“The Book of Mormon, as an offered covenant to the gentiles, is an essential step required for the gentiles to become numbered with the remnant and obtain the right to inherit the promised land. If it is not received as a covenant by the gentiles, they have no right to be here on this land or on any other land of promise.”
“Zion and the New Jerusalem are a place, occupied by covenant people, and not something an individual can be or become. People who gather there will all need to be individually redeemed, individually penitent, individually connected to God, but will only belong to the community if they belong to the covenant and are of one heart and one mind and have all things in common between and among them.”
Zion Will Not Be In Missouri
“I do not think Zion will initially be where people think it will. I do not think Zion will be at all what people think it will be. Nor do I think people are at all ready in our current circumstances to begin to learn what Zion will require; what standards of conduct will be required; what covenants will need to be assumed to establish Zion.
“I do not think Zion will be an institutional enterprise. The angels will be the ones responsible for that gathering. (See D&C 77: 11, Mark 13: 27.) This presents an apparent impediment to those who either don’t believe angels minister to mankind, or who believe they only minister to church leaders, or who think them possible, but have never been administered personally by them.”
The image above is from G.aslem‘s timeline for the events of the last days. He is one of the few who dares to put dates on prophesied events in spite of the fact that all who have done so in the past have been disappointed and embarrassed when they fail to come to pass in the time-frame they have expected. I don’t believe in placing dates on future events, especially in light of Matt 24:36. Although I write much about the events of the last days, I have never felt it wise to put a date on something the Lord never did.
“Zion has not begun in an organized city-form and could not do so at the moment. Some of what would be required to establish Zion may have been returned, but only in the most incipient form at present, and not such that it can stand on its own. If the hounds of hell have been released to balance things because of Zion’s “appearance” then it is wholly disproportionate at present. The evil is far more numerous, far more widely planted, far stronger, and securely fastened here than the tiniest shoots of a diminutive Zion. Even the idea of starting a small gathering is not possible at present.”
The Gathering to Zion
Although the time to gather must eventually come, it is not yet. The LDS Church has changed the place of the gathering many times over the years. First it was to Kirtland, then to Missouri, then to Nauvoo, then to Salt Lake and finally, it was apparently rescinded. I know the Lord intends to eventually gather His people. I do not know if it will be in my lifetime, but I hope so. Last year, in response to the difficulties the people encountered in coming up with the Guide and Standard, Denver shared the following:
“Don’t think about this as a time to gather but as a time to prove.
“And don’t think that we are proving who belongs to a group from among all involved, but who would the Lord choose; what few He would gather out from among them. In His wisdom He has elected to delay the next steps in order to select carefully those who can be gathered. What exists now obviously cannot be gathered.
“There is no command to build a temple yet, although we know there will be one given. He doesn’t want the present assortment of people to be allowed to build His house. There is no place to gather identified yet. He doesn’t want the rebellious or froward to know where to go or be to interfere with the peace of that land.”
“When the Lord establishes the foundation of the New Jerusalem, it will require the sacrifice and obedience of the residents. Even if the foundation for that city is laid, if mankind is unwilling to be governed by God, learn from Him and trust His guidance, it is doubtful it will become Zion.”
“Zion consists of people living in harmony with God. It is defined in revelation as ‘the pure in heart.’ (D&C 97:21.) But prophecy also confirms it will be an actual location, and a place of gathering. The events of the last days have been known since the time of Enoch. … It is a mistake to think of Zion as ONLY the ‘pure in heart.’ It is more. All God’s covenants with the patriarchal fathers will be fulfilled.”
The LDS Church is NOT the Kingdom of God nor is it Zion. It is long been taught that it is both, but this is erroneous. Zion will not be established in Salt Lake City nor will it be in Independence Missouri. They simply don’t fit the scriptural prophecies. An excellent seven-part series from Oct-Nov 2016 reviews the history of the early attempts to establish Zion and why it failed among the Latter-day Saints. I’ve provided the links below.
“This can happen in our day. Or not. One day, some few will be guided by the Lord to accomplish it. But the choice of allowing it to happen is left to us. The journey begins by living the way Christ taught in the Sermon on the Mount and the Sermon at Bountiful. Every one of man’s institutions are corrupt. They are led by men and women who rule against the best interests, even the will, of the people over whom they exercise control. They abuse authority and their subordinates lord it over their minions.”
“Zion, like our Lord, will receive little attention or regard from the world. The people who will recognize that its foundation is being laid will be very few. While the Jews, Christians, saints and philosophers look to constantly replenish themselves from the east (Isa. 2:6), God will begin His work quietly in the mountains of the west (D&C 133:30-32). Thus the Lord’s great revolution will eventually overthrow all other kingdoms.”
Denver will be speaking this Sunday, 3 March 2019 in Centerville, Utah at 3:00 pm. The talk is entitled Signs Follow Faith. Everyone is invited and it is free to the public. It is the first time in over four years that Denver has planned and organized his own speaking engagement. Although not specifically about Zion, it will address the restoration that began with Joseph Smith. Establishing Zion has always a part of that movement. I’m sure there will be something applicable to the topic of preparing for and gathering to Zion.
Two podcasts with a huge amount of material on the subject:
1. Defending Zion: https://denversnuffer.com/2018/07/26-defending-zion/
2. Growing Zion: https://denversnuffer.com/2018/06/23-growing-zion/
Some of Denver’s early thoughts on Zion (lawnmower example):