forth my words
according to mine own pleasure." (2 Nephi 29:3-9)
Nephi also revealed that after their return, we will also have the "word"
(scriptures) of the Ten Tribes (2 Nephi 29:13).
What was the purpose of the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ
in these last days prior to His Second Coming in glory? To prepare
the people for the second coming (D&C 1:12-14), that they may repent
before that day. For the purpose of "building up my church and kingdom
on the earth, and to prepare my people for the time when I shall dwell
with them, which is nigh at hand" (D&C 104:59). That man
might learn not to "counsel his fellowman, neither trust in the arm of
flesh, but that every man might speak in the name of God the Lord, (D&C
1:19-20), "That faith also might increase in the world (D&C 1:21),
"That mine everlasting covenant might be established," (D&C 1:22),
"that the fulness of my gospel might be proclaimed by the weak and the
simple unto the ends of the earth..." (D&C 1:23)
The Lord also declared that He sent forth his gospel "to prepare the
weak for those things which are coming on the earth..." (D&C 133:57-58,
see also D&C 29:8).
2) The Gospel preached to the nations of the earth as a warning to
repent before the great and dreadful day of the Lord.
The gospel, restored in the United States, was then taken to other
nations, beginning first with Canada and England. Missionaries were
then sent to the isles of the Pacific, to Europe, and as means opened up,
to Asia and Africa and the other nations of the earth. The gospel
has been preached to the nations in these latter days, to date, for 170
The gospel of Jesus Christ shall be preached in all the world before
the end comes. (Matt. 24:14). Currently the restored gospel of Jesus
Christ is being preached in hundreds of nations throughout the world, on
every continent, by thousands of missionaries.
The faithful and the righteous are drawn to the gospel of Jesus Christ.
"And he gathereth his children from the four quarters of the earth, and
he numbereth his sheep, and they know him, and there shall be one fold
and one shepherd; and he shall feed his sheep, and in him they shall find
pasture" (I Nephi 22:25).
3) Babylon (darkness, wickedness and error) to be destroyed.
God has declared that He will destroy Babylon (wickedness) in the last
days. "Retaining all power, even to the destroying of Satan and his works
at the end of the world..." (D&C 19:3).
What is Babylon? It is both a place and a state of being wicked.
The Lord has declared that "the proud, and all they that do wickedly,"
shall be destroyed. (Mal. 4:1) He has also declared that the worldly
and the materialistic (those who love their possessions and wealth more
than God) are in the midst of Babylon: "They seek not the Lord to
establish His righteousness, but every man walketh in his own way and after
the image of his own god, whose image is in the likeness of the world,
and whose substance is that of an idol, which waxeth old and shall perish
in Babylon, even Babylon the great which shall fall." (D&C 1:16).
Bruce R. McConkie identified Babylon as "the church of the devil; it is
the world with all its evil and carnality; it is every organization of
every kind, sort and form--whether religious, civic, political, fraternal,
or otherwise--which espouses a philosophy or promotes a cause which leads
men away from salvation..." (Bruce R. McConkie, Doctrinal New Testament
Commentary, Vol. 3).
He has commanded us: "Go ye out from among the nations, even from
Babylon, from the midst of wickedness, which is spiritual Babylon" (D&C
133:14). "But after today cometh the burning, this is speaking after
the manner of the Lord, for verily I say, tomorrow all the proud and they
that do wickedly shall be as stubble; and I will burn them up, for I am
the Lord of Hosts; and I will not spare any that remain in Babylon." (D&C
What does it mean to remain in Babylon? First, it means to remain
personally in wickedness (failing to repent and live righteously); and
secondly, to remain living among, fraternizing with, trading with, supporting
and upholding the wicked. "Flee out of the midst of Babylon, and
deliver every man his soul; be not cut off in her iniquity; for this is
the time of the Lord's vengeance; he will render unto her a recompense."
(Jere. 51:60). Faith in God, love for God, and the desire to please
Him, is the motivating factor to repentance. Those who lack faith
in God will fail to repent of their sins and will remain in Babylon, and
therefore suffer the desolation which will come upon her. (D&C
The Lord has commanded his people to "Set up the standard upon the walls
of Babylon.." (Jere 51:12) that the righteous may flee out of her.
In other words, it is the responsibility of the Saints of God to both set
an example of righteousness and to preach the gospel throughout the world
so that those righteous people may escape out of Babylon, or wickedness,
and that they may gather with the righteous.
What has God declared will happen to Babylon and ultimately to those
who remain in her? "And Babylon...shall be as when God overthrew
Sodom and Gomorrah..." (Isa. 13:19). "I will send unto Babylon fanners,
that shall fan her, and shall empty her land: for in the day of trouble
they shall be against her round about." (Jere. 51:1). "As Babylon
hath caused the slain of Israel to fall, so at Babylon shall fall the slain
of all the earth." (Jere 51:49). "And there followed another angel,
saying Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made
all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication." (Rev. 14:8)
"and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the
cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath." (Rev. 16:19). "Babylon
the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils,
and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful
bird. For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her
fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with
her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance
of her delicacies. And I heard another voice from heaven, saying,
Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that
ye receive not of her plagues." (Rev. 18:2-4).
"Then [in the days of Noah], the world was destroyed by a flood, now
it is to be destroyed by war, pestilence, famine, earthquake, storms and
tempest, the sea rolling beyond its bounds, malarious vapors, vermin, disease
and by fire and the lightnings of God's wrath poured out for destruction
upon Babylon. The cry of the angel unto the righteous in this dispensation
is, "Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins,
and that ye receive not of her plagues." (Joseph Fielding Smith,
a) Darkness and Error Dispelled
False institutions, corrupt and erroneous principles and practices
will all be destroyed.
"For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness
the people; but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be
seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light..."
"And He will destroy in this mountain [in Zion, or in the restored gospel]
the face of the covering cast over all people, and the vail that is spread
over the nations." (Isa. 25:7)
"And it shall come to pass that all lying, and deceivings, and envyings,
and strifes, and priestcrafts, and whoredoms, shall be done away" (3 Nephi
21:19, see also I Nephi 22:22-23).
b) The wicked will be swept off the earth.
