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Preface

 

Listen to the world.  What do you hear?  Christ is coming, he is coming.  Look at the signs.

 

But what coming are they looking for?  Are they deceived?  Will this great deception be the fulfillment of Christ’s words when he prophesied we will say he delays his coming until the end of the world?

 

Or will he have already come, like a thief in the night?  When a thief comes at midnight, we are asleep.  We know not of his coming until the morning, when the dawn breaks and the light begins to fill the skies, a sign that the sun will be rising soon.

 

So does he come at midnight when the world is asleep, or does he come as the sun from the east, descending upon the Mount of Olives?

 

The answer is…………..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter One

The First Shall Be Last and the Last Shall Be First

 

The children of Lehi, Zoram, Muleki and Ishmael were led to the American Continent, the Promised Land, so the Lord could raise a righteous posterity unto himself.

 

It was this combined race of God’s children who were privileged to hear the warning voice of Samuel the Lamanite as he stood upon the walls of Zarahemla and proclaimed the exact date of the birth of Christ.

 

(Helaman 14:1-7.)

1 And now it came to pass that Samuel, the Lamanite, did prophesy a great many more things which cannot be written.

 

2 And behold, he said unto them: Behold, I give unto you a sign; for five years more cometh, and behold, then cometh the Son of God to redeem all those who shall believe on his name.

 

3 And behold, this will I give unto you for a sign at the time of his coming; for behold, there shall be great lights in heaven, insomuch that in the night before he cometh there shall be no darkness, insomuch that it shall appear unto man as if it was day.

 

4 Therefore, there shall be one day and a night and a day, as if it were one day and there were no night; and this shall be unto you for a sign; for ye shall know of the rising of the sun and also of its setting; therefore they shall know of a surety that there shall be two days and a night; nevertheless the night shall not be darkened; and it shall be the night before he is born.

 

5 And behold, there shall a new star arise, such an one as ye never have beheld; and this also shall be a sign unto you.

 

6 And behold this is not all, there shall be many signs and wonders in heaven.

 

7 And it shall come to pass that ye shall all be amazed, and wonder, insomuch that ye shall fall to the earth.

 

Christ would be born in five years.  The date of his birth would be accompanied by a sign.  The sign would be a day, a night and a day in which it would remain light.  That night when the skies would not be darkened, would be the night before his birth.

 

One more sign unto them would be a new star that would appear.  They would witness the sign of His coming, but not the actual event.  They would not actually see the Christ Child as he made his majestic appearance to the earth.  However, they would see the signs.  By this they would know the prophecy of his birth was fulfilled and believe on his name.  That if they believed, they could repent and have a remission of their sins.

 

(Helaman 14:12-13.)

12 And also that ye might know of the coming of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Father of heaven and of earth, the Creator of all things from the beginning; and that ye might know of the signs of his coming, to the intent that ye might believe on his name.

 

13 And if ye believe on his name ye will repent of all your sins, that thereby ye may have a remission of them through his merits

 

 

 

The signs are a testimony to them that the rest of the prophecies concerning Christ’s appearances would also be fulfilled, specifically his appearance to them on the American Continent.  Those signs are recorded by Helaman.

 

(Helaman 14:20-29.)

20 But behold, as I said unto you concerning another sign, a sign of his death, behold, in that day that he shall suffer death the sun shall be darkened and refuse to give his light unto you; and also the moon and the stars; and there shall be no light upon the face of this land, even from the time that he shall suffer death, for the space of three days, to the time that he shall rise again from the dead.

 

21 Yea, at the time that he shall yield up the ghost there shall be thunderings and lightnings for the space of many hours, and the earth shall shake and tremble; and the rocks which are upon the face of this earth, which are both above the earth and beneath, which ye know at this time are solid, or the more part of it is one solid mass, shall be broken up;

 

22 Yea, they shall be rent in twain, and shall ever after be found in seams and in cracks, and in broken fragments upon the face of the whole earth, yea, both above the earth and beneath.

 

23 And behold, there shall be great tempests, and there shall be many mountains laid low, like unto a valley, and there shall be many places which are now called valleys which shall become mountains, whose height is great.

