Latter-Day Events Timeline, Some Key Scriptures & Commentary
A Key Time-frame Element
6th Seal Events
How long to the opening of the 7th Seal, and then what?
Apostasy under the 7th Seal
The Last Mission to the World
Every Nation and Tongue
The 7 Year Tribulation Period and what comes before
The First Latter-Day Assyrian Invasion
Why is a purge of the Latter-day saints necessary?
Latter-day Invasion: Blow Ye the Trumpet in Zion
The Wedding Supper - Who will be there?
The Lord’s Punishing Army
The Latter-Day LDS Scourge
After the Chastening
Destruction in America
The “Remnant” shall Vex the Gentiles
The Fall of Babylon in America
New Jerusalem a Prerequisite to the End Time
New Jerusalem – a place of safety
Ten Tribes, Temple work & the New Jerusalem
The Day of Manasseh
The Branch and the Temple
The Two Prophet Witnesses
The Two Witnesses - Further details
A Lion among the flocks
The 7-Year Tribulation
New Global Alignments
From the Present time (2022) Forward
Secret Combinations and the Gadianton Cabal
American Decline Precedes the Assyrian Invasion
Invasion Aftermath: Chaos, lawlessness & mobocracy
In the rest of the world there are wars
Angel Gabriel’s explanations of the Jewish end times
The Diverse End Time Kingdom of the Anti-Christ
The Patience of the Saints
Satan’s spiritual hierarchy
The Anti-Christ versus Babylon
The Assyrian deliverance from Babylon
End Time Covenant Challenges
Tribulation period good/evil showdown
Abomination of Desolation and Mark of the Beast
Mark of the Beast Universal?
The Two Mighty Witnesses
Isaiah and Nephi also address these two prophets
The End Nears
The Battle Scroll, the Temple & a dream
Triumph of the weak things
Healing Waters from the Temple & the Throne of God on Earth
Marriage Supper of the Lamb Revisited
The Holy Cities of the Millennium
Some New Jerusalem details
Latter-Day Event Timeline
This document represents my best estimates or, in some cases, guestimates, of what lies in the future. While I do not pretend to be a prophet, one cannot have a testimony of Jesus Christ without having some of the spirit of prophecy (Rev 19:10). While having done diligent research on the clues and cues contained in Holy writ on this subject, an important factor in writing this article was reliance on prayer. In spite of the fact that no man is to know the day nor the hour, there are certain anchor points detailed in the scriptures, which give us some definitive framework with which to work. There is also the fact that LDS scriptures provide an advantage over all the sectarians who have posted end-time presentations.
Those same scriptures could assist some LDS members who have also posted their earnest conjectures online. The reader is also cautioned that, during its composition, this work acquired greater scope of detail than originally intended. There are so many good scriptures on the subject! At the end of this document a set of summary bullet points and a simple timeline chart are provided.
These timeline details should only be considered as pertinent rather than definitive. The times of events herein are not to be taken as fact, unless personally substantiated with the reader by the Lord. Also, they should not be used to put off any personal plans or changes unless the Spirit of the Lord directs.. The time to prepare for the future is NOW. Our personal timelines are unique to ourselves. Personal revelation is the key to navigating life's path, and repentance is the key to personal revelation. In other words, don't try to figure out what to do. Find out from the Lord what to do.
A Key Time-frame Element – The Period of Time between the Beginning of the Millennium (opening of the 7th Seal Rev 8:1) and the Return of the Savior.
It would seem that the key essentials necessary to frame a reasonable inference of latter-day end time events requires some estimation of the timing of the opening of the 7th Seal mentioned in the Book of Revelation 8:1 which reads: “And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.”
The space of time referred to as a period of silence in heaven begins at the opening of the 7th Seal. And from the D&C 88 we know the following:
And there shall be silence in heaven for the space of half an hour; and immediately after shall the curtain of heaven be unfolded, as a scroll is unfolded after it is rolled up, and the face of the Lord shall be unveiled; And the saints that are upon the earth, who are alive, shall be quickened and be caught up to meet him. And they who have slept in their graves shall come forth, for their graves shall be opened; and they also shall be caught up to meet him in the midst of the pillar of heaven (D&C 88:95-97, emphasis ours).
Accordingly, the 7th Seal starts the period of silence and the appearance of the Lord comes immediately after. Therefore, it can be assumed that this approximate or “about” one half hour in heaven essentially encompasses everything that has to happen between the opening of the 7th Seal and the Savior’s return. From the silence described one gets the impression the angels in heaven are figuratively holding their breath when they witness the opening of the 7th Seal. Once this occurs there is much less conjecture about what and when things are going to happen. At this juncture we and the angels are now on the fast-track to the end of earth’s history as a telestial sphere.
And among most modern gospel writers, including Elder Bruce R McConkie, there is general consent that the half hour may be calculated according to one 24-hour day being as 1,000 years with the Lord. This provides a figure of 20.83 years. However, by use the term “about” we may only take this as an approximation. Nevertheless, we know from the above scriptures cited that everything in the 7th Seal, which includes the return of the Savior, essentially happens within this “half hour of silence” time frame.
We know from the D&C that the events detailed in the book of Revelation chapter 9 are also to occur after the opening of the 7th Seal and before the return of the Savior:
Q. When are the things to be accomplished, which are written in the 9th chapter of Revelation? A. They are to be accomplished after the opening of the seventh seal, before the coming of Christ (D&C 77:13, emphasis ours).
Consequently, chapters 8 and 9 of the Revelation of St. John contain the events which occur after the opening of the 7th Seal, including those associated with a sequence of the sounding of six angelic trumpets in heaven. There are a series of woes, destructions and calamities upon the earth which culminate in a description of a massive army made up from many nations in the battle of Armageddon outside Jerusalem. As all of this goes on during the half hour of silence, we may conclude that the silence likely pertains to an angelic concern, pain and reticence to speak during this intense cosmic crucible.
Today we are still under the 6th Seal and awaiting the 144 thousand Saviors on Mount Zion who are sealed and hold the sealing power.
6th Seal Events
The other major consideration in determining any timeline of events has to do with what, if anything, remains to be accomplished under the 6th Seal time period. Though many people think we are already in the millennial 7th Seal there are some very significant events described by John under the 6th Seal that do not yet appear to have occurred. They are as follows:
And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand? (Rev. 6:12-17)
The first event important enough for description detailed under the 6th Seal is a great earthquake. We must assume that this is an earthquake of unusual magnitude to manifest such dramatic effects as those described above. Since we understand that each of the seven seals represent a thousand-year period in the earth’s mortal history, the 6th Seal would pertain to the sixth thousand-year period, or the 6th millennia that precedes the 7th (the one we are still in). This period must expire before the opening of the 7th Seal—that is, the thousand-year-period just now concluding. If we were now past the 7th Seal opening, all the things described in the above scripture, if correct, would have had to happened already. So, one question is: Has there been an earthquake of this description since around the year 1000 AD, so that we could check that off as having been accomplished?
A Wikipedia search of an extensive list of major earthquakes turns up several with large local death tolls, the largest ones having been in Azerbaijan, Iran and China. There has also been an increase of frequency of earthquakes in recent times that exceed 8.0 on the Richter Scale. However, there is nothing in recorded history that approaches the description of the extensive effects of the earthquake referred to in the prophecy of John quoted above—which appears to appropriately be a significant physical and geological call to repentance for the world just prior to the opening of the 7th Seal and its ominous portents.
There are other earthquakes also prophesied under the 7th Seal, but my personal feeling is that this earthquake is yet to happen and will be centered in or around the Holy Land and will have some serious geological effects. One of these may be to create an appropriate space on which to build the Jerusalem temple. We will discuss this temple in more detail later.
In this same chapter of Revelation there follows additional detail of 6th Seal events which are still indicated to occur between now (2022) and the opening of the 7th Seal and, therefore, the beginning of the half-hour of silence in heaven:
And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree. And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel (Rev. 7:1-4).
We also have a modern scriptural reference substantiating the assignment by the Lord of the calling and ordaining of the 144,000 out of the various tribes of Israel under the 6th Seal:
Q. What time are the things spoken of in this 7th chapter to be accomplished? A. They are to be accomplished in the sixth thousand years, or the opening of the sixth seal. Q. What are we to understand by sealing the one hundred and forty-four thousand, out of all the tribes of Israel—twelve thousand out of every tribe?
A. We are to understand that those who are sealed are high priests, ordained unto the holy order of God, to administer the everlasting gospel; for they are they who are ordained out of every nation, kindred, tongue, and people, by the angels to whom is given power over the nations of the earth, to bring as many as will come to the church of the Firstborn (D&C 77:10-11, emphasis ours).
Notice several things of potential significance. These are high priests who are ordained unto the holy order of God. We know from the Book of Mormon and the Joseph Smith translation of the Bible that this holy order includes a preaching requirement to focus on 1) crying repentance, and 2) calling and election (see also Oath and Covenant). Besides a final warning voice to the world, the 144 thousand are to bring people to the Church of the Firstborn. Notice also that they are ordained to their office by the angels of heaven and empowered to administer the everlasting gospel. These missionaries have power over the elements. Among them there will also be some translated beings. This arrangement with angels, in this case at least, portends a new wrinkle in our church authority and structure.
So, unless this has been going on very quietly behind the scenes (which is not impossible), it would seem that this is likely another item of considerable substance that has not yet occurred (at the time this is written) but which must shortly come to pass before the opening of the 7th Seal. This particular program seems to be operating under the auspices of heaven and may even be occurring during a time of laxity or fear in the Latter-day Saint kingdom on the earth. By the time the 144 thousand go forth it will probably be too dangerous to send young elders and sisters throughout the world.
And, according to John, there is yet more significant detail to transpire during the remaining period of the 6th Seal. The sun being darkened, the moon turning to blood, and stars falling from heaven are yet another physical call to repentance. How do we understand this prophecy? Is its meaning literal or figurative, or both? There is also the question as to whether these are universal phenomena, local or pertaining to more Biblical geography? If the sun figuratively represents the Lord, its darkening can represent the withdrawal of His Spirit and the moon turning to blood a symbol of the Atonement. Such a physical effect on both the sun and the moon can be accomplished by warfare, earthquake or can be the result of volcanic eruption having its effect upon the earth’s atmosphere. All of the above are possible—and possibly imminent.
How long to the opening of the 7th Seal, and then what?
We may have only several years (from 2022) until the opening of the 7th Seal or the beginning of the seventh thousand-year period. Consequently, the prophesied earthquake designated under the 6th Seal, if correct, would have to happen during this brief time before the 7th Seal. Whether as a result of this earthquake or others that are prophesied under the 7th Seal time period (Rev 8:5, 11:13,19, 16:18), among the resultant geological changes local to Israel and Jerusalem may be ground cleared at some point for building Ezekiel’s end time temple (Ezekiel chapters 40-44). The Lord’s description of the temple is so detailed it constitutes a blueprint by which it can be built.
Among the Jewish people almost everyone with an opinion on the subject supposes mistakenly that the Jewish temple must be a model of either Solomon’s temple or what was known as Herod’s Temple (in the days of Jesus)—to be built on Mount Moriah where now stands the Muslim structures, known as the Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa in Arabic.
The reasons for this belief stem from incorrect traditions which are contradicted by Josephus and other historical accounts. The ancient temples of Solomon, Zerubbabel and later Herod’s temple in the days of Jesus’s ministry, encompassed the Gihon Spring in the City of David. According to eye witness historical sources the Jewish temple was just below what is now, therefore, incorrectly called the Temple Mount. The Roman General Titus and his army, having paid a severe price to conquer Jerusalem, left not one stone to mark the temple’s location as prophesied by the Savior (Matt 24:2). Adding to Jewish confusion on this subject is the fact that the design of Ezekiel’s prophesied millennial temple is a departure from previous designs. This position of confusion about the temple’s original location as well as future location will change as future events unfold and as the Lord’s will is revealed to the necessary parties.
The stars falling from heaven can also be both literal and figurative. Meteorite showers certainly give the appearance of falling stars and the prophesied perturbations of the earth exceeding its normal axial behavior could also give the appearance of stars falling, as our normal night sky is shifted to some degree. As far as a figurative interpretation of falling stars is concerned, this almost always refers to apostasy of the Lord's people. Taken this way it would appear that there might be a falling away from the Church under this latter stage of the 6th Seal.
The description of the falling stars as “untimely figs” also supports the interpretation of apostasy. The phrase untimely figs refers to fruit that does not ripen during its normal season. Remaining on the tree until removed by strong Autumn and Winter winds, this is fruit that did not qualify for the Lord’s harvest and will fall when the storms come. And the storms are coming, but this apostasy appears to be under the 6th Seal, which period is rapidly coming to a close. While such a near term departure from the Church could be associated with members being disaffected by learning the truth about the vaccines, there is also the fact that a large percentage of members at this time are unknowingly apostate.
Apostasy under the 7th Seal
The Apostle Paul makes clear that there will be a falling away associated with the appearance the Anti-Christ or Son of Perdition, “Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” (2 Thess.2:3, 9-12) This falling away described by Paul pertains to events under the time period described by the 7th Seal—the effects of the spirit of anti-Christ and apostasy beginning in his day but more particularly the latter-days (the day of the Anti-Christ)—in other words departure of church members and even Church leaders as the going gets rough. Notice that it is God who sends members who apostatize “strong delusion.” The tares must be separated from the wheat so that they can be tied in bundles and burned (Matt 13:30, 41-42, D&C 86:7). This delusion (e.g. philosophies of men mingled with scripture) among the saints is already rampant and growing by the day.
Revelation chapter 8, versus 14 through 16 above can be a bit confusing in the sense that they refer to rather miraculous effects that one might normally ascribe to the end time and more particular to the 7th Seal. However, if we assume the accuracy of the scripture, it is apparent that whether because of the earthquake or other physical phenomena associated with manifestations of the Lord’s power, there is a striking effect upon people of the earth prior to the opening of the 7th Seal and the technical beginning of the millennium as signified by the opening of the 7th Seal in heaven. If we are, at this time, not yet under the 7th Seal we can expect that these tumultuous events are looming. This also can be viewed as a serious call to repentance to the peoples of the world in preparation to receive the worldwide ministry of the 144 thousand Saviors on Mount Zion.
However, and parenthetically, there are details in Revelations chapter 8, such as the heavens being “rolled together as a scroll” (Rev 6:14) that more aptly apply to the very last stages of the 7th Seal end time events. This raises the question as to whether the timing of other details in this chapter may also carry over into the 7th Seal time frame.