Parley P. Pratt said that the restoration of the earth to its original
glorious garden-like state will not occur until after "there is a general
destruction poured out upon man, which will entirely cleanse the earth,
and sweep all wickedness from its face." (Parley P. Pratt, A Voice of
Warning). The Lord warns us in D&C 29:9 that "the hour is
nigh and the day soon at hand when the earth is ripe; and all the proud
and they that do wickedly shall be as stubble; and I will burn them up,
saith the Lord of Hosts, that wickedness shall not be upon the earth" (see
also D&C 34:6-9).
Joseph Fielding Smith said: "When the reign of Jesus Christ comes
during the millennium, only those who have lived the telestial law will
be removed." (Answers to Gospel Questions, Vol. I).
According to D&C 76:103, telestial people include: "liars,
sorcerers (drug-dealers and practicers of witchcraft; see also Isa. 47:12-14),
[unrepentant] adulterers, whoremongers, and whosoever loves and makes a
lie." I wish to note here that whoremongers not only include prostitutes,
those who visit prostitutes, pimps, and those who force others into prostitution,
but also includes fornicators, adulterers, rapists, pedophiles, practicers
of incest, voyeurs who steal the privacy of others and unlawfully gratify
the lusts of their minds, as well as those who practice other forms of
debauchery, fraud and deceit. A whoremonger is also anyone who exercises
unrighteous power or dominion over others without permission or by compulsory
means, who takes advantage of others for personal gain, who contaminates,
adulterates, poisons, pollutes, hurts, damages or destroys people and other
Lies include not only deceitful communication from our speech or writing,
but wicked and deceitful acts are also lies. A lie can be communication
or actions which are dishonest, or words withheld, which if spoken, would
have served the truth instead of error. (See also Prov. 12:22, Isa.
32:7, Ezek 13:22, 2 Nephi 28:8). The apostle John informs us that
anyone who claims to know God but disobeys the commandments is a liar (I
Rev. 9:20-21 includes the following category of men who will be destroyed:
those who worship devils and idols of gold and silver, brass and stone,
murderers, sorcerers (drug-dealers/users), fornicators, and thieves.
Malachi 3:5 repeats the warning: "I will come near to you to judgment;
and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers
and against false swearers and against those that oppress the hireling
in his wages, [that oppress] the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn
aside the stranger from his right [rights], and fear not me, saith the
Lord of hosts."
After his crucifixion, the resurrected Christ appeared to the Nephites.
Earthquakes had devastated the land at the time of his death. He
told the people who remained alive that they were spared because they were
more righteous than the rest--they had not stoned or killed the prophets
(or missionaries) who had come to warn them to repent (3 Nephi 10:12),
they had not shed the blood of the Saints.
"What is meant by the mystery of God? [Rev. 10:7] God has permitted
Satan for 6,000 years to wrap his coils around the world. To work
evil and mar the work of God...Is it not a mystery why God allows evil
to go unpunished and His own to be crushed on every hand? This is the mystery
of God. God bears with evil till the hour of judgment comes, then
He will avenge His elect that cry day and night unto Him (Luke 18:7).
The mystery of God will then be at an end. Christ is here just ready
to take things into His own hands." (Ibzan Dean, The Coming Kingdom--Goal
John Taylor also states: "Satan has had his dominion, and has deceived,
corrupted, and cursed the human family; but then his dominion will be destroyed,
and he will be cast into the bottomless pit; men will no longer be under
the influence of his spirit, be decoyed by his wiles, or imposed upon by
his deceptions." (John Taylor, The Government of God)
"According to the justice of the Lord, all who have not violated the
right to remain will not be consumed...We are informed that these, although
they may not be members of the Church [of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints],
who are entitled to the blessings of the Terrestrial Kingdom, will be spared.
Therefore, there will be millions of people on earth during the Millennium
who have not received the gospel. Missionary work will continue with
greater vigor." (Joseph Fielding Smith, Answers to Gospel Questions)
"Some members of the Church have an erroneous idea that when the Millennium
comes, all of the people are going to be swept off except righteous members
of the Church. That is not so. There will be millions of people,
Catholics, Protestants, agnostics, Mohammedans, people of all classes,
and of all beliefs, still permitted to remain upon the face of the earth,
but they will be those who have lived clean lives, those who have been
free from wickedness and corruption." (Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines
of Salvation, Vol. I)
Latter day Judgments will fall in the following order:
First, upon the Latter day Saints, to separate out the wicked from
the righteous, next upon the land of America, unless the people repent
of their wickedness and serve the Lord, and then upon the other nations
of the world.
a) Latter-day Saints
The Lord has told us that judgment will begin at his own house (I Peter
4:17, D&C 112:24-26, Isa. 33:14, Ezek. 9:4-7), that is, among those
people who call themselves by His name. Trials will come which will
separate out the wicked and the hypocrites from the righteous among the
Latter day Saints (D&C 50:6-8, D&C 63:54, 2 Nephi 30:10, Isa. 33:14).
The Lord has warned us that He will have a repentant people. The
Book of Mormon reminds us that it is better to choose to be humble than
to be compelled to be humble (Alma 32:13-16). The Lord has declared
that "whosoever repenteth and cometh unto me, the same is my church" (D&C
10:67). He rejects the proud, the arrogant, the rebellious, and the
wicked. (James 4:6, Prov. 6:16-19, Isa. 2:12, Mal. 4:1).
"The Son of Man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out
of His kingdom, all things that offend, and them which do iniquity..."
(Matt. 13:41). "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net,
that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind [the good or righteous
and the bad or wicked]; which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and
sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away, so
it shall be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever
the wicked from among the just... (Matt. 13:47-49) The Lord allows
the tares (the wicked) to grow up alongside the righteous (the wheat) until
the day of separation (Matt. 3:12, Matt. 13:24-30, D&C 86:1-7).
