WHAT-WHERE IS ZION?
By Samuel E. West
God only appointed two places for His people to gather: Zion (America) and Jerusalem (Canaan). The land of Canaan is reserved for the seed of Abraham through Jacob that obey the Temporal Covenant (circumcision of the flesh). “37 Behold, I will gather them out of all countries, whither I have driven them in mine anger, and in my fury, and in great wrath; and I will bring them again unto this place, and I will cause them to dwell safely: 38 And they shall be my people, and I will be their God.” (Jer. 32) All others will be gathered to the land of Zion in the last days. This will be the land of the saints from Adam to Abraham, of gentiles that obey the gospel and become the seed of Abraham, and the Promised Land of the seed of Joseph (son of Jacob). There are no promises for gentiles in the last days.
The land of Zion is North and South America; but especially America on the “sides of north.” “Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount [kingdom of God in] Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King [Jesus].” (Ps. 48:2)
Jesus is not returning to Rome, London, New York, or any other gentile country; but to His people in Zion and Jerusalem. There will be New Jerusalem in America and holy Jerusalem—where it is now—when Jesus returns. “2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God… 10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God.” (Rev. 21)
There is a desolation more horrible than any can imagine on our doorstep. “21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake [Israel] those days shall be shortened.” (Jesus, Matt. 24) The coronavirus will seem like a common cold. “IFrom the time that it goeth forth it shall take you: for morning by morning shall it pass over, by day and by night: and it shall be a vexation only to understand the report.” (Isa. 28:19) The Prophet Isaiah saw this time. “5 The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant. 6 Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left.” (Isa. 24) There is more hatred today than ever before.
This is the last time for gentiles to seek the Kingdom of God and understand the events that are even now on our doorstep. Just look around you. “1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” (2 Tim. 3) The power thereof is the priesthood of God which was lost with Constantine in 325 A.D. and restored in 1830.
ZION: THE PURE IN HEART.
Few subjects are more important and less understood than Zion. There is the term Zion, the land of Zion, Mount Zion, city of Zion, and Zion of the last days. The term Zion applies to the pure in heart. “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.” (Jesus, Matt. 5:8) According to Webster’s New World Dictionary, Third College Edition. Pure means, “free from sin or guilt; blameless.”
“Sin is the transgression of the law.” (1 John 3:4) Jesus was the only man without sin. “Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth.” (1 Pet. 2:22) All others have sinned. “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:8)
Enoch was seventh from Adam and knew him personally. He was the example of righteousness: the pure in heart. Enoch kept such a perfect law that God translated him and took him into heaven. “23. And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: 24. And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.” (Gen. 5) “By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.” (Heb. 11:5) He will have to return as one of the Two Witnesses of the last days and die (Rev. 11:3).
Not only was Enoch translated and taken into heaven but also those that followed him on the path of righteousness and obedience to the will and laws of God. The Book of Jasher is as canonical as any other book in our current Bible. It is mentioned twice (Joshua 10:13; 2 Samuel 1:18). There are over 20 books of scripture noted in the Bible that were lost.
“32 And it was after this that he rose up and rode upon the horse; and he went forth and all the sons of men went after him, about eight hundred thousand men; and they went with him one day’s journey. 33 And the second day he said to them, Return home to your tents, why will you go? perhaps you may die; and some of them went from him, and those that remained went with him six day’s journey; and Enoch said to them every day, Return to your tents, lest you may die; but they were not willing to return, and they went with him. 34 And on the sixth day some of the men remained and clung to him, and they said to him, We will go with thee to the place where thou goest; as the Lord liveth, death only shall separate us. 35 And they urged so much to go with him, that he ceased speaking to them; and they went after him and would not return; 36 And when the kings returned they caused a census to be taken, in order to know the number of remaining men that went with Enoch; and it was upon the seventh day that Enoch ascended into heaven in a whirlwind, with horses and chariots of fire…. 38 And all those kings went to the place and they found the earth there filled with snow, and upon the snow were large stones of snow, and one said to the other, Come, let us break through the snow and see, perhaps the men that remained with Enoch are dead, and are now under the stones of snow, and they searched but could not find him, for he had ascended into heaven.” (Book of Jasher, Chapter 3)
The two greatest commandments require pure love. “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. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” (Jesus, Matt. 22: 37-39) No one can be pure in heart without this love. This is not a casual relationship. It is not simply accepting Jesus as our Savior. “19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. 20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?” (James 2)
Pure in heart requires a correct understanding of God and Jesus. “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” (Jesus, John 17:3) God has associated with man since the beginning. Adam was made in the image and likeness of God (Gen. 1:26). He lived to know the father of Noah. Abraham lived with Noah thirty-nine years. Nothing is more certain than a correct understanding passed from Adam to Abraham. Abraham mistook God for a man and dined with Him (Gen. 18). Jacob wrestled with God and saw him face to face (Gen. 32:24, 28, 30). Moses conversed with God face to face, God covered His face (Ex. 33:11), and allowed him to see His back parts in all His glory (33:23). Jesus is the express image of God (Heb. 1:3). God only stops talking with man when he departs from Him (Isa. 59:2).
