Establishment of Zion
Servant of the Lord Jesus Christ
First, It’s Important to Note …
“… For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall much
be required; and to whom the Lord has committed
much, of him will men ask the more.”
Luke 12:57
“… for unto whom much is given, much is required; and he
who sins against the greater light shall receive the
greater condemnation.”
DC 81:1c
This is talking about understanding of the Gospel and
establishment of Zion, the Kingdom of God, on earth
The key is the vision of Zion …
"Where there is no vision, the people
perish; but he that keepeth the law,
happy is he.”
Proverbs 29:18
Zion
what, why, &
how
What is Zion?
“And it came to pass in the thirty and sixth year, the
people were all converted unto the Lord, upon all
the face of the land, both Nephites and Lamanites,
and
1. there were no contentions and disputations among
them, and
2. every man did deal justly one with another;
3. And they had all things common among them,
therefore they were not rich and poor, bond and free,
but
4. they were all made free, and
5. partakers of the heavenly gift.”
IV Nephi 1:3-4
And also …
“Therefore verily thus saith the Lord, Let
Zion rejoice, for this is Zion, THE PURE
IN HEART; therefore let Zion rejoice”
DC 94:5c
Where did the name come from?
“And the Lord called his people, Zion,
because
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they were of one heart and of one mind,
and
dwelt in righteousness; and
there were no poor among them.”
Genesis 7:23 DC 36:2hi
Conversely the Lord said, …
“… I say unto you, Be one; and if ye are
not one, ye are not mine.”
DC 38:6a
Whose kingdom is it?
“And the Lord said, Blessed is he through
whose seed Messiah shall come; for he
saith, I am Messiah, the King of Zion,
the Rock of heaven, which is broad as
eternity; and whoso cometh in at the
gate, and climbeth up by me shall never
fall.”
Genesis 7:59 or DC 36:10gh Psalms 149:2
When has Zion existed on the earth?
Enoch’s City (Genesis 7:20-25)
 Salem (Psalms 76:2)
 Golden Years (approximately 100 years) in
BOM land after Christ came
(IV Nephi 1:3-4,6)
 Certain times during Old Testament
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Adam, Abraham, Moses at Mount Horeb
Early Church (Acts 2:38-47, 4:32-37, 5:14-16)
Will Zion exist again?
“… righteousness and truth will I cause to sweep
the earth as with a flood, to gather out mine
own elect from the four quarters of the earth
unto a place which I shall prepare; a holy city,
that my people may gird up their loins, and be
looking forth to the time of my coming; for
there shall be my tabernacle, and it shall be
called Zion, a New Jerusalem.”
Genesis 7:70 & DC 36:12fg
Why will Zion exist again?
“…wherefore the decree hath gone forth from
the Father that they shall be gathered in
unto one place, upon the face of this land,
to prepare their hearts, and be prepared in
all things, against the day when tribulation
and desolation are sent forth upon the
wicked …”
DC 28:2d
Zion will be our Salvation …
“Watch, therefore, for ye know neither the day
nor the hour. Let them, therefore, who are
among the Gentiles, flee unto Zion.”
DC 108:4
“And then shall they assist my people that they
may be gathered in, who are scattered upon
all the face of the land, in unto the New
Jerusalem.”
III Nephi 10:3
Again, Zion will be our Salvation
“And that a New Jerusalem should be built up upon this land,
unto the remnant of the seed of Joseph, for which things
there has been a type; for as Joseph brought his father
down into the land of Egypt, even so he died there;
Wherefore the Lord brought a remnant of the seed of
Joseph out of the land of Jerusalem, that he might be
merciful unto the seed of Joseph, that they should perish
not, even as he was merciful unto the father of Joseph, that
he should perish not; Wherefore the remnant of the house
of Joseph shall be built up upon this land; and it shall be a
land of their inheritance; and they shall build up a holy city
unto the Lord, like unto the Jerusalem of old; and they shall
no more be confounded, until the end come, when the
earth shall pass away.”
Ether 6:6-8
Timeline of Genesis
Lineage
(Scripture References from Inspired Version of the Bible)
Adam
Seth
Enos
Cainan
Mathaleel
Jared
Enoch
Methuselah
Lamech
Noah
Shem
Arphaxed
Salah
Eber
Peleg
Reu
Serug
Nahor
Terah
Abram
Isaac
Esau/Jacob
Joseph
Sodom & Gom orah
Destroyed
2037
(Cain)
(Enoch)
(Irad slew by Lam ech)
Note, that
these w ere
not rem oved.
Israel
Arrives
in Egypt
2228
(Mehujael)
(Methusael)
Hom osexuality first
started w ith Cain as
noted during the tim e
of Lam ech w ho is of the
lineage of Cain.
(Genesis 5:37-42)
(Lam ech)
Israel
Notice, Methuselah
died sam e year as flood
and Lam ech 4 years
prior.
Departs
Egypt
2658
Fall of
Sam aria
3187
Notice that God sent Enoch during this
sam e generation to preach
righteousness and He rem oved those
w ho responded to spare them from
the flood. (Genesis 7:34, 78)
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The flood then occured during the
next generation that w as born after
the tim e of Enoch & Lam ech. Noah
w as born 1056 a few years after Zion
w as translated. It says that God
cursed the earth because He w as
angry w ith the w icked. (Gensis 5:43,
6:13-14, 7:28) Wickedness listed
includes hom osexuality, w ars,
m urder, denying God, and seeking
their ow n counsels. I believe this
curse w as the flood.
500
(Generations of Cain are in Parenthesis)
1000
Fall of
Jerusalem
3321
Jesus
Christ
born
3908
Zion
Rem oved
1052
Flood
1656
1500
2000
Years
2500
3000
3500
4000
Zion will also be …
“Remember this which I tell you before, that you may lay it to heart, and receive that
which shall follow. Behold, verily I say unto you, For this cause I have sent you
that you might be obedient, and that your hearts might be prepared to bear
testimony of the things which are to come; and also that you might be honored of
laying the foundation, and of bearing record of the land upon which the Zion of
God shall stand; and also that a feast of fat things might be prepared for the poor;
yea, a feast of fat things, of wine on the lees well refined, that the earth may know
that the mouths of the prophets shall not fail; yea, a supper of the house of the
Lord, well prepared, unto which all nations shall be invited.
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Firstly, the rich and the learned, the wise and the noble; and
after that cometh the day of my power;
then shall the poor, the lame, and the blind, and the deaf, come in unto the
marriage of the Lamb, and partake of the supper of the Lord, prepared for the
great day to come.
Behold, I, the Lord, have spoken it. And that the testimony might go forth from Zion;
yea, from the mouth of the city of the heritage of God; yea, for this cause I have
sent you hither, and have selected my servant Edward Partridge, and have
appointed unto him his mission in this land”
DC 58:3-4a (Look Up the Parable of the Wedding Feast)
Continued …
“And, behold, this is not yet, but by and by;
wherefore seeing that I, the Lord, have
decreed all these things upon the face of the
earth, I will that my saints should be
assembled upon the land of Zion; and that
every man should take righteousness in his
hands, and faithfulness upon his loins, and lift
a warning voice unto the inhabitants of the
earth; and declare both by word and by flight,
that desolation shall come upon the wicked.”
DC 63:9de
What are the key tenants
that have been covered
thus far?
What do we know about
Zion from nonRestoration Scriptures?
Zion in King James Bible OT…
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David sought for Zion,
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When the Ark of the Covenant moved to Jerusalem, this city now called Zion
Psalms have 40 verses about Zion
Prophets spoke of present day Jerusalem as Zion or the glorious Zion yet to be,
Hosea – Prophesied to Northern Kingdom from 783-43BC before fall of Samaria
Amos^ – 775-50BC sheep farmer called to warn people, not trained as prophet
Isaiah*^ – Born 765 BC age 22 experience with God, major Hebrew Prophet
Micah*^ – Contemporary of Isaiah; also warned Judah, looked forward to Zion
Zephaniah^ – Prophesied before King Josiah’s reform (book of law found in temple)
Jeremiah*^ – 627BC at age 18 experience with God, warned Jerusalem for 23 years
Author of Lamentations^ – Jeremiah commonly thought, scholars don’t agree
Obadiah^ – 500 BC denounced Edomites, descendents of Esau for looting
Zechariah*^ – 600 BC very much end times prophecies
Haggai – 520 BC with Zechariah got work resumed on temple after return from exile
Joel*^ – 400 BC end times prophecies
RED – Major Prophet, BLUE – Minor Prophet
* – Denotes that book contains more on final Zion in glory
^ – Denotes that book uses the word Zion
David sought Zion …
Zion in David’s Time (II Samuel 5:3-12)
3 So all the elders of Israel came to the king to Hebron; and king David made a league with
them in Hebron before the Lord; and they anointed David king over Israel.
4 David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years.
5 In Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months; and in Jerusalem he reigned
thirty and three years over all Israel and Judah.
6 And the king and his men went to Jerusalem unto the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land;
which spake unto David, saying, Except thou take away the blind and the lame, thou shalt not
come in hither; thinking, David cannot come in hither.
7 Nevertheless, David took the stronghold of Zion; the same is the city of David.
8 And David said on that day, Whosoever getteth up to the gutter, and smiteth the Jebusites,
and the lame and the blind, that are hated of David's soul, he shall be chief and captain.
Wherefore they said, The blind and the lame shall not come into the house.
9 So David dwelt in the fort, and called it the city of David. And David built round about from
Millo and inward.
10 And David went on, and grew great, and the Lord God of hosts was with him.
11 And Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and cedar trees, and carpenters, and
masons; and they built David a house.
12 And David perceived that the Lord had established him king over Israel, and that he had
exalted his kingdom for his people Israel's sake.
Ark of the Covenant moved to Jerusalem (I Kings 8:1)
Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel, and all the heads of the tribes, the chief of the
fathers of the children of Israel, unto king Solomon in Jerusalem, that they might bring up the
ark of the covenant of the Lord out of the city of David, which is Zion.
A Historian’s understanding of Zion
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http://www.crystalinks.com/mountzion.html
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The name Zion was originally used for the mountain on which Jerusalem
was built.
The name first appears in the story of David's capture of Jerusalem,
which was called the stronghold of Zion.
Later the name was also used for the part of the slope on which the
temple was situated.
Zion was supposedly the dwelling place of God.
Mount Zion is the highest point in the city of Jerusalem.
For more than a thousand years, Jewish tradition has identified Mount
Zion as being the last resting place of King David and his descendants
Mount Zion is the site of the Last Supper and the place where the
supposedly Virgin Mary died.
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For info on the historical development of Zion, the city of Jerusalem, see
http://www.biblemysteries.com/lectures/zion.htm
Psalms References …
Psalms 2:6 Yet have I set my King upon my holy hill of Zion.
Psalms 9:11 Sing praises to the Lord, which dwelleth in Zion; declare among the people his doings.
Psalms 9:14 That I may show forth all thy praise in the gates of the daughter of Zion; I will rejoice in
thy salvation.
Psalms 14:7 Oh that Zion were established out of heaven, the salvation of Israel. O Lord, when wilt
thou establish Zion? When the Lord bringeth back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice,
Israel shall be glad.
Psalms 15:1 Lord, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in they holy hill of Zion?
Psalms 20:2 Send thee help from the sanctuary, and strengthen thee out of Zion;
Psalms 46:5 For Zion shall come, and God shall be in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God
shall help her right early.
Psalms 48:2 Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the
north, the city of the great King.
Psalms 48:11 Let mount Zion rejoice, let the daughters of Judah be glad, because of thy judgments.
Psalms 48:12 Walk about Zion, and go round about her; tell the towers thereof.
Psalms References cont’d …
Psalms 50:2 Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined.
Psalms 51:18 Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion; build thou the walls of Jerusalem.
Psalms 53:7 Oh that Zion were come, the salvation of Israel; for out of Zion shall they be judged, when
God bringeth back the captivity of his people. And Jacob shall rejoice; Israel shall be glad.
Psalms 65:1 Praise waiteth for thee, O God, in Zion; and unto thee shall the vow be performed.
Psalms 69:35 For God will save Zion, and will build the cities of Judah; that they may dwell there, and
have it in possession.
Psalms 74:2 Remember thy congregation, which thou hast purchased of old; the rod of thine inheritance,
which thou hast redeemed; this mount Zion, wherein thou hast dwelt.
Psalms 76:2 In Salem also is his tabernacle, and his dwelling place in Zion.
Psalms 78:68 But chose the tribe of Judah, the mount Zion which he loved.
Psalms 84:7 They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God.
Psalms 87:2 The Lord loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.
Psalms 87:5 And of Zion it shall be said, This and that man was born in her; and the Highest himself shall
establish her.
Psalms References cont’d …
Psalms 97:8 Zion heard, and was glad; and the daughters of Judah rejoiced because of thy judgments, O
Lord.
Psalms 99:2 The Lord is great in Zion; and he is high above all the people.
Psalms 102:13 Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion; for the time to favor her, yea, the set time, is
come.
Psalms 102:16 When the Lord shall build up Zion, he shall appear in his glory.
Psalms 102:21 To declare the name of the Lord in Zion, and his praise in Jerusalem;
Psalms 110:2 The Lord shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion; rule thou in the midst of thine
enemies.
Psalms 125:1 They that trust in the Lord in mount Zion, cannot be removed, but abide forever.
Psalms 126:1 When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream.
Psalms 128:5 The Lord shall bless thee out of Zion; and thou shalt see the good of Jerusalem all the days
of thy life.
Psalms 129:5 Let them all be confounded and turned back that hate Zion.
Psalms References cont’d …
Psalms 132:13 For the Lord hath chosen Zion; he hath desired it for his habitation.
Psalms 133:3 As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion;
for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.
Psalms 134:3 The Lord that made heaven and earth bless thee out of Zion.
Psalms 135:21 Blessed be the Lord out of Zion; Blessed be the Lord out of Jerusalem. Praise ye the
Lord.
Psalms 137:1 By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered
Zion.
Psalms 137:3 For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they that wasted
us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion.
Psalms 146:10 The Lord shall reign forever, even thy God, O Zion, unto all generations. Praise ye
the Lord.
Psalms 147:12 Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem; praise thy God, O Zion.
Psalms 149:2 Let Israel rejoice in him that made him; let the children of Zion be joyful in their King.
(40 Verses in Psalms use the word Zion)
Isaiah’s reference to Zion …
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Isaiah 1:8 And the daughter of Zion is left as a cottage in a vineyard, as a lodge in a garden of
cucumbers, as a besieged city.
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Isaiah 1:27 Zion shall be redeemed with judgment, and her converts with righteousness.
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Isaiah 2:3 And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to
the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths; for out of
Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem;
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Isaiah 3:16 Moreover the Lord saith, Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with
stretched-forth necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing as they go, and making a tinkling with their
feet;
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Isaiah 3:17 Therefore the Lord will smite with a scab the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion,
and the Lord will discover their secret parts.
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Isaiah 4:2 And it shall come to pass, they that are left in Zion, and he that remaineth in Jerusalem, shall
be called holy, even everyone that is written among the living in Jerusalem;
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Isaiah 4:3 When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have
purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of
burning.
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Isaiah 4:4 And the Lord will create upon every dwelling place of mount Zion, and upon her assemblies,
a cloud and smoke by day, and the shinning of a flaming fire by night; for upon all the glory of Zion shall
be a defense.
Isaiah’s reference to Zion cont’d …
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Isaiah 8:18 Behold, I and the children whom the Lord hath given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the Lord
of hosts, which dwelleth in mount Zion.
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Isaiah 10:12 Wherefore it shall come to pass, that, when the Lord hath performed his whole work upon Mount Zion and
upon Jerusalem, I will punish the fruit of the stout heart of the king of Assyria, and the glory of his high looks.
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Isaiah 10:24 Therefore thus saith the Lord God of Hosts, O my people that dwellest in Zion, be not afraid of the Assyrian;
he shall smite thee with a rod, and shall lift up his staff against thee, after the manner of Egypt.
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Isaiah 10:32 As yet shall he remain at Nob that day; he shall shake his hand against the mount of the daughter of Zion,
the hill of Jerusalem.
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Isaiah 12:6 Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion; for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee.
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Isaiah 14:32 What shall then answer the messengers of the nation? That the Lord hath founded Zion, and the poor of his
people shall trust in it.
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Isaiah 16:1 Send ye the lamb to the ruler of the land from Sela to the wilderness, unto the mount of the daughter of Zion.
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Isaiah 18:7 In that time shall the present be brought unto the Lord of hosts of a people scattered and peeled, and from a
people terrible from their beginning hitherto; a nation meted out and trodden underfoot, whose land the rivers have
spoiled, to the place of the name of the Lord of hosts, the mount Zion.
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Isaiah 24:23 Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, when the Lord of hosts shall reign in mount Zion
and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously.
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Isaiah 28:16 Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious
cornerstone, a sure foundation; he that believeth shall not make haste.
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Isaiah 29:8 Yea, it shall be unto them even as unto a hungry man who dreameth, and behold, he eateth, but he awaketh
and his soul is empty; or like unto a thirsty man who dreameth, and behold, he drinketh, but he awaketh, and behold, he is
faint, and his soul hath appetite. Yea, even so shall the multitude of all the nations be that fight against mount Zion.
Isaiah’s reference to Zion cont’d …
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Isaiah 30:19 For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem; thou shalt weep no more; he will be very gracious
unto thee at the voice of thy cry; when he shall hear it, he will answer thee.
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Isaiah 31:4 For thus hath the Lord spoken unto me, Like as the lion and the young lion roaring on his prey,
when a multitude of shepherds is called forth against him, he will not be afraid of their voice, nor abase himself
for the noise of them; so shall the Lord of hosts come down to fight for mount Zion, and for the hill thereof.
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Isaiah 31:9 And he shall pass over to his stronghold for fear, and his princes shall be afraid of the ensign, saith
the Lord, whose fire is in Zion, and his furnace in Jerusalem.
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Isaiah 33:5 The Lord is exalted; for he dwelleth on high; he hath filled Zion with judgment and righteousness.
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Isaiah 33:14 The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites. Who among us shall
dwell with the devouring fire? who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?
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Isaiah 33:20 Look upon Zion, the city of our solemnities; thine eyes shall see Jerusalem a quiet habitation, a
tabernacle that shall not be taken down; not one of the stakes thereof shall ever be removed, neither shall any
of the cords thereof be broken.
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Isaiah 34:8 For it is the day of the Lord's vengeance, and the year of recompenses for the controversy of Zion.
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Isaiah 35:10 And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon
their heads; they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
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Isaiah 37:22 This is the word which the Lord hath spoken concerning him; The virgin, the daughter of Zion, hath
despised thee, and laughed thee to scorn; the daughter of Jerusalem hath shaken her head at thee.
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Isaiah 37:32 For out of Jerusalem shall go forth a remnant; and they that escape out of Jerusalem shall come
up upon mount Zion; the zeal of the Lord of hosts shall do this.
Isaiah’s reference to Zion cont’d …
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Isaiah 40:9 O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that bringest good
tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God!
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Isaiah 41:27 The first shall say to Zion, Behold, behold them; and I will give to Jerusalem one that bringeth good
tidings.
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Isaiah 46:13 I bring near my righteousness; it shall not be far off, and my salvation shall not tarry; and I will place
salvation in Zion for Israel my glory.
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Isaiah 49:14 But Zion said, The Lord hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me.
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Isaiah 51:3 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.
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Isaiah 51:11 Therefore the redeemed of the Lord shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy and
holiness shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.
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Isaiah 51:16 And I have put my words in thy mouth, and I have covered thee in the shadow of mine hand, that I may
plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say unto Zion, Behold, thou art my people.
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Isaiah 52:1 Awake, awake, put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city; for
henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean.
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Isaiah 52:2 Shake thyself from the dust; arise, and sit down, O Jerusalem; loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O
captive daughter of Zion.
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Isaiah 52:7 And then shall they say, How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings
unto them, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings unto them of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto
Zion, Thy God reigneth!
Isaiah’s reference to Zion cont’d …
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Isaiah 52:8 Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing; for they shall see eye
to eye, when the Lord shall bring again Zion.
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Isaiah 59:20 And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob,
saith the Lord.
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Isaiah 60:14 The sons also of them that afflicted thee shall come bending unto thee; and all they that
despised thee shall bow themselves down at the soles of thy feet; and they shall call thee, The city of the
Lord, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel.
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Isaiah 61:3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion; to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for
mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness,
the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.
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Isaiah 62:1 For Zion's sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest, until the
righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth.
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Isaiah 62:11 Behold, the Lord hath proclaimed unto the end of the world, Say ye to the daughter of Zion,
Behold, thy salvation cometh; behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him.
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Isaiah 64:Intro Prayer for Christ's second coming -- Sins confessed -- Prayer for Zion and Jerusalem.
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Isaiah 64:10 Thy holy cities are a wilderness, Zion is a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation.
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Isaiah 66:8 Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth
in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children.
(48 Verses in Isiah use the word Zion)
Jeremiah’s reference to Zion …
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Jeremiah 3:14 Turn, O backsliding children, saith the Lord; for I am married unto you; and I will take
you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion;
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Jeremiah 4:6 Set up the standard toward Zion; retire, stay not; for I will bring evil from the north, and
a great destruction.
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Jeremiah 4:31 For I have heard a voice as of a woman in travail, and the anguish as of her that
bringeth forth her first child, the voice of the daughter of Zion, that bewaileth herself, that spreadeth
her hands, saying, Woe is me now! for my soul is wearied because of murderers.
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Jeremiah 6:2 I have likened the daughter of Zion to a comely and delicate woman.
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Jeremiah 6:23 They shall lay hold on bow and spear; they are cruel, and have no mercy; their voice
roareth like the sea; and they ride upon horses, set in array as men for war against thee, O daughter
of Zion.
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Jeremiah 8:19 Behold the voice of the cry of the daughter of my people because of them that dwell
in a far country; Is not the Lord in Zion? is not her king in her? Why have they provoked me to anger
with their graven images, and with strange vanities?
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Jeremiah 9:19 For a voice of wailing is heard out of Zion, How are we spoiled! we are greatly
confounded, because we have forsaken the land, because our dwellings have cast us out.
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Jeremiah 14:19 Hast thou utterly rejected Judah? hath thy soul loathed Zion? why hast thou smitten
us, and there is no healing for us? we looked for peace, and there is no good; and for the time of
healing, and behold trouble!
Jeremiah’s reference to Zion cont’d …
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Jeremiah 26:18 Micah the Morasthite prophesied in the days of Hezekiah king of Judah, and spake to all the
people of Judah, saying, Thus saith the Lord of hosts; Zion shall be ploughed like a field, and Jerusalem shall
become heaps, and the mountain of the house of the Lord as the high places of a forest.