Then will be fulfilled the word of the Lord concerning the Ten Virgins
(Matt. 25:1-13, D&C 45:56-57, D&C 63:54), for five were ready when
He came, and five were not, for five put oil in their lamps, that is, they
had the Holy Ghost, and were obedient to the Lord's counsel, and five had
not and were not (see Orson Pratt on the Parable of the Ten Virgins, Journal
of Discourses, Vol. 21, June 20, 1880). And then will be fulfilled
concerning the sheep and the goats (Matt. 25:32-46), wherein he separated
the sheep (those who follow their Master Jesus Christ and who love and
help their fellowmen), from the goats (those willing to follow anyone,
who put their trust in man or the arm of flesh instead of in God, who not
only neglect to help their fellowmen, but even worse, who rob their neighbors
of their rights and blessings), and the separation of the wheat (the righteous)
from the tares (the wicked).
"Where shall these great and severe judgments begin? Upon what people
does the Lord intend to commence this great work of vengeance? Upon
the people who profess to know His name and still blaspheme it in the midst
of his house. They are the ones designated for some of the most terrible
judgments of the latter days. This should be a warning to the Latter
day Saints..." (Orson Pratt, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 15, January
Apostle Orson Pratt warns against blaspheming. The dictionary
describes to "blaspheme" as "to speak of or address with irreverence, revile,
abuse," and "blasphemy" as "the act of insulting or showing contempt or
lack of reverence for God," or "irreverence toward something considered
sacred or inviolable." Therefore, blaspheming is more than the act
of taking the Lord's name in vain. It is showing contempt for God
by disobedience or violation of sacred covenants (D&C 132:27 explains
the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost; and in D&C 104:4-6, God explains
that covenant-breakers mock Him). This group includes people who
have lied in order to obtain temple recommends, who have broken the sacred
covenants they made before the Lord, who are living in wickedness.
Instead of humbling themselves and going to their bishops for help in repenting,
these people are maintaining an image of public morality and spotlessness,
lying to themselves, their bishops, their fellow Saints and the Lord, while
continuing to offend the Lord by their wicked deeds. They are liars
and covenant breakers. Liars are one of the groups of people whom
the Lord will sweep off the earth in these latter days.
Harold B. Lee declared: "We have tight places to go...with this church,
there will be, as President Tanner has said, "Hypocrites, those professing,
but secretly are full of dead men's bones." We will see those who
profess membership but secretly are...trying to lead people not to follow
the leadership the Lord has set up to preside in this church.." (Harold
B. Lee, Improvement Era, December 1970).
Many of the Saints do not fall into the category named above, nevertheless,
by their lives and choices, they are failing to help the Lord establish
Zion. The Lord will chasten his people (the Latter day Saints) until
they learn to be obedient (D&C 105:6). People who are baptized
into the Lord's church have made a covenant with the Lord. They have
made a covenant to live on a higher level than they were once living, to
repent of their sins (this is a process) and to become Christlike.
Entrance into the Lord's kingdom by baptism is not a static affair.
One does not obtain the highest glory and reward by remaining complacent
after initial acts of faith, repentance and obedience at baptism.
The Lord has commanded the Saints to take his nature upon themselves; He
has commanded them to become like Him (Alma 5:14, 3 Nephi 12:48).
It is in setting our eyes and hearts single to the glory of God, instead
of to the building up of ourselves, that we begin working to help establish
his truths and his kingdom on the earth (D&C 59:1-2, D&C 82:19,
Orson Pratt warned: "therefore, if Zion sin, if her people suffer pride
to arise in their hearts, and follow after the foolish fashions of the
Gentiles who come into their midst, and are lifted up one above another,
the rich and wealthy looking down upon the poor with scorn and derision
because they cannot clothe themselves in the same costly apparel as the
rich, and begin to make distinctions of classes among themselves, behold,
the Lord will visit Zion according to all her works, and He will purge
her and pour forth his judgments upon her, according to that which He has
spoken" (Orson Pratt, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 15, January 26,
"The Lord has told us...that He would scourge this people, and would
not suffer them to go on in wickedness as He does the world. He will
make a difference in this respect between those who profess His name and
the world. The world may prosper. They have not the religion
of Heaven among them; they have no revelators and prophets among them;
they have not the baptism of the Holy Ghost, nor the gifts and blessings
of God among them, and consequently though they transgress the revealed
word of God, He suffers them to go on, apparently without checking them,
until they are fully ripened in iniquity, then he sends forth his judgment
and cuts them off, instead of chastening them from time to time.
Not so with the Saints. God has decreed, from the early rise of the
Church, that we should be afflicted by our enemies, and by various affliction,
and He would contend with this people and chasten them from time to time
until Zion should be clean before Him..." (Orson Pratt, Journal of Discourses,
Vol. 15, January 26, 1873).
"Unless the Latter day Saints live according to the light which God
has revealed to them, they cannot escape. If God sends judgments
upon the nations, He will send them upon us...If He visits the inhabitants
of the earth with pestilence and blood, He will visit us in a similar manner
unless we keep his commandments. If the inhabitants of the earth
who know not God are to perish because of their wickedness, how much more
will He visit those who have greater light and knowledge if they will not
keep His commandments? The Lord sent forth the destroyer in ancient
times to lay waste the firstborn of the Egyptians, pointing out the means
by which his people might escape, and those who failed to do as they were
commanded had no promise of being preserved; so in these last days when
judgments come, they will begin among his Saints, and those who have not
attended to the Word of Wisdom and the laws of life that He has pointed
out and have no claim to mercy and favor, God is no respecter of persons.
They who have great light and yet sin will endure tribulation and indignation
from his hand unless they repent. (Orson Pratt, Journal of Discourses,
Vol. 15, January 26, 1873).
Daniel H. Wells explained it this way: "We are here...to gather
out from Babylon. But if we are going to partake of her sins in Zion,
and to nourish and cherish the wicked and ungodly, what better shall we
be for gathering? Shall we escape her plagues by so doing?
No, there is no promise to that effect, but if we practice the sins and
iniquities of Babylon here in Zion, we may expect to receive of her plagues...."
(Daniel H. Wells, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 18, October 7, 1875).
"If God...establishes Zion, and He makes them a holy nation, a kingdom
of priests, a peculiar people...it will not be by our clinging to Babylon
and her foolish ways, and imitating the evil and foolish things of the
world." (Erastus Snow, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 19, June
3, 1877). (For a discussion of the contrast between the ways of the
world (Babylon) and God's standard (Zion), see article by this author entitled
"The Traditions of Men Vs. the Standards of God.")