As we now proceed into the 7th Seal, and according to the scriptures pertaining to this period, it is obvious that the Lord’s 6th Seal call to repentance has mainly a short-term effect and Babylon is soon back to business as usual. Nevertheless, at this point we now have the missionary work conducted by the 144 thousand High Priests into all the world. There will be much new conversion to replace various phases of apostasy. But also keep in mind that the significance of this conversion is that it is focused on gathering the remnants of Israel and bringing disciples into the Father’s Church of the Firstborn.
According to this the 144 thousand are not just bringing converts into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, but they are bringing them through the LDS Church ordinances and then via sanctification into the Church of the Firstborn . There is a distinction between the two (e.g. the Kingdom of God on the earth and the Church of the Firstborn, which is the Heavenly Church) and only the solidly sanctified are members of Church of the Firstborn (D&C 76:53-60).
Please note some details the Lord has given us about the 144 thousand High Priests:
And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads. And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps: And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God (Rev. 14:1-5, emphasis ours).
With respect to these men, who have the seal of God in their foreheads and possess the fulness of the priesthood being virgins, we may understand this to be symbolic in a significant way. In order to be a High Priest after the Holy Order and to hold the fulness of the priesthood, one must be married in the New and Everlasting Covenant. The significance of the virgin label is explained in the associated scriptural observation that they are “not defiled with women.” It is by virtue of this non-defilement that these men are able to follow the Lamb withersoever he goeth. This not only means that they do not get distracted from their mission by women but, more importantly, that their wives were and are living the Divine Order in their marriage and family and fully support their priesthood callings. It is unfortunate that we are no longer taught the true Order—which is one of the mysteries of godliness and salvation. For any home in which the wife consistently takes the lead or usurps power will never enjoy the blessings and benefits of sanctification and exaltation (see What Satan Taught Eve in the Garden). The man’s sacred obligations are also dictated by the Divine Order (see D&C 121;37-42, also Saviors on Mount Zion).
That the rights of the priesthood are inseparably connected with the powers of heaven, and that the powers of heaven cannot be controlled nor handled only upon the principles of righteousness. That they may be conferred upon us, it is true; but when we undertake to cover our sins, or to gratify our pride, our vain ambition, or to exercise control or dominion or compulsion upon the souls of the children of men, in any degree of unrighteousness, behold, the heavens withdraw themselves; the Spirit of the Lord is grieved; and when it is withdrawn, Amen to the priesthood or the authority of that man (D&C 121:36-37, emphasis ours).
The Last Mission to the World
This mission of the 144 thousand I estimate to last somewhere between two to three and one half years. After this mission to the world under the Holy Order of the Son of God (meaning having great power and declaring repentance as the main message, bringing people to the Church of the Firstborn), the emphasis will shift to divine climatic and geological messages of national and worldwide calamity. Now the portentous trumpets of the D&C and Book of Revelation begin to sound and their effects begin to take place upon the earth. The silence in heaven certainly does not preclude the sounding of trumpets, rather it has to do with pain as the angels watch us and experience a sort of collective holding of breath of anticipation as the 7th Seal unfolds.
For all flesh is corrupted before me; and the powers of darkness prevail upon the earth, among the children of men, in the presence of all the hosts of heaven—Which causeth silence to reign, and all eternity is pained, and the angels are waiting the great command to reap down the earth, to gather the tares that they may be burned; and, behold, the enemy is combined (D&C 38:11-12, emphasis ours).
So, where are we right now as this is written? Notice that the enemy is combined. This is already now the case as the Babylonian globalists are in the throes of a blatant power grab. However, regardless of the fact it is now March 2022 AD, according to the scriptural indications we are still, as of this writing, living within the 6th Seal. We still have the earthquake, the calling of the 144 thousand, more apostasy and some other dramatic manifestations to some parts of the world before the 7th Seal commences. It is likely that some signs of the times and related events may be local, some regional and some global.
Every Nation and Tongue
It also seems, that in order to obtain and ordain 12,000 High Priests from every tribe of Israel, if we take this prophecy literally, we may need to have further missionary access in the near future to countries where proselyting work is currently forbidden, such as China, India and Iran. It would also seem to be fortuitous that we have built temples everywhere possible throughout the globe to facilitate this great missionary force. And though Dr Gileadi supposes that all these missionaries will be either translated or resurrected beings, the scriptures indicate that these missionaries are being ordained and sealed by the angels of heaven. If they were all translated or resurrected beings from previous dispensations this sealing activity would not be required within the 6th or 7th Seal periods, which seems to be the indication in D&C 77:10-11. They would have already been sealed. I believe a small percentage will be translated beings from earlier in this dispensation while the rest are powerful sealed mortals.
It is also my personal assumption that the opening of the 7th Seal is not far off. This would require some compression of the above events and activities in a fairly short period of time. Judging from the past that could seem unlikely, but perhaps the past is not indicative. Right now our nation and the world in general are going through an unprecedented emotional and spiritual upheaval over aforementioned power grabs by globalist secret combinations. The rapidity with which its long planned world takeover has materialized of late has left much of the people of the world paralyzed and fearful. Despite the Book of Mormon warnings against secret combinations, current members who understand what is happening to them, appear to be in the minority. (See Secret Combinations and The Fake Pandemic) https://www.neuro-genix.com/political-topics
Fortunately, such flagrant violations of human and civil rights as we are now witnessing by the enemy may be met by counterbalanced intervention by the Lord to and through His people. So, while Satan is accelerating his program the Lord, who knows all things from the beginning to the end, surely has countermoves in process, which are not yet so obvious. And those things and events which remain in the 6th Seal may also be scheduled in a dramatic way and time frame. At some stage we know that the Lord will “cut short His work in righteousness” (D&C 52:11, 84:97, 109:59). We also know that Zion must “travail” in order to bring forth her children—mainly the priesthood man (Micah 5:3-5).
Howl ye; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty. Therefore shall all hands be faint, and every man’s heart shall melt: And they shall be afraid: pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them; they shall be in pain as a woman that travaileth: they shall be amazed one at another; their faces [shall be as] flames. Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it. For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine. And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible. I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir (Isa. 13: 6-12, emphasis ours).
The travail that the Lord’s Church, Zion, must endure comes through a rough but effective cleansing likened unto the refinement of gold and silver (Mal 3:3, D&C 128:24). This refinement requires great heat. And that will include the heat of the Assyrian invasion.
The noise of a multitude in the mountains, like as of a great people; a tumultuous noise of the kingdoms of nations gathered together: the LORD of hosts mustereth the host of the battle. They come from a far country, from the end of heaven, even the LORD, and the weapons of his indignation, to destroy the whole land (Isa 13:4-5, emphasis ours).
This indignation begins upon His house [LDS Church] and the American nation possibly within a dozen years. And it is by this means that Zion travails and brings forth. The righteous remnants who have obeyed the gospel and sanctified themselves may now become the Lord’s righteous battle horse.
The 7 Year Tribulation Period and what comes before
The other time-frame reference we have to work from in the scriptures is the seven-year tribulation period, divided into two three and one-half-year sections. We know from Biblical references (Dan. 8:10-14, Zech. 14:1-2, Rev. 11:1-2) that the midpoint of this period applies to when the Anti-Christ removes the daily sacrifice that will have been re-instituted at the newly built temple in Jerusalem. Since the destruction of the Anti-Christ comes at the end of this 7 year period associated with the return of the Savior, we must necessarily place this time period near the end of the twenty some odd year half-hour of silence. Both time periods [7 year tribulation and half hour of silence] end essentially with the Savior’s return. See the Timeline Diagram at the end of this article.
While some people suppose we are already in the 7 year tribulation period, however since we are still under the 6th Seal, the very beginning of the seven-year tribulation must be at least 14 years away (e.g. approximate 21 minus 7 years) plus whatever remains at this time within the 6th Seal period. Consequently the main variables in our time-frame estimations have to do with the time now remaining until the 7th Seal and whatever variability exists in the approximate half-hour of silence in heaven. Bruce R McConkie estimates this half hour to be around 21-22 years duration. This puts us to about 2048-50. It will likely not take any longer. If my children live full life spans they will see it all, and certainly will my grandchildren.
The First Latter-Day Assyrian Invasion
So, if the Patriots of our nation and the world and the Saints or members of the Lord’s Restored Church are worthy, the Lord will turn back the globalist tide under which we now labor and give us some respite. Taking this idea in faith, prayer and testing have suggested we have about 9 or10 good years until the forces of evil regain the upper hand in the US—probably through economic troubles and leveraging promises to new immigrants. This resultant and already progressive national weakness will eventuate within a couple more years (after the aforementioned good ones) in an invasion from what probably will be a military force spearheaded by the Russians (e.g. circa 2034). This will be America’s scriptural invasion of the Assyrian (Isa. 10:5-12,24-27).
It seems the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and the American nation (also referred to as Zion in the scriptures) are to undergo a purging prior to the cleansing of Israel and the rest of the world. We, as members of the Lord’s Restored Church, have received the first latter-day dominion [responsibility and authority] from the Lord (see Micah 4:8) and must be refined as gold and silver ahead of the others in order to carry out and complete our mission to the rest of the world and to Israel in particular. Consequently, we do not have time to wait upon the end-time Anti-Christ to chasten us. We know from D&C 112:24-25 the scourging of the world first begins with the Lord's house.
And until that hour there will be foolish virgins among the wise; and at that hour cometh an entire separation of the righteous and the wicked; and in that day will I send mine angels to pluck out the wicked and cast them into unquenchable fire (D&C 63:54, emphasis ours).
Putin, the present leader of Russia, is not part of the globalist cabal. Rather he, like a number of other world leaders, has his own global ambitions. The initial intention of a Russian invasion of America is a government takeover and occupation of strategic power centers. [Edit note as of 03/2022: Putin's current invasion of the Ukraine can be taken as an example of his larger intentions. He is not out to destroy the Ukraine, rather he is eliminating dangers to the Russian homeland and extending Russian influence over a larger population. Putin is anti-globalist. The anti-Christ on the other hand, will not mind obliterating conquered territory as a warning to potential opposition.] This more near-term version of Isaiah’s Assyrian will want to eliminate America as competition and strengthen Russia’s position opposite the globalists. Russia’s forces will focus on strategic targets including Washington DC, elements of both coasts and Salt Lake City.
Now also many nations are gathered against thee, that say, Let her be defiled, and let our eye look upon Zion. But they know not the thoughts of the LORD, neither understand they his counsel: for he shall gather them as the sheaves into the floor. Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion: for I will make thine horn iron, and I will make thy hoofs brass: and thou shalt beat in pieces many people: and I will consecrate their gain unto the LORD, and their substance unto the Lord of the whole earth (Micah 4:11-13).
Zion in this context refers to America, and many nations are envious of America and want to control it or bring it down. Russia’s leadership will attempt to seize the opportunity presented by America’s weakness. Both China and Russia have been studying for decades how to defeat and control the US, but with China soon (I believe) to be at least temporarily out of the way (thanks to Trump), Russia will make its move ahead of the globalists (who will have suffered a setback by Trump’s return to power). Thanks to our political ineptitude and social insults of Russia ever since the Iron Curtain came down and the more recent nonsense of blaming Russia for putting Trump in office, the Russians are looking to settle a score with us, at the same time strengthening their global position. The daughter of Zion, members of the LDS Church, will not “beat in pieces many people” (Micah 4:13, see above) until after the Assyrian army has completed its purging assignment from the Lord upon the LDS community and Zion has travailed and brought forth the priesthood man. Those who left spiritual Babylon early and sanctified themselves shall be delivered and protected while some others will be sanctified through the crucible of affliction while others die.
Why is a purge of the Latter-day saints necessary?
It is because we are by no means ready to fulfill our latter-day assignment to build the New Jerusalem, gather Israel and help defend Old Jerusalem from the formidable power of the Anti-Christ. Presently, we as a people, have little conception of what is required in the days ahead. We must be worthy of miracles. Zion must first travail, and the invasion will be a key element and source of the birth pangs that will bring forth a sanctified Ephraimite priesthood army prepared to fulfill their birthright obligations to the world and to the remnants of Israel. Unfortunately in this process many LDS men will die. Why? The Lord through Isaiah points the finger at the daughters of Zion and says that their “men shall die by the sword…in the war,” and that the daughters of Zion “being desolate shall sit upon the ground” (see Isaiah 3:16-26). While the daughter of Zion phraseology refers to the Church or the Lord’s people in general, the Lord is referring specifically in these references to female individuals, the daughters of Zion (plural)—a fact conveniently overlooked by most LDS commentators.
Traditionally the women were in general more righteous than the men. Among the Lord’s people they were stalwarts, valiant, firm and steadfast in the support of their men holding the priesthood. The women were leaders in terms of righteousness. However, in this, the last dispensation, Satan has successfully gained the upper hand with the women of the Lord’s Church and turned their heads to worldly preoccupations, false doctrines and ideas. The women of Zion have become careless. See also What Satan Taught Eve in the Garden.
Rise up, ye women that are at ease; hear my voice, ye careless daughters; give ear unto my speech. Many days and years shall ye be troubled, ye careless women: for the vintage shall fail, the gathering shall not come. Tremble, ye women that are at ease; be troubled, ye careless ones: strip you, and make you bare, and gird sackcloth upon your loins (Isa 32:9-11)
It is because Zion’s women have become careless in observing their covenants and at ease in their participation and support of the divine order of the priesthood that their men will die. It is because the women ignore or reject the divine order (and because their men have acquiesced) that pertinent priesthood doctrines have been removed from the temple presentation. It is because the women do not support, demand or qualify for genuine priesthood leadership that their men do not walk the path of sanctification and acquire the fulness of the priesthood—power and direction that would save their lives when the crucible of affliction, which must surely come (and is not far off) descends upon the saints. The end and the return of the Savior are not yet, but at the time of the coming LDS scourge, the careless women who survive shall be troubled for many days and years, whereas the sanctified (men and women) will be protected and at peace.
I have been hoping…that the sayings contained in that chapter [Isa. 3] would never apply to the daughters of Zion in our day; but I believe they will…Some of the daughters of Zion do not seem willing to forsake the fashions of Babylon. I to such would say hasten it, and let the woe that is threatened on this account come, that we may get through with it, then we can go on and build up the Zion of God on the earth… Think not, ye elders of Israel, ye sons and daughters of Zion, that we are going to live after the order of Babylon always. We are not. We shall be chastised and afflicted, and shall feel the chastening rod of the Almighty, unless we serve the Lord our God, and build up his kingdom (The Discourses of Wilford Woodruff, p. 226-227).