Jeremiah 30:17 For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the Lord; because
they called thee an Outcast, saying, This is Zion, whom no man seeketh after.

Jeremiah 31:6 For there shall be a day, that the watchmen upon the mount Ephraim shall cry, Arise ye, and
let us go up to Zion unto the Lord our God.
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Jeremiah 31:12 Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, and shall flow together to the
goodness of the Lord, for wheat, and for wine, and for oil, and for the young of the flock and of the herd; and
their soul shall be as a watered garden; and they shall not sorrow anymore at all.

Jeremiah 50:5 They shall ask the way to Zion with their faces thitherward, saying, Come, and let us join
ourselves to the Lord in a perpetual covenant that shall not be forgotten.

Jeremiah 50:28 The voice of them that flee and escape out of the land of Babylon, to declare in Zion the
vengeance of the Lord our God, the vengeance of his temple.

Jeremiah 51:10 The Lord hath brought forth our righteousness; come, and let us declare in Zion the work of
the Lord our God.
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Jeremiah 51:24 And I will render unto Babylon and to all the inhabitants of Chaldea all their evil that they
have done in Zion in your sight, saith the Lord.
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Jeremiah 51:35 The violence done to me and to my flesh be upon Babylon, shall the inhabitant of Zion say;
and my blood upon the inhabitants of Chaldea, shall Jerusalem say.
(17 Verses in Jeremiah use the word Zion)
Lamentations reference to Zion …

Lamentations 1:4 The ways of Zion do mourn, because none come to the solemn feasts; all her
gates are desolate; her priests sigh, her virgins are afflicted, and she is in bitterness.

Lamentations 1:6 And from the daughter of Zion all her beauty is departed; her princes are become
like harts that find no pasture, and they are gone without strength before the pursuer.
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Lamentations 1:17 Zion spreadeth forth her hands, and there is none to comfort her; the Lord hath
commanded concerning Jacob, that his adversaries should be round about him; Jerusalem is as a
menstruous woman among them.
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Lamentations 2:1 How hath the Lord covered the daughter of Zion with a cloud in his anger, and
cast down from heaven unto the earth the beauty of Israel, and remembered not his footstool in the
day of his anger!
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Lamentations 2:4 He hath bent his bow like an enemy; he stood with his right hand as an adversary,
and slew all that were pleasant to the eye in the tabernacle of the daughter of Zion; he poured out
his fury like fire.
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Lamentations 2:6 And he hath violently taken away his tabernacle, as if it were of a garden; he hath
destroyed his places of the assembly; the Lord hath caused the solemn feasts and sabbaths to be
forgotten in Zion, and hath despised in the indignation of his anger the king and the priest.
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Lamentations 2:8 The Lord hath purposed to destroy the wall of the daughter of Zion; he hath
stretched out a line, he hath not withdrawn his hand from destroying; therefore he made the rampart
and the wall to lament; they languished together.
Lamentations reference to Zion cont’d …
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Lamentations 2:10 The elders of the daughter of Zion sit upon the ground, and keep silence; they
have cast up dust upon their heads; they have girded themselves with sackcloth; the virgins of
Jerusalem hang down their heads to the ground.
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Lamentations 2:13 What thing shall I take to witness for thee? what thing shall I liken to thee, O
daughter of Jerusalem? what shall I equal to thee, that I may comfort thee, O virgin daughter of
Zion? for thy breach is great like the sea; who can heal thee?
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Lamentations 2:18 Their heart cried unto the Lord, O wall of the daughter of Zion, let tears run
down like a river day and night; give thyself no rest; let not the apple of thine eye cease.
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Lamentations 4:2 The precious sons of Zion, comparable to fine gold, how are they esteemed as
earthen pitchers, the work of the hands of the potter!
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Lamentations 4:11 The Lord hath accomplished his fury; he hath poured out his fierce anger, and
hath kindled a fire in Zion, and it hath devoured the foundations thereof.
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Lamentations 4:22 The punishment of thine iniquity is accomplished, O daughter of Zion; he will no
more carry thee away into captivity; he will visit thine iniquity, O daughter of Edom; he will discover
thy sins.
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Lamentations 5:11 They ravished the women in Zion, and the maids in the cities of Judah.
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Lamentations 5:18 Because of the mountain of Zion, which is desolate, the foxes walk upon it.
(15 Verses in Lamentations use the word Zion)
Joel’s reference to Zion …
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Joel 2:1 Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain; let all the
inhabitants of the land tremble; for the day of the Lord cometh, for it is nigh at hand;
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Joel 2:15 Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly;
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Joel 2:23 Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God; for he hath
given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the
former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.
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Joel 2:32 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be
delivered; for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord hath said, and
in the remnant whom the Lord shall call.
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Joel 3:16 The Lord also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the
heavens and the earth shall shake; but the Lord will be the hope of his people, and the
strength of the children of Israel.
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Joel 3:17 So shall ye know that I am the Lord your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain;
then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her anymore.
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Joel 3:21 For I will cleanse their blood that I have not cleansed; for the Lord dwelleth in Zion.
(7 Verses in Joel use the word Zion)
Amos & Obadiah Zion references

Amos 1:2 And he said, The Lord will roar from Zion, and utter his
voice from Jerusalem; and the habitations of the shepherds shall
mourn, and the top of Carmel shall wither.
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Amos 6:1 Woe to them that are at ease in Zion, and trust in the
mountain of Samaria, which are named chief of the nations, to
whom the house of Israel came!
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Obadiah 1:17 But upon mount Zion shall be deliverance, and
there shall be holiness; and the house of Jacob shall possess
their possessions.
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Obadiah 1:21 And saviors shall come up on mount Zion to judge
the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the Lord's.
Micah Zion references …

Micah 1:13 O thou inhabitant of Lachish, bind the chariot to the swift beast; she is the beginning of the sin to
the daughter of Zion; for the transgressions of Israel were found in thee.
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Micah 3:10 They build up Zion with blood, and Jerusalem with iniquity.

Micah 3:12 Therefore shall Zion for your sake be ploughed as a field, and Jerusalem shall become heaps,
and the mountain of the house as the high places of the forest.
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Micah 4:2 And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to
the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths; for the law shall
go forth of Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
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Micah 4:7 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.
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Micah 4:8 And thou, O tower of the flock, the strong hold of the daughter of Zion, unto thee shall it come,
even the first dominion; the kingdom shall come to the daughter of Jerusalem.
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Micah 4:10 Be in pain, and labor to bring forth, O daughter of Zion, like a woman in travail; for now shalt thou
go forth out of the city, and thou shalt dwell in the field, and thou shalt go even to Babylon; there shalt thou be
delivered; there the Lord shall redeem thee from the hand of thine enemies.

Micah 4:11 Now also many nations are gathered against thee, that say, Let her be defiled, and let our eye
look upon Zion.
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Micah 4:13 Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion; for I will make thine horn iron, and I will make thy hoofs
brass; and thou shalt beat in pieces many people; and I will consecrate their gain unto the Lord, and their
substance unto the Lord of the whole earth.
(9 Verses in Micah uses the word Zion)
Zephaniah Zion references …

Zephaniah 3:14 Sing, O daughter of Zion;
shout, O Israel; be glad and rejoice with all the
heart, O daughter of Jerusalem.
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Zephaniah 3:16 In that day it shall be said to
Jerusalem, Fear thou not; and to Zion, Let not
thine hands be slack.
Zechariah Zion references …
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Zechariah 1:14 So the angel that communed with me said unto me, Cry thou, saying, Thus saith the
Lord of hosts; I am jealous for Jerusalem and for Zion with a great jealousy.

Zechariah 1:17 Cry yet, saying, Thus saith the Lord of hosts; My cities through prosperity shall yet
be spread abroad; and the Lord shall yet comfort Zion, and shall yet choose Jerusalem.
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Zechariah 2:7 Deliver thyself, O Zion, that dwellest with the daughter of Babylon.