"But if you Latter day Saints who have received the message of the everlasting
gospel, and who have, in obedience to the voice of heaven, gathered out
of Babylon, if you pollute yourselves by turning again to the vanities,
wickedness, and corruptions of the people from whose midst you have been
delivered, then, says the Lord, "Behold, judgment shall begin at the house
of God," it shall begin with you Latter day Saints, and then will go forth
to the nations and kingdoms of the earth..." (Orson Pratt, Journal of
Discourses, Vol. 18, August 26, 1876).
John Taylor repeated the warning, saying..."But the judgments will begin
at the house of God." (John Taylor, Journal of Discourses,
April 13, 1879.) See also discourse by Orson Pratt, "Latter day Judgments,"
of Discourses, January 26, 1873; and Parley P. Pratt, Journal of
Discourses, Vol. 3, April 7, 1856; and Ezra Taft Benson,
of Ezra Taft Benson, pp. 341.
What is the purpose of these trials coming to the Latter day Saints?
Does God chasten a Zion people? No! God chastens a disobedient
people in order to bring them up to the standards He has declared.
See D&C 95:1 and D&C 101:2-8. The Lord has warned the Saints
that He would chasten them until they learned to be obedient to these principles
What were some of the sins for which the early Saints were guilty, for
which they forfeited the opportunity to establish Zion? D&C 105:3-4
names selfishness, neglect of the poor, and a failure to be united.
D&C 121:34-40 adds aspiring to the honors of men, having our hearts
set upon the things of the world, hiding our sins, pride, vain ambition,
the attempt to exercise control or dominion or compulsion over others,
and unrighteous dominion. D&C 98:20 identifies pride, covetousness,
and failure to observe (practice) the word of God. D&C 101:6-8
also names jarrings, contentions, envyings, strifes, lustful and covetous
desires, slow to be obedient (see also D&C 103:4). "Slow to be
obedient" or being doubtful of the word of the Lord, and rationalizing
why we don't need to be fully obedient, is one of the failures of the Saints
explained more fully in D&C 101:46-50. What people will be successful
in establishing Zion? Read D&C 101:62.
"Do you suppose that God will reveal his power among an unsanctified
people, who have no regard nor respect for His laws and institutions, but
who are filled with covetousness? No"! (Orson Pratt, Journal
of Discourses, Vol. 15, March 9, 1873).
Why does the Lord chasten his people? That he may establish a
pure people, who are prepared to serve him in righteousness (D&C 100:16),
and that they may establish Zion (D&C 45:65-68, D&C 97:18-26).
Unless the Saints are prepared to establish Zion, which will be a refuge
to the righteous of all nations, they are like salt that has lost its savor,
and henceforth good for nothing, but to be tossed out (D&C 101:39-40,
D&C 103:10, Matt 5:13). The Saints cannot be of service to their
fellowmen unless they become the peculiar people they were meant to be,
which means that they must be living on a higher level than the rest of
the world. (See also article by this author entitled "Let Us Be One,
or Becoming a Zion People.")
"The prophecies concerning Zion....these...promises are conditional....They
will be fulfilled if we place ourselves in a position to merit their fulfillment...If
Zion fails to come up to the requirements which God has made, then the
fulfillment of these glorious promises will undoubtedly be deferred.
It is therefore of importance that the Latter Day Saints should come up
to the standard that God has given unto us..." (George Q. Cannon, Journal
of Discourses, Vol. 26, August 26, 1883).
"This is the land of Zion; but we are not yet prepared to go and establish
the Center Stake of Zion. The Lord tried this in the first place.
He called the people together to where the New Jerusalem and the great
temple will be built, and where He will prepare for the City of Enoch.
And He gave revelation after revelation; but the people could not abide
them, and the Church was scattered and peeled, and the people hunted from
place to place, till finally, they were driven into the mountains, and
here we are. Now it is for you and me to prepare to return back again...to
return East...to build up the Center Stake of Zion. We are not prepared
to do this now, but we are here to learn until we are of one heart and
of one mind in the things of life. Do all the Latter day Saints arrive
at this? No; they have not...of the great many who have been baptized
into the Church, but few have been able to abide the word of the Lord,
they have fallen out on the right and on the left, and have floundered
by the way, and a few have gathered together. Will these be prepared
to enter the Celestial Kingdom? Some of them will be...but not all
of these, only a portion of them. They do not know what to do with
the revelations, commandments and blessings of God. Talking for instance,
about everyday things, how many do we see here that know what to do with
money and property when they get it? Are their eyes single to the
building up of the kingdom of God? No; they are single to the building
up of themselves" (Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 11,
February 10, 1867).
"If we keep the commandments of The Lord we shall prosper, we shall
be blessed; the plagues, the calamities that have been promised will be
poured out upon the peoples of the earth and we shall escape them, yea,
they shall pass us by. But remember the Lord says if we fail to keep
his word, if we walk in the ways of the world, they will not pass us by,
but we shall be visited with floods and with fire, with sword and with
plague and destruction. We may escape these things through faithfulness.
Israel of old might have escaped through faithfulness, but they refused
to keep the commandments of the Lord and they were not saved." (Joseph
Fielding Smith, Conference Report, April 1929)
"We, the members of the Church...must make and keep ourselves fit by
obedience for the mission assigned us--the regeneration of the world.
It is a call to every member of the Church. As we obey the commandments,
so will the strength of the Church be. As we fearlessly live the
law, the influence of the Church will cover the earth and prepare it for
peace. Delay and vexation, sorrow and bloodshed, will overtake us
if we surrender our convictions, and enter into compromise with the world.
It is better to observe the law, even in its lesser details." (John A.
Widtsoe, Conference Report, April 1941).
"Zion will have to be redeemed by our children, who may be more worthy,
while we may be kept, like the children of Israel, wandering in the wilderness...until
we have suffered the penalty of neglected, broken and unfulfilled covenants."
(Joseph F. Smith, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 19, April 2, 1877).
b) The Land of America
D&C 101:89-92 God will vex the nation and cut off its wicked and
D&C 136:34-36 Nation to come to calamity if it persecutes the Saints.
Isaiah 28:1 Drunkards of Ephraim.
Isaiah 10:6 Hypocritical Nation.