Latter-day Invasion: Blow Ye the Trumpet in Zion
Moving forward to the time of the invasion, if a weakened US military has not effectively stopped it at that time, local resistance to the Russian/Assyrian army on part of the Saints would be futile. Following is a scriptural description of this army evidencing modern military technology and tactics and a focus on Zion:
Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand; A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations [e.g. Gog and Magog at the end of the millennium]. A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them. The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run. Like the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devoureth the stubble, as a strong people set in battle array. Before their face the people shall be much pained: all faces shall gather blackness. They shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like men of war; and they shall march everyone on his ways, and they shall not break their ranks: Neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk everyone in his path: and when they fall upon the sword, they shall not be wounded. They shall run to and fro in the city; they shall run upon the wall, they shall climb up upon the houses; they shall enter in at the windows like a thief. The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining (Joel 2:1-10).
The day of the Lord is a day of cleansing. This happens well before we return to Jackson County. It is one of the necessary precursory events. So, why Zion? Why Salt Lake City? I used to think that Utah would be a safe place throughout the American tribulations, but I now see that Utah will not be safe until after its terrestrial inhabitants, including members and other tares, have been removed. The LDS Church and its organization probably represents the closest thing to an alternative government in the US and this fact will not be lost upon the enemy. Utah probably also contains the largest amount of deadwood membership of any state—another reason for the Lord to allow a cleansing in preparation for what is to come next.
Behold, vengeance cometh speedily upon the inhabitants of the earth, a day of wrath, a day of burning, a day of desolation, of weeping, of mourning, and of lamentation; and as a whirlwind it shall come upon all the face of the earth, saith the Lord. And upon my house shall it begin, and from my house shall it go forth, saith the Lord; First among those among you, saith the Lord, who have professed to know my name and have not known me, and have blasphemed against me in the midst of my house, saith the Lord (D&C 112:24-26, emphasis ours).
Brigham Young and other early church leaders expressed several key concerns about Utah and its saints. These concerns focused on the trial of wealth, apostasy and the influx of degenerate Gentiles. President Young, Heber C Kimball and Joseph F Smith each said that Salt Lake City would become one of the wickedest cities in the nation (JD 11, 82-83;13, 339–40, Deseret News, 23 May 1931),
Since Satan is in pretty much in charge of worldly things at the point in time in which this invasion occurs, the Church will also come under increasing focus as we progress through the end times. The Church will, because of its extensive organization and numbers, also be seen as a potential opposition force that must be neutralized. Consequently, at the time of the invasion, the Church leadership will likely have to go into hiding. The burden of leadership will subsequently fall upon stake and local leaders. Consequently, there may be a great deal of unnecessary confusion. Any lack of personal revelation on the part of Church leadership will become apparent at this time.
Notice that the approach and arrival of this terrible army is also identified as the Day of the Lord characterized by darkness, gloominess and destruction. There is, unfortunately, another reason for the Lord’s “rod” of punishment to target Zion. The Lord has become the saint’s enemy. “But they rebelled, and vexed his holy Spirit: therefore he was turned to be their enemy, and he fought against them” (Isa. 63:10).
This is a time of scourging and the refiner’s fire, and many will die (see Isa. 48:9-11). However, America will never have a king except its rightful One. In the days ahead the hand of the Lord is going to be displayed beyond anything we have ever seen before. And it will be necessary. The reason that the Lord destroys the wicked is because, left unchecked, the truly wicked are determined to destroy the righteous and also because the tares in the Church would keep the wheat from maturing and being harvested. We will no longer be teaching regurgitated gospel milk, false doctrines and the philosophies of men mingled with scripture.
The Wedding Supper - Who will be there?
As we draw down on this timeline the lines of demarcation of society including within the Church membership will become clearer. The parable of the Lord’s supper and its human delineations as recorded in the Gospel of Luke will become sharper. In summary, the Lord or nobleman in this parable is getting married (symbolic of Christ marrying the Church) and inviting all his noble friends to the feast but they all make excuses to do with their various preoccupations. Their own affairs were more important. So, this is what follows: “Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind. And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room. And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper” (Luke 14:21-24, emphasis ours).
In order for the marriage feast and ceremony to proceed, the Lord’s Church, the bride, must get ready. How ironic that those seemingly at the top of the list [gospel nobility] are no-shows. This can be referenced with the heavens being “shaken” and the “stars falling from heaven”! For many are called but few are chosen. Why? “Because their hearts are set so much upon the things of this world, and aspire to the honors of men.” (D&C 121:35)
When the Lord stood among the “noble and great ones” and said that from among them he would choose His “rulers” (Abr. 3:22), how many might we suppose will have fulfilled their foreordained commissions? Only about 10%. Seeking honor of men (and women) is the universal Achilles Heel, whereas it is the meek and the poor that will inherit the earth. It is only the sufficiently humble that the Lord can work with—it is only in the meek in whom He can perform the works of divine transformation. Generally speaking, it is the highly intelligent and more educated among us that are the furthest from genuine salvation.
It is interesting to note that it is the LDS members that are associated with the Wasatch front’s so-called institutions of higher learning (BYU included) that are the most ignorant—spiritually, politically and practically. This is also true nationally of Americans associated with higher learning and even education at all levels.
O that cunning plan of the evil one! O the vainness, and the frailties, and the foolishness of men! When they are learned they think they are wise, and they hearken not unto the counsel of God, for they set it aside, supposing they know of themselves, wherefore, their wisdom is foolishness and it profiteth them not. And they shall perish. But to be learned is good if they hearken unto the counsels of God (2 Nephi 9:28–29).
The Lord’s Punishing Army
The approach of the Assyrian/Russian invasion is a call to turn to the Lord, invoke pleas for deliverance and serious repentance. The Assyrian is the Lord’s arm of wrath against a sinful nation and people.
And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide it? Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil. Who knoweth if he will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind him; even a meat offering and a drink offering unto the LORD your God? Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly: Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet. Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O LORD, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God? (Joel 2:11-17, emphasis ours).
The Latter-Day LDS Scourge
The spiritual level of Church leadership at the time of the scourging invasion may largely reflect the level of spirituality of our general membership. The necessary refinement of the refiner’s fire will likely catch LDS Church members off-guard, just as we were by the so-called pandemic, speaking collectively and not individually . What was true in the days of the Nephites is and will be true in our day. Our wickedness will be revealed in the same way.
Now this great loss of the Nephites, and the great slaughter which was among them, would not have happened had it not been for their wickedness and their abomination which was among them; yea, and it was among those also who professed to belong to the church of God. And it was because of the pride of their hearts, because of their exceeding riches, yea, it was because of their oppression to the poor, withholding their food from the hungry, withholding their clothing from the naked, and smiting their humble brethren upon the cheek, making a mock of that which was sacred, denying the spirit of prophecy… (Hel 4:11-12, emphasis ours)
While the LDS Church is giving away millions of dollars to charitable causes, this scripture unfortunately describes our day. While so many members are luxuriating in hot tubs, cabins, vacations and exotic travel we have widows taken advantage of by real estate agents, single mothers near destitute, people’s saving being robbed in pyramid and investment schemes, to name only a few. The Saints must be cleansed before they will have the power to do the rest of the work that remains to be done. The bigger job still lies ahead. For the righteous it will be a time of marvelous and challenging prophetic fulfillment as the arm and power of the Lord guide the world towards its destiny. For the others it will be a day of reckoning.
Consequently, as the enemy quickly advances, the trumpet of warning in Zion may sound an uncertain sound, and confusion be the result (1 Cor. 14:8). The instructions from the Lord and through our Church leaders will be, I believe, not to resist the invaders (just like Jeremiah’s advice with respect to the Babylonian invasion). However, many members along with others who want to fight will fall into the temptation of violent confrontation with the invaders. Accordingly, many member men will die unnecessarily and there will be numerous widows and single women (see Isa. 3:25-26, 4:1). The “Day of the Lord” indicates both the deliverance of the righteous and the destruction of the wicked, including the wicked among us.
The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites. Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings? He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil; He shall dwell on high: his place of defence shall be the munitions of rocks: bread shall be given him; his waters shall be sure (Isa. 33:14-16, emphasis ours).
The sinners in Zion will not survive. The devouring fire comes from the Russian/Assyrian army. Everlasting burnings, on the other hand, are the environment of the Lord for which we must qualify. Fortunately for the faithful, this Russian/Assyrian invasion does not last more than a few very intense months. This is because of the miraculous arrival of the ten tribes who come to “the boundaries of the everlasting hills” where they will be crowned with glory by receiving temple ordinances for themselves and their ancestors at the hands of those who have been delivered and endured the refiner’s fire. These will be days unlike anything we have ever seen before, nor the earth has ever experienced before.
And they who are in the north countries shall come in remembrance before the Lord; Their prophets shall hear his voice, and shall no longer stay themselves; and they shall smite the rocks, and the ice shall flow down at their presence. And an highway shall be cast up in the midst of the great deep. Their enemies shall become a prey unto them, And in the barren deserts there shall come forth pools of living water; and the parched ground shall no longer be a thirsty land. And they shall bring forth their rich treasures unto the children of Ephraim, my servants. And the boundaries of the everlasting hills shall tremble at their presence. And there shall they fall down and be crowned with glory, even in Zion, by the hands of the servants of the Lord, even the children of Ephraim (D&C 133:26-32, emphasis ours).
Those who were anxious to fight, if they are still alive, will realize they should have waited upon the Lord, “until the [Assyrian] indignation be overpast” (Isa. 26:20). The enemies that become a prey unto the ten tribes are the Russian/Assyrian army. It was the ancient Assyrians, the great military power of its day, that conquered the Northern Kingdom of Israel and carried away the ten tribes into captivity into the “north countries”. This modern militaristic nation’s army comes from a similar geographical region. The manner in which the ten tribes dispatch the latter-day Assyrians in our day will be by the power of the Lord. As far as the Lord’s people are concerned from this point onwards traditional warfare will be the exception. The Lord will fight the battles of His people, that is, His righteous people (see Ex. 14:14, Neh. 4:20, D&C 98:37, 105:14).
The Russian version of the Assyrian invasion of America will produce a much greater negative impact than intended. While Putin or his successor's intentions are to control and consolidate, the dispatch from American soil of the Russian army by the ten tribes’ miraculous intervention will leave the USA without a central government and a loss of normal services. Since the Russian army is not permitted to stay and manage our affairs, the nation will at that point descend into chaos—resulting in the fulfillment of the prophecies of mobocracy and destruction of American cities.
After the Chastening
It can be helpful to understand that, when the people who take the name of the Lord upon them through covenants and then fail to live up to those covenants, ultimately find themselves with the Lord of heaven as their enemy. They will at some point be chastised and smitten and, if they do not repent, be destroyed. However, if they respond to their calls for repentance and call upon His Holy Name in time, the blessings will again flow.
Then will the LORD be jealous for his land and pity his people. Yea, the LORD will answer and say unto his people, Behold, I will send you corn, and wine, and oil, and ye shall be satisfied therewith: and I will no more make you a reproach among the heathen: But I will remove far off from you the northern army, and will drive him into a land barren and desolate, with his face toward the east sea, and his hinder part toward the utmost sea, and his stink shall come up, and his ill savor shall come up, because he hath done great things. Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the LORD will do great things. Be not afraid, ye beasts of the field: for the pastures of the wilderness do spring, for the tree beareth her fruit, the fig tree and the vine do yield their strength. Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month. And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the fats shall overflow with wine and oil (Joel 2:18-24).
Destruction in America
While the righteous are preserved and protected, the rest of the nation and the world are in turmoil. In the aftermath of the invasion the US will descend into mobocracy and tribal warfare. Due to the US government’s failure to redress the wrongs of the early saints, Joseph Smith prophesied in the name of the Lord that “the [US] government will be utterly overthrown and wasted, and there will not be so much as a potsherd left” (Teachings, 302-3) and that the nation would have “mobocracy to its heart content… It has been revealed that the time will come in the history of our nation, that one State will rise against another, one city against another, even every man’s hand shall be against his neighbor, until the whole Republic will be in general commotion and warfare.” (Orson Pratt quoting Joseph Smith, 02/25/1877. GF Gibbs Journal)
The cities will be destroyed and transportation and travel hazardous if not impossible. Roving gangs will loot, plunder and murder. Many immigrants will try to return to their home countries for food and safety. Lack of law, order and sanitation will foster pestilence and disease.
Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger. And it shall be as the chased roe, and as a sheep that no man taketh up: they shall every man turn to his own people, and flee everyone into his own land (Isa. 13:13-14, emphasis ours).
However, to the Lord’s sanctified He provides this assurance:
In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee. Behold, they shall surely gather together, but not by me: whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake. Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy. No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD (Isa 54:14-17, emphasis ours).
The “Remnant” shall Vex the Gentiles
Regarding the Native American “remnant” when the government can no longer provide subsidies and basic services so that they are exposed to the chaotic conditions, there will be an uprising. They will then participate as their prophesied part of the Lord’s scourge on this nation.
And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles in the midst of many people as a lion among the beasts of the forest, as a young lion among the flocks of sheep: who, if he go through, both treadeth down, and teareth in pieces, and none can deliver. Thine hand [ the remnant of Jacob] shall be lifted up upon thine adversaries, and all thine enemies shall be cut off. And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD, that I will cut off thy [USA] horses out of the midst of thee, and I will destroy thy chariots: And I will cut off the cities of thy land, and throw down all thy strong holds: And I will cut off witchcrafts out of thine hand; and thou shalt have no more soothsayers: Thy graven images also will I cut off, and thy standing images out of the midst of thee; and thou shalt no more worship the work of thine hands. And I will pluck up thy groves out of the midst of thee: so will I destroy thy cities. And I will execute vengeance in anger and fury upon the heathen, such as they have not heard (Micah 5:8-15, emphasis ours, see also 3 Ne 20:15-22).
Micah is talking about America. The time is coming when it will not be recognizable. However, returning in our account to Salt Lake City and Utah, now scourged, cleansed and ready to serve, the arrival of the ten tribes (I estimate a contingent of about 900K) will have catalyzed a significant round of temple work for them and their ancestors, mainly at the hands of the Ephraimite (Gentile) temple workers at the numerous temples along the Wasatch Front.