Zechariah 2:10 Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion; for, lo, I come, and I will dwell in the midst of
thee, saith the Lord.
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Zechariah 8:2 Thus saith the Lord of hosts; I was jealous for Zion with great jealousy, and I was
jealous for her with great fury.
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Zechariah 8:3 Thus saith the Lord; I am returned unto Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem;
and Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth; and the mountain of the Lord of hosts the holy
mountain.
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Zechariah 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem; behold, thy King
cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the
foal of an ass.
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Zechariah 9:13 When I have bent Judah for me, filled the bow with Ephraim, and raised up thy sons,
O Zion, against thy sons, O Greece, and made thee as the sword of a mighty man.
(8 Verses in Zechariah uses the word Zion)
Other books of Antiquity …
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Pseudopigrapha books
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works that are attributed to various famous figures
but the actual author is unknown
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Deuterocanonical books

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extra books in the Old Testament contained in the
Catholic and Orthodox Bibles and not in the
Protestant Bibles
more commonly called the Old Testament
Apocrypha
Other books of Antiquity cont’d …

Septuagint (LXX, seventy in Roman numerals)
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
300BC, a large Jewish community sprung up in Alexandria
and many other Greek cities around the Mediterranean Sea.
There was a great library in Alexandria and the Pharaoh, one
Ptolemy II, ordered that it should contain a copy of the
Hebrew Scriptures translated into Greek. The finest Jewish
scholars ordered to assemble in Alexandria to undertake the
great work of translation. Seventy two scribes, six from each
of the twelve tribes, each produced a Greek copy of the
Pentateuch absolutely identical to all the others. This was
seen as a sign that the new translation was divinely inspired
and it became widely accepted by Greek speaking Jews as an
acceptable (and understandable) substitute for the Hebrew
original.
Known as Greek Old Testament
(from Josephus)
Other books of Antiquity cont’d …

The truth is that well before the birth of Christ,
the Septuagint was being used by the Jews of
the Diaspora and was familiar even to those
still in Palestine. This meant that the main
focus of Jewish intellectual life switched from
Hebrew into Greek - the lingua franca of the
Mediterranean - and additions to the scriptures
made after about 300BC were usually in that
language.
 It is these additions that now make up the OT
Apocrypha and most of them were never
written in Hebrew.
Other books of Antiquity cont’d …

OT Apocrypha
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OT Pseudopigrapha

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many books; includes the Book of Enoch
Book of Enoch
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~14 books
Christ refers to this book
it is more Christian in nature than Jewish
it speaks of Zion in the latter days
The Kaballa

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contains theologies like reincarnation and spiritual poles
attributed as old teachings of Israel
actually written down in the 1100s AD
Other books of Antiquity cont’d …

New Testament (NT)


NT Apocrypha


17 books
NT Pseudopigrapha


27 books
about 280 books
Main factor in New Testament canonization

whether it was known to have come from an
Apostle
Key distinction in the
Inspired Version of the
Bible is Enoch’s City.
What do other versions
say about Enoch?
Enoch in King James Bible OT …
“Jared lived one hundred and sixty-two years,
and begot Enoch. After he begot Enoch, Jared
lived eight hundred years, and had sons and
daughters. So all the days of Jared were nine
hundred and sixty-two years; and he died.
Enoch lived sixty-five years, and begot
Methuselah. After he begot Methuselah,
Enoch walked with God three hundred years,
and had sons and daughters. So all the days
of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five
years. And Enoch walked with God; and he
was not, for God took him.”
Genesis 5:18-24
Enoch in King James Bible NT …
“By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see
death, "and was not found, because God had taken
him"; for before he was taken he had this testimony,
that he pleased God.”
Hebrews 11:5
“Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about
these men also, saying, "Behold, the Lord comes with
ten thousands of His saints, to execute judgment on
all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all
their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an
ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly
sinners have spoken against Him.”
Jude 1:14-15
How did they come to
understand the vision of
Zion from the
Restoration of the
fullness of the gospel?
Latter Day Development of the Vision of Zion
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September 23, 1827:
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April 5, 1829 (DC 6):
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DC 6:3a first stated to establish the cause of Zion; other scriptures
followed with similar direction, see DC 10:3a, DC 11:3b, DC 12:3a,
DC 19:2d,
March 26, 1830:
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
Joseph Smith, Jr. received the golden plates, from which the Book of
Mormorn (BOM) was translated, from the angel Moroni
BOM first advertised for sale. The BOM contained information about
a New Jerusalem, but with just this information, plus considering the
amount of new information, my guess is that they did not have much
understanding about Zion yet.
April 6, 1830:
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Church Organized
Latter Day Development of the Vision of Zion
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June 1830:
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July 1830 (DC 23):
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Joseph Smith commenced with the revision of the Bible to create
our Inspired Version of the Bible. Enoch City expands our
understanding of Zion.
DC 23:4a This revelation is given due to the persecution that
Joseph and Oliver received because of the BOM. Joseph Smith
is told, “For thou shalt devote all thy service in Zion. And in this
thou shalt have strength.”
August 1830 (DC 28):

DC 28:2d states that the chosen shall be gathered in unto one
place to prepare against the day that tribulation and desolation
are sent forth upon the wicked. It does not, however, call this
place Zion.
Latter Day Development of the Vision of Zion

December 1830 (DC 34):
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Revelation given to Sidney Rigdon which clarifies that Zion will
be a physical entity. DC 34:6a, “Keep all the commandments
and covenants by which ye are bound, and I will cause the
heavens to shake for your good, and Satan shall tremble, and
Zion shall rejoice upon the hills, and flourish; and Israel shall be
saved in mine own due time.”
December 1830 (DC 36):

A revelation was given on the prophecy of Enoch which is now
DC 36 and Genesis 7:1-78. This was a major step in our
understanding of Zion for it clarified the power that God would
give His servants, the degree of righteousness that was required,
and the great reward that could be obtained to dwell with God.
Additionally, it substantiated that this standard of living was
possible with the Spirit of God dwelling in man.
Latter Day Development of the Vision of Zion

Early January 1831 (DC 38):
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
Lord says that he deigns to give greater riches, even a land of
promise, a land flowing with milk and honey, upon which there
shall be no curse when the Lord cometh if we seek it with all our
hearts. This shall be the Lord’s covenant with us that we shall
have it for the land of our inheritance while the earth shall stand
and we shall possess it again in eternity, no more to pass away.
January 1831 (DC 39):

Revelation given to James Covill, a Baptist minister, who sought
light concerning his relation to the Restoration movement, but it
applies to all. It clearly states that the church is to again bring
forth a physical Zion for DC 39:4b says, “Thou art called to labor
in my vineyard, and to build up my church, and to bring forth
Zion, that it may rejoice upon the hills and flourish.”
Latter Day Development of the Vision of Zion

February 1831:
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Joseph & Emma arrived in Kirtland, Ohio via sled.
February 9, 1831 (DC 42 & 43):

DC 42 a revelation given in the presence of twelve elders which was viewed
as the Laws of the Church. It included direction (DC 42:10bc) to have a
storehouse to administer to the poor and needy, to purchase lands, build
houses of worship, and to build up the New Jerusalem. Notice, this is the
first tie in with the BOM by using this terminology for Zion.

Also worth noting is that they now understood clearly that Jesus Christ would
come to the temple that they were to build in Zion.

Additionally, in February 1831 given in DC 43:7b it states, “… for in my own
due time will I come upon the earth in judgment; and my people shall be
redeemed and shall reign with me on earth.” This was a distinct theological
shift that their heaven was not somewhere else, but on earth. Recall that
before this their understanding was that Enoch’s city was taken to be with
God.
Latter Day Development of the Vision of Zion

March 7, 1831 (DC 45):

The Saints were experiencing much hardship, due to the
persecution and the large amount of poor gathering quickly at
Kirtland. With this in mind DC 45 was received that promised
hope in the vision of Zion. Specifically it promised,

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
in v. 12 that the terror of the Lord would be in Zion and that the
wicked would not come upon it;
in v. 13 that those who would not take up sword against his
neighbor must flee to Zion for safety; and
in v. 14 that the righteous should be gathered out from all nations
to come to Zion singing with songs of everlasting joy.
March 1831 (DC 49):

Later this same month in DC 49:5 the promise was given that
Zion shall flourish and that gathering should take place where
the Lord appoints.
Latter Day Development of the Vision of Zion

Early June 1831 (DC 52):


God first designated the location for Zion. DC 52;2e, “if ye
are faithful, ye shall assemble yourselves together to rejoice
upon the land of Missouri, which is the land of your
inheritance, which is now the land of your enemies.”
June 1831 (DC 54):

The people first directed to go to the location of Zion. DC
54:2, “Wherefore, go to now and flee the land, lest your
enemies come upon you; and take your journey, and appoint
whom you will to be your leader, and to pay moneys for you.
And thus you shall take your journey into the regions
westward, and unto the land of Missouri, unto the borders of
the Lamanites. And after you have done journeying, behold, I
say unto you, Seek ye a living like unto men, until I prepare a
place for you.”
Latter Day Development of the Vision of Zion

July 1831 (DC 57):

First revelation given in the land of Zion, given to those elders who
were faithful in going to this land as directed. Their efforts were validated
with further clarification of where the temple should be built, for DC 57:1
says, “Hearken, O ye elders of my church saith the Lord your God, who
have assembled yourselves together, according to my commandments,
in this land which is the land of Missouri, which is the land which I have
appointed and consecrated for the gathering of the Saints: wherefore
this is the land of promise, and the place for the city of Zion. And
thus saith the Lord your God, If you will receive wisdom here is wisdom.
Behold, the place which is now called Independence, is the Center
Place, and the spot for the temple is lying westward upon a lot which is
not far from the courthouse; wherefore it is wisdom that the land should
be purchased by the Saints; and also every tract lying westward, even
unto the line running directly between Jew and Gentile. And also every
tract bordering by the prairies, inasmuch as my disciples are enabled to
buy lands. Behold, this is wisdom, that they may obtain it for an
everlasting inheritance.”

Additionally, in this revelation they are directed to establish a storehouse
and a house for printing.
Latter Day Development of the Vision of Zion

August 1, 1831 (DC 58):

First week in Zion, four revelations given and many events
occurred including the dedication of the temple and the first
conference held in the land of Zion. As more Saints arrive in
Independence DC 58 given to further direct them.
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
specifically they are told in v. 4 that God’s law shall be kept on
this land
in v.10c to purchase the whole region round about
in v. 13a to consecrate and dedicate this land and the spot for
the temple unto the Lord
furthermore, in v. 15d the vision is expanded that from this place
the gospel will go forth unto all the world with signs that follow
those that believe
Latter Day Development of the Vision of Zion

August 7, 1831 (DC 59 Ground Rules for those entering Zion):
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Acknowledgement
 Those who obey the gospel are blessed and shall inherit and receive the good
things from the earth
Promises
 When they die they shall rest from their labors and their works shall follow
them
 They shall receive a crown in the mansions of my Father
 They shall receive commandments and revelations in due time if diligent and
faithful
Conditions
 10 Commandments
 Thank the Lord God in all things
 Offer a sacrifice of a broken heart and contrite spirit
 More fully keep thyself unspotted from the world
 Offer up thy oblations and sacraments at the house of prayer on the Holy day
 Confess thy sins unto thy brethren before the Lord
 On Holy day do none other thing, only let thy food be prepared
Reward
 Fullness of the earth is yours to strengthen the body and enliven the soul
Clarification
 In nothing doth man offend God save those who confess not his hand in all
things and obey not His commandments
Latter Day Development of the Vision of Zion

September 11 1831 (DC 64 – To Elders returning to Zion):

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
Verse 5, “Now it is called to-day (until the coming of the Son of Man), and
verily it is a day of sacrifice, and a day for the tithing of my people; for he that
is tithed shall not be burned (at his coming); for after to-day cometh the
burning … 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 remaineth in Babylon.”
Verse 6bc, “He [Lord] hath set you to provide for his Saints in these last days,
that they may obtain an inheritance in the land of Zion, and, I, the Lord,
declare unto you, and my words are sure and shall not fail, that they shall
obtain it; but all things must come to pass in their time; wherefore be not
weary in well-doing, for ye are laying the foundation of a great work. And out
of small things proceedeth that which is great.”
Verse 7c, “Behold, I, the Lord, have made my church in these last days, like
unto a judge sitting on a hill, or in a high place, to judge the nations; for it shall
come to pass, that the inhabitants of Zion shall judge all things pertaining to
Zion.”
Verse 8ab, “Zion shall flourish, and the glory of the Lord shall be upon her,
and she shall be an ensign unto the people, and there shall come unto her
out of every nation under heaven. And the day shall come, when the nations
of the earth shall tremble because of her, and shall fear because of her
terrible ones. The Lord hath spoken it. Amen.”
Latter Day Development of the Vision of Zion