 

24 And many highways shall be broken up, and many cities shall become desolate.

 

25 And many graves shall be opened, and shall yield up many of their dead; and many saints shall appear unto many.

 

26 And behold, thus hath the angel spoken unto me; for he said unto me that there should be thunderings and lightnings for the space of many hours.

 

27 And he said unto me that while the thunder and the lightning lasted, and the tempest, that these things should be, and that darkness should cover the face of the whole earth for the space of three days.

 

28 And the angel said unto me that many shall see greater things than these, to the intent that they might believe that these signs and these wonders should come to pass upon all the face of this land, to the intent that there should be no cause for unbelief among the children of men—

 

29 And this to the intent that whosoever will believe might be saved, and that whosoever will not believe, a righteous judgment might come upon them; and also if they are condemned they bring upon themselves their own condemnation.

 

Nephi recorded an interesting statement.  This record shows that they knew Christ would appear to them and when it would happen.

 

(3 Nephi 11:12.)

12 And it came to pass that when Jesus had spoken these words the whole multitude fell to the earth; for they remembered that it had been prophesied among them that Christ should show himself unto them after his ascension into heaven.

 

We learn from the preceding scriptures that Christ appeared unto the Jews first in the Old World and then to the Nephites (Jews) in the New world last.

 

Nephi teaches us an important eternal law.

 

(1 Nephi 13:42.)

42 And the time cometh that he shall manifest himself unto all nations, both unto the Jews and also unto the Gentiles; and after he has manifested himself unto the Jews and also unto the Gentiles, then he shall manifest himself unto the Gentiles and also unto the Jews, and the last shall be first, and the first shall be last.

 

When Christ appeared unto the Jews, he not only made sure the Gospel was preached to them by his twelve apostles, but he also partook of the sacrament with the twelve apostles personally on both hemispheres.

 

Both hemispheres enjoyed the same blessings as far as they were worthy of them.

 

“The last shall be first, and the first shall be last” is a law revealed to Nephi when an angel appeared to him and taught him about the Gospel going forth to the world, more especially to the Gentiles in the latter days.

 

In the latter days the gospel is being taught to the Gentiles first and later will go to the Jews.  The Lord revealed this to Joseph Smith.

 

(Doctrine and Covenants 107:33-35.)

33 The Twelve are a Traveling Presiding High Council, to officiate in the name of the Lord, under the direction of the Presidency of the Church, agreeable to the institution of heaven; to build up the church, and regulate all the affairs of the same in all nations, first unto the Gentiles and secondly unto the Jews.

 

34 The Seventy are to act in the name of the Lord, under the direction of the Twelve or the traveling high council, in building up the church and regulating all the affairs of the same in all nations, first unto the Gentiles and then to the Jews;

 

35 The Twelve being sent out, holding the keys, to open the door by the proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and first unto the Gentiles and then unto the Jews.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter Two

A New Generation, a Feast

 

 

In the generation that the Gospel is taught to the Gentiles a few things happen.

 

(Doctrine and Covenants 45:28-33.)

28 And when the times of the Gentiles is come in, a light shall break forth among them that sit in darkness, and it shall be the fulness of my gospel;

 

29 But they receive it not; for they perceive not the light, and they turn their hearts from me because of the precepts of men.

 

30 And in that generation shall the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

 

31 And there shall be men standing in that generation, that shall not pass until they shall see an overflowing scourge; for a desolating sickness shall cover the land.

 

32 But my disciples shall stand in holy places, and shall not be moved; but among the wicked, men shall lift up their voices and curse God and die.

 

33 And there shall be earthquakes also in divers places, and many desolations; yet men will harden their hearts against me, and they will take up the sword, one against another, and they will kill one another

 

We learn our generation will witness the Gentiles rejecting the gospel, the times of the Gentiles fulfilled, an overflowing scourge and sickness covering the land, earthquakes, desolations and wars.

 

During this time of upheaval, the disciples of Christ stand in holy places and are not moved.

 

It is upon this foundation that I would like to begin a look at what is to be the most crowning moment that the earth has seen.  The moment we should all be looking forward to with an eye single to the glory of God, the coming of the Bridegroom to his wife at the supper, his coming to Adam-Ondi-Ahman!