Since sin is transgression of the laws of God, it is essential to know and OBEY HIS LAWS. “If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.” (John 15:10) “Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.” (Rev. 22:14) Pure in heart implies obedience to the laws of God. “He that overcometh [by faith and obedience] shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.” (Rev. 21:7)
Next to the commandments to love, the law on the priesthood of God and the gospel are the two greatest laws given to man. Jesus advised us: “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matt. 6:33) Every kingdom must have both laws and officers to provide and administer those laws. Without both, anarchy would reign supreme.
Jesus was our example. He born alien to the kingdom like us. “Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren.” (Heb. 2:17) He advised us: “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” (John 3:5) He had to obey this law, so He went to John the Baptist because he was a Priest of the Aaronic Priesthood and held authority from God to baptize with water. Then He was baptized with the Spirit by God. “16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: 17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” (Matt. 3)
John prophesied that Jesus would hold the higher priesthood that holds authority to baptize with the Spirit. “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire.” (Matt. 3:11)
Jesus was still not authorized to preach the gospel and administer its saving ordinances. After forty days in the wilderness and being tempted of Satan, “Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.” (Matt. 4:11) He was ordained a Prophet like Moses under the hands of God. “4 And no man taketh this honour [of the priesthood] unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron [by revelation from God]. 5 So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he [the Father] that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee. 6 As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.” (Heb. 5; see Acts 3:22) Only then was Jesus authorized to preach the gospel. “From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Matt. 4:17)
This is the ONLY PRIESTHOOD authorized by God to administer all the saving ordinances of the gospel (see Eph. 4:11-13). Paul reminded his son of the law of God on receiving this priesthood. “Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by PROPHECY, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.” (1 Tim. 4:14) The voice of man is not the voice of God. “… crucify Him, crucify Him.” If true, it would make no difference which religion we embraced and Christianity would be a fraud. Where this priesthood is not, the Kingdom of God is not, and salvation is not.
God’s plan from the foundation of the world to FREE US FROM SIN and provide the path to being pure in heart: the GOSPEL. “I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto SALVATION to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” (Rom. 1:16)
The FIRST step to being cleansed of sin is REPENTANCE. Before a person’s sins can be erased and He can enter the Kingdom of God, he must experience a BEHAVIORAL CHANGE in which he forsakes his former sins, repents, and agrees walk even as Jesus walked in obedience to God. No one that remains in sin can be forgiven, enter the kingdom, or become pure in heart. “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.” (Acts 3:19)
Jesus also told us: “Except a man be BORN OF WATER AND THE SPIRIT, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” (Jesus. John 3:5) The purpose of baptism of water is to erase our sins. “And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.” (Acts 22:16) No one can be forgiven of sin without baptism of water by one holding authority from God. Baptism of the Spirit then adopts each into the Kingdom of God, provides the Spirit to guide into all righteousness, and provides a Gift of the Holy Ghost. “38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 39 For the PROMISE is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.” (Acts 2; see 1 Cor. 12)
Then it becomes the responsibility of all to walk in newness of life in obedience to the will and laws of God. “He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.” (1 John 2:6)
It would be presumptuous to think that after baptism a person would never sin again. Forgiveness is always conditioned by repentance. Forgiveness of the SINS OF THE SAINTS also requires repentance. “Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and IF HE REPENT, forgive him.” (Jesus, Luke 17:3) There is no forgiveness for those that continue in sin. The kingdom has been compared to a great moral hospital in which we are continually healed of our moral infirmities, weaknesses, and disabilities.
“8 If we [saints of God] say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins [repent], he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1) “I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” (Jer. 31:34) “… though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” (Isa. 1:18)
To walk in the light requires an understanding of the will and laws of God. We have 4,000 years of the history of God’s people and how they were approved before God. The Bible is our primary source of truth. “All scripture given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” (2 Tim. 3:16) There is a direct connection between knowledge and righteousness. We must not think that God will simply pour this knowledge into our heads. “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Tim. 2:15)
WHERE IS THE LAND OF ZION?
God established only TWO LANDS for the gathering of His people: Zion and Jerusalem (Canaan). The land of Canaan was promised to the seed of Abraham through Jacob; but this was not until the days of Abraham. The seed of Abraham through Jacob will be gathered before Jesus returns; but not to the land of Zion. “37 Behold, I will gather them [Israel] out of all countries, whither I have driven them in mine anger, and in my fury, and in great wrath; and I will bring them again unto this place, and I will cause them to dwell safely: 38 And they shall be my people [not gentiles], and I will be their God… 42 For thus saith the LORD; Like as I have brought all this great evil upon this people, so will I bring upon them all the good that I have promised them.” (Jer. 32)
The location of the land of Zion should be a subject of great importance to those seeking salvation in these latter days. It was one of great interest to the prophets. It will be a place of refuge and deliverance for the people of God when destruction falls upon the nations. Jesus is not returning to Rome, London, or to gentiles. God will gather Israel to one of these two places, return to them, and be their God forever. The seed of Abraham through Jacob will be gathered to their homeland in Canaan. All others will be gathered to Zion.