And thou, O tower of the flock, the strong hold of the daughter of Zion, unto thee [LDS Ephraimite members] shall it come, even the first dominion; the kingdom shall come to the daughter of Jerusalem. Now why dost thou cry out aloud? Is there no king in thee? is they counsellor perished? for pangs have taken thee as a woman in travail (Micah 4:8-9).
The first dominion of the Restoration comes initially to the Ephraimite converts from among the Gentiles. This pertains to the birthright blessing. Whereas the rightful kingship belongs to the tribe of Judah and the Lion of the tribe of Judah, who is Christ. In order for latter-day Ephraim to achieve its mission it must be delivered from the context of its worldly Babylonian captivity and bring forth out of the crucible of affliction the priesthood man—the man holding the fulness of the priesthood.
A Lion among the flocks
In the vacuum created by the loss of central and other government structures and protection certain ethnic groups will coalesce, organize and “vex” the land (see D&C 87:5). One of these, as referenced above, will be the Native American “remnant of Jacob” (3 Ne. 21:12-15). Let us not forget, quoting Isaiah, these are the words directly out of the Savior’s mouth as he ministered to the Nephites and converted Lamanites. The time is rapidly approaching in which iniquity and abominations will no longer be permitted on this chosen land and the Saints can only be spared by serious righteousness and sanctification. The Lord continues:
And I will cut off witchcrafts out of thy land, and thou shalt have no more soothsayers; Thy graven images I will also cut off, and thy standing images out of the midst of thee, and thou shalt no more worship the works of thy hands; And I will pluck up thy groves out of the midst of thee; so will I destroy thy cities. And it shall come to pass that all lyings, and deceivings, and envyings, and strifes, and priestcrafts, and whoredoms, shall be done away. For it shall come to pass, saith the Father, that at that day whosoever will not repent and come unto my Beloved Son, them will I cut off from among my people, O house of Israel (3 Ne. 21:16-20, emphasis ours)
Regarding the people of the world in the latter days, but more particularly those of us (members) among the Gentiles of the American continents, in this pertinent instance, the Lord says:
But if they will repent and hearken unto my words, and harden not their hearts, I will establish my church among them, and they shall come in unto the covenant and be numbered among this the remnant of Jacob, unto whom I have given this land for their inheritance; And they shall assist my people, the remnant of Jacob, and also as many of the house of Israel as shall come, that they may build a city, which shall be called the New Jerusalem. And then shall they assist my people that they may be gathered in, who are scattered upon all the face of the land, in unto the New Jerusalem (3 Ne. 21:22-24, emphasis ours).
We (LDS Ephraimite members) will be numbered among the Lehite remnant. If we understand the Lord correctly, He is specifying the building of the city of New Jerusalem to be assigned to the “remnant of Jacob.” These are the descendants of Lehi to whom he was speaking on the occasion recorded above. After the mission of the 144 thousand, the invasion, and the return of a contingent of the ten lost tribes, there will be a focus on temple work for these remnants. They will be further empowered through temple ordinances and the commencement of the construction of the New Jerusalem. The power of heaven will be manifest like never before.
And then shall the power of heaven come down among them; and I also will be in the midst. And then shall the work of the Father commence at that day, even when this gospel shall be preached among the remnant of this people. Verily I say unto you, at that day shall the work of the Father commence among all the dispersed of my people, yea, even the tribes which have been lost, which the Father hath led away out of Jerusalem. Yea, the work shall commence among all the dispersed of my people, with the Father to prepare the way whereby they may come unto me, that they may call on the Father in my name. Yea, and then shall the work commence, with the Father among all nations in preparing the way whereby his people may be gathered home to the land of their inheritance. And they shall go out from all nations; and they shall not go out in haste, nor go by flight, for I will go before them, saith the Father, and I will be their rearward (3 Ne. 21: 25-29, emphasis ours).
As a follow up to the mission of the 144 thousand the construction of the New Jerusalem temple complex in Jackson County is a catalyst and initiates a new round of gathering of the tribes of Israel to places of safety in the lands of both Zion and Jerusalem. There will have also been a group of 12,000 of the tribe of Manasseh that will have surely had a great deal of success upon the three American continents. The rest of the American nation will be in a chaotic spiral of internal warfare and the other nations of the earth shall be caught up in the perpetual ramp-up to the ultimate siege of Jerusalem.
The Fall of Babylon in America
While Babylon will still be doing business around the globe, the church members who have survived the invasion and occupation are now free of the Babylonian preoccupations of appearances, merchandise and status that grieved the Spirit of the Lord. The saints may focus on the Lord’s work. It is Babylon, whose head is Satan, that has sown the tares in the Church, both ancient and modern (see D&C 86:3).
Therefore, let the wheat and the tares grow together until the harvest is fully ripe; then ye shall first gather out the wheat from among the tares, and after the gathering of the wheat, behold and lo, the tares are bound in bundles, and the field remaineth to be burned (D&C 86:7).
The wheat of the Church, the elect, have already prepared for the prophesied judgments and have removed themselves from the influence of spiritual Babylon. They are keeping all their temple covenants and are pure, holy and sanctified. This is an exodus of the righteous who have already fled spiritual Babylon under the inspiration of the Lord (D&C 133:7, 1 Ne. 20:20). They have sought the Lord “early,” so that when the critical time came, they “shall not be forsaken” (D&C 88:33), whereas the more righteous but less prepared [not sanctified] have suffered serious loss and affliction but have largely survived. The tares among us in the Americas, on the other hand, have largely been destroyed. And once the temple blessings are secured for the newly arrived contingent of the ten tribes (there may be more yet to come) from the “north countries” (D&C 133:26-34), some of them along with other church members will go to Jackson County to assist in the building of the New Jerusalem.
It will probably be several years after the arrival of the ten tribes before the other calamities and destruction prophesied for the US have taken sufficient toll that the saints my go and reclaim their rightful lands in Missouri without opposition. As prophesied by Joseph Smith, the land will have been “swept by the besom of destruction” and Brigham Young added that there would not be there “a yellow dog to wag its tail” (BH Roberts, New Witnesses for God, 1,298; Deseret News, 5/23/1931).
New Jerusalem a Prerequisite to the End Time
It may be a revolutionary concept to realize that the establishment of the New Jerusalem happens after the prophesied American tribulation mentioned above but before the tribulation period of Old Jerusalem described in the scriptures. The following passage from the Book of Moses in the Pearl of Great Price provides information on the timing of the commencement of the New Jerusalem on the American continent.
And righteousness will I send down out of heaven; and truth will I send forth out of the earth, to bear testimony of mine Only Begotten; his resurrection from the dead; yea, and also the resurrection of all men; and righteousness and truth will I cause to sweep the earth as with a flood, to gather out mine elect from the four quarters of the earth, unto a place which I shall prepare, an Holy City, that my people may gird up their loins, and be looking forth for the time of my coming; for there shall be my tabernacle, and it shall be called Zion, a New Jerusalem (Moses 7:62, emphasis ours).
It may be reasonably inferred from the scripture above that the New Jerusalem comes into existence while the old Jerusalem's fate is still seemingly in flux. Indeed, we are told by the Lord that the early Saints could have built Zion or the New Jerusalem in their day had they been sufficiently righteous. Instead, they "polluted their inheritances" (see D&C 101: 1-8,105:9,16-17). Zion cannot be established until the Saints are worthy and ready to live all the covenants they make in the temple, including consecration.
The Saints must be ready and the New Jerusalem already in place in preparing for and "looking forth for the time of the Lord's coming." However, it is only after Jackson County will have been swept of its inhabitants, likely associated with an invasion, national mobocracy and the broom of destruction prophesied by Joseph Smith, that the New Jerusalem can be built there. As attested elsewhere in this document the scourging and cleansing of both America and the LDS Church by the Lord must occur before the Anti-Christ even comes to power. The establishment of the New Jerusalem must also occur before the Anti-Christ arises to power in the Middle East.
While the Jerusalem in the Holy Land is experiencing trials and tribulation from its enemies, culminating in the deceitful pact and treachery of the Anti-Christ, the New Jerusalem must already be taking shape. It is to become a hub for the gathering of the elect from the four corners of the earth in preparation for the return of the Savior. Over time there will be elements of all the tribes gathered to the New Jerusalem and it will become the center of the Lord's power on the earth while the rest of the world is engaged in war and suffers chaotic conditions. The American Zion and the Old World (Jerusalem) Zion are on paths denoting two different time frames that do not converge until near the final end time scenes.
Many authors who write about the apocalyptic end times, including Dr Gileadi, suppose that America is invaded and conquered by the Anti-Christ during the 7-year tribulation period. However, we are promised by the Book of Mormon prophet Jacob that America will never have a king (see 2 Ne 10:11-14). The invasion that does occur, likely from a precursor or antecedent to the Anti-Christ, never succeeds in taking possession and establishing governmental control of America. Rather this incursion, since it is interrupted by the arrival of the ten tribes (as detailed previously), simply catalyzes a descent into national chaos that sets the stage for the return of the scourged and cleansed Saints to Zion. Traditional America and its military, as we now know it, will not be a factor in the final wars enveloping the Holy land. Except for the New Jerusalem, America will be in the throes of civil strife, internal turmoil, famine, plague and disease.
Considering that our own people will not be spiritually prepared, the Russian/Assyrian invasion will result in great destruction and many LDS widows (Isa 3:25-26). The subsequent arrival of the ten tribes to the Wasatch Front (Rocky Mountains = "everlasting hills" which "shall tremble at their presence" D&C 133:31) is coincident in time with the invasion by virtue of the scriptural fact that the enemies of the ten tribes “shall become a prey unto them” (D&C 133:28). The ten tribes and their powerful prophets arrive in time to save the faithful among the Saints. It is the ten tribes that repel and disperse the invading army.
The invaders are not just any enemies, they are specifically the ten tribe's enemies in a scriptural sense. This time the ten tribes encounter the Assyrians on the way to the everlasting hills (Utah, Wasatch front). This Russian/Assyrian army from the north is the modern-day counterpart of the ten tribes ancient Assyrian enemies that conquered them and carried them captive into the "north countries" in the days of Isaiah. However, now these Israelite remnants are led by prophets and arrive in North America by miraculous means and with miraculous powers (see D&C 133:26-28). This time the invaders from the north are smitten and scattered. The prophets the Lord has raised up to the ten tribes appear to be of the Old Testament variety as in possessing power over the elements (D&C 133:26-29).
The tribulation in America and upon the Church, including the preparatory clearing of the land of Missouri, must come before the New Jerusalem can be established in its place.
And ye are called to bring to pass the gathering of mine elect; for mine elect hear my voice and harden not their hearts; Wherefore the decree hath gone forth from the Father that they shall be gathered in unto one place upon the face of this land, to prepare their hearts and be prepared in all things against the day when tribulation and desolation are sent forth upon the wicked (D&C 29:7–8, emphasis ours).
From the above scripture we can see that the New Jerusalem precedes the final rounds of tribulation and desolation of the wicked associated with Old Jerusalem, the war of Armageddon and the return of the Savior in glory. Establishment of the New Jerusalem comes in-between America's tribulation and Jerusalem's tribulation. America's scourging comes first because the Latter-day Saints must be purged and come through the refiner's fire in order to complete their mission of bringing the gospel and temple ordinances to the rest of the tribes. We (LDS), as prophesied, must be delivered from the bondage of spiritual and physical Babylon through the "furnace of affliction" (1 Ne 20:10, Isa 48:10).
Consequently, after the invaders are removed, what is left of America's government during the crucial phases of the end time tribulation will be that provided by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints operating mainly from the growing power center of the New Jerusalem in Missouri. The American Zion, operating under the divine principles of the US Constitution, will comprise essentially the only people who are not then at war. Their potential enemies dare not even approach them, so powerful will be the manifestations of the Lord's power attending them. However, despite the difficulties in travel at that time the righteous elect will be coming to the American Zion from all over the world "singing with songs of everlasting joy" (D&C 45:71, Moses 7:53). We are living in a time soon to be unlike anything we have ever seen before or even imagined.
In summary, the point here is that the beginning of the New Jerusalem in America must occur at some point prior to the 7-year tribulation period but after our own American tribulation. This requires a North American specific invasion, a cleansing of the Saints and the return of the Ten Tribes, all in advance of the traditional and scriptural end time scenarios associated with Old Jerusalem and the Anti-Christ. This preparatory establishment of the foundations of the New Jerusalem constitutes the necessary transition of focus on the gathering of Israel from Ephraim to the remnants of the other tribes.
America’s Assyrian is Not Jerusalem’s Assyrian
The consensus among scholars who take Bible prophecy seriously is that the Anti-Christ is the focus of end time attention, conquering essentially the whole world, gaining control of the world economy and instituting the mark of the beast in order to buy or sell. This conquest and control, according to this narrative, must include America. However, as detailed in the previous section there is scriptural and prophetic information that suggests a different fate for the USA and the American Zion.
As a brief background, the main scriptural allusions to the Anti-Christ and his power structure occur in the books of Isaiah, Micah, Daniel and the book of Revelation. Joel, Ezekiel and Zechariah also detail the end time wars. Isaiah and Micah refer to the Anti-Christ as the Assyrian or the king of Assyria. Daniel refers to him as the “little horn” and as the last of a series of the “kings of the North.” John the Revelator refers to him as the Beast. John also uses the term horn as symbolism referencing the leaders of nations. In Revelation the Anti-Christ is described as the leader of a ten nation alliance represented by ten horns. So the “little horn,” the king of Assyria and the Beast can all be synonyms for the Anti-Christ or his organization.
Among the above sources it seems that the book of Daniel (chapters 7 – 12) provides the most detailed description of how the world actually arrives at the point in which the Anti-Christ takes power. In chapter 11 of Daniel the angel Gabriel is recounting to Daniel a synopsis of a lineage of kings and kingdoms that stretches from Alexander the Great down to the end-time Anti-Christ. This lineage is referred to as a series of kings of the North. A succession of battles, wars and negotiations with an opposing source from the South, identified with Egypt, culminates in the final end time abomination of desolation that is the defilement of the Jerusalem temple and the war of Armageddon.
