WHAT-WHERE IS ZION?
WHAT-WHERE IS ZION?
ZION: THE PURE IN HEART
“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?
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 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 as that was only for Israel.
“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
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 His people: Zion and Jerusalem. The inheritance of the twelve sons 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?
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 were the first members of the church of the first-born—those who obey the gospel in the flesh. 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) They and their Zion are in heaven, will return, and will 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 with him. 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) This Zion at Jerusalem will also be built in the last days for the seed of Abraham through Jacob. The final City of Zion must be built, established, and prepared for the millennium. It will be on the land of Zion (America) 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)
All promises in the Bible are for Israel. This land must be cleansed of gentiles before the New Jerusalem can be built. God gave gentiles in America one last chance to obey Him. Instead, they persecuted the latter day saints and killed both prophets God had given to them (Joseph Smith and James J. Strang). There is only one promise in the Bible for gentiles. “16 For as ye have drunk upon my holy mountain, so shall all the heathen [goi, also translated gentile] drink continually, yea, they shall drink, and they shall swallow down, and they shall be as though they had not been. 17 (Obadiah 1) “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) “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 [people] 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 [Jesus].” (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.
WHAT OF GENTILES?
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 begin. 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 wrote of the Church of Christ, the priesthood of God, and all saints of God to be destroyed for 1,260 years. “7 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]. “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. 137)
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 still no salvation for mankind. We might just as well go to a Buddhist Priest. Joseph 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 1851, again in 1856, in 1949, and a facsimile in 1990. The first three are very rare and the third is out of print. Samuel E. West reprinted this most important book of scripture in 2000. It is the only place where the original Ten Commandments can be found. The Doctrine and Covenants is the official record of the revelations and commandments given under the Prophet Joseph Smith. God knew that Joseph would be killed and gave the law on Prophetic Succession four times--the first 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.
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 and recently in other countries.
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.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:
THE LOCATION OF ZION, OR THE NEW JERUSALEM
That there will be a city called Zion or the New Jerusalem, built, beautified, and prepared for the millennium is evident from all the prophets that have mentioned the work of God of the last days. We have in a brief manner touched upon this subject before; but the magnitude and importance of it is such, that we think that justice to it, requires us to give it a more extensive investigation.
That there was a Zion established at Jerusalem we do not wish to deny; but that has nothing to do with the one for the millenium.--However, because some are unable to separate or distinguish it from the one for the Millennium, we will first show the difference between the two, and then proceed to examine the prophets with respect to the place of the location of the latter.
This Zion at Jerusalem was sometimes called the upper city, and it was detached from Jerusalem proper by a wall. Historians say that Jerusalem was founded by Melchizedek, then called Salem. Paul says Melchizedek was king of Salem. (See Heb. vii. 2.) Subsequently it was called Jerusalem; but whether or not Zion was founded by Melchizedek is not easy for us to determine; but one thing is certain, it was in existence in the days of David; for 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. v. 7. Many places in the inspired writings where Zion is mentioned, refer to this Zion at Jerusalem.--Isaiah speaking of this Zion says: "For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem,--Isaxxx. 19. Now if Isaiah had no idea of any other Zion; than the one at Jerusalem, why did he use the preposition at, as though there was another city called by the same name? Indeed he knew that the Lord would cause to be built another city of Zion, which should be a place of deliverance in the last days, which he saw in the vision established upon this land [America]; therefore, he used the preposition, "Zion at Jerusalem," to designate the difference between it and the one of the last days upon another land. But says one, if the ancients knew that God would establish another Zion for the Millennium, why did they call the one at Jerusalem by that name? This is a thing that the scriptures in a measure leave in the dark; however, there is a foundation for an opinion, which we will give whether it is correct or not. Zion is a very ancient name, and signifies the pure in heart, or the place where the pure in heart dwell; and according to recent revelations which the Lord has given to his people, there was a Zion established in the days of Enoch wherein the church of the first-born dwelt: and perhaps, Paul alludes to this Zion of Enoch when he says: "But ye are come unto Mount Sion, 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. xii. 22, 23. The saints of the Antediluvian world, are the only ones that we can with propriety call the church of the first-born; but they and their Zion are in heaven; and Paul calls their Zion the city of God, and them the church of the first-born. Now it is possible that when Melchizedek, or whoever founded Zion; when arranging the various districts, and suburbs of Jerusalem, called that district, or the upper city, which was so beautiful and elevated, "Mount Zion," out of respect to a former Zion, and because of the pureness of the name; the same as many name their children after eminent men, and those whom they in a particular manner respect. after David it was called "the city of David." When Jerusalem is rebuilt, it is probable that this city of David, will also be built again; but not in the fulfillment of the predictions of the prophets concerning the establishment of the latter-day Zion or the New Jerusalem; but in fulfillment of prophecy relating to the rebuilding of Jerusalem; for when it is built of course all its districts and suburbs will also be built. But we have said enough upon this part of the subject, and we hope that the reader will be able to designate the difference between the Zion which was at Jerusalem, and the one that the Lord shall cause to be built for the saints to gather to, and be a place of refuge and deliverance at the time that God will trouble the nations with his wrath. This Zion of the last days, we believe will be located on the land of America; and indeed the prophets have said enough to establish this idea. David says: "Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is Mount Zion, on the sides of the North, the city of the great King. God is known in her palaces for a refuge."