Isaiah wrote of the LAND OF ZION: “1 Woe to the land shadowing with wings, which is beyond the rivers of Ethiopia: 2 That sendeth ambassadors by the sea, even in vessels of bulrushes upon the waters, saying, Go, ye swift messengers, to a nation scattered and peeled, to a people terrible from their beginning hitherto; a nation meted out and trodden down, whose land the rivers have spoiled! 3 All ye inhabitants of the world, and dwellers on the earth, see ye, when he [the Lord] lifteth up an ensign on the mountains; and when he bloweth a trumpet, hear ye… 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 under foot, whose land the rivers have spoiled, to the place of the name of the LORD of hosts, the mount Zion.” (Isa. 18)
Anyone familiar with the Hebrew language would know there is a better rendition. It should read: “Ho! to the land shadowing with [or in the symbol of] wings, that lies beyond the rivers of Cush.” This by no means changes the sense; but reduces it to the modern style of phraseology, which will greatly assist the reader in understanding the true meaning of the prophet.
Isaiah was at Jerusalem, looking west beyond the land of Cush. The Jews called the north part of Africa Cush or Chusheam. Ethiopians were called Cushites. The rivers were simply those that flow into the Mediterranean Sea along the coast of Morocco and the Barbary states. He was looking to a far distant land to the west beyond Ethiopia.
Now, take a globe and look westward to a distant land beyond Africa in the shape of wings. Only North and South America meet this description. From here the Lord will send ambassadors of the gospel to gather Israel in the last days. Many prophecies in the Bible tell of this gathering of Israel. Could Israel not be justly called “a nation scattered and peeled”?
The land of Zion is especially on the SIDES OF THE NORTH (North America). David wrote: “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… 8 As we have heard, so have we seen in the city of the LORD of hosts, in the city of our God: God will establish it for ever.” (Ps. 48) “4 I will not give sleep to mine eyes, or slumber to mine eyelids, 5 Until I find out a place for the LORD, an habitation for the mighty God of Jacob. 6 Lo, we heard of it at Ephratah: we found it in the fields of the wood… 13 For the LORD hath chosen Zion; he hath desired it for his habitation.” (Ps.132)
Is not the interior of North America interspersed with the fields of the woods; or, in other words, fields in the midst of a wilderness? Isaiah says: “Zion is a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation.” (Isa. 64:10) Zion must be some place other than Jerusalem “on the sides of the north.” This is where Isaiah tells us that God will set up an ensign in the last days to gather Israel (“a people scattered and peeled”) from the four corners of the earth. THE LAND OF ZION IS AMERICA.
WHAT IS MOUNT ZION?
The terms mountain, mountains, and hills have been used symbolically by the prophets to represent kingdoms and governments. “3 And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the MOUNTAIN [kingdom] 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.” (Isa. 2:2)
The Kingdom of God in Jerusalem could be referred to as a mount Zion. “O God, why hast thou cast us off for ever? why doth thine anger smoke against the sheep of thy pasture? 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.” (Ps. 74)
Our primary concern is with the Mount Zion of the last days. “In the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains [above all nations], and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it. 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.” (Micah 4:1, 2) Since this reference is to “many nations,” it cannot refer to Jerusalem because that land was given only to the seed of Abraham through Jacob.
“Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness. 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.” (Ps. 48:12) This MOUNT ZION is simply the Kingdom of God in Zion. “Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north [North America], the city of the great King [Jesus].” (Ps. 48:2)
LAND OF ZION IS PROMISED TO JOSEPH.
Jacob gathered his sons together just before he died and blessed them “And when Jacob had made an end of commanding his sons, he gathered up his feet into the bed, and yielded up the ghost.” (Gen. 49:33)
The blessing on the seed of Joseph is of special interest. “22 Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose branches run over the wall: 23 The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, and hated him: 24 But his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob; (from thence is the shepherd, the stone of Israel:) 25 Even by the God of thy father, who shall help thee; and by the Almighty, who shall bless thee with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lieth under, blessings of the breasts, and of the womb: 26 The blessings of thy father have prevailed above the blessings of my progenitors unto the utmost bound of the everlasting hills: they shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him that was separate from his brethren.” (Gen. 49)
We know that God provided only two lands for an inheritance for Israel: Zion and Jerusalem. The inheritance of the twelve son’s is in Jerusalem (Canaan). A special blessing in the last days was placed on the seed of Joseph through his sons Manasseh and Ephraim. They are to be “branches run over the wall… above the blessings of my progenitors [Abraham and Isaac] … [to the] utmost bound of the everlasting hills.” The only land that meets this description is the land of Zion on the sides of the north: America.