However, the several chapters in Daniel that address the end time events suggest a complex ramp up to the tribulation period and Armageddon. These chapters include a series of world leaders and wars preceding those associated with the Anti-Christ and the seven years of tribulation. Of particular note for the present purpose is a king of the North who precedes the Anti-Christ (there is only one other brief leader rising to power in-between them, see vs. 20). This particular king of the North, likely a Russian, is very active militarily. Besides a series of battles with whoever is the King of the South (identified with Egypt), we are told he “…shall do according to his own will, and none shall stand before him: and he shall stand in the glorious land, which by his hand shall be consumed” (Dan 11:18, emphasis ours).
The terminology of the “glorious land” has only two possibilities, the Holy Land or America. And since the conquest of the Holy Land is the business of the Anti-Christ, America seems the likely object of this individual Assyrian king of the North, being an antecedent to the Anti-Christ. Subsequently, this king’s foreign expansion appears to collapse when one of his own princes (or generals) turns on him, perhaps over a failure or defeat of the type we have described involving the ten tribes and North America. Regardless, we are told, “Then he shall turn his face toward the fort of his own land: but he shall stumble and fall, and not be found” (Dan 11:19). This management vacuum results in a leader described as “a raiser of taxes” followed upon his demise by the little horn or Anti-Christ, in chapter 11 described thusly:
And in his estate shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries (Daniel 11:21).
Lest there is any question who this vile person is, we find him making a deceitful agreement with a leader of the Lord’s people in Jerusalem in the very next verses (Dan 11:22-23).
Consequently, the army that invades America may be considered an Assyrian army from the North, in contrast to the later Assyrian army of the Anti-Christ. Both of these armies will certainly include the Russian military. According to the angel Gabriel, an authoritative source, there are a series of international wars and battles prior to the emergence of the Anti-Christ or the Beast of Revelation. This is the time the Savior refers to as a time of “wars and rumors of wars” while pointing out, “the end is not yet” (Matt 24:6). And it is likely that America is involved in some of these precursory wars and suffers at some point defeat and invasion, precipitating the destruction of much of the nation as well as the subsequent chaos and mobocracy that ensues.
This devastation, well in advance of the end time Jerusalem crucible, prepares the way for the Saints return to Jackson County to begin building the New Jerusalem during a time of national destruction and world conflict. The American invasion, its repulsion and the subsequent building of the New Jerusalem constitute a catalyst for the gathering of the other remnants of the tribes of Israel in advance of the final showdown between good and evil.
New Jerusalem – a place of Safety and a catalyst of the Gathering
The Saints that go to Jackson County will commence to build a city from scratch in a land deserted by its former inhabitants.
And it shall be called the New Jerusalem, a land of peace, a city of refuge, a place of safety for the saints of the Most High God; And the glory of the Lord shall be there, and the terror of the Lord also shall be there, insomuch that the wicked will not come unto it, and it shall be called Zion. And it shall come to pass among the wicked, that every man that will not take his sword against his neighbor must needs flee unto Zion for safety. And there shall be gathered unto it out of every nation under heaven; and it shall be the only people that shall not be at war one with another. And it shall be said among the wicked: Let us not go up to battle against Zion, for the inhabitants of Zion are terrible; wherefore we cannot stand. And it shall come to pass that the righteous shall be gathered out from among all nations, and shall come to Zion, singing with songs of everlasting joy (D&C 45:66-71, emphasis ours).
The New Jerusalem will be the only place of safety and the saints the only people not at war one with another. The inhabitants of Zion are terrible in the same sense that the wicked were frightened of Enoch in his days. Many of these who are gathered, and their leaders are sealed, having the fulness of the priesthood and power over the elements. To the wicked they are formidable. See also Oath & Covenant.
Ten Tribes, Temple work & the New Jerusalem
There is at this point safety in Utah and the ten tribes will have brought with them “rich treasures,” including their own scriptures and genealogy. So that this interim time of general US lawlessness and mobocracy elsewhere throughout the nation and prior to any Saints returning to Jackson County, will be occupied doing temple work for the ten tribes including the work for their ancestors (D&C 133:26-34, also referenced above).
The establishment of the New Jerusalem will be directed by the LDS Church leadership current at that time, as directed by the Lord. I estimate this to commence about the year 2036-7. This will require a particular leader whom the Prophet Joseph expressively prefaced in the D&C 7th section below by saying, “Yea, thus saith the still small voice, which whispereth through and pierceth all things, and often times it maketh my bones to quake while it maketh manifest, saying:
And it shall come to pass that I, the Lord God, will send one mighty and strong, holding the scepter of power in his hand, clothed with light for a covering, whose mouth shall utter words, eternal words; while his bowels shall be a fountain of truth, to set in order the house of God, and to arrange by lot the inheritances of the saints whose names are found, and the names of their fathers, and of their children, enrolled in the book of the law of God” (D&C 85:6-7, emphasis ours).
When the one “mighty and strong” emerges it will be his job, among other things, to “set in order the house of God.” This is because the house of God, as indicated elsewhere, was lacking the necessary order.
The Day of Manasseh
In 2 Nephi chapter three we find Lehi quoting from the prophecies of Joseph in Egypt contained on the brass plates. We do not presently have these prophecies, for which Lehi exclaims that ‘there are not many greater.” According to Lehi these prophecies predict a seer in the latter days, who is clearly Joseph Smith, but there is also an interesting twist. Further in this same chapter Joseph’s ancient prophecies also predict another latter day prophet that Lehi identifies as a descendant of his youngest son, Joseph. According to Lehi’s interpretation of the ancient Patriarch Joseph’s prophecies and according to his (Lehi’s) own blessing, it seems that we may correlate the one “mighty and strong” to be a descendant of Lehi’s youngest son and, therefore, having a Native American bloodline. This would also likely make him a descendant of Manasseh like his father Lehi. Here is the reference:
Wherefore, because of this covenant [the promise made to Joseph of old that his seed would be preserved) thou art blessed; for thy seed shall not be destroyed, for they shall hearken unto the words of the book (Book of Mormon). And there shall rise up one mighty among them, who shall do much good, both in word and in deed, being an instrument in the hands of God, with exceeding faith, to work mighty wonders, and do that thing, which is great in the sight of God, unto the bringing to pass much restoration unto the house of Israel, and unto the seed of thy brethren (2 Ne 3:23-24, emphasis ours).
Referring to this passage both Joseph Fielding Smith and Spencor W Kimball suggested it would be a future prophet to come out of the remnants of Lehi (a “Lamanite” or native American “Indian” prophet. (see Spencer W Kimball, Conference Reports, Oct. 1947, p. 22.)
Considering the promises, it makes perfect sense that it would be a descendant of Lehi who would actually head up the Jackson County temple project. The leaders and members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints are mainly of the tribe of Ephraim and will be exercising their birthright officiating in the temples. The descendants of Lehi have a critical assignment with respect to the New Jerusalem and the temple project there. According to scripture we (Ephraim) will be assisting on this project (see 3 Ne 21:11-24, note especially vs 24). And it is only the righteous and repentant LDS members who harden not their hearts that will be permitted to assist and participate in establishing and building the New Jerusalem.
But if they (e.g. the Gentile members) will repent and hearken unto my words, and harden not their hearts, I will establish my church among them, and they shall come in unto the covenant and be numbered among this the remnant of Jacob, unto whom I have given this land for their inheritance; And they shall assist my people, the remnant of Jacob, and also as many of the house of Israel as shall come, that they may build a city, which shall be called the New Jerusalem. And then shall they assist my people that they may be gathered in, who are scattered upon all the face of the land, in unto the New Jerusalem (3 Ne 21:22-24, emphasis ours).
Notice that at this point our role is quite clearly to assist the latter-day remnant of Native Americans who will spearhead this project. Also, according to Joseph Smith and Brigham Young when the first saints arrive there, the land of Missouri will have been swept clean by “the besom of destruction.” Unlike Missouri where the unauthorized members flocked prematurely in violation to instructions, only those worthy and with a need to be there according to the Lord’s determination, will be permitted to go. They will be joined by and found among sanctified Lamanite members and others of the house of Israel as permitted and directed by the Lord. It will become the source of a new powerful round of the gathering of Israel.
This leader will lead the worthy saints to Jackson County and we Ephraimites will establish the Melchizedek priesthood ordinances in the newly emerging temple compound which, according to Joseph Smith, will eventually consist of a complex of 24 temples. This will then become a center of gathering for the righteous from all over the world.
However, after two or three years labor in Missouri I believe this mighty servant of the Lord will move on and ultimately end up in old Jerusalem to become the senior companion to the other half of the “two witnesses.” He is to become, I believe, one of the two prophets raised up to the Jewish nation in the last days. He has the blood lineage of both Joseph (through Manasseh) and likely of Judah (through the Jewish Mulekites).
The Branch and the Temple
There is another end time person identified in scripture. In Isaiah chapter 11 there are figurative expressions associated with the lineage of Jesse, King David's father which include a "rod," "the stem," a "Branch" and a "root." We are told in D&C 113 that the stem is Christ and that the rod and root may be deduced to be Joseph Smith, who "shall stand for an ensign of the people" (vs 10). However, there is no explanation in the D&C for who is the Branch. Speaking again of Jesse, Isaiah informs us that “a Branch shall grow out of his roots” (also Isaiah, 11:1).
None of the questions put forth in D&C 113 asked who this is. Consequently, we have to look into the scriptures for clues. The KJV translators capitalize this symbolic name thinking that it is referring to Christ, but we know from D&C 113 that Christ is the “Stem.” Also, Christ is never a branch. The Savior said, “I am the vine, ye are the branches” (John 15:5). The role of the Branch is explained to some degree in the book of Zechariah, which contains a good deal of information pertaining to the end time (with the rebuilding of Solomon’s temple under the direction of Zerubbabel and those who had returned to Jerusalem from Babylon as a prophetic end time backdrop). Zechariah 3:8 explains that the branch is a servant. In Zech 6:12 the Lord explains, “Behold the man, whose name is the Branch; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the Lord” (emphasis ours).
It is to him that the Lord is speaking in the last chapter of Isaiah, "Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest? For all those hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word" (Isa 66:1-2). This person is found among the weak things of the earth whom the Lord is able to magnify for this commission.
As mentioned earlier there is some puzzlement among orthodox Jews about Ezekiel's temple, which is described in such detail by an angel to Ezekiel that its construction could certainly be accomplished today. However, what is lacking are details necessary to complete the interior. With respect to this the Lord seems to have provided a clue in Zechariah 6:15 where we find that, “…they that are far off shall come and build in the temple of the Lord, and ye shall know that the Lord of hosts hath sent me unto you. And this shall come to pass, if ye will diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God.”
One reason the Jews are reluctant to build Ezekiel’s temple is that they do not understand its apparent differences from their previous temples, and they do not know how to finish off the interior. Hence, it will be necessary for them to receive assistance from “they that are far off” (e.g. members of the LDS priesthood) who shall come and build in the temple of the Lord. The Branch has the assignment of oversight on this project.
The Two Prophet Witnesses
Regarding the two special prophets who are to be raised up to the Jewish nation in the last days, the Lord expands upon the power He bestows upon them:
And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth. And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed. These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will (Rev 11:3-6).
Clearly they hold the fulness of the priesthood and the sealing powers. It is also their fate, when they have completed their approximately three and a half-year mission and testimony to both Israel and its enemies to suffer death by the power of the Anti-Christ, but then to be resurrected after only three and a half days. Those watching at this point will certainly wonder what will happen next.
The Witnesses - Further details
Do we have more information on these people, besides what John has told us? We do, from a variety of sources.
Facsililie #2 from the Book of Abraham in The Pearl of Great Price
Figure 1 in Facsimile #2 represents Kolob, and the stars represented by numbers 22 and 23, receive light from the revolutions of Kolob. The image facing in both directions associated with Kolob (Fig.1) represents the Lord who can see both the past and future simultaneously. He is here extending the scepter of power referenced in D&C 85:7.
These two stars (servants) also refer to the two olive trees and branches which empower and sustain the seven spirits of the menorah in Zechariah 4:1-4,11-14, which in turn references the 2 prophet witnesses in Rev. 11:3-12.
The circles above the heads of the caricatures in Fig.’s 3, 22 and 23 we are told represent crowns of eternal light and great power and authority. We are also told that these two individuals receive directly their “light from the revolutions of Kolob” (explanation included in Fig. 5). We will cross reference this to D&C 85:7 quoted above in which we are informed that this mighty and strong leader will hold “the scepter of power in his hand, clothed with light for a covering.” We can see in the facsimile above that the figure symbolic of the Lord is handing a scepter, representing power, to figure 22 who has a corresponding crown of light upon his head as does figure 23, the other latter-day witness.
While on this subject there is at least one other oblique reference to the two noble personages represented by #’s 22 and 23. In the New Testament we have recorded an instance in which “the mother of Zebedee’s children with her sons” approached the Savior “desiring a certain thing of him.” After first worshiping Him, her request was that her two sons, James and John, would ultimately sit on the Lord’s right and left hand in heaven. The discussion with the Savior which follows in the Gospel narrative indicates the great challenges such positions of service require and that despite their great worthiness the conversation ends with the Lord explaining, “but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father” (Matt. 20:20-23). And who might that be? I believe the Facsimile provides the answer—the two witnesses.
In the aftermath of the repulsed invasion by the arrival of the ten tribes in Utah, the rest of the country will have been roiled in unrest and chaos. States and cities had struggled to restore order in the face of gangs, mobs and chronic shortages of critical goods and services. Many people who have become dependent on pharmaceuticals will have perished as supply chains and other logistical support brakes down. As sanitation and other public services are compromised or become nonexistent pestilence and disease emerges. At some point a “desolating sickness shall cover the land” (D&C 5:19, 45:31). As the recent waves of immigrants who came here hoping for a better life realize it is no longer to be found here, many will try to return to their safer homelands.
By this time the powerful missionary testimony of the 144 thousand High Priests, who are sealed up unto eternal life, and declaring the Restored Gospel according to the Holy Order of the Son of God (which Order pertains to repentance, calling and election, and membership in the Church of the Firstborn) will have combed the earth for converts. Those who remain unconverted are exposed to the full ravages of a world cleansing itself of all iniquity by whatever means is required.
Therefore it shall come to pass that whosoever will not believe in my words, who am Jesus Christ, which the Father shall cause him [Joseph Smith] to bring forth unto the Gentiles, and shall give unto him power that he shall bring them forth unto the Gentiles, (it shall be done even as Moses said) they shall be cut off from among my people who are of the covenant (3 Ne. 11, emphasis ours).