October 1831 (DC 66):
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
Elder William McLellin told to, “… push
many people to Zion.” This applied more to
the office, so broader interpretation obvious.
June 1831 (DC 54):
Zion means:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
monument; raised up; sepulcher
A sign
Ben-Tziyon From the Hebrew, meaning “excellence” or “son of
Zion.”
Zion or Tzion (‫" ציון‬Height", Standard Hebrew Ẓiyyon, Tiberian
Hebrew Ṣiyy?b>; Arabic ‫ صهيون‬Ṣuhyūn) originally was the specific
name given to a Jebusite fortress near modern-day Jerusalem
that was conquered by David. The original fortress was located
on the hill in southeastern Jerusalem, called Mount Zion.
Zion, or Sion, is an archaic term that originally referred to a
section of Jerusalem, which, by Biblical definition, is the City of
David. After the death of King David, the term Zion came to refer
to the hill in Jerusalem which was the site of Solomon's temple.
Later, Zion came to refer to temple and the temple grounds
themselves. Beyond that, Zion is used to symbolize Jerusalem
and the Promised Land of God to come, in which God dwells
among his chosen people.
Temple Mount in Israel
http://www.bibleplaces.com/westernwall.
htm
 http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource
/Society_&_Culture/geo/Mount.html
 http://www.mfa.gov.il/MFA/History/Early
%20History%20%20Archaeology/Archaeological%20Site
s%20in%20Israel%20%20The%20Western%20Wall
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Pharisees, Sadducees, & Essenes
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http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource
/History/sadducees_pharisees_essenes.
html
How is Zion Established?
Answer is the rest
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Plan of
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Fulfilling the
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Keys to the
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Offices Given
Individual
Spiritual
Condition
Humbleness,
Willing Heart
& Mind
Repentance and
Obeying the
Commandments
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Kingdom of
God
Faith, Hope,
Charity
Prayer, Study,
Fasting
Church
Spiritual
Condition
Use of
Priesthood
Authority &
Ordinances
Edification &
Magnifying
Giftedness
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Cause of Zion
Organizing
According to
the Law
One Heart &
Mind, All
things in
Common
The
Establishment
of Zion
Live up to our
Covenant
World
Dependencies
Removed
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Zion
Christ
Redeems
Zion
Endowment
Sanctification
Jesus’ Calling
Jesus’ Calling
Plan of
Salvation
Becoming the
Christ
F
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Kingdom of
Heaven on
Earth
Fulfilling the
Covenants
Judgment
Jesus’ Calling
Plan of
Salvation
Becoming the
Christ
F
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Kingdom of
Heaven on
Earth
Fulfilling the
Covenants
Judgment
What is Messiah’s Ultimate Purpose?
“… may the kingdom of God go forth [on the
earth], that the kingdom of heaven may
come, that thou, O God, may be glorified
in heaven, so on earth, that thy enemies
may be subdued; for thine is the honor,
power, and glory, for ever and ever.
Amen.”
DC 65:1f
Kingdom of Heaven Means …
“But behold, an awful death cometh upon the wicked; for they die
as to things pertaining to things of righteousness; for they are
unclean, and no unclean thing can inherit the kingdom of
God.”
Alma 19:60
"No unclean thing can enter into the Celestial Kingdom."
III Nephi 12:31
“For no unclean thing can dwell there, or dwell in His presence;
for, in the language of Adam, Man of Holiness is his name: and
the name of his Only Begotten is the Son of Man, even Jesus
Christ, a righteous judge, who shall come in the meridian of
time.”
Genesis 6:50
Seeking the Face of God …
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Job 33:26 He shall pray unto God, and he will be favorable unto him; and he
shall see his face with joy; for he will render unto man his righteousness
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I Chronicles 16:11 Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his face continually.
Psalms 105:4 Seek the Lord, and his strength; seek his face evermore.
Psalms 24:6 This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O
Jacob. Selah.
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DC 83:3c-4b Therefore, in the ordinances thereof the power of godliness is
manifest; and without the ordinances thereof, and the authority of the priesthood,
the power of godliness is not manifest unto men in the flesh; for without this, no
man can see the face of God, even the Father, and live.
4a Now, this Moses plainly taught to the children of Israel in the wilderness, and
sought diligently to sanctify his people that they might behold the face of
God;
4b but they hardened their hearts, and could not endure his presence, therefore,
the Lord, in his wrath (for his anger was kindled against them), swore that they
should not enter into his rest, while in the wilderness, which rest is the fullness of
his glory.
Jesus’ Calling
Plan of
Salvation
Becoming the
Christ
F
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Kingdom of
Heaven on
Earth
Fulfilling the
Covenants
Judgment
Plan of Salvation
BOM Alma 19:86-111
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Reclaim man from Spiritual Death
Requires man’s Repentance
Mercy cannot override Justice so Atonement of Jesus
Christ necessary
Eternal Happiness requires Eternal Punishment
Atonement brings to pass Resurrection of everyone to be
judged
A Law given, a Punishment affixed which causes
Remorse which leads to Repentance which Atonement
brings Mercy
Judged according to our works, law, and justice
Restored to that which we desired
None but the truly penitent are Saved
Jesus’ Calling
Plan of
Salvation
Becoming the
Christ
F
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Kingdom of
Heaven on
Earth
Fulfilling the
Covenants
Judgment
Blood sacrifice was required …
“O remember, remember, my sons, the words
which King Benjamin spake unto his people;
yea, remember that there is no other way nor
means whereby man can be saved, only
through the atoning blood of Jesus Christ, who
shall come; yea, remember that he cometh to
redeem the world.”
BOM Helaman 2:71
Water, Blood …
“For, by the water ye keep the
commandment; by the Spirit ye are
justified; and by the blood ye are
sanctified.”
Genesis 6:63
Death could not hold Jesus …
“Wherefore the almighty God gave his only begotten
Son, as it is written in those scriptures which have
been given of him; he suffered temptations but gave
no heed unto them; he was crucified, died, and rose
again the third day; and ascended into heaven to sit
down on the right hand of the Father, to reign with
almighty power according to the will of the Father, that
as many as would believe and be baptized, in his holy
name, and endure in faith to the end, should be
saved.”
DC 17:5a-d
Jesus was crucified for sin …
“For, behold, I will bless all those who labor in
my vineyard, with a mighty blessing, and they
shall believe on his words, which are given
him through me, by the Comforter, which
manifesteth that Jesus was crucified by sinful
men, for the sins of the world; yea, for the
remission of sins unto the contrite heart.”
DC 19:3a
see also Genesis 6:64
The greatness of this …
“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; which
suffering caused myself, even God, the greatest of all,
to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore,
and to suffer both body and spirit, and would that I
might not drink the bitter cup, and shrink;
nevertheless, glory be to the Father, and I partook and
finished my preparations unto the children of men.”
DC 18:2h-j
Christ took love every where …
“… even of God, the holiest of all, through
Jesus Christ, his Son; he that ascended
up on high, as also he descended below
all things, in that he comprehended all
things, that he might be in all and
through all things, the light of truth, which
truth shineth. This is the light of Christ.”
DC 85:2a-b
Other things to consider …
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What does Jesus mean?
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Jesus is the Greek form of Joshua, which means the LORD Saves or
YHWH Saves.
In regard to the devine name YHWH, commonly referred to as the
Tetragrammaton, the translators adopted the device used in most
English versions of rendering that name as "LORD" in captial letters
to distinguish it from Adonai, another Hebrew word rendered "Lord,"
for which small letters are used.
What does Christ mean?
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Christ simply means The Anointed.
the word "anoint" is simply "to pour on oil."
Oil is symbolic of the presence of the Holy Spirit. That Christ means
The Anointed is essentially a synonym for someone, some place or
some people (or anything else) on whom has been poured out The
Holy Spirit.
Jesus’ Calling
Plan of
Salvation
Becoming the
Christ
F
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Kingdom of
Heaven on
Earth
Fulfilling the
Covenants
Judgment
Major Covenants
being fulfilled
Enoch & Noah – Everlasting Covenant
as Chiasm with
Jesus Christ
Abraham, Isaac, Jacob – Israel Promise Land
in the Center
Joseph, Manasseh, Ephraim – Righteous Branch
King David – Kingdom Established Forever
House of Israel – New Covenant
Jesus Christ – Baptismal Covenant
Israel Return to Homeland 1948
Zion – Ephraim establishes, Manasseh builds
New Jerusalem
Israel’s Conversion to Christ as Messiah
Jerusalem
Enoch’s City & Jesus Christ Returns
Promises in Covenants
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Everlasting Covenant
 Genesis 9:21-23
 Israel Promise Land, Abraham seed throughout world
 Gen 13:12-14, Gen 17, Gen 21:10, Gen 22:20-22
 Righteous Branch
 Gen 38:13-28, Gen 50:24-38, II Nephi 2:4-47
 Kingdom Established Forever, a place appointed
 II Sam 7:8:16 (especially v.10), II Sam 23:5, Psalms 89:3
 New Covenant
 Jeremiah 31:31-34
Prophecies & Covenants Fulfillment
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Baptismal Covenant
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Israel Homeland
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III Nephi 9:99-106, 10:1-4, Ether 6:6-8
Israel accepts Christ
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III Nephi 9:85-86, DC 45:3f
Zion
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Hebrews 8:8-13, Isaiah 51:7, DC 20:1, DC 36:10h
Ether 6:4,11; III Nephi 9:67-72;
Jesus Christ & Enoch’s City Return
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Ether 6:3,10; DC 83:17b; DC 36:13
New Jerusalem Clarified …
“… this people [Christ speaking to the
Nephites] will I establish in this land, unto
the fulfilling of the covenant which I made
with your father Jacob; and it shall be a
new Jerusalem.”
BOM III Nephi 9:47-48
(Recall Ether 6:6-8 also states this)
Ephraim will Establish Zion …
“… the watchman upon the mount Ephraim shall
cry, Arise ye, and let us go up to Zion unto the
Lord our God,… for I am a father to Israel, and
Ephraim is my first-born.”
Jeremiah 31:6-9
“… he shall push the people together to the ends
of the earth; and they are the ten thousands of
Ephraim, and they are the thousands of
Manasseh.”
Deut 33:13-17
Manassah will Build Zion …
“But if they [gentiles] will repent, and hearken unto my
words, and harden not their hearts, I will establish my
church among them, and they shall come in unto the
covenant, and be numbered among this the remnant
of Jacob, unto whom I have given this land for their
inheritance, and they shall assist my people, the
remnant of Jacob;
And also, as many of the house of Israel as shall
come, that they may build a city, which shall be called
the New Jerusalem;
And then shall they assist my people that they may be
gathered in, who are scattered upon all the face of the
land, in unto the New Jerusalem.”
3 Nephi 10:1-3
“Infallible Proofs” by Alvin Knisley
“… the time is at hand that blessings will
be poured out on the Lamanites; the time
is soon coming that my Temple will be
built, and they will come into my church
with their thousands and help to build up
this work, and thus help to redeem Zion.”
p. 132-133
Prophecy through John Weston
given February 7, 1909
“Infallible Proofs” by Alvin Knisley
“Some of you wonder how Zion will be redeemed, and
my temple be built on the sacred spot my servants
consecrated by my power. Hark! And listen to the
voice of my Spirit, and I will instruct you. The
Lamanites will be gathered into my fold and will
comply with my law and consecrate their means. I am
the Lord, I change not, my temple shall be reared on
the sacred spot, and I will overshadow it with my
power. Therefore, doubt not concerning it, obey my
law and keep my commandments and leave the rest in
my hands. Amen.”
p. 167-168
Prophecy through D. A. Hutchings
given April 9, 1912
Further Support for the Order …
“But before the great day of the Lord shall come,
Jacob shall flourish in the wilderness; and the
Lamanites shall blossom as the rose.
Zion shall flourish upon the hills,
and rejoice upon the mountains, and shall be
assembled together unto the place which I
have appointed.”
DC 49:5ab
Christ Clarifies the Progression…
III Nephi 9:46-10:8
Holy Ghost poured out upon Gentiles, it makes them mighty
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With this power they scatter Israel
With this power they scourge BOM remnant people
Gentiles given the Fullness of the Gospel, Restored Gospel
When Gentiles harden their hearts against the Lord
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Lord returns their iniquities;
Sword of justice falls upon the unrepentant Gentiles
Remnant of Jacob made strong to trample, Covenant People
Lord gathers His people in New Jerusalem, Zion1
Fullness of the Gospel preached to the rest of scattered Israel
Father gathers the rest and gives also Jerusalem, Zion2
Words of Isaiah fulfilled about Zion, Jerusalem, the Holy City
Isaiah Tells Complete Story …
“… when the words of Isaiah should be
fulfilled, behold they are written, you have
them before you; therefore search them,
And verily, verily I say unto you, that when
they shall be fulfilled, then is the fulfilling
of the covenant which the Father hath
made unto his people.”
BOM III Nephi 9:47-48
Jesus’ Calling
Plan of
Salvation
Becoming the
Christ
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Kingdom of
Heaven on
Earth
Fulfilling the
Covenants
Judgment
Basics of Judgment …
“And it pleaseth God that he hath given all these things unto man; for unto
this end were they made, to be used with judgment, not to excess,
neither by extortion:
and in nothing doth man offend God, or against none is his wrath
kindled, save those who confess not his hand in all things, and obey not
his commandments.
Behold, this is according to the law and the prophets: wherefore trouble
me no more concerning this matter, but learn that he who doeth the
works of righteousness, shall receive his reward, even peace in this
world, and eternal life in the world to come. I, the Lord, have spoken it
and the Spirit beareth record. Amen.”
DC 59:5
“For it shall come to pass, saith the Father, that at that day, whosoever will
not repent and come unto my beloved Son, them will I cut off from
among my people, O house of Israel, and I will execute vengeance and
fury upon them, even as upon the heathen, such as they have not
heard.”
3 Nephi 9:106
Limits to our time to choose …
“Therefore, let no man among you (for this commandment is unto all the faithful who
are called of God in the church, unto the ministry,) from this hour, take purse or
scrip, that goeth forth to proclaim this gospel of the kingdom. Behold, I send you
out to reprove the world of all their unrighteous deeds, and to teach them of a
judgment which is to come. …
He that receiveth you not, go away from him alone by yourselves, and cleanse your
feet, even with water, pure water, whether in heat or in cold, and bear testimony of
it unto your Father which is in heaven, and return not again unto that man. And
into whatsoever village or city ye enter, do likewise. Nevertheless, search
diligently and spare not; and woe unto that house, or that village, or city, that
rejecteth you, or your words, or testimony concerning me. Woe, I say again, unto
that house, or that village, or city, that rejecteth you, or your words, or your
testimony of me; for I, the Almighty, have laid my hands upon the nations to
scourge them for their wickedness; and plagues shall go forth, and they shall not
be taken from the earth until I have completed my work, which shall be cut short in
righteousness; until all shall know me, who remain, even from the least unto the
greatest, and shall be filled with the knowledge of the Lord, and shall see eye to
eye, and shall lift up their voice, and with the voice together sing this new song,
saying:
The Lord hath brought again Zion: The Lord hath redeemed his people, Israel,
According to the election of grace, Which was brought to pass by the faith And
covenant of their fathers.”
DC 83:15-17
Judgment begins …
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85:23a Therefore, tarry ye, and labor diligently, that you may be perfected in your ministry, to
go forth among the Gentiles for the last time, as many as the mouth of the Lord shall name, to
bind up the law, and seal up the testimony, and to prepare the Saints for the hour of judgment,
which is to come;
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85:23b that their souls may escape the wrath of God, the desolation of abomination, which
await the wicked, both in this world, and in the world to come.
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85:23c Verily, I say unto you, Let those who are not the first elders, continue in the vineyard,
until the mouth of the Lord shall call them, for their time is not yet come; their garments are not
clean from the blood of this generation.
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85:24a Abide ye in the liberty wherewith ye are made free; entangle not yourselves in sin, but
let your hands be clean, until the Lord come,
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85:24b for not many days hence and the earth shall tremble, and reel to and fro as a drunken
man, and the sun shall hide his face, and shall refuse to give light, and the moon shall be
bathed in blood, and the stars shall become exceeding angry, and shall cast themselves down
as a fig that falleth from off a fig tree.
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85:25a And after your testimony, cometh wrath and indignation upon the people; for after your
testimony cometh the testimony of earthquakes, that shall cause groanings in the midst of her,
and men shall fall upon the ground, and shall not be able to stand.
How judgment will take place …
“I, the Lord, am angry with the wicked; I am holding my Spirit from
the inhabitants of the earth. I have sworn in my wrath and
decreed wars upon the face of the earth, and the wicked shall
slay the wicked, and fear shall come upon every man, and the
Saints also shall hardly escape; nevertheless, I, the Lord, am with
them, and [I] will come down in heaven from the presence of my
Father, and consume the wicked with unquenchable fire.
And, behold, this is not yet, but by and by; wherefore seeing that
I, the Lord, have decreed all these things upon the face of the
earth, I will that my saints should be assembled upon the land of
Zion; and that every man should take righteousness in his hands,
and faithfulness upon his loins, and lift a warning voice unto the
inhabitants of the earth; and declare both by word and by flight,
that desolation shall come upon the wicked.”
DC 63:9a-e
(see also DC 28:2d-g, DC 108:8-9 &12, Deut 30:15-20
On whom does it start …
“Verily, verily I say unto you, Darkness covereth the earth, and
gross darkness the minds of the people, and all flesh has
become corrupt before my face. Behold, vengeance
cometh speedily upon the inhabitants of the earth--a day of
wrath, a day of burning, a day of desolation, of weeping, of
mourning, and of lamentation--and as a whirlwind it shall
come upon all the face of the earth, saith the Lord. And
upon my house shall it begin, and from my house shall it go
forth, saith the Lord. First among those among you, saith
the Lord, who have professed to know my name and have
not known me, and have blasphemed against me in the
midst of my house, saith the Lord.”
DC 105:9-10
Final Judgment …
“And even unto the great and last day, when all people, and all
kindreds, and all nations and tongues shall stand before God, to
be judged of their works, whether they be good or whether they
be evil;If they be good, to the resurrection of everlasting life; and
if they be evil, to the resurrection of damnation, being on a
parallel, the one on the one hand, and the other on the other
hand, according to the mercy, and the justice, and the holiness
which is in Christ, who was before the world began.”
3 Nephi 11:32-33
“And thus they are restored into his presence; to be judged
according to their works; according to the law and justice; for
behold, justice exerciseth all his demands, and also mercy
claimeth all which is her own; and thus, none but the truly
penitent are saved.”
Alma 19:106
Jesus’ Calling
Plan of
Salvation
Becoming the
Christ
F
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Kingdom of
Heaven on
Earth
Fulfilling the
Covenants
Judgment
Lord’s Prayer
“Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, as it is
done in heaven.
Give us this day, our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those
who trespass against us.
And suffer us not to be led into temptation, but deliver
us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom and the power, and the glory,
forever and ever. Amen.”
Matthew 6:10-15
Another look at DC 65
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Prepare ye the way of the Lord, prepare ye the supper of the Lamb,
make ready for the Bridegroom;
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65:1d pray unto the Lord; call upon his holy name; make known his
wonderful works among the people, call upon the Lord, that his kingdom
may go forth upon the earth;
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65:1e that the inhabitants thereof may receive it, and be prepared for the
days to come, in the which the Son of man shall come down in heaven,
clothed in the brightness of his glory, to meet the kingdom of God which
is set up on the earth;
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65:1f wherefore, may the kingdom of God go forth, that the kingdom of
heaven may come, that thou, O God, may be glorified in heaven, so on
earth, that thy enemies may be subdued; for thine is the honor, power,
and glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
His Bride …
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Jeremiah 3 – Discusses Israel & Judah the
harlots, their sins, the Lord’s pleadings to
return unto Him,
“Surely as a wife treacherously departeth from
her husband, so have ye dealt treacherously
with me, O house of Israel, saith the Lord.”
Jeremiah 3:20
Is Zion the Bride?
“…for Zion must increase in beauty, and in
holiness; her borders must be enlarged;
her stakes must be strengthened; yea,
verily I say unto you, Zion must arise and
put on her beautiful garments…”
DC 81:4c
“Infallible Proofs” by Alvin Knisley
“It is wisdom in me to sanctify but a small portion at a
time … and when all of the land on the inside is filled
up, I will move out the line and sanctify another portion
as you read in my word, ‘The borders of Zion shall be
enlarged.’ This is what I mean. It is wisdom in me to
prepare my Saints in this way for my coming. If I did
not prepare them, they could not abide my presence.
If I should come unto them in their present condition,
my glory would destroy them.”
p. 84-89
Prophetic Vision by Elder A. White
given summer of 1885
Ultimate Purpose of Zion …
“Behold, it is my will, that all they who call on my name, and
worship me according to mine everlasting gospel, should
gather together and stand in holy places, and prepare for
the revelation which is to come when the veil of the
covering of my temple, in my tabernacle, which hideth
the earth, shall be taken off, and all flesh shall see me
together.
And every corruptible thing, both of man, or of the beasts
of the field, or of the fowls of heaven, or of the fish of the
sea, that dwell upon all the face of the earth, shall be
consumed; and also, that of element shall melt with
fervent heat; and all things shall become new, that my
knowledge and glory may dwell upon all the earth. “
DC 98:5a-b
ChurCh’s Mission
Church’s
Mission
Preparatory
Gospel
Clarified
Fullness of
the Gospel
Given
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Everlasting
Covenant
THE VISION
Keys to the
Kingdom
Given
Priesthood
Authority &
Offices Given
Church’s
Mission
Preparatory
Gospel
Clarified
Fullness of
the Gospel
Given
M
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S
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Everlasting
Covenant
THE VISION
Keys to the
Kingdom
Given
Priesthood
Authority &
Offices Given
Church’s Ultimate Mission …
1.
2.
3.
4.
Become the Bride of Christ
Become One with each other
Become One with Jesus Christ, the Bridegroom
Become sanctified through the Holy Ghost, Christ’s
Spirit
This is a Process, we progress as we
1.
2.
3.
Obey the commandments
Make room for the Spirit within our heart
Act as the Spirit prompts in the physical world
“Infallible Proofs” by Alvin Knisley
“It is needful that my people become more and more
humble before me and more faithful before me,
and more and more careful concerning their acts
and themselves as well … To one and to all the
command is to come up higher and still higher that
you may thereby be prepared to receive of my
help and finally attain unto the glory necessary for
all. Thus saith the Spirit. Amen.”
p. 107-109
Interpretation of Tongues
given through Elder J. W. Wight
at Madison, Wisconsin, August 18, 1908
Support that it is a Process …
“… but unto him that keepeth my commandments, I will give the
mysteries of the kingdom, and the same shall be in him a well of
living water, springing up unto everlasting life.”
DC 63:7b
“… that which is of God is light, and he that receiveth light and
continueth in God, receiveth more light, and that light groweth
brighter and brighter, until the perfect day.”
DC 50:6b
“Behold, ye are little children, and ye can not bear all things now; ye
must grow in grace and in the knowledge of the truth.”
DC 50:8d
Process starts with …
“Behold, this is my doctrine: Whosoever repenteth and
cometh unto me [Jesus Christ], the same is my
church; whosoever declareth more or less than this,
the same is not of me, but is against me; therefore, he
is not of my church.”
DC 3:16
“…all such as should come unto them, should be
baptized with water, and this as a witness and a
testimony before God, and unto the people, that they
had repented and received a remission of their sins.”
III Nephi 3:69
Repentance brings salvation to what?
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Gen 4:8, An angel told first told Adam to repent in the name of the Son for
evermore and the Holy Spirit fell upon him
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Gen 5:1-2, “And the Lord God called upon men, by the Holy Ghost, everywhere,
and commanded them that they should repent; And as many as believed in the
Son, and repented of their sins, should be saved. And as many as believed not,
and repented not, should be damned.”
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Gen 6:1, “And Adam hearkened unto the voice of God, and called upon his sons
to repent.”
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Gen 6:51-71 explains repentance and baptism
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Gen 6:59, “And I have given unto you another law and commandment; wherefore teach it
unto your children, that all men, everywhere, must repent, or they can in no wise inherit
the kingdom of God.”
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Gen 6:62, “Even so ye must be born again, into the kingdom of heaven, of water and of
the Spirit, and cleansed by blood, even the blood of mine Only Begotten; that ye may be
sanctified from all sin; and enjoy the words of eternal life in this world, and eternal life in
the world to come; even immortal glory.”
Further support …
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DC 76:51-f, [Celestial glory, dwell with the Father & Christ]
“And again, we bear record for we saw and heard, and this is the
testimony of the gospel of Christ, concerning them who come forth in the
resurrection of the just; They are they who received the testimony of
Jesus, and believed on his name, and were baptized after the manner of
his burial in the water in his name, and this according to the
commandment which he has given, that by keeping the commandments,
they might be washed and cleansed from all their sins, and receive the
Holy Spirit by the laying on of the hands of him who is ordained and
sealed unto this power; and who overcome by faith, and sealed by that
Holy Spirit of promise, which the Father sheds forth upon all those who
are just and true; they are they who are the church of the Firstborn
[spiritually born as described in Gen 6:51-71]; they are they into whose
hands the Father has given all things.”