How can the seed of Joseph possess Zion in the last days? In 600 B.C., God sent a Prophet in Jerusalem to a far distant Promised Land in the shape of wings. This could only be North and South America. This people divided soon after arriving: one keeping the laws of God [the righteous branch] and one living by their own will [the evil branch]. In 400 A.D., the righteous branch had turned to evil and were destroyed by the wicked branch. This account is found only in the Book of Mormon. The authenticity of their existence has been proven beyond any doubt. The remaining branch represents part of Native Americans. The seed of Joseph was also scattered throughout the nations of the world by intermarriage among the tribes. These will all be gathered and become a people of God before Jesus returns. A good video of recent discoveries is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oef_MBInu2E, There are a number of good videos on this subject.
The land of America is a promised land to the house of Joseph in the last days; therefore, the “mountains of Israel” are the Kingdom of God in Zion and Jerusalem (Canaan). The whole earth will be subject to one form of government, one code of laws, and one king [Jesus] who shall rule over them forever.
WHERE IS THE CITY OF ZION?
The FIRST CITY of Zion was in the days of Enoch. The term Zion is a very ancient name that signifies the pure in heart, or the place where the pure in heart dwell. There was a Zion and a City of Zion in the days of the antediluvians (before the flood).
Enoch’s father built a city and named it after Enoch—the city of Enoch. “And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch.” (Gen. 4:17) This city of Enoch could justly be termed a City of Zion on the land of Zion because of the righteousness of Enoch and those that followed him. The City of Zion in the last days will likely be in the same location as it was in the days of Enoch: in America.
Here was the church of the first-born. Paul alludes to this Zion of Enoch when he says: “But ye are come unto Mount Sion [Zion], and into the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and the church of the first-born.” (Heb. 12:22, 23) The saints of the Antediluvian world are the only ones that can properly be termed the church of the first-born. They and their Zion are in heaven, will return, and also inherit the land of Zion.
The righteousness of Enoch entitled him to be translated and taken up to heaven. “23. And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: 24. And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.” (Gen. 5) “By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.” (Heb. 11:5)
Those who followed him to where he was caught up to heaven were the righteous or pure in heart among the sons of men. Many of the city of Enoch were translated with Enoch and taken up into heaven. This city will be rebuilt before Jesus returns on the land of Zion.
The SECOND City of Zion existed in the days of David at Jerusalem. It was sometimes called the upper city; as it was detached from Jerusalem proper by a wall. When he took Jerusalem from the Jebusites, it is said that he “took a strong hold of Zion: the same is the city of David.” (2 Sam. 5:7) Isaiah speaking of this Zion says: “For the people [Israel] shall dwell in Zion AT Jerusalem.” (Isa. 30:19) The Zion AT Jerusalem will also be built in the last days for the seed of Abraham through the sons of Jacob.
The FINAL City of Zion has to be built, established, and prepared for the millennium. It will be on the land of Zion and will be called the NEW JERUSALEM. Jerusalem will also be rebuilt and will be known as the HOLY JERUSALEM. The Apostle John wrote of two cities in the last days. “2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem… 10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem.” (Rev. 21)
“Him that overcometh [pure in heart] will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.” (Rev. 3:12) The City of Enoch—the original City of Zion—will descend from heaven to meet the latter-day City of Zion on the land of Zion: America.
The isles of the sea are the land of Zion—North and South America. “Wherefore glorify ye the LORD in the fires, even the name of the LORD God of Israel in the isles of the sea.” (Isa. 24) “9 Surely the isles shall wait for me, and the ships of Tarshish first, to bring thy sons from far, their silver and their gold with them, unto the name of the LORD thy God, and to the Holy One of Israel, because he hath glorified thee… 16 Thou shalt also suck the milk of the Gentiles, and shalt suck the breast of kings: and thou shalt know that I the LORD am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.” (Isa. 60)
The promises are to America on the sides of the north. “Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.” (Ps. 48:2) “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.” (Isa. 60:14)
ZION OF THE LAST DAYS.
God has prepared only two places for the gathering of His people in the last days: Zion and Jerusalem (Canaan). “And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain [kingdom] 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..” (Isa. 2:3)
When we look at the world today, we have to wonder how Israel is going to be delivered. We have only to look at their deliverance in the days of Moses. Who could have imagined that Israel would be delivered? Remember the plague that destroyed the first-born in Egypt? The plagues that hit Egypt will seem like a picnic compared to those of the last days. “The remnant shall return, even the remnant of Jacob, unto the mighty God. For though thy people Israel be as the sand of the sea, yet a remnant of them shall return: the CONSUMPTION decreed shall overflow with righteousness [leave the righteous]. For the Lord GOD of hosts shall make a consumption, even determined, in the midst of all the land.” (Isa. 10:21, 23) “3 The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly spoiled: for the LORD hath spoken this word. 4 The earth mourneth and fadeth away, the world languisheth and fadeth away, the haughty people of the earth do languish. 5 The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant. 6 Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and FEW MEN LEFT.” (Isa. 24)
Before Jesus returns, there will be wars, severe lightning and thundering, hail and fire mingled with blood, a plague of hail, all green grass burned, famine, a mountain on fire cast into the sea, a great star on fire, locusts and pestilence, grievous sores, every living soul dies in the sea, fresh water turned bitter and deadly, scorching heat, a desolating plague, the most severe earthquake and hail storm to come upon the earth, and finally the (immortal) army of Lord brings the sword against the nations of the world. “And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles.” (14:20) You may have to face this horror. Are you ready?