The 7 Year Tribulation
Consequently, the notable and often cited scriptural seven-year tribulation period divided into two periods of a “time, times and half a time,” (e.g. time is a year, times is 2 years, total approximately 3 ½ years) pertains mainly to the geographical areas adjacent to Israel and the middle east including parts of Eurasia. I believe the descriptions of conquering the whole world by the Anti-Christ contain a certain amount of hyperbole (nevertheless, if we include adjacent parts of Russia, Africa, India and China, there are plenty of people and their territory to conquer). To the ancient Israelite prophets their world did not extend much further than what they described as “beyond the rivers of Ethiopia.” The scriptures do also allude to one of the “little horn’s” campaigns involving “islands.” However, by this time America and the Saints have already been scourged and the righteous and sanctified are creating a Holy City to the Lord—with the Lord’s power and presence increasingly in their midst.
One reason the people in New Jerusalem are perceived by their enemies as terrible is that they can fight battles like Enoch did—creating unnerving new landscape, such as mountains moving, changing the course of rivers, etc. (see Moses 7:13-14) These men, as mentioned previously, have and exercise the sealing power and the fulness of the priesthood (see Oath and Covenant). During this same period of time the Jews shall continue gathering to Israel. Anti-Semitism, already now is, as of this writing, sending shock waves through the world of Jewry—which will have become so intense that people of Jewish lineage and belief will be hard pressed to live securely anywhere. Many will denounce their faith and many others flee to Israel and Jerusalem—this, despite the fact that Israel is under periodic to constant threat for its survival (A parenthetical note: Those who are trying to separate the Jews from being Christ’s people by ascribing their lineage to the Khazars has no basis in DNA/blood haplotype at all). This is a flimsy excuse to turn Christians away from the Jews.
Keeping in mind that there will already have been 12 thousand of the tribe of Judah serving among the 144 thousand High Priests and that they will surely have made further conversions by virtue of their powerful mission labors among the Jews scattered throughout the world, those gathering to Israel will include thousands of Jewish Latter-Day saint converts as well as some mortal portion of the tribe of Judah’s 12 thousand Saviors on Mount Zion (as many as half may not as yet be translated beings). This will bring great strength to the nation of Israel and to Jerusalem.
New Global Alignments
After the failed Russian/Assyrian invasion of America there will be a shakeup in national alignments involving Eurasia, Europe and the Middle East. Some current alliances and power structures will remain while others will be in flux. When China will have failed in its bid to conquer America through stealth, intrigue and economic warfare its current regime can no longer control its destiny and will crumble, leaving regional areas to regroup and pull back at least temporarily from global ambitions.
Due to its humiliating defeat associated with the miraculous arrival of the ten tribes, the Russian regime will suffer a change of the guard and interim preoccupation with internal matters. However, despite their loss the Russian military still will retain an immense arsenal of weapons and a military leadership that is tired of being told what to do and chafing from disrespect. Add to this the substantial and substantially armed armies of the region: Ukraine, Syria, Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Iran, plus the extensive armaments and weapons that have fallen into the hands of other Arab countries and their terrorist subsets such as Hezbollah, ISIS and the Taliban. Eurasia and the middle east will not only remain a volatile area, but the volatility will increase as the world turns its back on the Jews in order to leave them at the mercy of their enemies. They, that is the more righteous among them, do have one friend, however—their God.
From the Present time (2022) Forward
Just as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has to be chastened and purged, the same is true of the Jews. Their history from the point of the current writing will continue to be problematic. If Trump and Pompeo (Trump's former Secretary of State) or other similar political leaders come back into power, there will be a continuation of peace prospects in the middle east already begun under President Trump. A number of the middle eastern nations realize they have, at least for now, common cause with Israel against nations like Iran, Turkey and Russia/Syria and their surrogates, who want to extend their control over the region, while people like ISIS, the Palestinian Liberation Authority (PLA) and Hamas will never make peace with Israel, so that they will continue as a thorn in Israel’s side indefinitely.
It is the intention of the globalists with the labor party puppets and the rogue and complicit intelligence communities of the US, Israel and the Commonwealth countries (UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand) to undermine stability in the middle east for the very purpose of destroying Israel. Exacerbating tensions there allows opportunity for control of the political outcomes—all of which are designed by Satan as part of his master plan of Jewish annihilation (Hitler having been a major historical chapter in this effort). It was this same coalition that stalked and hounded President Trump for his entire four years. It may also prove true that Israel’s own intelligence arm, the infamous Mossad, may also be operating in league against their own people.
Secret Combinations and the Gadianton Cabal
The so-called democratic and labor parties and their intelligence communities of the western democracies have been subverted by self-styled “progressives” who are marching to a One World Government drumbeat. These are pawns in the hands of a small group of elitist families and to the vast wealth with which they provide carrot and stick incentives to their legions--elitist wannabes that do their bidding. Ideologically these are Luciferian New Ager’s and Satanists with absolutely no morals and no scruples and a belief that the world’s resources rightfully belong to them. America and Israel are seen by them as the major obstacles to their ultimate control. Those in the US Democratic Party, no longer interested in the welfare of the US population (as advertised), have been agitating for war with Russia, which was also part of the incentive for everyone in the Obama administration to go along with the Clinton Trump-Russian collusion scam. See also Secret Combinations & the Fake Pandemic, https://www.neuro-genix.com/political-topics/
If the current elitist global power grab in the form of China and the World Health Organization (WHO) fails, China and the western labor parties will suffer a serious setback. The rank and file of western nations will be on a truth/untruth alert for a while. This may buy us some time of relative calm for a few years. However, as the true head of the Labor parties being Satan, there will be no letup behind the scenes until they are back in power. And the groundwork has already been laid for this through the control of selective information and curriculum programming, controlled group-think narratives and immigration. It will be another takeover of the US government by the ignorant as pawns of the Babylonian (Luciferian) globalist elitists. This takes us to about 2033/34.
American Decline Precedes the Assyrian Invasion
After a brief period of recovery from Covid and the Cabal (8 0r 10 years maximum) the drift back into moral decay will likely be accentuated at some point by financial collapse of the economy and the promises made by a new round of politicians buying immigrant votes. With promises they have no intention of keeping, attempts at rewriting the constitution, accompanied by further breakdown in law and order our political class will once again sell us out to the highest bidder.
The weakness and rot in our system will be back in acceleration mode and the more disciplined Russia under Putin’s successor will make its move. This type of “rod” or instrument in God’s hand will be used to scourge the decaying and wicked America as well as his Babylonian saints (2 Ne. 20:5, Isa. 10:5). As stated elsewhere, many will die and there will be a great upheaval and disorder to follow. For a nation that has become addicted to goods and services 24/7, fostered by technology, a huge gap between personal and collective cause and effect there will be a spread of public pandemonium and loss of life.
For those unprepared spiritually there are no guarantees. Guns, cabins, food storage, "prepper" supplies, generators, etc. few to none of these things will be of any real value or security except to those who have prepared spiritually and have sanctified themselves. Such will know where to be and when to be there as directed by the Spirit of the Lord. Church authorities may be consulted and involved but personal revelation is the real key. Generally, cities will not be safe. And, personally, I would not be following someone whose personal frequency is much lower than mine unless the Lord told me to do so. Rather than “follow the prophet,” this is the true doctrine of the Church, whose purpose as the Kingdom of God on the earth, is to bring its members to the Church of the Firstborn through the ordinances and personal revelation.
Invasion Aftermath: Chaos, lawlessness & mobocracy.
In the aftermath of the invasion and the miraculous defeat of the Russian army, the US is left without a functioning government. Regarding these yet future afflictions for America, Section 87 of the D&C tells us:
And it shall come to pass, after many days, slaves shall rise up against their masters, who shall be marshaled and disciplined for war. And it shall come to pass also that the remnants who are left of the land will marshal themselves, and shall become exceedingly angry, and shall vex the Gentiles with a sore vexation (D&C 87:4-5, emphasis ours).
We spoke about the remnant earlier. Rather than by the Anti-Christ, who is not yet on the scene, the American continent is purged by the Russian/Assyrian invasion, subsequent disorder and by gangs being unleashed, as well as by mobs and tribal warfare. The above revelation refers to two groups of people who have become accustomed to special treatment due to national guilt and fawning politicians. When the special support disappears as a result of the Russian invasion these and others who have become dependent on around-the-clock public services and the grid will find themselves very distressed, frantic and desperate. Many of these groups and all the other highly dependent segments of our society will be resorting to reckless and violent measures while the purged and cleansed American saints are finally starting to build Zion.
The native American remnant (identified as descendants of Lehi) have a particular mission to become both a scourge and a source of converts. Mormon writes specifically to this remnant of Lehi in the 7th Chapter of his book.
And now, behold, I would speak somewhat unto the remnant of this people who are spared, if it so be that God may give unto them my words, that they may know of the things of their fathers; yea, I speak unto you, ye remnant of the house of Israel; and these are the words which I speak: Know ye that ye are of the house of Israel. Know ye that ye must come unto repentance, or ye cannot be saved. Know ye that ye must lay down your weapons of war, and delight no more in the shedding of blood, and take them not again, save it be that God shall command you (Mormon 7:1-4, emphasis ours).
Since the native American tribes had not received the gospel message to any real extent until they were already situated relatively peacefully on tribal lands. This reference to putting down weapons of war likely refers to when they have “vexed” the Gentiles at a future time as prophesied. This will also transition into a time of new conversion.
In the rest of the world there are wars.
During the aftermath of the invasion of America life goes on in Israel, the middle east and the rest of the world. There will be “wars and rumors of wars” and Israel will sorely miss the strength of its American ally. Nevertheless, the Most High God is in charge and things are moving forward towards their ultimate conclusion. There will also be some movement of Church leadership from America and the developing New Jerusalem to the coming crucible at the Israelite Jerusalem—where the final showdown takes place.
In the Biblical book of Daniel we have a great deal of detail of the wars and political intrigues that will take place in and around Eurasia, the Holy Land and the middle east. For sake of brevity we will here attempt a summary:
There is in Daniel considerable description of a series of wars, intrigues, mischievous negotiations, battles on sea and land, armies destroyed, alliances and agreements and their violation involving various kings representing northern and southern alliances. The northern powers are described as the forces of the king of the north versus the southern alliances with the king of the south. These also correlate in the scriptures as the kingdoms of Assyria and Egypt—titles that have both geographical and spiritual significance.
There is a popular conception among Isaiah scholars that Egypt is used as a code word to represent America latter-day prophecies. However we find that the term Egypt as it applies to the latter-days refers to a southern alliance in the middle east that wars against the Assyrian northern alliance that is ultimately headed by the “little horn” or Anti-Christ. The Anti-Christ and his forces will eventually invade and occupy Egypt.
And the Egyptians will I give over into the hand of a cruel lord; and a fierce king shall rule over them, saith the Lord, the Lord of hosts. And the waters shall fail from the sea, and the river shall be wasted and dried up (Isaiah 19:4–5, emphasis ours).
This scripture could also have an earlier fulfillment upon Egypt, but the entire chapter has unmistakable end time connotations. Also. notwithstanding America’s difficulties and civil strife we are promised that America will never have a king to reign over it for, “this land shall be a land of liberty unto the Gentiles, and there shall be no kings upon the land” (2 Nephi 10:11, emphasis ours).
The Angel Gabriel’s explanations to Daniel of the Jewish end times
In the course of Daniel’s service to the ancient kings of Media and Persia Daniel has visions and is taught by the angel Gabriel over a span of many years with particular emphasis on the last days or end-times. The battles between the various kings of north and south evolve or distill into a description of basic political kingdoms that set the stage for the Anti-Christ. To get the flavor and provide some background we will introduce this material with the following portion of a vision of Daniel:
And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another. The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man’s heart was given to it. And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear, and it raised up itself on one side, and [it had] three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh. After this I beheld, and lo another, like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it. After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns (Dan. 7:3-7, emphasis ours).
The angel Gabriel explains to Daniel the beasts in his vision represent geographical kingdoms. To this I will apply some personal interpretation. The first that was like a lion with eagle’s wings I believe refers to the British American alliance. It is notable that this beast is made to stand upon its feet like a man and given the heart of a man. Despite their weaknesses and colonialism this alliance has been more humane than any other major world alliance of nations. The second beast, like that of a bear I believe refers to Russia/Assyria and its past and future of devouring much flesh. The third beast I believe to be the remnants of the empire of the Macedonian, Alexander the Great. This is fairly obvious from the angel’s subsequent description of a four-part division of this empire (see Dan. 8:8) which is what happened when Alexander died, and his empire was divided among his four generals. The nations involved included the Holy Land, Greece, Turkey, the Persian empire and parts of India.
The Diverse End Time Kingdom of the Anti-Christ
The fourth beast described as “dreadful and terrible” is noted to be “diverse” from all political and geographical powers that preceded it. The “horns’ are kings or leaders of nation states. This beast represents, compared to the others, a newly diverse alliance of ten nations or kingdoms. It is at the head of this alliance that the Anti-Christ emerges. This is described in the next verse of Daniel’s vision: “I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things (Dan. 7:8).
Daniel’s angel further explains:
The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces. And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings. And he shall speak great words against the Most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time (Dan. 7:23-25).
John the Revelator provides additional detail:
And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. (Rev. 13:1-2).
The seven heads are likely a symbolic representation of what have been termed “the seven deadly sins” and the seven mountains upon which the whore Babylon also sits. The fact that Rome sits cradled by seven mountains may also have some symbolic relevance. The ten horns are the leaders of the alliance that supports the Anti-Christ. The leopard is a symbol of the old Persian empire and the feet of the bear suggest the inclusion of the Russian military in this pernicious alliance. This coalition will likely also include a number of middle eastern nations such as Turkey and Iran.
Speaking of the Anti-Christ John continues:
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. And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. 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. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. If any man have an ear, let him hear. He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints (Rev. 13:4-10, emphasis ours).
The Patience of the Saints
At this time in future the majority of the people in the world who remain alive will be worshiping the Devil (dragon) and bowing to the will of the Anti-Christ. Notice the Lord is providing advice to His people who do not worship the Devil or the Anti-Christ: what is required is patience and faith. And notice the Lord warns that those who use the sword shall die in like manner. Though, according to Daniel he is not without enemies (see Dan. 11:40-44), the Anti-Christ essentially reigns over the peoples of the earth for forty-two months or three and a half years.