 

Once we have established the details of this great event, we will be able to take morsels of knowledge from the prophets and apostles surrounding this event that will allow us to more fully understand its importance, its place in the future and the signs of the times as they relate to this event.

 

I limit my sources for information to the Standard Works, and writings of modern day prophets and apostles in order to keep a more focused group.  A group that in my opinion have stewardship over the saints in larger capacities and more insight into the signs of the times than others, being chosen by Christ personally to witness of him throughout the world.

 

To understand the importance of Adam-Ondi-Ahman we must first understand the parable of the wedding feast. 

 

Bruce R. McConkie explained the wedding feast briefly.  He says:

 

On the evening of the marriage, the bride was taken in a bridal procession to her husband's home. It was customary for friends and neighbors and onlookers to join the procession. A formal ceremony was performed; a legal instrument was signed; the required washings were performed and benedictions spoken; the cup was filled, blessed, and drunk; and the marriage supper commenced. The marriage feast lasted from a day to a week or more, with a governor of the feast acting as master of ceremonies.”

(Bruce R. McConkie, The Mortal Messiah: From Bethlehem to Calvary, 4 vols. [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1979-1981], 1: 449.)

 

It is important to note that the feast began with a drink from the cup after the washings were performed.  The feast could last a week or more, it was an ongoing thing, not one meal.

 

Christ used the parable of the ten virgins which speaks of the wedding feast to illustrate when he would return in his glory to the earth..

 

(JST Matthew 25:1-12)

1 And then, at that day, before the Son of man comes, the kingdom of heaven shall be likened unto ten virgins, who took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.

 

2 And five of them were wise, and five of them were foolish.

 

3 They that were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them; but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.

 

4 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.

 

5 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.

 

6 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.

 

7 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.

 

8 But the wise answered, saying, Lest there be not enough for us and you, go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.

 

9 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage; and the door was shut.

 

10 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us.

 

11 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, Ye know me not.

 

12 Watch therefore; for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

 

First let’s take a look at what the Prophet Joseph F. Smith says about this parable when he compares it to the Lord coming to the New Jerusalem.  He says:

 

“This prophecy of the marriage of the Lamb is a figure of speech, having reference to the second coming of our Savior and the feast, or supper that the righteous shall receive at his coming. When teaching the Jews, and more especially his disciples, the Savior spoke of the bridegroom when referring to himself. Such references are found in Matthew 9:15; Mark 2:19-20, and in the story of the ten virgins in Matthew 25.”

 

The saints attend this feast, not the wicked.  The feast the wicked attend is spoken of later in this book.

 

In Revelation, Chapter 21, the comparison is made to a marriage of the Lamb with the city, New Jerusalem:

 

And I John saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

 

And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

 

And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife.

 

And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem descending out of heaven from God, Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal.

 

Then secondly, Bruce R. McConkie explains,

 

“In the Parable of the Ten Virgins, Jesus himself is the Bridegroom; the marriage feast is to be celebrated when he returns to take the Church as his bride (Rev. 21:2, 9; 22:17); the ten virgins represent those church members who are looking for the Bridegroom to come; and the oil-filled lamps are symbolic of the Holy Spirit which lights the way before the saints.

 Taking a slightly different view, as is often appropriate in interpreting parables, "The virgins typify those who profess a belief in Christ, and who, therefore, confidently expect to be included among the blessed participants at the feast. The lighted lamp, which each of the maidens carried, is the outward profession of Christian belief and practice; and in the oil reserves of the wiser ones we may see the spiritual strength and abundance which diligence and devotion in God's service alone can insure." (Talmage, pp. 578-579.)”(Bruce R. McConkie, Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, 3 vols. [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1965-1973], 1: 684.)

 

The ten virgins represent members of his church who have the Holy Ghost as their guide and wholly expect to be at the feast when the Bridegroom comes.  However, five of them do not have that portion of the Holy Ghost present needed to continue the journey and are caught short when the calls goes out at midnight.  Each had oil in the lamps and was able to see with the lanterns for a time until the oil burned out.  The problem was, the Bridegroom came a little later than expected and those who did not have oil in the vessels to refill the lamps were caught short and could not progress further without any light.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter Three

He Comes to Adam-Ondi-Ahman and Mount Zion

 

In the Doctrine and Covenants we are given further enlightenment on that day.