Every prophecy in the Bible has been perfectly fulfilled, even to the day, when the time for fulfillment arrived. God told Abraham of the Egyptian Captivity and how long it would last. “And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years.” (Gen. 15.13)
“1 Come near, ye nations, to hear; and hearken, ye people: let the earth hear, and all that is therein; the world, and all things that come forth of it. 2 For the indignation of the LORD is upon ALL NATIONS, and his fury upon all their armies: he hath utterly destroyed them, he hath delivered them to the slaughter.” (Isa. 34)
“For I am with thee [Israel], saith the LORD, to save thee: though I make a FULL END OF ALL NATIONS whither I have scattered thee, yet will I not make a full end of thee: but I will correct thee in measure, and will not leave thee altogether unpunished.” (Jer. 30:11)
There is to be a desolating scourge, similar to Ebola, that is to cover the earth shortly before Jesus returns. “From the time that it goeth forth it shall take you: for morning by morning shall it pass over, by day and by night: and it shall be a vexation only to understand the report.” (Isa. 28:19) Horrible, but real. “And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake [Israel] those days shall be shortened.” (Matt. 24:20)
“And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth. And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from the LORD shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbour, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbour.” (Zech. 14:12, 13)
Israel will suffer as they have departed from the Lord; but a remnant will be preserved. “And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it. From the time that it goeth forth it shall take you: for morning by morning shall it pass over, by day and by night: and it shall be a vexation only to understand the report… 22 Now therefore be ye not mockers, lest your bands be made strong: for I have heard from the Lord GOD of hosts a consumption, even determined upon the whole earth.” (Isa. 28:18, 19)
Only a few–especially among gentiles—will remain. There is only one promise to gentiles of the last days: “15 For the day of the LORD is near upon all the heathen [also translated gentile]: as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head. 16 For as ye have drunk upon my holy mountain, so shall all the heathen drink continually, yea, they shall drink, and they shall swallow down, and they shall be AS THOUGH THEY HAD NOT BEEN.” (Obadiah)
Gentiles have departed from God. “But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” (Matt. 15:9) All divine authority was lost when CONSTANTINE, an unbaptized pagan Roman Emperor, stood as absolute head of the church; even thou he was not a Christian. “Immediately upon coming to power as the sole ruler of the empire, but only then, Constantine asserted the right to exercise absolute authority over the entire Church. He did this despite the fact that he was not baptized, and, as was not unusual, would not be until shortly before he died.” (James Carroll, Constantine’s Sword, p. 188) All authority from God was lost in the church after him. No revelation, no divine authority. Even the offices of the true priesthood were lost.
He was a loyal follower of the sun god. “As seen in Constantine’s originating piety, that supreme deity would have been associated with the sun, and pagans would have recognized, with reason, their own solar cult in such Christian practices as orienting churches to the east, worshipping of ‘sun day,’ and celebrating the birth of the deity at the winter solstice.” (Ibid., p. 183)
In 325 A.D, he converted the church to paganism. He adopted the pagan Trinity that is not found in the Bible and the Virgin Birth that is noted only once by a fraudulent reference added in the fourth century. This doctrine makes God an adulterer and Jesus the bastard son of ghost. These pagan doctrines originated in Babylon and were adopted by mystery religions from Egypt to Rome.
Where is the mighty empire of Babylon today? Where are the mighty nations of Egypt, Persia, Greece, and Rome who adopted the same pagan doctrines? When Daniel interpreted the dream of Nebuchadnezzar of the last days, he told of fall these nations plus the ten kingdoms of Rome [ten toes] which became the ten kingdoms of Europe. “And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these [ten] kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.” (Dan. 2:44) Is America not a daughter of these kingdoms? Do they not all worship the same pagan god?
The Apostle John told us of the evil of Mystery Babylon the Great. “3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman [church] sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. 4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: 5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT , THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” (Rev. 17) This can only reference the Catholic Church organized by Constantine. Who are these daughter harlots? What churches came out of that church teaching the same doctrines?
The seven heads and ten horns can only reference the Catholic Church. “And there are seven kings: five are fallen [Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Persia, and Greece], and one  is [Pagan Rome], and the other  is not yet come [Pagan Christian Rome, begun by Constantine]; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space [325 AD to 476 AD]. And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth [Papal Rome], and is of the seventh, and goeth into perdition.” (Rev. 17:10, 11) The ten horns are none other than the ten kingdoms of Rome.
John goes even further in his description. “And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth” (17:9) The only one city that has been synonymously known as the city of seven hills is ROME. “And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.” (17:18) She ruled over the kingdoms of Europe through her self-appointed kings. She will remain on the earth until Jesus returns to take vengeance on her and those associate with her.
The Bible abounds with information on a DELIVERANCE of the saints of God in Jerusalem and Zion in the last days “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.” (Joel 2:32) “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.” (Isa. 62:1)
“And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king [Jesus] shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations [Judah and Israel], neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all.” (Ezek. 37:22) The mountains of Israel will be the Kingdom of God in Zion and Jerusalem.