Isaiah 1:4-7 Sinful nation will be desolated.
D&C 45:63 Wars prophesied for America
Moroni 8:27 Pride of Nation will prove their destruction unless
Ether 2:12 Promise of safety and freedom to Americans if they
worship Christ and obey His laws
Ether 8:22 Nations that uphold secret combinations (which murder,
lie, steal, commit fraud, etc. to obtain power), will be destroyed.
Ether 2:9-12 America is a land of promise, people to serve God,
or He will sweep them off the land when they are ripened in iniquity.
Alma 10:19 Ripe in Iniquity (see also Helaman 5:2, Ether 2:9,
Idolatry, the worship of other gods other than the Lord, is one of the
primary reasons for which nations have been destroyed in the past.
Idolatrous people love Satan more than God. They love their possessions
and their wicked choices more than they love obeying God. The sins
of idolatry include the following: (1) The worship of other gods besides
the Lord (Ex. 20:3-5), which includes making other priorities more important
than our allegiance to God and to his principles). (2) Falsehood
(Jere 51:17). Falsehood includes, but is not limited to lying, cheating,
fraud, extortion, false representation, and all kinds of evil, as evil
itself is a lie. (3) Fornication, Uncleanness, Inordinate Affection
and Evil Concupiscence (which includes homosexuality, lesbianism, incest,
adultery, fornication, prostitution, pornography, etc.), and Covetousness
(one can covet and steal the possessions of others, but one can also covet
one's own property and value the property more than the commandments of
God) (Col. 3:5, D&C 19:26), (4) Materialism, or worshipping the
products of our own hands, including trusting in our own products and devices
to save us instead of God (Deut. 4:28, Ps. 135:15, Dan 5:23, Ezek. 20:32,
Matt. 6:24, 2 Nephi 9:30), (5) Sorceries (which includes drug abuse), idolatry,
idleness, babblings, envyings, strife, costly apparel, pride, persecuting,
lying, thieving, robbing, committing whoredoms, murdering (Alma 1:32),
(6) Murder or abortion of the unborn (Ps. 106:37-38, Jere. 7:31).
The American nation, originally founded by a Christian people, is today
a nation filled with adulterers and idolators, pornographers, murderers,
thieves, drug-users and drug-sellers ("sorcerers") people who have largely
rejected Christian principles. Americans abort millions of their
unborn babies every year. Secret combinations which deal in drugs,
murder, theft and power fill our nation from the east coast to the west
(Ether 8:19-26). God will not allow our nation to continue under
its current conditions. We must either choose repentance and reform
or sin and destruction.
The Book of Mormon is a set of records specifically picked out and compiled
by the ancient American Prophet, Mormon, after he was shown, in vision,
the land of America in the latter days (our days). Because this prophet
knew the challenges and difficulties we would face, he picked out particular
segments from the history of his own people to include in the record called
Book of Mormon, which he felt would be helpful to us in the latter
days. Mormon included in this account, the record of two nations
who lived upon the land of America in ancient times, which nations were
swept off the land in great battles as a result of the pride and wickedness
of the inhabitants. This testimony was given to us as a witness that
the modern nation of the United States of America could be the third nation
to be swept off this continent unless we are more obedient than the previous
two, and are willing to repent and serve the Lord. God spared Nineveh
when the inhabitants repented at the preaching of Jonah--Nineveh was destroyed
in a later generation which returned to wickedness.
The apostle John Taylor issued the following warning to the inhabitants
of America: "This nation and other nations will be overthrown, not
because of their virtue, but because of their corruption and iniquity.
The time will come, for the prophecies will be fulfilled, when kingdoms
will be destroyed, thrones cast down, and the powers of the earth shaken,
and God's wrath will be kindled against the nations of the earth, and it
is for us [the Latter day Saints] to maintain correct principles, political,
religious, and social, and to feel towards all men as God feels."
(John Taylor, Journal of Discourses, Feb. 1, 1874.)
c) The Nations of the World
Following the judgments on the land of America, the rest of the nations
will come up in judgment before the Lord. The gospel will be preached
to them. They will have the opportunity to accept or reject the gospel.
They will probably also be challenged with the mark of the beast, that
is, no man will be able to buy or sell (thus, sustain himself) without
this mark, compliance being demanded by a government which will be ruled
by an anti-Christ. (Rev. 13:15-17) The Lord cautions the faithful
to reject the mark of the beast (Satan's government) (Rev. 14:9-12; Rev.
18:4). (See "Mark of the Beast" below)
The "Lord...shall come down in judgment upon Idumea, or the world" (D&C
1:36, see also D&C 45:47) . "For nation shall rise against nation,
and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines and pestilences,
and earthquakes in divers places. All these are the beginning of
sorrows..." (Matt. 24:7-8). "Verily, thus saith the Lord concerning
the wars that will shortly come to pass, beginning at the rebellion at
So. Carolina [the Civil War], and the time will come that war will be poured
out upon all nations, beginning at this place. (D&C 87:2, 6).
The Lord will scourge the nations for their wickedness until those that
are left acknowledge Him and are obedient to His principles (D&C 84:96-98).
"Call ye upon them with loud proclamation...that they may be left without
excuse, and that I may visit them in the day of visitation, when I shall
unveil the face of my covering, to appoint the portion of the oppressor,
among hypocrites, where there is gnashing of teeth, if they reject my servants
and my testimony...For the day of my visitation cometh speedily, in an
hour when ye think not..." (D&C 124:3-11). "The Lord who shall
come down upon the world with a curse to judgment; yea, upon all the nations
that forget God, and upon all the ungodly among you." (D&C 133:2).
"He [Moroni] informed me [Joseph Smith Jr.] of great judgments which
were coming upon the earth, with great desolations by famine, sword, and
pestilence; and that these grievous judgments would come on the earth [beginning]
in this generation..." (Joseph Smith Testimony 1:45). "And when He
is come, He will reprove the world of sin..." (John 16:8, see also D&C
87:6). "Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints
[I believe this refers to those saints who lived on the earth during previous
dispensations, who are now returning with Christ as resurrected beings--see
D&C 45:45], to execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that
are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly
committed and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken
against him." (Jude 1:14-15).