DC 76:6f,g [Terrestrial glory, dwell with Christ]
“… these are they who receive of the presence of the Son, but not of the
fullness of the Father … these are they who are not valiant in the
testimony of Jesus; wherefore they obtained not the crown over the
kingdom of our God.”
What is the Gospel?
The Gospel is
Christ and His Servants
implementing
the Plan of Salvation.
Scriptural Support …
“And this is the gospel, the glad tidings which the
voice out of the heavens bore record unto us,
that he came into the world, even Jesus to be
crucified for the world, and to bear the sins of
the world, and to sanctify the world, and to
cleanse it from all unrighteousness; that
through him all might be saved,…, except
those sons of perdition, who deny the Son
after the Father has revealed him;”
DC 76:4gh
Further Scriptural Support …
Jesus sent by the Father into the world to die on the
cross so that men may be lifted up to be judged
by Him according to their works.
Two outcomes:
Sanctified and enter into Father’s rest
or
Hewn down and cast into the fire of no return
BOM III Nephi 12:25-35
BOM III Nephi 12:25-35 cont’d …
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To Enter into Father’s Rest …
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Repent and be Baptized in Jesus’ Name
Endureth to the end
Continue in faith
Repent of all sins
Sanctified by the reception of the Holy Ghost
No unclean thing can enter into Father’s
kingdom
Another View of the Gospel …
“Build upon my rock, which is my gospel; deny
not the spirit of revelation, nor the spirit of
prophecy, for woe unto him that denieth these
things;”
DC 10:11b
Jesus Christ is the Corner Stone
Spirit Within through the Holy Ghost
Bottom Line …
“For this is the covenant that I will make with the
house of Israel after those days, saith the
Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and
write them in their hearts; and I will be to them
a God, and they shall be to me a people.”
Hebrews 8:10
See Also Isaiah 51:7 & Hebrews 10:16
Church’s
Mission
Preparatory
Gospel
Clarified
Fullness of
the Gospel
Given
M
E
S
S
I
A
H
Everlasting
Covenant
THE VISION
Keys to the
Kingdom
Given
Priesthood
Authority &
Offices Given
What is the Preparatory Gospel?
“… and the preparatory gospel, which is the
gospel of repentance and of baptism, and the
remission of sins, and the law of carnal
commandments,”
DC 83:4c
(Look up scripture where it says that baptism is
entering in at the gate.)
Church’s
Mission
Preparatory
Gospel
Clarified
Fullness of
the Gospel
Given
M
E
S
S
I
A
H
Everlasting
Covenant
THE VISION
Keys to the
Kingdom
Given
Priesthood
Authority &
Offices Given
What is the Fullness of the Gospel?
“Verily I say unto you, Blessed are you for
receiving mine everlasting covenant,
even the fullness of my gospel, sent forth
unto the children of men, that they might
have life, and be made partakers of the
glories [DC 76], which are to be revealed
in the last days, as it was written by the
prophets and apostles in days of old.”
DC 66:1b
And Again …
“And for this cause, that men might be
made partakers of the glories, which
were to be revealed, the Lord sent forth
the fullness of his gospel, his everlasting
covenant, reasoning in plainness and
simplicity, to prepare the weak for those
things which are to come on the earth...”
DC 108:11a
Church’s
Mission
Preparatory
Gospel
Clarified
Fullness of
the Gospel
Given
M
E
S
S
I
A
H
Everlasting
Covenant
THE VISION
Keys to the
Kingdom
Given
Priesthood
Authority &
Offices Given
Primary purpose of the Keys …
“The keys of the kingdom of God are
committed unto man on the earth, and
from thence shall the gospel roll forth
unto the ends of the earth, as the stone
which is cut out of the mountain without
hands shall roll forth, until it has filled the
whole earth.”
DC 65:1b
Keys Delineated
DC 26:2-3b
Moroni – keys of the record of the stick of Ephraim
Elias – keys of bringing to pass the restoration of all
things spoken of by the prophets about last days
Elijah – keys to turn hearts of fathers to the children and
children to the fathers
John Baptist – keys to Aaronic priesthood; preparatory
gospel
Peter, James, John – keys to Melchisedec priesthood;
in other words, keys to the kingdom, and
dispensation of the gospel for the last time; see
Matthew 16:20 also DC 7:2d
Elijah The Prophet
will be sent again before Christ returns
Isaiah 40:3 – speaks of one who prepares the way
John 1:24-28 – Pharisees ask John the Baptist who he is and he
answers that he is the one of which Isaiah spoke
Luke 1:17 – Angel tells Zachariahs that his son will turn hearts of father
to children and children to fathers (DC 26 says this is Elijah)
Math 17:10-14,11:10-15 – Jesus says that John the Baptist was Elias
DC 26:2c – says that John Baptist was filled with the spirit of Elias
DC 34:2bc – says Elijah came as John the Baptist, but we knew it not;
Sidney Rigdon did similar preparation in baptizing before Joseph
Smith who then had the authority to give the Holy Ghost
Malachi 4:4-6 – says Elijah the prophet will be sent before the day of
the Lord; referring to Christ’s coming in judgment
III Nephi 11:25-27 – Malachi repeated in BOM because Christ wanted
future generations to have it
Joseph Smith, Jr.
calling
DC 2:4-6 – chosen to translate the Book of Mormon
DC 19:2d – him the Lord inspired to move cause of Zion in mighty power for
good
DC 22:24b – another like Moses raised up to put the words in Moses’ writing
[first 5 books of Bible] back that had been taken out
DC 23:4d – Joseph to attend to his calling, expound all Scripture
DC 24:2d – Joseph’s calling to the church that all things might be revealed
unto them according to Lord & their faith
DC 26:3b – keys of kingdom committed to Joseph, Oliver, John Witmer
DC 27:2a,d – No one appointed to receive commandments & revelations for
church except Joseph who receives them as Moses
DC 34:4f – Joseph given the keys of the mystery of those things which have
been sealed from that time until Christ’s coming
DC 64:2a – keys of the mysteries of the kingdom through means given [Urim &
Thumin] shall not be taken from him while he lives as long as he obeys the
ordinances
DC 97:3b – Joseph given power to be mighty in testimony and a revelator
DC 105:6b – God’s hand is over Joseph, the keys given unto him shall not be
taken from him until Christ comes
Keys continued …
“Lift up your hearts and rejoice, for unto you the kingdom [Romans 14:17], or
in other words, the keys of the church, have been given. Even so.
Amen.”
DC 42:18e
“And by the keys which I have given shall they be led, and no more be
confounded at all.”
DC 34:6b
“… unto whom [Joseph Smith, Jr.] I have given the keys of the kingdom,
which belongeth always unto the Presidency of the high priesthood …”
DC 80:1c
“The bishopric is the presidency of this priesthood [Aaronic], and holds the
keys or authority of the same …”
DC 104:8c
Adam, Michael, Jesus …
“… who hath appointed Michael, your prince, and established his feet, and
set him upon high; and given unto him the keys of salvation under the
counsel and direction of the Holy One, who is without beginning of days
or end of life.”
DC 77:3f
“And the Lord appeared unto them, and they [Seth, Enos, Cainan,
Mahalaleel, Jared, Enoch, Methuselah] rose up and blessed Adam, and
called him, Michael, the Prince, the Archangel.”
DC 104:28b
“… therefore thou [Rigdon & Williams first counselors in the First
Presidency] art blessed from henceforth that bear the keys of the
kingdom given unto thee; which kingdom is coming forth for the last time.
Verily I say unto you, The keys of this kingdom shall never be taken from
you, while thou art in the world, neither in the world to come;
nevertheless, through you shall the oracles be given to another; yea,
even unto the church.”
DC 87:1b-2a
Church’s
Mission
Preparatory
Gospel
Clarified
Fullness of
the Gospel
Given
M
E
S
S
I
A
H
Everlasting
Covenant
THE VISION
Keys to the
Kingdom
Given
Priesthood
Authority &
Offices Given
Authority Restored for two Reasons …
“…Behold, this is mine authority, and the
authority of my servants…”
DC 1:2a
Proclaim these things to the world
1.
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Lord is nigh and angry
Lord’s arm shall be revealed
Those who wont hear shall be cut off
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2.
Strayed from Lord’s ordinances
Broken the everlasting covenant
Seek not the Lord to establish His righteousness, but after his own
God whose image is the likeness of the world
Power to lay foundation of church, bring it forth out of
obscurity
Other Authority References …
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DC 17:21b – Authority to baptize given to the person who is
called of God
DC 42:4 – Authority to preach the gospel and to build up the
church
DC 68:1 – Reiterates priesthood Authority to preach & baptize
DC 104:2 – Designates that a priesthood office is an Authority
to act in that capacity
DC 104:3b – Melchisedec priesthood holds the right of
presidency, and Power and Authority overall the
offices in the church to administer in spiritual things
DC 104:8b – Aaronic priesthood has the Power in administering
outward ordinances
Priesthood Authority
DC 108:9-10
Melchisedec Priesthood
– hold keys of all spiritual blessings to the church
– privilege of receiving the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven
– heavens opened unto them
– commune with the general assembly and church of the first born
– enjoy the communion and presence of God & Jesus
Aaronic Priesthood
– hold keys of the ministering of angels
– administer in outward ordinances
– baptize for the remission of sins
Church’s
Mission
Preparatory
Gospel
Clarified
Fullness of
the Gospel
Given
M
E
S
S
I
A
H
Everlasting
Covenant
THE VISION
Keys to the
Kingdom
Given
Priesthood
Authority &
Offices Given
What is the Everlasting Covenant?
“When men should keep all my commandments, Zion
should again come on the earth, … When thy
posterity shall embrace the truth and look upward,
then shall Zion look downward, and all the heavens
shall shake with gladness, and the earth shall tremble
with joy; And the general assembly of the church of
the first-born shall come down out of heaven, and
possess the earth, and shall have place until the end
come.”
IV Bible Genesis 9:21-23
Further Clarification …
“And even so I have sent mine everlasting covenant into
the world, to be a light to the world, and to be a
standard for my people and for the Gentiles to seek to
it, and to be a messenger before my face to prepare
the way before me.”
DC 45:2d
“Thou shalt preach the fullness of my gospel which I
have sent forth in these last days; the covenant which
I have sent forth to recover my people, which are of
the house of Israel.”
DC 39:2e
And Again …
“wherefore I say unto you, that I have sent unto you mine
everlasting covenant, even that which was from the
beginning, and that which I have promised I have so
fulfilled, and the nations of the earth shall bow to it …”
DC 49:2d
“… this is a new and everlasting covenant; even that
which was from the beginning … for it is because of
your dead works, that I have caused this last
covenant, and this church to be built up unto me; even
as in days of old.”
DC 20:1a-c
And Again …
“… proclaim these things unto the world; and all this that
[0] it might be fulfilled which was written by the prophets; … that
[1] faith also might increase in the earth; that
[2] mine everlasting covenant might be established; that the
[3] fullness of my gospel might be proclaimed by the weak and the
simple, unto the ends of the world, and before kings and rulers.”
DC 1:4
And Again, given for 2nd Conference
of the Church held Sept 1, 1830 …
“… ye are called to bring to pass the gathering of mine
elect, for mine elect hear my voice and harden not
their hearts; wherefore the decree hath gone forth
from the Father that they shall be gathered in unto one
place, upon the face of this land, to prepare their
hearts, and be prepared in all things, against the day
when tribulation and desolation are sent forth upon the
wicked; for 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 … for I will reveal myself from
heaven with power and great glory …”
DC 28:2c-g
Again, the Church’s Mission …
“… yea, the word of the Lord concerning
his church, established in the last days
for the restoration of his people, as he
has spoken by the mouth of his
prophets, and for the gathering of his
Saints to stand upon Mount Zion, which
shall be the city New Jerusalem …”
DC 83:1b
And the Prophets said …
“And he shall pass over to his strong hold for fear, and
his princes shall be afraid of the ensign, saith the Lord,
whose fire is in Zion, and his furnace in Jerusalem.”
Isaiah 31:9
“And he will lift up an ensign to the nations from far, and
will hiss unto them from the end of the earth; and,
behold, they shall come with speed”
Isaiah 5:26
Prophets continued …
“And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse,
which shall stand for an ensign of the people;
to it shall the Gentiles seek; … the Lord shall
set his hand again the second time to recover
the remnant of his people … And he shall set
up an ensign for the nations, and shall
assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather
together the dispersed of Judah from the four
corners of the earth.”
Isaiah 11:10-12
Prophets continued …
“Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall
prepare the way before me; and the Lord
whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his
temple, even the messenger of the covenant,
whom ye delight in; behold, he shall come,
saith the Lord of hosts.”
Malachi 3:1
What is the purpose of the Covenant?
“… Blessed are you for receiving mine
everlasting covenant, even the fullness
of my gospel, sent forth unto the children
of men, that they might have life, and be
made partakers of the glories, which are
to be revealed in the last days, as it was
written by the prophets and apostles in
days of old.”
DC 66:1b
Called to Declare the Fullness …

