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Transcript of D&C 133
What scriptures and parables have been telling us what we need to do? All of them D&C 133: 18 Who are the one hundred and forty-four thousand souls? D&C 77: 11 Who will rule during the millennium? D&C 133: 25 Where will He rule from? Isaiah 2: 3 “Jerusalem of old, after the Jews have been cleansed and sanctified from all their sin, shall become a holy city where the Lord shall dwell and from whence he shall send forth his word unto all people. Likewise, on this continent, the city of Zion, New Jerusalem, shall be built, and from it the law of God shall also go forth. There will be no conflict, for each city shall be headquarters for the Redeemer of the world, and from each he shall send forth his proclamations as occasion may require” ( Doctrines of Salvation, 3:69–70). How would the laws change during the millennium? Elder John A. Widtsoe explained that “the ‘Appendix’ [ D&C 133 ], supplements the introduction [ D&C 1 ]. The two sections together encompass the contents of the book in a condensed form. An appendix is something which the writer thinks should be added to amplify that which is in the book, to emphasize it, to make it stronger or to explain the contents a little more completely.” ( Message of the Doctrine and Covenants, p. 17.) The scriptures and the living prophets teach that the Saints must strive for three important things as they ready themselves for the Second Coming:
1. Preparation . Elder Harold B. Lee said of preparing for the Second Coming:
“This preparation demands first that a people, to receive the coming of the Lord, must be taught the personality and the nature of God and his Son, Jesus Christ.
“. . . How can one meet a person whose identity is unknown? How can one be prepared to meet a person about whom he has no knowledge? How can one be prepared to meet a being whose personality he cannot comprehend? . . .
“To my thinking, another requisite of that preparation to receive the Lord at the beginning of his millennial reign demands that the people be taught to accept the divinity of the mission of Jesus as the Savior of the world [see Alma 11:37, 40 ]. . . .
“. . . We must accept the divine mission of the Prophet Joseph Smith as the instrumentality through which the restoration of the gospel and the organization of the Church of Jesus Christ was accomplished. Each member of the Church, to be prepared for the millennial reign, must receive a testimony, each for himself, of the divinity of the work established by Joseph Smith. . . . [As Heber C. Kimball said,] ‘The time will come when no man nor woman will be able to endure on borrowed light. Each will have to be guided by the light within himself.’” (In Conference Report, Oct. 1956, pp. 61–62.)
2. Sanctification . Elder Bruce R. McConkie explained:
“To be sanctified is to become clean, pure, and spotless; to be free from the blood and sins of the world; to become a new creature of the Holy Ghost, one whose body has been renewed by the rebirth of the Spirit. Sanctification is a state of saintliness, a state attained only by conformity to the laws and ordinances of the gospel. The plan of salvation is the system and means provided whereby men may sanctify their souls and thereby become worthy of a celestial inheritance.
“Sanctification is a basic doctrine of the gospel ( D. & C. 20:31–34 ); indeed, the very reason men are commanded to believe, repent, and be baptized is so they ‘may be sanctified by the reception of the Holy Ghost,’ and thereby be enabled to stand spotless before the judgment bar of Christ. ( 2 Ne. 27:19–21 .)” ( Mormon Doctrine, p. 675.)
Since the scriptures teach that no unclean thing can dwell in His presence (see Moses 6:57 ), it is clear that the Saints who are caught up to meet Him must be sanctified. 3. Gathering . Elder Bruce R. McConkie said:
“Two things are accomplished by the gathering of Israel: First, those who have thus chosen Christ as their Shepherd; those who have taken upon themselves his name in the waters of baptism; those who are seeking to enjoy his Spirit here and now and to be inheritors of eternal life hereafter—such people need to be gathered together to strengthen each other and to help one another perfect their lives.
“And second, those who are seeking the highest rewards in eternity need to be where they can receive the blessings of the house of the Lord, both for themselves and for their ancestors in Israel who died without a knowledge of the gospel, but who would have received it with all their heart had opportunity afforded.
“Manifestly in the early days of this dispensation, this meant gathering to the mountain of the Lord’s house in the tops of the mountains of North America. There alone were congregations strong enough for the Saints to strengthen each other. There alone were the temples of the Most High where the fulness of the ordinances of exaltation are performed.
“However, in the providences of Him who knoweth all things, in the providences of Him who scattered Israel and who is now gathering that favored people again, the day has now come when the fold of Christ is reaching out to the ends of the earth. We are not established in all nations, but we surely shall be before the second coming of the Son of Man.
“As the Book of Mormon says, in the last days, ‘the saints of God’ shall be found ‘upon all the face of the earth.’ Also: ‘The saints of the church of the Lamb and . . . the covenant people of the Lord’—scattered as they are ‘upon all the face of the earth’—shall be ‘armed with righteousness and with the power of God in great glory.’ ( 1 Ne. 14:12, 14 .)