-- "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 forever."-- Ps. xlviii. 2, 8. David evidently saw the situation of Zion, which he says is beautiful, at some other place besides Jerusalem, or he would not have said that it was on the sides of the North. Match this saying with what Isaiah says in the xviii, ch. of his prophecy, concerning a land [America] beyond the rivers of Ethiopia, and we learn: first, as Isaiah says, that this is the land where the Lord's ensign of the last days was to be reared, and from whence the ambassadors of the Lord are to be sent to all nations, and where "the place of the name of the Lord of hosts, the Mount Zion" shall be established, to which the servants of God, or swift messengers to the nations shall bring a present unto the Lord of a people terrible from their beginning.--This proves that Zion is to be located in America. Second, that, according to David, it is to be on the sides of the North; consequently, on North America. David says in another place: "I will not give sleep to my eyes nor slumber to mine eyelids until I find out a place for the Lord, an habitation for the mighty God of Jacob. Lo, we heard of it at Ephrata; we found it in the fields of the wood." "For the Lord hath chosen Zion: he hath desired it for his habitation."-- Ps. exxxii. 4, 13. It cannot be said in truth that Jerusalem was in the fields of the wood in David's time; therefore, we conclude that he had reference to some other place besides Jerusalem. Indeed, the interior of North America is interspersed with the fields of the woods, or in other words fields in the midst of the wilderness. Isaiah says: "Zion is a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation." We have before proved the Book of Mormon to be true; therefore, whatever it says upon this subject we consider as valid testimony.--Moroni writing the words of Etioussays, page 550. "Behold, Ether say the days of Christ, and spake concerning a New Jerusalem upon this land; and he spake also concerning the House of Israel, and the Jerusalem from whence Lehi should come; after it be destroyed, it should be built up again a holy city unto the Lord; wherefore it could not be a New Jerusalem, for it had been in a time of old, but it should be built up again and become a holy city of the Lord: and should be built up unto the House of Israel; 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 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 shall no more be confounded, until the end come, when the earth shall pass away." As we have before mentioned the prophets have declared that there shall be deliverance for the saints in Mount Zion, and in Jerusalem; therefore, when we take all things into consideration, we discover that it is perfectly consistent with reason and the scriptures, for Zion to be built upon this continent: for this is a promised land to the tribe of Joseph, as much so as Canaan to the House of Israel. For instance, the Lord will establish a place of gathering upon this land, near the center of the North division of the continent, which will be convenient for the House of Joseph that is upon this land to gather to, and also, for many of the saints that are now scattered among the Gentile nations. And also he will cause the old city of Jerusalem to be rebuilt, and the Jews to gather there, Thus there will be two central places of gathering, and deliverance. Zion, and Jerusalem, when spoken of as being the two great places of deliverance, are not synonymous: for Jerusalem and its suburbs when spoken of at a distance are all ranked under the one head; but the prophets speak of Zion as being established, and having stakes, or auxiliary cities. The city of David or Zion at Jerusalem was merely an auxiliary and not the principle. Isaiah places this matter beyond doubt, that Zion and Jerusalem are not synonymous; but on two separate lands. "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. And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory; and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the Lord shall name. Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God. Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken: neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate; but thou shalt be called Hephzi-bah, and thy land Bulah: for the Lord delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married." It is said, Gen. x. 25, that in the days of Peleg the earth (not nations) was divided; it is also said, Gen. i. 9 that the waters were gathered together unto one place at the time of the creation; and of course the land was in one place; but it is manifest that there has been a great division, so much so that the earth has been divided into continents, which the bible says was done in the days of Peleg; but according to the prophet Isaiah, when the time of restoration comes, then this continent upon which Zion shall be built, shall re-unite with the eastern, and thus fulfill the saying, "thy land shall be married," or joined. But says the objectors, how can there be two places of gathering if Ezekiel's words are true? "And I will make them one nation upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all." We have before proved that the land of America is a promised land to the House of Joseph; therefore, the "mountains of Israel" are here as much so as in the land of Canaan. The idea is that the whole earth will be subjected to one form of government, and to one code of laws, and one king shall rule over them whether in America or in Asia.- -But the two continents are to be united, and then it will be an easy thing for them to become one nation upon the mountains (not mountain) of Israel, and at the same time the tribe of Joseph and others dwell in Zion, and its vicinity upon this land, and the Jews in the land of Canaan, and one king rule over them all.