Why the Fullness?
Physical Salvation – Zion a place
 Spiritual Salvation – Atonement &
Sanctification through the Holy Ghost
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This is the message the world will need
to hear as things worsen and men loose
confidence in Babylon
In other word’s Church’s Mission …
“The movements toward better understanding of
ministerial responsibilities, duties, and goals, and
toward unity of endeavor in teaching, preaching,
evangelizing, and the perfecting of the Saints, are
pleasing to the Lord.
Contentions, bickerings, and strife are unseemly,
hinder the work of the church, and should not find
place among the Saints.
Only in the peace of fraternity and the unity of those
caught up in the spirit of Zionic redemption can the
work of the Lord be accomplished. To this task let the
church devote its energies.”
DC 136:3
Individual
spiritual
condition
Individual
Spiritual
Condition
Humbleness,
Willing Heart
& Mind
Repentance and
Obeying the
Commandments
M
E
S
S
I
A
H
Kingdom of
God
Faith, Hope,
Charity
Prayer, Study,
Fasting
Individual
Spiritual
Condition
Humbleness,
Willing Heart
& Mind
Repentance and
Obeying the
Commandments
M
E
S
S
I
A
H
Kingdom of
God
Faith, Hope,
Charity
Prayer, Study,
Fasting
“Infallible Proofs” by Alvin Knisley
“Therefore, treasure up the words of the Lord, for he has
spoken to his people repeatedly to come out from the world
and its follies and pleasures. Therefore, heed the word of
the Spirit to you this morning and turn your back upon the
world and its vanities and pleasures; come out from the
sins and mysteries of Babylon and get in touch with your
Heavenly Father, and in the day of terror thou shalt be
delivered … forsake the follies and pleasures of the world
and try to live in harmony with the will and law of God, and
the abundance of the riches of the Spirit shall be ministered
unto you. Amen.”
p. 126-127
Prophecy through Richard Bullard
given at Denver, Colorado, January 2, 1910
“Infallible Proofs” by Alvin Knisley
“… my Spirit rests upon them, and they are longing
everywhere, from the farthermost parts of the
earth, that are in my gospel, to gather unto the
land of Zion; but they can not be gathered unless
they are individually prepared as well as the
church, according to my commandments.”
p. 173-174
Prophecy through John Smith
given at afternoon prayer meeting
Lamoni, Iowa, October 1, 1911
Gage of our Spiritual Condition
Are fruits following us?
 Do we know our spiritual gift(s)?
 Are we using our spiritual gift(s)?
 Can we hear the Lord’s voice?
 Can we see the Lord’s face?
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Levels of Covenant Relationship
Lehi’s Vision another view of Levels
Explain how this represents the four
levels of the Covenant relationship
 Explain that the precious fruit above all
else is the Spirit of God
 Spirit of God within is what Sanctifies

Glories another view of Levels
Individual
Spiritual
Condition
Humbleness,
Willing Heart
& Mind
Repentance and
Obeying the
Commandments
M
E
S
S
I
A
H
Kingdom of
God
Faith, Hope,
Charity
Prayer, Study,
Fasting
Hearts
“… for I, the Lord, require the hearts of the children of
men.”
DC 64:4d
“… for I, the Lord, forgiveth sins, and am merciful unto
those who confess their sins with humble hearts;”
DC 61:1b
DC 59:2e
“Infallible Proofs” by Alvin Knisley
“It is needful that my people become more and more
humble before me and more faithful before me, and
more and more careful concerning their acts and
themselves as well … Let my people now be warned
and take heed thereto if they would be protected by
me. Come unto me in humility of heart and be faithful
unto the commands that I have given unto you and I
will both bless and protect you … Be very humble and
faithful and I will bless you unto this end.”
p. 107-109
Interpretation of Tongues
given through Elder J. W. Wight
at Madison, Wisconsin, August 18 and 23, 1908
Individual
Spiritual
Condition
Humbleness,
Willing Heart
& Mind
Repentance and
Obeying the
Commandments
M
E
S
S
I
A
H
Kingdom of
God
Faith, Hope,
Charity
Prayer, Study,
Fasting
Repentance
“Therefore, according to justice, the plan of
redemption could not be brought about only, on
conditions of repentance of men in this probationary
state …”
BOM Alma 19:94
“And thus they are restored into his presence; to be
judged according to their works; according to the law
and justice; for behold, justice exerciseth all his
demands, and also mercy claimeth all which is her
own; and thus, none but the truly penitent are saved.”
BOM Alma 19:106
Repentance
“… the thing which will be of the most worth
unto you, will be to declare repentance unto
this people, that you may bring souls unto me,
that you may rest with them in the kingdom of
my Father. Amen.”
DC 13:3
“for, behold, I command all men everywhere to
repent …”
DC 16:3b
Repentance
“By this ye may know if a man repenteth of his
sins, Behold, he will confess them and forsake
them.”
DC 58:8d
“wherefore I will that all men shall repent, for all
are under sin, except them which I have
reserved unto myself, holy men that ye know
not of…”
DC 49:2c
Repentance
“… for I the Lord can not look upon sin with the least
degree of allowance; nevertheless, he that repents and
does the commandments of the Lord shall be forgiven;
and he that repents not, from him shall be taken even
the light which he has received, for my Spirit shall not
always strive with man, saith the Lord of Hosts.”
DC 1:5fg
“Say nothing but repentance unto this generation; keep
my commandments, and assist to bring forth my work
according to my commandments, and you shall be
blessed.”
DC 6:4b
Need for repentance …
“… and the whole world lieth in sin, and groaneth
under darkness and under the bondage of sin:
and by this you may know they are under the
bondage of sin, because they come not unto
me; for whoso cometh not unto me is under
the bondage of sin; and whoso receiveth not
my voice is not acquainted with my voice, and
is not of me; and by this you may know the
righteous from the wicked and that the whole
world groaneth under sin and darkness even
now.”
DC 83:7f-i
Limits to Repentance
“For behold, if ye deny the Holy Ghost when it once has had place in
you, and ye know that ye deny it; behold, this is a sin which is
unpardonable.”
Alma 19:8
“Behold, the pride of this nation, or the people of the Nephites, hath
proven their destruction, except they should repent. Pray for
them, my son, that repentance may come unto them. But behold,
I fear lest the Spirit hath ceased striving with them; and in this part
of the land they are also seeking to put down all power and
authority, which cometh from God; and they are deny the Holy
Ghost, And after rejecting so great a knowledge, my son, they
must perish soon, unto the fulfilling of the prophecies which were
spoken by the prophets, as well as the words of our Savior
himself.”
Moroni 8:30-34 [Mormon to his Son]
Repentance, Baptism, Commandments
“You must repent and be baptized in the
name of Jesus Christ; for all men must
repent and be baptized, and not only
men, but women; and children who have
arrived to the years of accountability.
And now, after that you have received
this, you must keep my commandments
in all things.”
DC 16:6d-7a
Commandments
“Keep my commandments; hold your
peace; appeal unto my Spirit; yea, cleave
unto me with all your heart, … Behold
this is your work, to keep my
commandments; yea, with all your might,
mind, and strength; seek not to declare
my word, but first seek to obtain my word
and then shall your tongue be loosened.”
DC 10:9-10a
Commandments
“Keep my commandments continually, and a crown of
righteousness thou shalt receive. And except thou do
this, where I am thou canst not come. And verily, verily
I say unto you, that this is my voice unto all. Amen.”
DC 24:4bc
“… but unto him that keepeth my commandments, I will
give the mysteries of my kingdom, and the same shall
be in him a well of living water, springing up unto
everlasting life.”
DC 63:7b
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Look for scripture that says those who
love me keep my commandments
Individual
Spiritual
Condition
Humbleness,
Willing Heart
& Mind
Repentance and
Obeying the
Commandments
M
E
S
S
I
A
H
Kingdom of
God
Faith, Hope,
Charity
Prayer, Study,
Fasting
Faith, Hope, Charity …
“… if ye have desires to serve God, ye are called to
the work, for, behold, the field is white already to
harvest, and lo, he that thrusteth in his sickle with his
might, the same layeth up in store that he perish not,
but bringeth salvation to his soul; faith, hope, charity,
and love, with an eye single to the glory of God,
qualifies him for the work.”
DC 4:1c-e
“Be patient; be sober; be temperate: have patience, faith,
hope, and charity.”
DC 6:8c
Faith, Hope, Charity …
“Behold, I speak unto you, and also to
all those who have desires to bring forth
and establish this work; and no one can
assist in this work, except he shall be
humble and full of love, having faith,
hope, and charity, being temperate in all
things whatsoever shall be intrusted to
his care.”
DC 11:4ab
Faith
“… faith cometh not by signs, but signs follow
those that believe. Yea, signs come by faith,
not by the will of men, nor as they please, but
by the will of God. Yea, signs come by faith,
unto mighty works, for without faith no man
pleaseth God.”
DC 63:3a-c
DC 34:3d
“See that ye love one another; cease to be covetous;
learn to impart one to another as the gospel requires;
cease to be idle; cease to be unclean; cease to find
fault one with another; cease to sleep longer than is
needful; retire to thy bed early, that ye may not be
weary; arise early, that your bodies and your minds
may be invigorated; and above all things, clothe
yourselves with the bonds of charity, as with a mantle,
which is a bond of perfectness and peace; pray
always, that you may not faint until I come; behold,
and lo, I will come quickly, and receive you unto
myself. Amen.”
DC 85:38
Individual
Spiritual
Condition
Humbleness,
Willing Heart
& Mind
Repentance and
Obeying the
Commandments
M
E
S
S
I
A
H
Kingdom of
God
Faith, Hope,
Charity
Prayer, Study,
Fasting
Prayer
“Remember that that which cometh from
above is sacred, and must be spoken
with care, and by constraint of the Spirit,
and in this there is no condemnation; and
ye receive the Spirit through prayer;
wherefore, without this there remaineth
condemnation.”
DC 63:16a
Prayer
“Pray always, that you enter not into
temptation, that you may abide the day of
his coming, whether in life or in death.
Even so. Amen.”
DC 61:6e
Fasting …
DC 59:3
 Matthew 17:21
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Individual
Spiritual
Condition
Humbleness,
Willing Heart
& Mind
Repentance and
Obeying the
Commandments
M
E
S
S
I
A
H
Kingdom of
God
Faith, Hope,
Charity
Prayer, Study,
Fasting
Kingdom of God
Romans 17:14
 Primarily an Individual Condition
 Jesus said it has come to His disciples
 Kingdom of God within must happen
before being able to be a part of