 

(Doctrine and Covenants 45:56-59.)

56 And at that day, when I shall come in my glory, shall the parable be fulfilled which I spake concerning the ten virgins.

 

57 For they that are wise and have received the truth, and have taken the Holy Spirit for their guide, and have not been deceived—verily I say unto you, they shall not be hewn down and cast into the fire, but shall abide the day.

 

58 And the earth shall be given unto them for an inheritance; and they shall multiply and wax strong, and their children shall grow up without sin unto salvation.

 

59 For the Lord shall be in their midst, and his glory shall be upon them, and he will be their king and their lawgiver.

 

Now let’s look at what John saw in Revelations about the wedding feast.

 

(JST Revelation 19:1-9.)

1 And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honor, and power, unto the Lord our God;

 

2 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 saints at her hand.

 

3 And again they said, Alleluia. And her smoke rose up forever and ever.

 

4 And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshiped God that sat on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia.

 

5 And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his saints, and ye that fear him, both small and great.

 

6 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.

 

7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to him; for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.

 

8 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.

 

9 And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are thy which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.

 

 

What do we learn from these quotes?

 

  1. The parable is fulfilled when he comes in his glory.
  2. The earth is given to the faithful for an inheritance
  3. Their children grow up without sin
  4. The Lord is in their midst.
  5. Christ is their King.

 

 

(Doctrine and Covenants 33:17-18.)

17 Wherefore, be faithful, praying always, having your lamps trimmed and burning, and oil with you, that you may be ready at the coming of the Bridegroom—

 

18 For behold, verily, verily, I say unto you, that I come quickly. Even so. Amen.

 

6.  Be faithful and pray

7.  He comes quickly.                                                                                                      

 

(Doctrine and Covenants 65:3.)

3 Yea, a voice crying—Prepare ye the way of the Lord, prepare ye the supper of the Lamb, make ready for the Bridegroom.

 

8.  We are warned by his missionaries to prepare for his coming.

 

(Doctrine and Covenants 88:92-95.)

92 And angels shall fly through the midst of heaven, crying with a loud voice, sounding the trump of God, saying: Prepare ye, prepare ye, O inhabitants of the earth; for the judgment of our God is come. Behold, and lo, the Bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.

 

93 And immediately there shall appear a great sign in heaven, and all people shall see it together.

 

94 And another angel shall sound his trump, saying: That great church, the mother of abominations, that made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, that persecuteth the saints of God, that shed their blood—she who sitteth upon many waters, and upon the islands of the sea—behold, she is the tares of the earth; she is bound in bundles; her bands are made strong, no man can loose them; therefore, she is ready to be burned. And he shall sound his trump both long and loud, and all nations shall hear it.

 

95 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;

 

9.   Immediately after this warning, a great sign appears in heaven that everyone sees together.

10.  An angel sounds his trump and the great abominable church is bound in bundles and ready to be burned.  Notice it says ready to be burned, not already burned.

11.  Then silence in heaven prevails for ½ hour.

12.  The curtain of Heaven is unfolded and the face of Christ is unveiled.

 

These twelve items are important to understand.  They establish an order of things as they are to occur.  The Bridegrooms coming is announced about the same time the whore is bound.  A sign is given of his coming and then silence in heaven occurs.

 

Let’s talk about the sign.  What have others said about it?

 

The sign of the coming of the Son of Man—what is it? We do not know. Our revelation says simply: "And immediately there shall appear a great sign in heaven, and all people shall see it together." (D&C 88:93.) In 1843 someone by the name of Redding claimed to have seen this promised sign. In response to this claim, the Prophet Joseph Smith said: "I shall use my right"—his right as a prophet to know and identify the signs of the times—"and declare that, notwithstanding Mr. Redding may have seen a wonderful appearance in the clouds one morning about sunrise (which is nothing very uncommon in the winter season) he has not seen the sign of the Son of Man, as foretold by Jesus; neither has any man, nor will any man, until after the sun shall have been darkened and the moon bathed in blood; for the Lord hath not shown me any such sign." (Teachings, p. 280.) Then the Prophet quoted the famous statement from Amos, "Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets" (Amos 3:7), indicating that when the sign is given, the Lord's servants the prophets, including all the faithful saints, will know it for what it is, and thus be made aware that the long-expected day has arrived.           