"Four angels were loosed...the army...by these...was the third part
of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone...and
the rest of men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not
of the works of their hands, that they should not worship idols, and idols
of gold, and silver, and brass and stone and wood [meaning materialism,
force and power--loving and trusting one's wealth, buildings, lands, possessions
and armaments more than God. Spencer W. Kimball identified some of
the gods of stone and metal as our fortifications, ships, planes and projectiles.
(Spencer W. Kimball, "The False Gods We Worship," Ensign, June 1976, and
Spencer W. Kimball, Conference Report, April 1960.)]...neither repented
they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication,
nor of their thefts." (Rev. 9:15-21). "And another angel came out
of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust
in thy sickle, and reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe. And
he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth
was reaped...And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood
came out of the winepress..." (Rev. 14:15-16).
And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels,
go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.
And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell
a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast,
and upon them which worshipped his image...for they have shed the blood
of saints and prophets...and the fourth angel poured out his vial upon
the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire...and the
fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast, and his kingdom
was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain and blasphemed
the God of Heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented
not of their deeds..." (Rev. 16:1-11).
"Howl ye; for the day of the Lord is at hand; it shall come as a destruction
from the Almighty...Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, cruel both with
wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate; and he shall destroy
the sinners thereof out of it...and I will punish the world for their evil,
and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the
proud to cease..." (Isa. 13:6-11). "I have cut off the nations...their
cities are destroyed...for the earth shall be devoured with the fire of
my jealousy." (Zeph 3:6).
Many nations will be drawn to battle against Jerusalem in the Middle
East. Though the armies of the adversary will prevail for a time,
Jesus Christ will eventually stand on the Mt. of Olives and appear to those
who remain. As Christ stands on the Mt. of Olives, a great earthquake
will occur. (D&C 45:48, Zech. 14:1-8, Zech. 12:1-14, Zech. 13:6)
The Dead (Salt) Sea will be thrust up and living waters will flow out of
it, a symbol that the Jews will live through acceptance of the Messiah,
Jesus Christ, who was referred to as the Living Waters (as he is the gate
to eternal life).
Mark of the Beast
Although the mark of the beast may prove to be a singular event still
in the future, symbolically it has been a sign of the followers of Satan
throughout the ages. Rev. 13:15-17 informs us that no man was able
to buy or sell unless he had the mark of the beast in his hand or in his
Sterling Sill explains: "the beast goes down on all fours and thus his
vision is cast upon the ground [i.e., to temporal, physical and sensual
matters instead of the spiritual], but man stands upright in the image
of his Maker that he may look up to God our Eternal Father." (Sterling
W. Sill, Improvement Era, June 1970).
As man was made in the image of God, so Satan tries to conform man to
his own evil image instead. As God has counseled man to take upon
him "his countenance (Alma 5:14), so when men follow Satan, they receive
his mark, or his image in their countenances. "As the servants of
God have their calling and election made sure when they are "sealed...in
their foreheads" (Rev. 7:2-8), so the Great Imitator [Satan] places a mark
in the right hand or foreheads of those who follow him. Figuratively,
this means they receive blessings [advantages]--if his rewards lawfully
may be so named--from under his hands..." (Bruce R. McConkie, Doctrinal
New Testament Commentary, Vol. 3).
In other words, throughout the ages, there have been men who have compromised
godly morals and principles in order to succeed in the world (often to
enable them to succeed in the business world--hence the reference to the
"mark in the hand," as money is often exchanged for graft, bribes, and
personal gain, or in the forehead--in order to obtain the lusts of their
minds and hearts, which they were not able obtain lawfully because of their
lack of righteousness). They have made a deal with Satan, or embraced
his wicked principles, or taken his mark and image upon themselves in order
to obtain the success which they desired.
Bruce R. McConkie explains: "False worship brings damnation."
"...Those in Babylon shall suffer the fires of eternal torment....Why?
Their fate befalls them because they worshipped--not the Father, in the
name of the Son, by the power of the Spirit--but the beast and his image.
They sacrificed at evil altars. Theirs was a worldly way of life.
They did not overcome the world, and put off the natural man, and become
saints through the atonement of Christ the Lord. They dwelt in Babylon..."
(Bruce R. McConkie, The Millennial Messiah).
On the other hand, it is the Saints of God, those who take the image
of God upon their countenances, who embrace and live godly principles,
and who refuse the devil's bargain by not compromising righteous principles
in order to achieve an end. Rev. 20:4 informs us that these Saints
will have part in the first resurrection, because they did not receive
the beast's (Satan's) mark...They were not of the world, but chose God's
way. We are told that some of them, because they testified of Christ
and refused to compromise with evil, were "beheaded for the witness of
Jesus, and for the word of God..."
George Q. Cannon explains: "The reason we are hated today is because
of these very things. If we would be like the rest of the world,
we would have no opposition from the world. Jesus said to His disciples,
"If ye were of the world, the world would love his own; but because ye
are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore
the world hateth you." It is just the same today. If we were
like the world, the world would love us; but because God has chosen us
out of the world, therefore the world [the worldly] hates us; and we shall
be hated as long as we preserve these virtues and contend for them, as
long as we refuse to partake of the cup of fornications which the mother
of abominations hold out to us; as long as we refuse to have the mark of
the beast upon us, so long shall we have this opposition to contend with,
until Babylon is overthrown and destroyed from the face of the earth....If
we would drink of that cup which that great mother of abominations holds
in her hands, opposition would cease, for we would then be like them, we
would be of them..." (Collected Discourses, George, Q. Cannon, February
For other ideas on the mark of the beast, see "Forms of Bondage" also
by this author.
Prophesied Destructions are Conditional
All prophecies which promise blessings for obedience or curses for
disobedience are conditional upon the compliance or non-compliance of those
to whom they are directed (D&C 130:20-21). Thomas Marsh was promised
great opportunities if he was faithful in his calling (D&C 112:4,7).
These promises were lost, however, due to his disobedience and apostacy
and shall be given to another in his stead. God promised the Israelites
blessings for obedience (Deut. 11:13-15, Deut. 28:2-4, Deut. 30, Lev. 26:3-13),
but cursings for disobedience (Deut. 28:15-68, Deut. 29:22-25, Lev. 26:14-39).