Zion
 Kingdom of Heaven on Earth

Kingdom of God
“And now verily I say unto you, and what I say unto
one I say unto all, Be of good cheer, little children, for I
am in your midst, and I have not forsaken you, and
inasmuch as you have humbled yourselves before me,
the blessings of the kingdom are yours.”
DC 61:6c
“… Behold, the kingdom is yours. And, behold, and lo,
I am with the faithful always. Even so. Amen.”
DC 62:3b
Guidance to stay on the path …
Ephesians 6
 Armor of God…
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In a Nutshell …
“And the first-fruits of
repentance is baptism; and
baptism cometh by faith, unto the
fulfilling the commandments; and the
fulfilling the commandments bringeth remission of sins; and the
remission of sins bringeth meekness, and lowliness of heart,
cometh the visitation of the Holy Ghost, which
Comforter filleth with hope and perfect love, which
love endureth by diligence unto prayer,
until the end shall come, when all the saints shall dwell with God.
Moroni 8:29
Church
spiritual
condition
Church
Spiritual
Condition
Use of
Priesthood
Authority &
Ordinances
Edification &
Magnifying
Giftedness
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Cause of Zion
Organizing
According to
the Law
One Heart &
Mind, All
things in
Common
Church
Spiritual
Condition
Use of
Priesthood
Authority &
Ordinances
Edification &
Magnifying
Giftedness
M
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S
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Cause of Zion
Organizing
According to
the Law
One Heart &
Mind, All
things in
Common
Church Spiritual Condition …
“The work of preparation and the perfection of
my Saints go forward slowly, and Zionic
conditions are no further away nor any closer
than the spiritual condition of my people
justifies; but my word shall not fail, neither will
my promises for the foundation of the Lord
standeth sure.”
DC 140:5cd
Why not manifestations of the Spirit …
“… nevertheless, in your temporal things
you shall be equal, and this not
grudgingly, otherwise the abundance of
the manifestations of the Spirit shall be
withheld.”
DC 70:3d
See also DC 49:3e
Church
Spiritual
Condition
Use of
Priesthood
Authority &
Ordinances
Edification &
Magnifying
Giftedness
M
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Cause of Zion
Organizing
According to
the Law
One Heart &
Mind, All
things in
Common
Jesus Christ
Melchesedic
Priesthood
(Spiritual)
High Priest
Elder
Aaronic
Priesthood
(Physical)
Priest
Bishop
Teacher
Deacon
“And again, the office of elder and bishop are necessary appendages belonging unto the high priesthood.
And again, the offices of teachers and deacons are necessary appendages belonging to the lesser priesthood,
which priesthood was confirmed upon Aaron and his sons.” DC 83:5
Ordinances
Purpose
 What are they
 Key for Sancitification
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Ordinances, Priesthood Authority Essential …
“Therefore, in the ordinances thereof [high
priesthood] the power of godliness is
manifested; and without the ordinances
thereof, and the authority of the
priesthood, the power of godliness is not
manifest unto men in the flesh; for
without this, no man can see the face of
God, even the Father, and live.”
DC 83:3c
Communion Ordinance
Understand that we crucify the Lord
Jesus Christ unto our self because it is
required for our own atonement from our
sin
 Eating of the body and blood symbolizes
the need to take within our self the Spirit
of Christ in order to be sanctified
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Priesthood Authority Essential …
“And he gave some, apostles; and some,
prophets; and some, evangelists; and
some, pastors and teachers; For the
perfecting of the saints, for the work of
the ministry, for the edifying of the body
of Christ; Till we, in the unity of faith, all
come to the knowledge of the Son of
God, unto a perfect man.”
Ephesians 4:11-13
Church
Spiritual
Condition
Use of
Priesthood
Authority &
Ordinances
Edification &
Magnifying
Giftedness
M
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S
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Cause of Zion
Organizing
According to
the Law
One Heart &
Mind, All
things in
Common
Spiritual Gifts …
“For behold, to one is given by the Spirit of God, that he may
1. teach the word of wisdom; and to another, that he may
2. teach the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; and to another
3. exceeding great faith; and to another, the
4. gifts of healing by the same Spirit. And again, to another, that he may
5. work mighty miracles; and again, to another, that he may
6. prophesy concerning all things; and again, to another, the
7. beholding of angels and ministering spirits; and again, to another,
8. all kinds of tongues; and again, to another, the
9. interpretation of languages and divers kinds of tongues.
And all these gifts come by the Spirit of Christ; and they come unto every
man severally, according as he will … and that all these gifts of which I
have spoken, which are spiritual, never will be done away, even as long
as the world shall stand, only according to the unbelief of the children of
men.”
Moroni 10:10-14
Spiritual Gifts cont’d …
“But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For
to one is given by the Spirit the
1. word of wisdom; to another the
2. word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another
3. faith by the same Spirit; to another the
4. gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the
5. working of miracles; to another
6. prophecy; to another
7. discerning of spirits; to another
8. divers kinds of tongues; to another the
9. interpretation of tongues;
But all these worketh that one and the self-same Spirit, dividing to every
man severally as he will.”
I Corinthians 12:7-11
Church
Spiritual
Condition
Use of
Priesthood
Authority &
Ordinances
Edification &
Magnifying
Giftedness
M
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S
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Cause of Zion
Organizing
According to
the Law
One Heart &
Mind, All
things in
Common
Organizing According to the Law …
“The church is admonished again that all movements toward Zion
and the gathering and temporalities connected therewith are
within my law, and all things should be done in order.”
DC 140:5a
“… for it must needs be that they are organized according to my laws;
if otherwise, they will be cut off”
DC 51:1a
“… for verily I say unto you, My law shall be kept on this land.”
DC 58:4e
DC 122
“Infallible Proofs” by Alvin Knisley
“And I say unto you, bring in your tithes and offerings, that
those who are laying aside and have been faithful in the
work, the aged, may be supported and may be cared for as
long as they are here in this tabernacle of clay. And I say
unto you, bring in your tithes and offerings that my work
may increase … Be faithful in keeping my commandments;
bringing in your tithes and offerings to my storehouse, and
inasmuch as you do this you will prosper both in basket and
in store, and I, the Lord, your God, will provide for those
that are in need.”
p. 116-117
Prophecy through Elder A. W. Head
given September 1, 1912
Stewartsville, Missouri last prayer service at Reunion
Church
Spiritual
Condition
Use of
Priesthood
Authority &
Ordinances
Edification &
Magnifying
Giftedness
M
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S
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Cause of Zion
Organizing
According to
the Law
One Heart &
Mind, All
things in
Common
“Infallible Proofs” by Alvin Knisley
“The twelve were divided, the presidency was divided,
the seventy were divided, the delegates were divided,
and the high priests divided … [John] They do not
appear to agree very well. [Joseph] No sir; they do not!
[John] Neither will they until they remember that unity
means a submission to the rendition of the law by
those who are called and ordained to teach the law,
and thus interpret the law, and until these brethren of
yours get into that condition they cannot agree.”
p. 49
Dream by Joseph Smith, III
interacting with a prophet named John
related during 1912 General Conference
All things in Common …
“… in your temporal things you shall be equal, and this
not grudgingly, otherwise the abundance of the
manifestations of the Spirit shall be withheld.”
DC 70:3d
“… for if ye are not equal in earthly things, ye can not be
equal in obtaining heavenly things; for you will that I
give unto you a place in the celestial world, you must
prepare yourselves by doing the things which I have
commanded you and required of you.”
DC 77:1fg
All things in Common cont’d …
“And you are to be equal, or in other words, you are to
have equal claims on the properties, for the benefit of
managing the concerns of your stewardships, every
man according to his wants and his needs, inasmuch
as his wants are just; and all this for the benefit of the
church of the living God, that every man may improve
upon his talent, that every man may gain other talents;
yea, even an hundredfold, to be cast into the Lord’s
storehouse, to become the common property of the
whole church, every man seeking the interest of his
neighbor and doing all things with an eye single to the
glory of God.”
DC 81:4efg
II Chronicles 31
 Hezekiah was the grandson of Zechariah
(II Chronicles 29:1)
 Malachi 3:10
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Church
Spiritual
Condition
Use of
Priesthood
Authority &
Ordinances
Edification &
Magnifying
Giftedness
M
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Cause of Zion
Organizing
According to
the Law
One Heart &
Mind, All
things in
Common
Why Cause of Zion?
Goal to Unify
 Be God’s Kingdom on Earth
 Acting Faith
 Cause of Zion because it will be by the
Power of God that actually establishes
Zion
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the
establishment
of zion
The
Establishment
of Zion
Live up to our
Covenant
World
Dependencies
Removed
M
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S
I
A
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Zion
Christ
Redeems
Zion
Endowment
Sanctification
The
Establishment
of Zion
Live up to our
Covenant
World
Dependencies
Removed
M
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S
S
I
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Zion
Christ
Redeems
Zion
Endowment
Sanctification
“Infallible Proofs” by Alvin Knisley
“Behold, I have not cast off my people; neither
have I changed in regard to Zion. Yea, verily,
my people shall be redeemed, and my law
shall be kept which I revealed unto my
servant, Joseph Smith, Jr., for I am God and
not man, and who is he that shall turn me from
my purpose, or destroy whom I would
preserve?”
p. 58
Revelation to Jason W. Briggs
on November 18, 1851
Church History, Vol. 3, pp. 200-201
“Infallible Proofs” by Alvin Knisley
“I have given my law; I shrink not from my word.
My law is given in the book of Doctrine and
Covenants, but they [other fractions] have
disregarded my law, and trampled upon it, and
counted it a light thing, and obeyed it not; but
my word is the same yesterday as today, and
forever.”
p. 60
Revelation to Reorganization Pioneers
given January 1853
Church History, Vol. 3, p. 215
“Infallible Proofs” by Alvin Knisley
“But when my people shall live up to the law that they have received
and profess before the world, all the blessings that I have
promised in the past shall be realized by my people now. The
blind shall have their eyes opened; the deaf shall have their ears
unstopped; the lame shall leap for joy; and those that languish
upon the sick bed shall be raised up, to the glory of God, and to
the joy of their friends, and to the surprise of their neighbors.
Yea, verily saith the Spirit, the time has come for my Saints to
apply the laws that I have given, to equip themselves at all times
before me, and my work shall go forth with such power and glory,
to the convincing of a good many souls; and those whom you
have thought had little concern in this work shall be compelled to
confess and obey the commandments that I have given. You
shall enjoy such blessings in the future as you have not enjoyed
hitherto.”
p. 24
Prophecy given through Robert M. Elvin
Stewartsville, Missouri, August 30, 1912
“Infallible Proofs” by Alvin Knisley
“Harken unto me, oh ye my people, saith the Lord your
God! Inasmuch as ye are faithful, humble, meek, and
diligent in keeping my law, as I have given it unto you,
behold I am your Lord and your God, and I will stand
by you. By my power, I will enable you to accomplish
the work which I have sent into the world. Yea, I say
unto you, oh ye my people, if ye are faithful before me,
I will open the windows of heaven and pour out such
blessings upon you as you shall not be able to contain;
yea, in fulfillment of my word which I have given unto
you, I will bless you.”
p. 64-65
Prophecy in Tongue and Interpretation
by Elder Hugh N. Snively
Stewartsville, Missouri, August 27, 1912
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Humble Ourselfves and live up to our
Covenant
World dependencies removed
Repentance forced upon us
Many die and suffer, but some who trust in the
Lord are spared
Zion is redeemed by the Power of the Lord
Priesthood endowed
temple built
gospel goes into all the world
Zion shall stand as long as the earth remains
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DC 83 summarize
Place where only righteous can remain
Must be prepared to be part of Zion
Time of Tribulation comes first; all must pass through it
When my people will humble themselves and pray; forsaking
Babylon; repenting from the sins of Babylon; He will hear them
and heal their land
Remnant spared and given Zion
Lord’s protection from then on for His people
Gospel taken out from Zion to all the earth
Jews converted to Christ
Righteous gather to Zion – New Jerusalem or Jerusalem
The
Establishment
of Zion
Live up to our
Covenant
World
Dependencies
Removed
M
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S
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Zion
Christ
Redeems
Zion
Endowment
Sanctification
What Covenant?
Baptismal Covenant
 Priesthood Covenant (DC 83:6)
 Everlasting Covenant
 Zion Covenant
 New Testament
 Book of Mormon