“We are living in a new day. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is fast becoming a worldwide church. Congregations of Saints are now, or soon will be, strong enough to support and sustain their members no matter where they reside. Temples are being built wherever the need justifies.” ( “Come: Let Israel Build Zion,” Ensign, May 1977, p. 117 .)
“The Gentiles who obeyed the Gospel were commanded ( v. 12 ) to gather in Zion, and those of the house of Judah were to flee to Jerusalem ( v. 13 ). This is in harmony with the prediction of Isaiah and Micah, that out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. For from both these centers the Lord shall judge. Jerusalem shall be re-built and become a holy city, the capital for Judah, and Zion shall be the capital and city of our God, for Ephraim and his fellows. Both shall be seats of government in unison with each other, and the Lord shall dwell in both.” (Smith and Sjodahl, Commentary, p. 841.)
Then will the Jews behold that long, long-expected Messiah, coming in power to their deliverance, as they always looked for him. He will destroy their enemies and deliver them from trouble at the very time they are in the utmost consternation, and about to be swallowed up by their enemies. But what will be their astonishment when they are about to fall at the feet of their Deliverer and acknowledge him their Messiah! They discover the wounds which were once made in his hands, feet, and side; and on inquiry, at once recognize Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews, the man so long rejected. Well did the prophet say that they shall mourn and weep, every family apart, and their wives apart. But, thank heaven, there will be an end to their mourning; for he will forgive their iniquities and cleanse them from uncleanness. Jerusalem shall be a holy city from that time forth, and all the land shall be turned as a plain from Geba to Rimmon. She shall be lifted up and inhabited in her place, and men shall dwell there. There shall be no more utter destruction of Jerusalem, ‘And the Lord shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord, and his name one.’ ( Zechariah 14:9 .)” How will the Jews be cleansed and sanctified from their sin? They've all been leading up. Everything serves a dual purpose. DC 133: 12-15 Elder Erastus Snow said: “‘The mountain of the Lord’s house’—this is a peculiar phrase, and was probably used by the Prophet because it was a common mode of expression in Israel in the days of David and many of the Prophets several hundred years after him, for, in speaking of Mount Moriah, on which the Temple of Solomon was built, they spoke of it as the mountain of the Lord’s house. Moriah is a hill in the city of Jerusalem, on which David located the site of the Temple, and on which his son Solomon built it, and it was called the mountain of the house of the Lord.” (In Journal of Discourses, 16:202.) DC 133: 22-24 Will the continents be rejoined? Yes. President Joseph Fielding Smith wrote: “If . . . the earth is to be restored as it was in the beginning, then all the land surface will again be in one place as it was before the days of Peleg, when this great division was accomplished. Europe, Africa, and the islands of the sea including Australia, New Zealand, and other places in the Pacific must be brought back and joined together as they were in the beginning.” ( Answers to Gospel Questions, 5:74.) V. 14-15 DC 1: 16 DC 84: 2 What does Babylon Symbolize? Bruce R. McConkie: The call now is to all men, Jew and Gentile alike: "Go ye out from among the nations, even from Babylon, from the midst of wickedness, which is spiritual Babylon." There is a great key hidden in these words. The gathering is both temporal and spiritual. Israel gathers spiritually by joining the Church; she gathers temporally by assembling where church congregations are found. The great issue is one of leaving Babylon, leaving the world, leaving wickedness; it is one of becoming pure in heart so as to be part of Zion. (The Millennial Messiah: The Second Coming of the Son of Man [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1982], 292) D&C 133: 26 Joseph Fielding Smith
The Ten Tribes were taken by force out of the land the Lord gave to them. Many of them mixed with the peoples among whom they were scattered. A large portion, however, departed in one body into the north and disappeared from the rest of the world. Where they went and where they are, we do not know. That they are intact we must believe, else how shall the scriptures be fulfilled? There are too many prophecies concerning them and their return in a body for us to ignore the fact. (The Way to Perfection, 130)
Jeremiah 16: 14-15 DC 133: 31-32 Mark E. Petersen
What about their return? This is explained in modern revelation. They will go back to their inheritances in Palestine, but before that they will come to America and receive their blessings from Ephraim. Why? Because Ephraim is the tribe holding the birthright in Israel and hence has the right, through the priesthood, to administer the blessings of the gospel to all peoples. (Joshua: Man of Faith [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1978], 76) DC 133: 59 Wilford Woodruff
I was once preaching to a large assembly in Collinsville, Connecticut; when I got through, a young clergyman came forward, and asked me if I had received any diploma from college. I answered him, "No." "Do you know," said he, "that a man who has not received a college diploma, has no right to preach?" "No, sir," I said, "I do not know it." "Well, sir," he said, "that is the case." I then asked him to inform me how it was the Jesus preached, without receiving a college diploma? and if such things as college diplomas were ever known or read of in the ministry of Christ and his Apostles?