Similarly, in our day, the prophesied curses and destruction upon the Latter
day Saints (D&C 41:1), the Americans, and other nations of the world,
are conditional upon their obedience or disobedience to godly principles.
The people of Nineveh were spared when they repented at the preaching of
Jonah (Jonah 3:5-10), while the Jews went into captivity when they failed
to repent at the preaching of Jeremiah, Lehi, Urijah, and other prophets.
The Latter day Saints are promised that curses and destructions will
come upon them if they fail to repent (D&C 84:54-59, D&C 97:23-26,
D&C 103:8,14), however, the righteous among them, and those who repent
are given great promises of both preservation and success in establishing
Zion (D&C 21:4-6, D&C 35:14, D&C 61:10, D&C 88:83-85, D&C
97:23-25, D&C 103:5-6,18, I Nephi 22:17, 3 Neph 22:17).
Likewise, the Lord promises that the American people will enjoy freedom,
liberty and safety if they serve Jesus Christ (Ether 2:12), and that the
nations of the world will dwell in safety if they repent (I Nephi 22:28,
see also D&C 39:18, 3 Nephi 30:1-3, 2 Nephi 30:2).
5) Earthquakes will rend and tear apart the continents as they are
returned to their original place.
Isa 2:19--"when He ariseth to shake terribly the earth."
Isa. 13:13--"Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall
remove out of her place."
Rev. 6:12--"When he had opened the sixth seal...lo, there was a great
Rev. 16:18-20--"And there was a great earthquake, such as was not since
men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great...and every
island fled away, and the mountains were not found."
D&C 45:48--earthquake, followed by the earth trembling, and reeling
to and fro.
D&C 88:87--"the earth shall tremble and reel to and fro as a drunken
Parley Pratt said that prior to the advent (return) of Jesus Christ,
that "the earth will be terribly convulsed; the mountains will sink, the
valleys will rise, the rough places become smooth; while a fire will pass
over the surface of the earth, and consume the proud and all that do wickedly...
and thus after the earth is cleansed by fire from all its wicked inhabitants,
as it once was by water, and after its mighty convulsions have restored
it to its former shape and surface....The Jews behold their long expected
Messiah, and come to the knowledge that he is Jesus whom their fathers
crucified...they are cleansed from their sins through his precious blood....'Blessed
are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.' This promise made
by the Savior while on the Mount, will then be fulfilled. (see also
37 Psalm; Ezekiel 37) The curses which came upon the earth by reason
of sin will then be taken off. It will no longer bring forth thorns
and thistles, but its productions will be as they were before the fall.
The barren deserts will become fruitful, the thirsty land will abound with
springs of water...Nations shall learn war no more...the very beasts of
prey will then lose their thirst for blood...The lion will eat herbs instead
of preying upon flesh, and all the animal creation will become perfectly
harmless as they were in the beginning, while perfect peace will cover
the earth; while all the ancient prophets, apostles, saints and martyrs...will
be on the earth, with their glorified immortal bodies--This is the first
resurrection! This is the great Sabbath of creation, the 1,000 years of
rest and peace, the long expected Millennium." (Parley P. Pratt, The
World Turned Upside Down, or Heaven on Earth, Liverpool, 1842 (BYU
The Record of John
The earth was created in a series of periods of time, long before it
was ready for man to be placed on its surface (God refers to these seven
time periods as "days" to simplify the creation for the understanding of
men). Man, since Adam, has existed on the earth's surface for approximately
six thousand years. There were approximately four thousand years
from the Fall of Adam to Jesus Christ, and two thousand years from Christ
to the present day (end of year 2000). The Book of Revelations speaks
of seven seals being opened (Rev. 8). In the year 2001, we are at
the time for the opening of the seventh seal, or the beginning of the seventh
thousand years (D&C 77:12, D&C 76:41). This period of time
begins with "silence in heaven about the space of half an hour (Rev. 8:1).
Some people interpret this to mean a literal thirty-minute time period,
but others believe that it is symbolic of a half an hour of the Lord's
time (one day being like a thousand years for Him), and thus believe that
it will be a certain number of years. Whatever the length of time
of this particular prophesy, it does represent a period of time.
The prophesied desolations upon the unrepentant will take place after this
"half hour of silence."
Rev. 6:1-11 briefly mentions events of the first five seals, or the
first five thousand years. Rev. 6:9 deals not only with the Christian
martyrs who were persecuted and killed by the unbelieving nations, particularly
by the Roman Empire during the first few centuries A.D., but also the Christian
martyrs who perished during the Inquisitions of the Middle Ages (compare
Rev. 13:7, 17:6 and 18:24).
Then something unusual happens in the Book of Revelations. The
events of the sixth seal appear to be missing or altered. Some of
the events named in Revelations chapter 6, verses 12-17 (stated to be sixth
seal events) have been misplaced and should fall under the seventh seal
instead. We know this because the great earthquake, which will cause
all the islands to disappear, and the lands to join together, is an event
which I believe will take place during the seventh seal, but just prior
to the Millennial era of peace. It is for this reason that I believe
this portion of John's record (The Book of Revelations) has been altered.
I state this as my opinion, and I may be right or wrong (we won't know
until the original record of John is returned), but I personally believe
that Revelations chapter 7 describes events of both the sixth and seventh
seal--I do not believe that the sealing of the faithful from every tribe
has yet happened (unless it has happened without our knowledge), and will
not happen until after the return of the Ten Tribes, although the sealing
of men and women from every tribe has already been occurring in the last
one hundred and fifty eight years with the sealings that occur in the Latter
day Saint temples. But I do not believe that the temple sealings
alone are the complete fulfillment of the "sealing of the 144,000".
Revelations chapters 8-11 continue with more seventh seal events which
will precede the second coming of Jesus Christ. What happened to
the events of the sixth seal (A.D. 1000-2000)? They should have referred
to such events as briefly mentioned in Rev. 14:6. I believe that
some of the information about events to take place during the sixth seal
may have been intentionally removed, since they would have testified not
only of an apostacy and Dark Ages, which occurred after the death of Christ's
original apostles, but also of the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ
in the latter days. The Apostle John was shown the future in a vision,
and he was also shown that people would tamper with the scriptures, and
attempt to alter his record. See his warning to those who attempted
to alter his revelation in Rev.22:18-19. The prophet Nephi reported
that certain scriptures of the Bible would be tampered with (during the
Great Apostacy) (I Nephi 13:20-29 and I Nephi 14:20-23). One day
we shall receive the original (untampered with) revelation of John!