 (Teachings, pp. 286-87.)(Bruce R. McConkie, The Millennial Messiah: The Second Coming of the Son of Man [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1982], 418.)

 

Notice he says, “Nor will any man, until after the sun shall have been darkened and the moon bathed in blood”.

 

The sign comes before the half hour of silence.  Joseph Smith says the sun darkened and the moon bathed in blood comes before the sign. 

 

So the order is the sun darkened, the moon bathed in blood, the warning of Christ’s coming,  the whore bound, the sign of the coming of Christ, then the half hour of silence, and after that the face of Christ unveiled.

 

The event described as the unveiling of Christ will be addressed later.  We will learn what event this is talking about and where it happens. 

 

The D&C teaches us more about this marriage feast.

 

(Doctrine and Covenants 133:10-13.)

10 Yea, let the cry go forth among all people: Awake and arise and go forth to meet the Bridegroom; behold and lo, the Bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Prepare yourselves for the great day of the Lord.

 

11 Watch, therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour.

 

12 Let them, therefore, who are among the Gentiles flee unto Zion.

 

13 And let them who be of Judah flee unto Jerusalem, unto the mountains of the Lord's house.

 

     13.  The Gentiles are to flee to Zion and the Jews to Jerusalem.

 

(Doctrine and Covenants 133:17-19.)

17 For behold, the Lord God hath sent forth the angel crying through the midst of heaven, saying: Prepare ye the way of the Lord, and make his paths straight, for the hour of his coming is nigh—

 

18 When the Lamb shall stand upon Mount Zion, and with him a hundred and forty-four thousand, having his Father's name written on their foreheads.

 

19 Wherefore, prepare ye for the coming of the Bridegroom; go ye, go ye out to meet him.

 

 14.  The hour of his coming to stand upon Mount Zion with the 144000 is nigh. 

15.  This is the Bridegroom’s coming, the one we have been warned about all along.

 

Number 14 is so important to understand!  The coming of the Bridegroom spoken of is the same moment when he stands upon Mount Zion with the 144000 High Priests spoken of by Joseph Smith in section 77 of D&C.

 

This event is not his coming to the old Jerusalem.

 

With this in mind, let’s explore more about Christ standing upon Mount Zion.

 

In speaking of those who come forth in the resurrection of the just, the Lord says:

                                                                                                                                                           

(Doctrine and Covenants 76:65-67.)

65 These are they who shall come forth in the resurrection of the just.

 

66 These are they who are come unto Mount Zion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly place, the holiest of all.

 

67 These are they who have come to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of Enoch, and of the Firstborn.

 

Bruce R. McConkie wrote:

 Which Mount Zion? All of the references to Mount Zion which talk of the Second Coming and related latter-day events appear to have in mind the new Mount Zion in Jackson County, Missouri. Thus we read: "Prepare ye the way of the Lord, and make his paths straight, for the hour of his coming is nigh—When the Lamb shall stand upon Mount Zion, and with him a hundred and forty-four thousand, having his Father's name written on their foreheads."

 

Then comes this explanatory comment which shows the Lord will appear many places at his coming: "For behold, he shall stand upon the mount of Olivet, and upon the mighty ocean, even the great deep, and upon the islands of the sea, and upon the land of Zion." And then, using some language borrowed from Rev. 14:2, the revelation continues: "And he shall utter his voice out of Zion, and he shall speak from Jerusalem, and his voice shall be heard among all people; And it shall be a voice as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder, which shall break down the mountains, and the valleys shall not be found." (D. & C. 133:17-22.)

 

It seems clear that the Lord and his exalted associates shall stand in glory upon the American Mount Zion, although it may well be that in his numerous other appearances, including that on the Mount of Olivet, which is itself but a few stones' throw from old Mount Zion, he shall also be accompanied by the 144,000 high priests, "for they follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth." (Verse 4.)(Bruce R. McConkie, Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, 3 vols. [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1965-1973], 3: 526.)