The Anti-Christ arises out of one of the divisions of Alexander’s ancient empire, likely an ethnic Persian. He comes from a small country or kingdom, perhaps like what was ancient Bactria, [now part of three different middle eastern countries], and worms his way into power of a larger alliance of nations in the region, replacing three of the ten kings or political leaders. This power base is likely made up of a new alignment of nations that had formerly taken sides in the North versus South power struggle. And, of course, Israel’s geographical location often places it at a strategic center of such north-south movements and operations.
It is interesting that the remnants of the old Persian empire now become relevant. In conjunction with this thought one of the oddest scriptures, again from Daniel in the Old Testament, comes to mind. In the 10th chapter the angel Gabriel is speaking with Daniel as follows:
Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia. Now I am come to make thee understand what shall befall thy people in the latter days: for yet the vision is for many days (Dan. 10:12-14, emphasis ours).
Satan’s spiritual hierarchy
First of all, who is the prince of the kingdom of Persia? We can safely assume it is a demon in Satan’s spiritual hierarchy—roughly equivalent to the Lord’s archangels, of whom Gabriel (Noah) is one. So why is this demonic prince trying to prevent this information from reaching Daniel? The answer, I believe, is twofold. The information that these visions and their explanations provided by Gabriel in the book of Daniel are among the clearest available on the end-times. They provide clues and details not covered in other prophetic books, such as Isaiah and Revelation. Included in these are clues to the origins of the end-time Anti-Christ who arises out one of the four remnants of the ancient empire of Alexander the Great, that is, namely the old Persian empire (see Dan. 8:8-12). This particular demon apparently has an end-time assignment with an ethnic Persian Anti-Christ and does not want these details to get out. We will also point out that this angelic message pertains most particularly to “thy” people, that is Daniel’s people, the Jews.
This particular demonic prince is so powerful that Michael had to come and help Gabriel complete his mission to inform Daniel of the necessary particulars. And it seems that the importance of conveying this information was not shared by all the heavenly host or even all the archangels. For the angel Gabriel concludes, “But I will shew thee that which is noted in the scripture of truth: and there is none that holdeth with me in these things, but Michael your prince” (Dan. 10:21).
The Anti-Christ versus Babylon
The Anti-Christ and his alliance also has issues to settle with Babylon the Great. Despite the fact that Satan is the king of spiritual Babylon, Daniel's “little horn” [Revelation's "beast"] and his forces destroy latter day Babylon. The angel explains this particular turn of events to John:
And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled. And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth (Rev. 17:15-18).
This alliance, which is likely strong with Arab influence, not only does not regard gold and silver (Isa. 13:17), it also regards the Babylonian elitist cabal as a rival power. The wealthy families and central bankers who had been the global power brokers up to this time are now in the crosshairs for their own destruction. Satan has no more use for them. The Anti-Christ utterly destroys the rival Babylon.
And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double. How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow. Therefore, shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her (Rev.18:4-9).
It is the latter day Assyrian alliance, as the Lord’s rod, that deliver the Lord’s people that remain throughout the world from physical and spiritual Babylon by virtue of its destruction.
Flee out of the midst of Babylon, and deliver every man his soul: be not cut off in her iniquity; for this is the time of the Lord’s vengeance; he will render unto her a recompense. Babylon hath been a golden cup in the Lord’s hand, that made all the earth drunken: the nations have drunken of her wine; therefore the nations are mad. Babylon is suddenly fallen and destroyed: howl for her; take balm for her pain, if so be she may be healed. We would have healed Babylon, but she is not healed: forsake her, and let us go every one into his own country: for her judgment reacheth unto heaven, and is lifted up even to the skies. The Lord hath brought forth our righteousness: come, and let us declare in Zion the work of the Lord our God. Make bright the arrows; gather the shields: the Lord hath raised up the spirit of the kings of the Medes: for his device is against Babylon, to destroy it; because it is the vengeance of the Lord, the vengeance of his temple (Jer 51:6–11, emphasis ours).
The Medes (ancient Persian empire) here refer to portions of the Anti-Christ alliance that will consist of a number of Muslim nations, which likely include Russia.
With respect to Babylon as noted earlier, it is those who chose to leave and no longer partake of her sins that are spared the worst of it. Revelation chapter 18 describes the consternation and utter despair of all those who were made rich through the acquisition, transportation and sale of all the merchandise and goods that characterized latter day Babylon. However, the Lord points out:
Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her (Rev 18:20). And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God: For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand. And again they said, Alleluia. And her smoke rose up for ever and ever (Rev. 19:1-3, emphasis ours).
The Assyrian deliverance from Babylon
Perhaps little of the damage done by Babylon to the Lord’s people is understood by the Saints of today. This fact will become more apparent when our normal supports and sources of confidence and security are removed by the Lord’s grace through the various Assyrian intrusions into our hypocrisies and false assumptions. We have also absorbed the culture of unbelief in which we swim. Like the previous inhabitants of this continent, Jaredites, Nephites, Lamanites and Mulekites, we have also “dwindled in unbelief” (! Ne 4:13, Alma 45:10-12, 4 Ne 1:34).
Consequently, the “little horn” or the Anti-Christ gains control of a powerful alliance of nations and then through subterfuge, force of arms and conquest, essentially gains control over much of the world. And since he is Satan’s Anti-Christ he has it in for Israel and the Lord’s people. However, it is apparent that he initially offers protection to latter-day Israel. “And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease” (Isa. 9:27) which has reference to his betrayal of a peace covenant that occurs in the middle of the seven-year tribulation period as demonstrated by interfering with the daily temple sacrifice.
End Time Covenant Challenges
In Daniel chapter 11 we find that the Anti-Christ (“little horn” with a big "mouth that spoke very great things" Dan 7:20) has direct dealings with “the prince of the covenant.” We take this person to be the designated leader of the Lord’s people, that is the Latter-Day Saints residing in the eastern hemisphere. We are informed that he is “broken” and that the Anti-Christ has made a deceitful “league” with him—in other words an agreement or alliance of some sort. However, we know from Isaiah that alliances by the Lord’s people are forbidden (see Isa. 8:9-18 which refers to this specific occasion and problem). So that this leader of the Lord’s people is “broken” in the sense that he has violated his covenant with the Lord God and made an agreement with a political and military leader. “And after the league made with him [e.g. the prince of the covenant] he [the Anti-Christ] shall work deceitfully: for he shall come up, and shall become strong with a small people.” (See Dan. 11:22-23). This is an example of a “star” falling from heaven and will have grave consequences for others.
Other than the fact that Satan knows who we are, why does the Anti-Christ even bother with the Latter-Day saints? From a political or military perspective, we should be perceived as inconsequential. Why should the leader of the Church in Jerusalem be considered of any consequence or worthy of a pact? I believe it is because the ‘little horn,” who now heads an alliance that includes Russia, knows that elements of the ten tribes on their way to Utah soundly defeated and scattered the powerful Russian military, by miraculous means, just a few years previous. The Anti-Christ considers the Church a rival power and wants a peaceful coexistence until he feels powerful enough to take it on directly.
Subsequently we will see the little horn or Anti-Christ, return from another battle and “have indignation against the holy covenant: so shall he do; he shall even return, and have intelligence with them that forsake the holy covenant.” (Dan. 11:30) Israel, the Lord’s people and the Jerusalem temple are his targets, and he looks to apostates for intelligence and assistance to take control of the Lord’s temple and His people.
And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate. And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits. And they that understand among the people shall instruct many: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days. Now when they shall fall, they shall be holpen with a little help: but many shall cleave to them with flatteries. And some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end: because it is yet for a time appointed (Dan. 11:31-35, emphasis ours).
Tribulation period good/evil showdown
During the first half of these seven years the Anti-Christ is obtaining and consolidating his power while guaranteeing peace to Israel and the Lord’s people. During the second three and one half year period he is lording it over his subjects and making life difficult for the Jews and the Lord’s people and corroborating with apostates, “them that forsake the covenant.” This will end with a massive siege of Jerusalem and a determination to exterminate the Jews. Satan does not want a Jew standing when the Lord returns.
Also during this time the two prophets “raised up to the Jewish nation” (D&C 77:15) shall be prophesying and defying the enemy to the consternation of the now essentially allied world. And as the Anti-Christ is big on technology, what is going on in Jerusalem during this time will be mainstream media news.
Abomination of Desolation and Mark of the Beast
At the midpoint of his wars and conquests after suffering a setback the little horn or Anti-Christ shall return to the Holy Land, and “therefore he shall be grieved,,, and have indignation against the holy covenant: so shall he do; he shall…have intelligence with them that forsake the holy covenant. And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate. And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries” (Dan. 11:30-32).
And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six (Rev. 13:16-18).
Mark of the Beast Universal?
With respect to the mark of the beast, it may not present an issue to the American Saints—the reason being that by the time the end-time Anti-Christ comes to his power the USA is no longer a rival factor in the global political power equation. We are at the future historical point being described here in the timeline, halfway through the Tribulation period—which means we are at this point in the timeline account, only three and one half years to the end of the half hour of silence in heaven and the Savior’s return. By this time the prophecies by the Lord, Joseph Smith and Brigham Young about the overthrow of the US government, mobocracy, pestilence and civil and tribal warfare have reduced America and its cities to desolation. The American and other Saints have already been challenged and decimated by the globalists and their mechanisms of Babylonian control, apostasy and then warfare with the Russian version of the Assyrian scourge. The righteous American remnants who have survived are preoccupied with building New Jerusalem and gathering the elect in anticipation of the Savior’s return.
In the areas of the world that come under the Anti-Christ’s control we understand from the scripture that the “mark” is required to be able to buy and sell. What we have experienced recently with the attempted enforcement of a “vaccine passport” appears to be a similar idea in the hands of the globalists (who are mostly Satan worshipers). However, we still have a long way to go before the rise of the Anti-Christ and Armageddon. I consider that the present effort by whom or which we might refer to as the Bilderbergers is a Babylonian power grab with the objective of a combination of population control and a massive reallocation of wealth from the world’s middle class to be further concentrated in their hands (e.g. Rothschild's, Rockefeller's, Bush’s, etc. see also Secret Combinations and the Fake Pandemic). In order for the Anti-Christ, or little horn, to impose his mark on the public he must put a stop to any globalist competition in the marketplace or the field of battle. This destruction of Babylon, the present world of commerce and merchandise, will be violent (see Rev 18:8-18).
Some of the Lord’s people will forsake their covenants because of false doctrines, faulty leadership, misinformation (lack of discernment), peer pressure, and threats to their lives. In the Old World many of the Lord’s people will succumb to the new master, the Anti-Christ—and their “stars,” or foreordained positions in the heavens, shall fall. There will be those who signed up to be in these crucibles, east and west, north and south, that fail the test. The conditions in the larger world surrounding Israel are now precarious for anyone who defies the Anti-Christ and his mark of the beast, particularly for those now dwelling in Jerusalem. At some point in the later tribulation period Jerusalem comes under siege. “For I [the Lord] will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city (Zech. 14:2).
Notice that it is the Lord who gathers the nations to the battle. The Lord allows Satan to do some of His work. Regarding this period of time the Lord’s punishment by his Assyrian “rod” John sees the following in vision:
And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months (Rev. 11:1-3, emphasis ours).
The Two Mighty Witnesses
During this three and a half year control of much of the world and one half of Jerusalem the two prophet witnesses are defying his and his allaince's power:
And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth. And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed. These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will. And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified (Rev. 11:3-8).
These two prophets raised up to the Jewish nation are members of the Restored Church. They are very powerful and have suffered great afflictions and burdens in order to have the power they now exercise. Notice these are the two “olive trees” referenced in Zechariah chapter four in which they figuratively supply the oil to the seven lamps of the Menorah which lamps or candles also represent the seven archangels set over the seven key dispensations.
Isaiah and Nephi also address these two prophets:
And I have put my words in thy mouth, and have covered thee in the shadow of mine hand, that I may plant the heavens and lay the foundations of the earth, and say unto Zion: Behold, thou art my people. Awake, awake, stand up, O Jerusalem, which hast drunk at the hand of the Lord the a cup of his fury—thou hast drunken the dregs of the cup of trembling wrung out—And none to guide her among all the sons she hath brought forth; neither that taketh her by the hand, of all the sons she hath brought up. These two sons are come unto thee, who shall be sorry for thee—thy desolation and destruction, and the famine and the sword—and by whom shall I comfort thee? Thy sons have fainted, save these two; they lie at the head of all the streets; as a wild bull in a net, they are full of the fury of the Lord, the rebuke of thy God (2 Ne. 8:18-20, see also Isa. 51, emphasis ours).
The angel that speaks to Zechariah on this same subject informs us, “These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the LORD of the whole earth” (Zech. 4:14). It is these two who receive the honor coveted by the mother of the sons of Zebedee as recorded in the New Testament, in which the Savior informs them, “but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father” (Matt. 20:23). As mentioned earlier, these two highly exceptional prophets are also represented by figures 22 and 23 in the Facsimile #2 from the Egyptian papyri in the Book of Abraham in the Pearl of Great Price.
Concerning these two “anointed ones” Moses also foresaw that they would be full of the fury of the Lord and the rebuke of thy God, He saw their day and referred to them in the context of criticism of the latter-day Lord’s people saying, “How should one chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight, except their Rock [Christ, their Lord] had sold them, and the LORD had shut them up?” (Deut. 32:30). The Jews are also in need of purging. Clearly these two are not only terrifying to Israel’s enemies, they are also frightening to Israel, whose Rock had sold them again into the hands of their enemy, in this case the Anti-Christ. It is a day of reckoning for everyone.
The End Nears
Despite their great power the two anointed ones will suffer the fulfillment of their particular commission—martyrdom. Once they have completed their mission and testimony:
... they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves. And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth. And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them. And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them (Rev. 11:9-12).
It can be deduced from the above that the latter day events in Jerusalem are receiving focused media coverage. The people following the Anti-Christ are busy congratulating themselves and each other until they likely exclaim a collective “Oh, oh!” as these two stand up and are received into heaven viewed on international broadcasts.
Just as the wicked of America, including the American saints, were scourged and cleansed so do the Jews suffer the hand of destruction under the cleansing “rod” of the Assyrian Anti-Christ and his allies. However, according to the foreknowledge of God, again, everything happens in its appointed time.