(I Nephi 13:39-40, I Nephi 14:26-27, Ether 4:13-16, D&C 93:6,18)
Then these missing parts will be supplied and altered portions corrected.
We Can Prepare Ourselves for the Millennium
1) Spiritual Preparedness--Repent of your sins. (Isa.
1:18, Micah 7:18) Live righteously so that you won't be among the
burnt offerings that will be barbequed and swept off the earth. Study
the scriptures. Be prayerful. Accept and live the principles of the
gospel, do so valiantly, not half-heartedly. Live so that you have
the Spirit of God with you that when the Spirit directs you to be somewhere,
you will listen and promptly respond, and so that you can shun wicked or
misguided directors (Matt. 24:23-31). Gather your family history
The Lord has commanded us to "Go ye out from among the nations, even
from Babylon, from the midst of wickedness, which is spiritual Babylon."
(D&C 133:14), and has also commanded us to "stand in holy places" (D&C
45:32, D&C 87:8), which not only refers to living righteously and physically
being in righteous places (Ezra Taft Benson identified our homes, chapels,
stakes and temples as holy places), but also refers to gathering together
with the righteous (D&C 101:22, D&C29:8). Boyd K. Packer
warned: "Don't be deceived--if there is any gathering, it will be announced
by those who are...ordained" (Boyd K. Packer, Ensign, Nov. 1992).
(See also D&C 101:13-18, D&C 115:4-6, I Nephi 17:38, I Nephi 22:17-25,
2 Nephi 14:5, 3 Nephi 21:26-29, Moses 7:61-62, Matt. 24:11,24). Remember,
there have always been both true and false prophets upon the earth.
God warns us only against the false prophets (see my paper "Many Prophets").
Some of the righteous may lose their lives during these sweeping changes.
They will be received by God and enjoy glorious blessings. The most
important thing, whether or not your physical life is preserved, is whether
your spiritual life is wholesome, so that whether you die and return to
God, or live to remain during the Millennium, you will enjoy the blessings
God has promised to all those who repent of their sins and live righteously.
(3 Nephi 15:1)
2) Physical Health Preparedness--It would help you if
you prepared your body by consuming a more healthy and more plant-oriented
diet, as we will eventually be returning to the Adamic diet during the
Millennium. A healthy diet will also help prepare you physically
when the scourges come in the last days. (D&C 89:2)
3) Economic Preparedness --The prophets have warned us
to get out of debt and to pay our tithing. They have also warned us to
maintain a year's supply of food and to grow gardens. Learn how to
be good and righteous stewards over your families, crops, and your other
responsibilities. Make sure if you are a business owner that you
are not oppressing the hireling in his wages, etc. (Mal. 3:5) Brigham
Young warned the Saints that if they did not become economically independent
from the gentiles, and develop home industry and manufacture, that the
day would come that they would regret it, because they would be cut off
from the manufacturers of Babylon, and experience extreme shortages (Journal
Reading about the Last Days and the Millennium:
(1) The Old and New Testaments, The Book of Mormon, The Doctrine
(2) The Book of Revelation Today by Farley Anderson.
(3) Behold, I Come Quickly by Hoyt Brewster.
(4) Prophecy--Key to the Future by Duane Crowther.
(5) Preparing & Protecting the Saints (Vol 1), Desolation
& Destruction in the Last Days (Vol 2), and Zion Established,
the Second Coming & Millennium (Vol 3), compiled by Arlene K. Butler.
Attachment: Note to Christians
Note to Christians:
I have quoted many Latter day Saint writers in this paper, but have
also quoted a couple of general Christian writers. Both Latter day
Saints and large numbers of Christians of all denominations are aware,
from prophecy, that we are living in the latter days prior to the Second
Coming of Jesus Christ.
I have one issue which I would like to clarify for Christians of all
denominations. Some of their leaders and ministers, while warning
their followers about the last days, have also led some Christians erroneously
to believe that before these troubled times come, that they will miraculously
be "raptured up" into the presence of God (I Thes. 4:16-17, D&C 88:96),
thus avoiding all the tribulations of the last days. This is a false
promise of peace.
"Thus saith the Lord of Hosts: "Hearken not unto the words of the prophets
that prophesy unto you: they make you vain: they speak a vision of their
own heart, and not out of the mouth of the Lord. They say still unto
them...The Lord hath said, Ye shall have peace...I have not sent these
prophets....I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied..." (Jere. 23:16,
The Lord, on the other hand, has spoken to His living prophets today
through the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints. These prophets,
knowing the tribulations and trials to come, have warned the people to
repent, to obtain a year's supply of food, and to be prepared in many other
ways. You may choose either to put your faith in men who have not
been called of God (who, although many may have the best of intentions,
and may teach their followers other important truths, still do not understand
the complete will of God concerning these latter days), or you may choose
to put your faith in God and in the words of his inspired latter day prophets
But what will you say to your families and children in the days of tribulation,
when there is no food in your house, or you have not gathered as the prophets
have directed? How will you explain to them that you are not prepared
to last through these trials because you put your faith in man instead
of in the Lord's inspired counsel?
The Lord tells us that the blessings come AFTER the trials (Ether 12:6).
Many of the righteous will experience the trials of the last days, as the
Lord separates out the righteous from the wicked (Dan. 12:10, 2 Nephi 30:10).
Then will the Lord direct many of the righteous to safety. (Ps. 27:5,
Prov. 28:28, Omni 1:7), but they must first prove their faithfulness to
the Lord. Doctrine and Covenants 88:83-96 describes the events that
will occur prior to the righteous being caught up. (See also Matt.
24, esp. v. 29-31.) The promise is that the righteous will be caught
up before the earth is burned by fire, but not before many other important
preparatory events take place, including the separation of the righteous
from the wicked.
"Watch, therefore, that ye may be ready..." (D&C 50:41-46, D&C
45:44, Matt. 24:40-42)