Zion Covenant …
“… be bound together by a bond and covenant
that can not be broken by transgression
except judgment shall immediately follow … to
manage the affairs of the poor … I give unto
you this commandment, that you bind
yourselves by this covenant, and it shall be
done according to the laws of the Lord.”
DC 81:4
(Look for more on this in the BOM)
Church History Vol. 1 11:261
Friday, January 4, 1833, he wrote Mr. N. E. Seaton, editor of a paper
published at Rochester, New York, from which letter we make the following
extract:- "And now I am prepared to say by the authority of Jesus Christ, that
not many years shall pass away before the United States shall present such
a scene of bloodshed as has not a parallel in the history of our nation;
pestilence, hail, famine, and earthquakes will sweep the wicked of this
generation from off the face of the land, to open and prepare the way for the
return of the lost tribes of Israel from the north country. The people of the
Lord, those who have complied with the requisitions of the new covenant,
have already commenced gathering together to Zion, which is in the State of
Missouri; therefore I declare unto you the warning which the Lord has
commanded me to declare unto this generation, remembering that the eyes
of my Maker are upon me, and that to him I am accountable for every word I
say, wishing nothing worse to my fellow men than their eternal salvation;
therefore, 'fear God and give glory to him, for the hour of his judgment is
come.' Repent ye, repent ye, and embrace the everlasting covenant, and flee
to Zion before the overflowing scourge overtake you, for there are those now
living upon the earth whose eyes shall not be closed in death until they see
all these things, which I have spoken, fulfilled. Remember these things; call
upon the Lord while he is near, and seek him while he may be found, is the
exhortation of your unworthy servant, JOSEPH SMITH, JR."
Book of Mormon Covenant …
“And your minds in times past have been darkened
because of unbelief, and because you have treated
lightly the things you have received, which vanity and
unbelief hath brought the whole church under
condemnation, And this condemnation resteth upon
the children of Zion, even all; and they shall remain
under this condemnation until they repent and
remember the new covenant, even the Book of
Mormon and the former commandments, which I have
given them, not only to say, but to do according to that
which I have written”
DC 83:8ab
“I, the Lord, am bound when ye do what I
say, but when ye do not what I say, ye
have no promise.”
DC 81:3b
Live up to the Celestial (DC 76:5)
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Who are these people?
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How are they known?
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Received the testimony of Jesus
Believed on the name of Jesus
Baptized after the manner of His burial
Received the Holy Spirit by the laying on of the hands of him who is
ordained and sealed unto this power
Overcome by faith & are sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise
Church of the Firstborn
They are Christ’s
Sons of God
What do they receive?
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Father has given all things
Have received of His fullness
Receive Melchisedec Priesthood
All things are theirs, whether things present, or things to come
Come forth in the resurrection of the just
What does this mean …
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Seek first the Kingdom of God
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Zion requires the Celestial
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Give place to the Spirit that it always be allowed presence
Learn to hear the Lord anytime anywhere
Submit our will to that of the Lord
Allow the Lord to prepare the way in all things
Trust Him to accomplish His work through us
Live up to the righteousness required to dwell in the presence of God
Forsake the things that separate us from Him
Give to each other, hold others’ needs as dear as our own
Carry one another’s burdens as our own burden
Be willing to sacrifice everything
We receive the Spirit by sacrifice, repentance, and humility
Spirit within enables us to accomplish the things listed above
Bottom line, our lives must be such to dwell with God
Simply Stated …
Jesus said unto him, "Thou shalt love the
Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with
all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is
the first and great commandment. And
the second is like unto it; Thou shalt love
thy neighbor as thyself. On these two
commandments hang all the law and the
prophets."
Matthew 22: 36-39
Zion, the Holy City, the New Jerusalem, is
not here because,
We are not living up to the Celestial,
which is what we covenanted to do when
we entered the waters of baptism and
received the Holy Ghost and became
part of the Church of the Firstborn.
Celestial starts as a personal vision and
grows as a group vision once many are
abiding the Celestial Law.
The
Establishment
of Zion
Live up to our
Covenant
World
Dependencies
Removed
M
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Zion
Christ
Redeems
Zion
Endowment
Sanctification
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Maybe this should change; DC 67:1c
where fear prohibits receiving the
promised blessing
Man is Humbled …
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Daniel realized that captivity in Babylon
was going to be 70 years according to
Jeremiah
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He set his face to pray for forgiveness for
the people in sackcloth and ashes
The
Establishment
of Zion
Live up to our
Covenant
World
Dependencies
Removed
M
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S
S
I
A
H
Zion
Christ
Redeems
Zion
Endowment
Sanctification
“If my people which are called by my
name, shall humble themselves, and
pray, and seek my face, and turn from
their wicked ways; then will I hear I hear
from heaven, and will forgive their sin,
and will heal their land.”
II Chronicles 7:14
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But inasmuch as they keep not my commandments, and hearken not to observe all my words,
the kingdoms of the world shall prevail against them, for they were set to be a light unto the
world, and to be the saviors of men;
2d and inasmuch as they are not the saviors of men, they are as salt that has lost its savor,
and is thenceforth good for nothing but to be cast out and trodden under foot of men.
3a But verily I say unto you, I have decreed that your brethren, which have been scattered,
shall return to the land of their inheritances and build up the waste places of Zion; for after
much tribulation, as I have said unto you in a former commandment, cometh the blessing.
3b Behold, this is the blessing which I have promised after your tribulations, and the
tribulations of your brethren; your redemption, and the redemption of your brethren; even their
restoration to the land of Zion, to be established, no more to be thrown down;
3c nevertheless, if they pollute their inheritances, they shall be thrown down; for I will not
spare them if they pollute their inheritances.
3d Behold, I say unto you, The redemption of Zion must needs come by power; therefore I will
raise up unto my people a man, who shall lead them like as Moses led the children of Israel,
for ye are the children of Israel, and of the seed of Abraham;
3e and ye must needs be led out of bondage by power, and with a stretched out arm; and as
your fathers were led at the first, even so shall the redemption of Zion be.
Redemption by the Power of God …
“Behold, I say unto you, The redemption of Zion
must needs come by power; therefore I will raise
up unto my people a man, who shall lead them
like as Moses led the children of Israel, for ye are
the children of Israel, and of the seed of Abraham;
and ye must needs be led out of bondage by
power, and with a stretched out arm; and as your
fathers were led at the first, even so shall the
redemption of Zion be.”
DC 100:3d-e
Redemption by the Power of God …
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Look for comparison to Moses in DC
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Go back to Vineyard parable and what Christ
said to disciples in Matthew 21
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Jehoshaphat’s Victory (II Chronicles 20)
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Southern Kingdom spared from Sennecherib
in the days of Hezekiah and Isaiah (II
Chronicles 32)
“Infallible Proofs” by Alvin Knisley
“The time to favor Zion, yea, the set time has come, but
my army is not yet very great, and the weapons of
your warfare – many of them – are yet carnal and with
these ye cannot prevail. When, oh when, will my
people learn that it is not by might nor power, but by
my Spirit their work shall be made to succeed. He
who receives most of my Spirit can best serve for the
good of my church and my glory. Be admonished,
therefore, and remember that by this shall all men
know that ye are my disciples if ye truly love one
another.”
p. 67
Prophecy through Joseph Luff
received October 8, 1905
Zion’s Ensign October 19, 1905
“Infallible Proofs” by Alvin Knisley
“The time was when my people might have redeemed
Zion, if they had kept my counsel, but now it has
passed out of their power. I will redeem Zion in its
time, and I will do it in this way ... I have sanctified all
of the ground inside of this ring, and I will not suffer
any person to live inside of this ring except those who
keep the celestial law. Now mine elders shall receive
an endowment, and it shall be the same endowment
that Peter had when he judged Ananias and
Sapphira.”
p. 85-86
Prophetic Vision by Elder A. White
given summer of 1885
The
Establishment
of Zion
Live up to our
Covenant
World
Dependencies
Removed
M
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S
S
I
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Zion
Christ
Redeems
Zion
Endowment
Sanctification
Repent
 Baptized
 Become as a little child
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Greater Understanding …
“… a remnant be scattered among all nations,
but they shall be gathered again; but they shall
remain until the times of the Gentiles be
fulfilled.” DC 45:3f
“… when the time of the Gentiles is come in, a
light shall break forth among them that sit in
darkness, and it shall be the fullness of my
gospel; but they [Gentiles] receive it not ...”
DC 45:4b
Continued …
“… and when the light shall begin to break forth,
it shall be with them like unto a parable
[fig tree] ...” DC 45:5cd
“… he that fearth me shall be looking forth for the
great day of the Lord to come, even for the
signs of the coming of the Son of Man ...and
the remnant shall be gathered unto this place;
and then they shall look for me; and behold I
will come …” DC 45:6a,d
What is the light?
“And
the light which now shineth, which giveth
you light, is through him who enlighteneth your
eyes, which is the same light that quickeneth
your understandings; which light proceedeth
forth from the presence of God, to fill the
immensity of space. The light which is in all
things; which giveth life to all things; which is
the law by which all things are governed; even
the power of God who sitteth upon his throne,
who is in the bosom of eternity, who is in the
midst of all things.”
DC 85:3
More on the light …
“And it came to pass that I, Nephi, beheld the power of
the Lamb of God, that it descended upon the saints of
the church of the Lamb, and upon the covenant people
of the Lord, who were scattered upon all the face of
the earth; And they were armed with righteousness
and with the power of God in great glory.”
BOM 1Nephi 3:230-231
“… for, behold, I have prepared a great endowment and
blessing to be poured out upon them, inasmuch as
they are faithful, and continue in humility before me …”
DC102:3e
Other References on Endowment …
“And then shall the power of heaven come
down among them; and I also will be in
the midst, and then shall the work of the
Father commence, at that day even
when this gospel shall be preached
among the remnant of this people.”
III Nephi 10:4
Sanctification comes from the Spirit
of God dwelling within us …
“The Spirit of truth is of God. I [Christ] am the Spirit of truth.”
DC 90:4c
“Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide
you into all truth.” John 16:13
“He that keepeth his commandments, receiveth truth and light,
until he is glorified in truth, and knoweth all things.”
DC 90:4e
“… for by my Spirit will I enlighten them, and by my power will
I make known unto them the secrets of my will; yea, even
those things which eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor yet
entered into the heart of man.” DC 76:2d
Sanctification comes from the Spirit
of God dwelling within us cont’d …
“And now I give unto you a commandment to beware
concerning yourselves, to give diligent heed to the
words of eternal life; for you shall live by every word
that proceedeth forth from the mouth of God. For the
word of the Lord is truth, and whatsoever is truth is
light, and whatsoever is light is Spirit, even the Spirit
of Jesus Christ; and the Spirit giveth light to every man
that cometh into the world; and the Spirit enlighteneth
every man through the world, that hearkeneth to the
voice of the Spirit; and everyone that hearkeneth to
the voice of the Spirit, cometh unto God, even the
Father.”
DC 83:7a-d
Sanctification cont’d …
“Sanctify them through thy truth; thy word is truth.
As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also
sent them into the world.
And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might
be sanctified through the truth. Neither pray I for these
alone, but for them also which shall believe on me
through their word;
That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and
I in thee, that they also may be one in us; that the world
may believe that thou hast sent me.
And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them;
that they may be one, even as we are one;
I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect
in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent
me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.”
John 17:17-23
And Again …
“Therefore nothing entereth into his rest, save it
be those who have washed their garments in
my blood, because of their faith, and their
repentance of all their sins, and their
faithfulness unto the end.
Now this is the commandment, Repent, all ye
ends of the earth, and come unto me and be
baptized in my name, that ye may be
sanctified by the reception of the Holy Ghost,
that ye may stand spotless before me at the
last day.”
III Nephi 12:32-33
Holy Ghost key in progressing …
“… calling on the name of the Lord for the
Comforter, which shall teach them all things
that expedient for them …”
DC 75:2c
“… I will send upon him [Jared Carter] the
Comforter which shall teach him the truth and
the way whither he shall go…”
DC 78:1b
Sanctification overcomes Physical
“Therefore that they might not taste of death, there was a
change wrought upon their bodies, that they might not
suffer pain nor sorrow, save it were for the sins of the
world.
Now this change was not equal to that which should take
place at the last day; but there was a change wrought
upon them, insomuch that Satan could have no power
over them, that he could not tempt them, and they were
sanctified in the flesh, that they were holy, and that the
powers of the earth could not hold them; And in this state
they were to remain until the judgment day of Christ; and
at that day they were to receive a greater change, and to
be received into the kingdom of the Father to go no more
out, but to dwell with God eternally in the heavens.”
III Nephi 13:51-53
Sanctification overcomes Physical
“… for whoso is faithful unto the obtaining
these two priesthoods of which I have
spoken, and the magnifying their calling,
are sanctified by the Spirit unto the
renewing of their bodies”
DC 83:6c
“Infallible Proofs” by Alvin Knisley
“None but the pure in heart can pass the
threshold. Those who are purified as if by fire
can pass over with safety; but those who have
not cleansed their garments and washed them
in the blood of the Lamb, those who have not
kept their garments free from the blood of this
generation, those who are not pure in heart,
can not pass over, as this place of entrance is
to such as a consuming fire.”
p. 40-41
published in Saints Herald
February 4, 1920
“Infallible Proofs” by Alvin Knisley
“I will endow my servants from on high and they
will go forth to the nations of the earth and the
islands of the sea and preach to them my
gospel in their own language, and mine angels
will go before them and prepare the way
before them, and they will encamp round
about them and deliver them in the hour of trial
and temptation.”
p. 18
Prophecy through D. A. Hutchings
given at Lamoni, Iowa, April 13, 1909
The
Establishment
of Zion
Live up to our
Covenant
World
Dependencies
Removed
M
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S
S
I
A
H
Zion
Christ
Redeems
Zion
Endowment
Sanctification
“Infallible Proofs” by Alvin Knisley
“…unite your forces in righteousness in preparation for the building
of my Zion, which can only be accomplished as you become pure
in heart, that I can work with you, and the day of Zion’s glory shall
dawn upon you, and my strength shall be granted you for the
work you are called to do. Hasten! Hasten! Again I say hasten to
establish equality through my law of stewardships … when love is
not the ruling power among you, your work is vain. Prove me, O
my people, by sacrifice, and my residence shall be with you, and
my Spirit shall direct, and I will raise up men who will become
strong in my hand for this work; for Zion’s redemption is near.
Work with me according to my law, and victory shall attend you.
Tempt not your Lord by further delay. Come out of Babylon as I
have commanded, lest my hand in severity be felt and mourning
and sorrow fill your homes. Heed, unite, work in love and
sacrifice, and your joy shall be full, saith the Spirit.”
p. 35-36
Prophecy by Richard Bullard
published in Saints Herald on April 18, 1923
“Now, this Moses plainly taught to the children of
Israel in the wilderness, and sought diligently
to sanctify his people that they might behold
the face of God; but they hardened their
hearts, and could not endure his presence,
therefore, the Lord in his wrath (for his anger
was kindled against them), swore that they
should not enter into his rest, while in the
wilderness, which rest is the fullness of is
glory.”
DC 83:4
“Behold, that which you hear is as the voice of one crying
in the wilderness; in the wilderness, because you can
not see him: my voice, because my voice is Spirit; my
Spirit is truth: truth abideth and hath no end; and if it
be in you it shall abound. And if your eye be single to
my glory, your whole bodies shall be filled with light,
and there shall be no darkness in you, and that body
which is filled with light comprehendeth all things.
Therefore, sanctify yourselves that your minds
become single to God, and the days will come that you
shall see him: for he will unveil his face unto you, and
it shall be in his own time, and in his own way, and
according to his own will.”
DC 85:17-18
Priesthood Endowed …
“... And the sons of Moses and of Aaron
shall be filled with the glory of the Lord
upon Mount Zion in the Lord’s house,
whose sons are ye; and also many
whom I have called and sent forth to
build up my church; …”
DC 83:6b
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Read what the Lord said to Solomon
about the Temple then (II Chronicles
7:12-22)
“Infallible Proofs” by Alvin Knisley
“Yea, verily I say unto you, lift up your heads and rejoice, for the day
is dawning when I shall come to take up my abode with you and
reign as King of kings and Lord of lords. I will carry out my work,
saith the Spirit; I will redeem Israel, and the time shall not be long
when the Temple shall be built, yea in this generation it shall
come to pass, and my glory shall rest upon it, and I will redeem
my people. They shall be endowed with power from on high and
go forth to the nations of the world and proclaim my gospel to
those now sitting in darkness, and they shall lift up their heads
and rejoice and come to Zion with songs of everlasting joy. And
verily I say unto you, those from the north are preparing
themselves to come and meet with you upon this sacred spot,
upon this spot which I have dedicated unto myself, saith the
Spirit. Amen.”
p. 79
Prophecy by John Weston
given at Independence, Missouri, on April 10, 1912
“Verily, this is the word of the Lord, that the city New
Jerusalem shall be built by the gathering of the Saints,
beginning at this place, even the place of the temple,
which temple shall be reared in this generation [within
100 years after the redemption of Zion]; for verily, this
generation shall not all pass away until an house shall
be built unto the Lord, and a cloud shall rest upon it,
which cloud shall be even the glory of the Lord, which
shall fill the house.”
DC 83:2
Sanctification and the complete Endowment will come
once men can enter and see the Lord in His temple.
Further Clarifying about the temple ...
“And inasmuch as my people build an house unto me, in the name of
the Lord, and do not suffer any unclean thing to come into it, that
it be not defiled, my glory shall rest upon it;
yea, and my presence shall be there, for I will come into it, and all
the pure in heart that shall come into it, shall see God: but if it be
defiled I will not come into it, and my glory shall not be there, for I
will not come into unholy temples.
And now, behold, if Zion do these things, she shall prosper and
spread herself and become very glorious, very great, and very
terrible;
and the nations of the earth shall honor her, and shall say, Surely
Zion is the city of our God; and surely Zion can not fall, neither be
moved out of her place, for God is there, and the hand of the Lord
is there, and he hath sworn by the power of his might to be her
salvation, and her high tower”
DC 94:4a-5b
Timing on the
Establishment
of Zion in the
Latter Days
Signs given that we may know the Father’s work
has commenced …
First Sign – III Nephi 9:87
BOM given to the Gentiles
Second Sign – III Nephi 9:86
Israel gathered in from long dispersion (1948)
Third Sign – III Nephi 9:93
BOM remnant people begin to know of true points of
the Lord’s doctrine
Christ’s Coming at the Watches
Luke 12:39-57
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Return from the wedding says commitment with the
bride; empowering the Church
Three times the Lord empowers the Church
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First Watch – Christ’s life on Earth
Second Watch – Empowering His servants to go forth from Zion
Third Watch – When the Lord comes to His temple in Zion
Christ comes as a thief in the night, man not ready
Night represents Sin still reigning on the earth
This parable is given to the leaders, rulers of the church
Faithful servant – he who watches to impart his portion
of meat [spiritual food] in due season [person’s time on
earth]
Christ’s Visitations Type & Shadow of the
Watches
John 20:16 – 21:17
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Mary Magdalene sees Jesus alone
Joseph Smith sees Jesus alone – Humble, truly seeking heart rewarded
 Same Day at Evening doors shut, Jesus appears to disciples, “Peace be
unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you”
Jesus will appear to assembled disciples to send them forth; Faith &
Calling Confirmed; this is for what the Priesthood should be preparing
 After eight days again Jesus appears to disciples, doubting Thomas with
them “ be not faithless, but believing.”
Jesus will appear again to assembled disciples to confirm the testimony
and calling; to those disciples that were not present the first time
 Jesus appears when fishing, they know Him not; He tells them to cast
net on other side and to bring fish, the count 153; Jesus feeds them
bread & fish and tells Peter three times, “Feed my sheep.”
Jesus will appear third time to,
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Set specific direction for his Priesthood so great harvest can progress
Feed his disciples, the great endowment
Direct that the power be used to ‘feed the sheep’ meaning spiritual food to the
believers
This will happen after Zion is fully established, He comes to His Temple
& Sanctification Proceeds from the Temple
Christ’s Explanation to Disciples …
Joseph Burton’s Vision
Infallible Proofs, p. 201-204
1915-1820=95
1915+95=2010
Spirituality
1820
1860
1915
1946 ’58 ’78 ’96 2010
Meridian of Time Point of View …
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Israel departs Egypt 2628 according to Inspired Version of the
Bible years given in Genesis
Using 1250 BC for Israel departing Egypt means
Messiah came 3878 in absolute year terms
Since Christ came in the meridian of time, the
Earth then lasts 7756 absolute years
Subtracting 1000 for millennium leaves 6756 absolute years
Subtracting 3878 to switch to AD, means
Judgment of the Just is no later than 2878 AD
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We don’t know how long gathering will take
There will be a complete separation of the righteous from the wicked
Christ will return in vengeance to preserve His people in order to
honor the covenant made with Enoch that there will always be a
remnant of Noah on the earth as long as she stands
We don’t know how long Satan is released after millennium before
Judgment of the Unjust
Large range possible for a sanctified Zion to begin functioning
Revelation Layout
Times & Seasons Point of View …
Isaiah’s Progression …
An Aside, Earth Made New …
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A type and shadow given in the
transfiguration on the mount witnessed
by the disciples DC 63:6b
Acknowledgements
Acknowledgements
Elizabeth Marie Adams – Charity
Vernon Kent – Personal Relationship with the Lord
Robert Farnham – Patriarchal Blessing
George Galusha – Importance of Study
Ron Livingston – Isaiah Experience
Rob Rolfe – The Old Testament
Don Leavengood – The Major Covenants
Earl Curry – The Endowment
Ron & Delbert Smith – The Kingdom Way
Ray Treat – Endowment Study & Isaiah Study
Rudolph Leutzinger – Seven Churches & Governance
Appendices
Appendices
The Original Church
 Church Reestablished
 Church Reorganized
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The Original
Church
Antiquity of the Gospel/Church/Government
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Gospel in the
beginning
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Genesis 5:44, 45;
Alma 9:48-73
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Priesthood with
Adam and all
dispensations
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D&C 104:18-29, 42;
83:2c-g, 3; 84:3
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…governments were
instituted by God…
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D&C 112:1
Elements of Christ’s New Testament Church
(King James Version)
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Christ is the cornerstone
Built on Revelation
Principles of Salvation
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Faith
Repentance
Baptism
Laying on of Hands
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Blessing of Children
Healing of Sick
Ordination
Confirmation
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I Peter 2:4-6
Matthew 16:17, 18
Hebrews 6:1, 2
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Hebrews 11:6
Mark 1:14, 15
John 3:5
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Mark 10:14-16
James 5:14-16
Acts 13:2, 3
Acts 8:14-17
Resurrection of the Dead  John 11:25
Eternal Judgment
 Matthew 25:31-46
Elements of Christ’s New Testament Church
(King James Version)
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Priesthood of apostles,
 Ephesians 4:11; Luke 10:1, 2;
prophets, evangelists,
Acts 14:23; Hebrews 8:3; 7:11;
teachers, pastors, seventy,
I Timothy 3:1-4; Philemon 1:1
elders, high priests,
priests, bishops, deacons
Spiritual Gifts
Stewardship
Word of God directed
Greatest commandment:
To love God & fellow man
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I Cor. 12:1-10; Acts 2:16, 17
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I Peter 4:10; Matt. 25:14-30
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Matthew 24:35
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Mark 12:29-31
Church
Reestablished
God Reestablished His Church
Daniel & Revelation Prophesies
 Elbert Smith’s book
 Timing
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Lamanite contact
 United States forming
 Territory being settled
 General timeframe typical compared to Old
Testament warnings
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What Precisely was Reestablished?
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God speaks directly to each of us
God is in and through all things
Second witness of Jesus Christ
through the Book of Mormon
Priesthood authority
Ordinances
Fullness of the Gospel
Church
Reorganized
Joseph Smith III on Reorganization
“…Where was the Church during the lapse of time between the
disorganization and the reorganization? It was with the remnant
scattered abroad, who remained true to the principles first given
as the gospel of Christ and with any body of such remnant,
numbering six or more, under the pastoral charge of an elder,
priest, teacher, or deacon.”
Foundations of the Reorganization, CH 5:346; see also 5:52
“This conveys to us clearly that if the Melchisedek priesthood is
present in any of its offices, the right to organize, or to reorganize;
the power to establish, build up, and confirm all the church are
there; and, if directed by command of God, to perform all the work
necessary.”
Foundations of the Reorganization, CH 5:348
Joseph Smith III on Reorganization
“It is a well-known and long established principle in law, both
ecclesiastic and secular, that where a church, or a number of
believers have become members of a recognized body, having a
name and a confession of belief, and rules of organization and
procedure, no change can be made in confession of faith, or rules
of procedure, by which those rules and principles of faith are
denied, reversed, changed, or abandoned, against the wish,
knowledge, and consent of the membership. And if any number
of such body, those persons thus remaining true to the original
faith are, and of right ought to be held to be the original body, or
church. This is good law and is plain common sense. It agrees
with the revelation of God to the church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints, given May, 1829:-‘And now, behold whosoever is of
my church and endureth of my church to the end, him will I
establish on my Rock, and the gates of hell shall not prevail
against him [Doc. & Cov. 3:17].’”
Foundations of the Reorganization, CH 5:356
Overview
ZION – What, Why, How
Jesus’ Calling
Church’s Mission
Individual Spiritual Condition
Church’s Spiritual Condition
The Establishment of Zion
Timing Indications of Zion
Acknowledgments
Appendices
The Original Church
Church Reestablished
Church Reorganized
Entire Separation of Righteous from
the Wicked …
DC 63:13gh
 Go through the angels trumps in DC 85,
compare to Revelation, and consider
what Ray Treat say about how this fits
into Isaiah
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What is the Fullness of the Gospel?
“The fullness of my gospel is the power of
my spirit to stand in my stead and
minister to my people.”
Words given August 29, 2000
Be made Partakers of the Glories …
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