… but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits. And they that understand among the people shall instruct many: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days. Now when they shall fall, they shall be holpen with a little help: but many shall cleave to them with flatteries. And some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end: because it is yet for a time appointed (Dan. 11:32-35, emphasis ours).
The extent of refinement required to prepare a people to receive the Lord is sobering. There are winners and there are others.
And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein. And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, it is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God (Zech. 13:8-9).
All this is the buildup for the end-time confrontation between the forces of evil and the genuine people of God. “Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle” (Zech. 14:2-3), and “Behold, they shall surely gather together against thee, not by me; whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake” (3 Ne. 22:15, Isa. 54:15).
What transpires in Jerusalem during the second tribulation period will be truly remarkable. The Lord will at some point make his hand manifest and greatly strengthen the Jerusalem defenders.
And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it. In that day, saith the LORD, I will smite every horse with astonishment, and his rider with madness: and I will open mine eyes upon the house of Judah, and will smite every horse of the people with blindness. And the governors of Judah shall say in their heart, The inhabitants of Jerusalem shall be my strength in the LORD of hosts their God. In that day will I make the governors of Judah like an hearth of fire among the wood, and like a torch of fire in a sheaf; and they shall devour all the people round about, on the right hand and on the left: and Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place, even in Jerusalem (Zech. 12:4-6, emphasis ours).
In the time appointed the Lord will intervene in Jewish affairs and strengthen and inspire the people in Jerusalem to fight with their enemies as in days of old. Their power will astonish their enemies.
In that day shall the LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the LORD before them. And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem (Zech.12:8-9).
After the invading forces have taken half the city the remaining residents are empowered by the Lord in keeping possession of the other half—holding out for three and a half years. Interestingly, the forces of the Anti-Christ have gained at least temporary control of the outer court causing the daily “oblation” or sacrifice to cease, but have not as yet breached the temple itself. The fact that there is a three and one half year standoff is quite remarkable and I take this as evidence that the Lord has indeed poured out his power on those remaining as well as the role played by the Lord’s chosen servants now operating in this crucible. This includes some remarkable Jewish leaders and the two prophets whose superpower defies all their enemies until the very last. There will also likely be a contingent of the Jewish portion of the 144 thousand Savior’s on Mount Zion who have completed their mission assignments and gathered to Israel and Jerusalem along with many of their converts. Though there may be conventional warfare involved the protection of the temple and the rest of the city will be mainly due to miraculous means through the Lord’s servants.
The Battle Scroll, the Temple & a dream
Among the Dead Sea Scrolls is an interesting one known as the “Battle Scroll” which describes what appears to be a ritualistic battle fought somewhere on the plains outside Jerusalem between the “Sons of Light” and the “Sons of Darkness” or the sons of “Belial.” It is fought by a phalanx representing each side bearing banners and armed with shields, swords and spears. The banners bear code words of spiritual encouragement and angels, and demons are also involved.
The Battle Scroll contains an apocalyptic prophecy of a war between the Sons of Light, …including representatives of the 12 tribes united, and the Sons of Darkness conquering the "nations of vanity." In the end, all of Darkness is to be destroyed and Light will live in peace for all eternity. The text goes on to detail inscriptions for trumpets and banners for the war and liturgies for the priests during the conflict (Wikipedia, War of the Sons of Light Against the Sons of Darkness). My feeling is that this ritual battle will actually take place at some point in the vicinity of Jerusalem in the end time scenario.
Though the extent of this document has now exceeded original intentions I will here insert a dream that I had many years ago relative to the subject and time period at hand. It is still very clear in my mind.
In the dream, I found myself standing on the roof of the latter-day temple in Jerusalem. The outer surface was all made of stone. I was standing on the edge and looked down over the outer wall where the solid stone masonry reached the ground. At this point the ground surface was sloping at a considerable angle. Below me I could see an abandoned Russian tank with its cannon pointed backward away from the structure but with one of its tracks gripping the side wall of the temple foundation. By its grip on or against the wall, the tank was slightly lifted off the ground on the downward side. Looking out then across the city I could see an active battle line maybe a mile or two away. There were explosions that could be heard, and the smoke of explosives was visible. At this point in the dream, I was given to understand that the Jewish forces defending Jerusalem had driven the enemy back from the temple to this visible battle line. However, the plan was to fall back on the morrow and leave the temple and the city to the enemy. We were to flee under direction to the Mount of Olives to meet the Savior, where He would set His foot and create a new valley by cleaving the Mount in half. This would give our forces some protection. I was also given to understand that at that moment while I was on the top of the temple my wife was down inside involved with the temple workers.
The following passage of scripture relates to this occurrence:
And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with thee. (Zech. 14:4-5)
My understanding of what happens now is that this Mount of Olives event does not constitute the Lord’s coming in glory. Rather the Jerusalem defenders who now find refuge in this valley created by the Lord, now become a sort of guerrilla force that still defies the enemy. The Anti-Christ has finally achieved his purpose of gaining possession of and desecrating the temple by his presence, “so that he as God, sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God” (2 Thess. 2:4). But the war is not over, as there are still Jews and people of the Lord holding out and fighting with great and miraculous power. And we still have the battle of Armageddon.
In relation to this penultimate battle John the Revelator sees in vision:
… spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon (Rev. 14-18). And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand (Rev. 9:16).
Notice the reference to garments. This is a time of great challenge to the Saints—challenge and reward to the faithful. And the tests are almost over. The army consists of 200 million.
And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God. And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs (Rev. 16:19-20).
As a furlong is an eighth of a mile, the geographical length of the carnage from this battle extends for two hundred miles!
Ultimately the Anti-Christ himself shall be “consumed away and utterly destroyed by the brightness of my [the Lord’s] coming.” (D&C 5:19) “And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh" (Rev. 19:20-21).
Now comes the reward of the righteous, the strengthening of the weak things of the earth (e.g. the Lord’s servants), the resurrection of the dead and the binding of the Devil.
And the graves of the saints shall be opened; and they shall come forth and stand on the right hand of the Lamb, when he shall stand upon Mount Zion, and upon the holy city, the New Jerusalem; and they shall sing the song of the Lamb, day and night forever and ever. And for this cause, that men might be made partakers of the glories which were to be revealed, the Lord sent forth the fulness of his gospel, his everlasting covenant, reasoning in plainness and simplicity—To prepare the weak for those things which are coming on the earth, and for the Lord’s errand in the day when the weak shall confound the wise, and the little one become a strong nation, and two shall put their tens of thousands to flight Satan is now bound for a thousand years (D&C 133:56-58, emphasis ours).
Triumph of the weak things
Again, we see a reference to the two witnesses as well as the fact that the Lord has chosen the weak things of the earth, including us, to thresh the nations by the word of his power (D&C 133:59). John also describes the binding of Satan for a thousand years.
And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years. And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season. (Rev. 20:1-2)
With Satan bound, now the earth may heal and rest.
And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark: But it shall be one day which shall be known to the LORD, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light. And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be. And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one. All the land shall be turned as a plain from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem: and it shall be lifted up, and inhabited in her place, from Benjamin’s gate unto the place of the first gate, unto the corner gate, and from the tower of Hananeel unto the king’s winepresses. And men shall dwell in it, and there shall be no more utter destruction; but Jerusalem shall be safely inhabited (Zech. 14:6-11, emphasis ours).
Healing Waters from the Temple & the Throne of God on Earth
Regarding the water John sees the following:
And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever (Rev. 22:1-5).
The prophet Joel, joins the topic:
And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpillar, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you. And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed. And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the LORD your God, and none else: and my people shall never be ashamed. (Joel 2:25-27)
The years the locust hath eaten refers to the time, energy and money we wasted on things that did not matter and had no eternal merit. This is not to say that all of our pleasures and passions were necessarily wrong or bad. Rather, it was always a matter of where our heart was and if we were willing to do or submit to the Lord’s will.
Marriage Supper of the Lamb
Next John sees the Lord’s church and the sanctified called to the marriage supper of the Lamb.
And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great. And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. Let us be glad and rejoice and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb (Rev.19:5-9. emphasis ours).
Those called to the Lord’s supper include all those described in the parable contained in Luke 14:15-24. Of all the noble friends of the Lord invited in the parable to the supper none availed themselves of the feast. Turning down his invitation, they had, what seemed to them, more important business. Consequently, the lord’s servant…
…came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind. And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room. And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper (Luke 14:21–24, emphasis ours).
In the Lord’s Kingdom there will be some surprises. In the day of the Lord’s power it will be largely the poor and meek of the earth who are sanctified and perfected. It is only the humble that the Lord can work with and perfect. See Broken Heart and Contrite Spirit and Core Message of the Gospel.
The Holy Cities of the Millennium
As the earth resumes a terrestrial state we will witness the return of the cities of Salem and Enoch and their translated citizens.
And the Lord said unto Enoch: Then shalt thou and all thy city meet them there, and we will receive them into our bosom, and they shall see us; and we will fall upon their necks, and they shall fall upon our necks, and we will kiss each other; And there shall be mine abode, and it shall be Zion, which shall come forth out of all the creations which I have made; and for the space of a thousand years the earth shall rest (Moses 7:63–64).
Some New Jerusalem details
The city of New Jerusalem will ultimately contain 24 temples and stretch for 1,500 miles (12,000 furlongs) in length, breadth and height. “And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal” (Rev. 21:16). After the millennium and the “season” which includes the final showdown with Satan, when the earth is resurrected and in its glorified state, there will be no temple, for this becomes the Lord’s abode wherein no temple will be required to come into His presence. “…for the lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it” (Rev. 21:22).
If we take Independence Missouri as the center point for the city (750 miles from Independence in each of the four directions), the western boundary would reach into Utah, the northern boundary will reach well into Canada, the eastern limit will reach just short of the present Atlantic coast, and the southern dimension would extend into the Gulf of Mexico. However, we are also to understand that in the millennium all the continents and islands shall be reunited into one common land mass such as it was during the days of the ancient patriarchs up until Peleg (see Gen. 10:25, D&C 133:24-25). Not only does this extend out into what is now the Gulf coast, but it will also put the New Jerusalem and the old Jerusalem in much closer proximity after the continents come together.
Latter-Day Event Timeline
The following is a timeline chart with best estimates of the sequence of important events and rough associated time frames. These details should only be considered as useful rather than definitive.
Today – 2021/22 under the 6th Seal
Also under 6th Seal: initial calling/ordaining of 144 thousand high priests/great earthquake
Beginning of construction of Jerusalem temple (not on Mount Moriah)
US economy collapses/rationing/economic depression/weakening of US world position
Assyrian/Russian invasion/many people die
Many telestial members die who are not accustomed to following the Spirit
Arrival of Ten Tribes disperses and defeats the Russian army
Ten Tribes come to the Rocky Mountains/Wasatch Front & receive temple endowments
Receipt of new scriptures & period of temple work for Ten Tribes genealogies
Outside of Utah US is crumbling under the aftereffects of the invasion & subsequent breakdown of supply chain and law & order.
Breakdowns of civilization cause destruction of Babylon in America, while the world of merchandise still operates everywhere else.
Remnants vex the nation, mobocracy, city against city, state against state
Return of select saints to abandoned and desolate Jackson County
Led by one “mighty and strong” who will “set in order the house of God, and to arrange by lot the inheritances of the saints” (D&C 85:7)
Ephraim, Manasseh and other tribes building the New Jerusalem in Missouri
Under persecution Jews continue to gather to Israel
Series of wars in and around the middle east distill into Kings of North versus Kings of South (described in Daniel)
Northern alliances will develop into a unique “diverse” 10 nation alliance (this will likely include Russia, Syria, Turkey, Iran, Bactria, Greece, Macedonia and others)
The Southern alliance will likely include Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, Italy and others)
After a series of wars and leaders the Anti-Christ maneuvers through deceit and deception into a position of power over the Northern 10 nation alliance.
Through his combined military and political strategies the Anti-Christ defeats the Southern forces and gains control of much of the world.
At the beginning of the Biblical “Tribulation” period the Anti-Christ makes a devious peace pact with the Lord’s people in Israel—with the “prince of the covenant.”
After 3 ½ years of further consolidating his power he turns on Israel and the Church and overruns and occupies one half Jerusalem including the outer court of the temple.
This causes the daily temple sacrifice to cease.
However, by miraculous means the temple proper remains in the hands of Jewish forces for another 3 ½ years.
The 2 witnesses (prophets), several thousand of the Jewish portion of the 144 thousand and their converts are exercising great power against Israel’s enemies.
This power to resist is also true of and shared by the remaining Jewish population and leadership who are devoutly awaiting their Messiah.
During this time the Jerusalem defenders defy the powers and forces of the Anti-Christ and much of the world. Israel becomes the main obstacle frustrating One World Government.
Satan and the Anti-Christ now summon as many of the world’s armies as can be assembled to defeat what has clearly become the Lord’s army in Jerusalem.
The Anti-Christ overpowers the 2 witnesses and kills them.
The defending forces abandon the temple and flee to the Mount of Olives to meet the Lord.
The Anti-Christ takes possession of the temple.
The war of Armageddon takes place outside Jerusalem.
The Lord returns in glory and the Anti-Christ and the wicked are destroyed.
The City of Enoch returns to the Terrestrial earth.
There is a thousand years of peace.
In the course of writing this article it has taken on a someone different character than originally intended. This timeline has acquired a flavor of the future events that is both quite exciting though even more sobering. Parenthetically, as we peruse and reflect upon the level of commitment the Lord requires of the saints to build Zion, it should be clear to any reader that what the Lord expects out of His members and servants is far greater than our present so-called mainstream membership has embraced or even considered. The term “saints” means or implies the sanctified. However, we are not there. Those who have sought for glory and honor in the Church or in the world will need to balance or even cancel that misleading account of temporary glory with a requisite dose of humility and divinely directed service. And the idea that we are being taught pure truth and pure doctrine in the midst of our leadership vacuum, cultural bubble, Babylonian distractions and its secret combinations, is an indication of how out of touch we have become. I will refer the reader to my personal history where I was given a dream that explained to me that the Church was being managed by caretakers. Fortunately the necessary keys are still here and there is no excuse for apostasy. I was also told in this dream that the Lord would come and set things right. The reader may also refer to Observations on the Mainstream, and Is There a Scourge Remaining for the People of the Lord? May God bless all our friends and family.
The following is am illustrative Old Testament timeline from the Garden of Eden until Christ.