The seed of Abraham through Jacob will be gathered back to their homeland, Jerusalem will be rebuilt, and they will become the people of God once again. “37 Behold, I will gather them out of all countries, whither I have driven them in mine anger, and in my fury, and in great wrath; and I will bring them again unto this place, and I will cause them to dwell safely: 38 And they shall be my people, and I will be their God.” (Jer. 32) Jerusalem will become HOLY JERUSALEM in the East.
“Thus saith the LORD of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the NATIONS, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you.” (Zech. 8:23)
The primary LAND and CITY OF ZION of the last days will be separate from the Zion AT Jerusalem. These will be built and become a place of deliverance for the saints from Adam to Abraham, the seed of Joseph, and gentiles that have been adopted as the seed of Abraham. This city will become the NEW JERUSALEM in the West.
“And it shall come to pass, that he that is left in ZION, AND he that remaineth in JERUSALEM, shall be called holy, even every one that is written among the living in Jerusalem.” (Isa. 4:3) “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.” (Isa. 24:23)
“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.” (Joel 2:32)
“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.” (Micah 4:2) Jerusalem will become the HOLY JERUSALEM in the east.
The Bible identifies the PEOPLE OF GOD. Adam, the first-born sons, and their families were the people of God before the flood—only a few remained until Abraham. Abraham became the last man of God. God covenanted with him through Isaac and Jacob to be the ELECT of God forever. They were the PEOPLE of God until the Babylonian Captivity. They became the elect of God for 400 years until Moses delivered them and they became the people of God again. After the last Prophet Malachi they were left as the elect of God. Jesus restored them as the people of God. When they rejected Jesus, they were left only as the elect of God. They will soon become the people of God again and forever. The seed of Joseph will be gathered and claim their inheritance in Zion.
WHAT OF GENTILES?
There is only one promise in the Bible: destruction. “15 For the day of the LORD is near upon all the heathen [also translated gentile]: as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head. 16 For as ye have drunk upon my holy mountain, so shall all the heathen drink continually, yea, they shall drink, and they shall swallow down, and they shall be as though they had not been.” (Obadiah)
All of the promises in the Bible are for Israel. There are no gentiles in the Kingdom of God. God covenanted with Abraham that he would be the father of all believers [through his seed]. “And he received the sign of circumcision [of the heart], a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised [in the flesh]: that he might be the FATHER OF ALL THEM THAT BELIEVE, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also.” (Rom. 4:11)
God made a PROVISION FOR GENTILES to be adopted as the seed of Abraham by those holding authority from God. “27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” (Gal. 3)
The only hope for gentiles is to find someone with a valid claim to the priesthood of God: the Melchisedec Priesthood and be adopted as the seed of Abraham. Jesus, the Apostles, High Priests, and Elders held this priesthood. They all had to obey the law of God to become ministers of God. Paul reminded his son of this law. “Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by PROPHECY, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery [those holding this priesthood].” (1 Tim. 4:14)
Jesus was called and ordained under the hands of God. “5 So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he [the Father] that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee. 6 As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.” (Heb. 5)
He called and ordained the twelve. “And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach. (Mark. 3:14) Then Jesus ordained all of the other officers of this priesthood because none can enter the Kingdom of God and have hope of salvation without one of these. “11 And he gave some, apostles ; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors [high priests and elders] and teachers; 12 FOR the perfecting of the saints, FOR the work of the ministry, FOR the edifying of the body of Christ: [how long was this law to continue?] 13 TILL we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.” (Eph. 4) Where calling by revelation and these offices does not exist, the Kingdom of God does not exist.
The PROBLEM FOR GENTILES is finding one with a valid claim to this priesthood. We know from the Bible, historians, and church leaders that gentles apostatized and lost all divine authority. “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day [return of Jesus] shall not come, except there come a falling away [apostacy] first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.” (2 Thess. 2:3) “O LORD, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction, the Gentiles shall come unto thee from the ends of the earth, and shall say, Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and things wherein there is no profit.” (Jer. 16:19)
Of the fourth century, when Constantine stood as head of the church and replaced the true God with paganism, the noted ecclesiastical historian Mosheim, wrote: “The rites and institutions, by which the Greeks, Romans, and other nations, had formerly testified their religious veneration for fictitious deities, were now adopted, with some slight alterations by Christian bishops, and employed in the service of the true God.” (Mosheim, Ecclesiastical History, Century 4, Part 2, chap 4:1, 4)
The Church of England in “Homily Against Peril of Idolatry,” first published about the middle of the sixteenth century, admitted the same. “So that laity and clergy, learned and unlearned, all ages, sects, and degrees of men, women, and children of whole Christendom– a horrible and most dreadful thing to think– have been at once drowned in abominable idolatry; of all other vices most detested of God, and most damnable to man; and that by the space of eight hundred years and more.”
History attests the fact that all priesthood of God was lost when Constantine stood as absolute head of the church. He was not a Christian. “Immediately upon coming to power as the sole ruler of the empire, but only then, Constantine asserted the right to exercise absolute authority over the entire Church. He did this despite the fact that he was not baptized, and, as was not unusual, would not be until shortly before he died.” (James Carroll, Constantine’s Sword, p. 188) All of the offices of the priesthood of God were lost.
He was a loyal follower of the sun god all his life and turned Christianity into paganism. “As seen in Constantine’s originating piety, that supreme deity would have been associated with the sun, and pagans would have recognized, with reason, their own solar cult in such Christian practices as orienting churches to the east, worshipping of ‘sun day,’ and celebrating the birth of the deity at the winter solstice.” (Ibid., p. 183)
The Apostle John advised us that the true church, the priesthood, and all saints of God were to be lost for 1,260 years when not one person entered the Kingdom of God. “6 And the woman [Church of Christ] fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days [1,260 years]…14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time , and times , and half a time [180, 1,260 years], from the face of the serpent.” (Rev. 12)
“5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months [1,260 years]. 6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. 7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him OVER ALL kindreds, and tongues, and nations.” (Rev. 13)
The next question is when did these 1,260 years began. It was when a man without any priesthood of God would claim to be as God and head of the church. “Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.” (2 Thess. 2:4)
Emperors of Rome stood at head from 325 to 468, when the Lombard Invasion ended the power of Rome. This freed the Bishop of Rome in 570 to make that claim–the first pope. “The pope is of so great dignity and excellence, that he is not merely man, but as if God. The pope alone is called most holy, divine monarch, and supreme emperor, and King of Kings. The pope is of so great dignity and power, and he constitutes one and the same tribunal with Christ, so that whatever the pope does seems to proceed from the mouth of God. The pope is as God on earth.” (Guiness, Romanism and the Reformation, pp. 25, 26)
John also wrote of the RESTORATION OF AUTHORITY AND THE GOSPEL after the 1,260 years. “6 And I saw another ANGEL fly in the midst of heaven, HAVING THE EVERLASTING GOSPEL to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to EVERY nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people.” (Rev. 14) This was only possible through angelic administration; as it had been lost on earth.
Discovering the RETURN OF DIVINE AUTHORITY and the gospel begins with adding the 570 when the first pope stood as God on earth with the 1,260. The result is 1830. Then, we have to search for a man claiming divine authority through angelic administration. The only man who claimed a RESTORATION of divine authority was Joseph Smith. He claimed direct communication with God and Jesus, a calling of God, and an ordination under the hands of angels. He organized the Church of Christ on April 6, 1830. He restored the other offices of the Melchisedec Priesthood. If his claim was false, there is no salvation for mankind. We might just as well go to a Buddhist Priest.
He was first to stand against doctrines of paganism that became an integral part of the church beginning with Constantine. He taught the truth as found in the Bible. This restoration included a correct knowledge God, Jesus, and other doctrines like the Sabbath. There is only one Sabbath. It was kept throughout the Bible. Jesus and the Apostles honored the Sabbath. It was the unbaptized, pagan Roman Emperor Constantine that made the “venerable day of the sun” the rest day for Catholics.
The Sabbath was the first law given to man after creation; and it was forever. “And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.” (Gen. 2:3) “But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates.” (Ex. 20:10) “16 Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant. 17 It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.” (Ex. 31) No one that honors the pagan sun day can be recognized as saints of God.
The Bible tells us of TWO PROPHETS AND TWO WORKS in the latter/last days. This is in accordance with the Apostle John’s prophecy of the restoration of the gospel and authority of God. “Say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph [Book of Mormon], which is in the hand of Ephraim [Joseph Smith], and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the stick of Judah [Book of the Law translated by James J. Strang], and make them one stick, and they shall be one in mine hand.” (Ezek. 37:19)
This Book of Mormon does not replace the Bible. It is another testimony of the truth of Jesus Christ and His teachings. It is an abridgment of the record of early Israelites on this land from 600 B.C. to 400 A.D. The Book of the Law of the Lord was among the books recovered by Joseph Smith and was later translated by his lawful successor, James J. Strang. It is the most sacred book of scripture; as it was written by the finger of God. Moses made copies for the Priests to teach the people. “And Moses wrote this law, and delivered it unto the priests the sons of Levi, which bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and unto all the elders of Israel.” (Deut. 31:9) It was lost to Israel in 588 B. C., just before the Babylonian Captivity when the Prophet Jeremy hid the Ark of the Covenant with the original tables and destroyed copies because it was felt to sacred to fall into the hands of gentiles. One copy was preserved with the people of God that came to Zion in 600 B.C.
It was first printed in 1850, again in 1856, and a facsimile in 1990. The first two are very rare and the third is out of print. I reprinted this most important book of scripture in 2000. It is the only place where the original Ten Commandments can be found. It can be read in its entirety on mormonbeliefs.com.
The Doctrine and Covenants is the official record of the revelations and commandments given under the Prophet Joseph Smith. God knew of that Joseph would be killed and gave the law on Prophetic Succession four times. The first was only one year after the church was organized. “4. But verily, verily, I say unto you, that none else shall be appointed unto this gift [as Prophet] except it be through him [Joseph Smith]; for if it be taken from him he shall not have power except to appoint another in his stead. 5. And this shall be a law unto you that ye receive not the teachings of any that shall come before you as revelations or commandments. 6. And this I give unto you that you may not be deceived, that you may know they are not of me. 7. For verily I say unto you, that he that is ordained of me shall come in at the gate and be ordained as I have told you before [by angelic administration], to teach those revelations which you have received and shall receive through him whom I have appointed.” This prophecy was true.
On June 18, 1844, Joseph received a vision with the Almighty and learned of his impending death. He wrote a Letter of Appointment to James J. Strang in Burlington, Wisconsin the same day. He wrote that he was going like a lamb to the slaughter. He was murdered on June 27, 1844, with the help of the Governor of Illinois. This vision was prophetic in its own right.
The same hour that Joseph died in Carthage, Illinois, James claimed to have been ordained to the same Prophetic Office under the hands of angels; although he was 400 miles away and could not have any knowledge of his death. Locals were told of this the same day. The first news of his death came when the Letter of Appointment was delivered by regular mail on July 9th. The revelations noting Joseph would die in office, foretelling Joseph of his impending death, and James claiming ordination under the hands of angels the same hour, are prophetic in their own right.
The most fraudulent claim to succession was by Brigham Young. He was never called of God as a Prophet. For three and half years after Joseph’s death he claimed the Twelve Apostles were to lead the church; even though they held no such authority. Then on Dec. 24, 1857, he admitted the claim of James that the Church of Christ cannot exist without a Prophet was true. Since God had never called him, he had his followers vote him as their man-made prophet. Nothing in the sight of God.
He wrote in his own journal: “I do not profess to be a Prophet. I never called myself so; but I actually believe I am, because people are all the time telling me I am.” (Journal of Discourses, 5:177) He repeated this several times. We are told to judge a tree by its fruits. Brigham invented a new god for his followers to worship. He claimed that God was once a man like us and progressed to His present state, and we can do the same. He taught that Adam was the Eternal Heavenly Father and Eve a wife from another planet.
James J. Strang fulfilled all of the duties of a Prophet of God. His fate was sealed when he accepted his office; as he would also have to give his life as an absolute testimony like Joseph. He was shot on June 20, 1856, with the help of the Captain of the US Steamer Michigan. His murderers were taken back to Mackinac, the home of his murderers, given a mock trial, and released so they could never be properly tried. James was taken back to his parent’s home in Wisconsin where he died on July 9th. There was no successor; as there were to be only two prophets given to the gentiles in the last days.
During his administration, he ordained L. D. Hickey one of the Twelve Apostles to the gentiles of the last days. Apostle Hickey ordained Samuel Martin a high priest in accordance with the law of God. He ordained Lloyd Flanders a high priest, who ordained Samuel E. West an elder on July 8, 1956. He ordained Stephen Munyora in Africa an elder in 2005. He has ordained others in Africa, South Korea, and Russia.
The GATE into the Kingdom of God is still OPEN. “13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 Because strait is the gate [through the priesthood of God], and narrow is the way [through obedience to the laws of God], which leadeth unto life, and FEW THERE BE that find it.” (Jesus, Matt. 7)
YOU COULD BE AMONG OF THOSE FEW.
Samuel E. West
WHAT YOU LEARNED:
Zion is an ancient term signifying the pure in heart.
The only pure in heart are those that obey the gospel and keep the commandments of God.
Obeying the gospel requires one called by revelation and ordained by one holding that priesthood.
There two lands called Zion.
The primary land of Zion is North and South America.
The promised land of Zion is America.
This promised land was given to Adam and the antediluvians.
Mount Zion will be the Kingdom of God in America.
The City of Zion in the last days will be in America.
The land of Zion is promised to the seed of Joseph.
Both Zion and Jerusalem will be delivered in the last days.
There will be deliverance in Zion AND Jerusalem (Canaan) for the seed of Abraham.
There no gentiles in the Kingdom of God and no promises in the last days.
All promises of the last days are for Israel.
All the nations of man are to fall replaced with the Kingdom of God.
Constantine removed all divine authority replacing it with the authority of Rome.
There was a grand apostacy of the gentile church resulting in loss of all divine authority.
Authority from God and the gospel were lost for 1,260 years beginning with the first pope in 570.
There were to be two prophets and works in the last days.
Divine authority and the gospel were restored in 1830 (570 + 1260), with Joseph Smith.
God gave revelations through Joseph that he would be taken with a law on Prophetic Succession.
Before his death Joseph appointed James J. Strang his successor.
The same hour as his death, 400 miles away, James claimed to have ordained Joseph’s successor according to the law of God.
The Letter of Appointment was received almost three weeks later.
There were to be only two Prophets given to gentiles in the last days.
A remnant of the priesthood of God is still on the earth.
The gate into the Kingdom of God is still open.