 

The Lord then says Mount Zion is the New Jerusalem.

 

(Doctrine and Covenants 84:2-5.)

2 Yea, the word of the Lord concerning his church, established in the last days for the restoration of his people, as he has spoken by the mouth of his prophets, and for the gathering of his saints to stand upon Mount Zion, which shall be the city of New Jerusalem.

 

3 Which city shall be built, beginning at the temple lot, which is appointed by the finger of the Lord, in the western boundaries of the State of Missouri, and dedicated by the hand of Joseph Smith, Jun., and others with whom the Lord was well pleased.

 

4 Verily this is the word of the Lord, that the city New Jerusalem shall be built by the gathering of the saints, beginning at this place, even the place of the temple, which temple shall be reared in this generation.

 

5 For verily this generation shall not all pass away until an house shall be built unto the Lord, and a cloud shall rest upon it, which cloud shall be even the glory of the Lord, which shall fill the house.

 

Mount Zion as referenced in the latter days is a distinct place.  It is not Jerusalem, but is the New Jerusalem where the throne of Christ shall be.  It is the place where Christ will appear with his 144000 who were called and set apart in the sixth seal according to Revelations 7 and Doctrine and Covenants 77:11.

 

So what does Christ appearing with the 144000 have to do with Adam-Ondi-
Ahman?

 

Once again I will turn to the writings of Bruce R. McConkie.  He writes:

 

We now come to the least known and least understood thing connected with the Second Coming. It might well be termed the best-kept secret set forth in the revealed word. It is something about which the world knows nothing; it is a doctrine that has scarcely dawned on most of the Latter-day Saints themselves; and yet it is set forth in holy writ and in the teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith with substantially the same clarity as any of the doctrines of the kingdom. It behooves us to make a needed brief commentary about it.

 

Before the Lord Jesus descends openly and publicly in the clouds of glory, attended by all the hosts of heaven; before the great and dreadful day of the Lord sends terror and destruction from one end of the earth to the other; before he stands on Mount Zion, or sets his feet on Olivet, or utters his voice from an American Zion or a Jewish Jerusalem; before all flesh shall see him together; before any of his appearances, which taken together comprise the second coming of the Son of God—before all these, there is to be a secret appearance to selected members of his Church. He will come in private to his prophet and to the apostles then living. Those who have held keys and powers and authorities in all ages from Adam to the present will also be present. And further, all the faithful members of the Church then living and all the faithful saints of all the ages past will be present. It will be the greatest congregation of faithful saints ever assembled on planet earth. It will be a sacrament meeting. It will be a day of judgment for the faithful of all the ages. And it will take place in Daviess County, Missouri, at a place called Adam-ondi-Ahman.  Bruce R. McConkie, The Millennial Messiah: The Second Coming of the Son of Man [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1982], 578.)

 

Adam-ondi-Ahman precedes Christ’s appearance at the Mount of Olives and his appearance at the other places mentioned. 

 

With this foundation, we can now explore Adam-Ondi-Ahman.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter four

The Saints are Delivered from Persecution

 

Daniel had a vision in which he saw Adam-Ondi-Ahman.  He tells us some important information about that appearance.

 

(Daniel 7:8-12.)

8 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.

 

9 ¶ I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire.

 

10 A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened.

 

11 I beheld then because of the voice of the great words which the horn spake: I beheld even till the beast was slain, and his body destroyed, and given to the burning flame.

 

12 As concerning the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away: yet their lives were prolonged for a season and time.

 

(Daniel 7:24-27)

24 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.

 

25 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.

 

26 But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end.

 

27 And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.

 

 

Daniel is full of symbolism and can be hard to understand.  But the main thing we need to understand for purposes of this discussion is that the little horn is what persecutes the saints.  The little horn has no power to persecute the saints at a certain moment.

 

President Joseph Fielding Smith relates the following:

 

"The 'Horn' made war with the Saints and overcame them, until the Ancient of Days came; judgment was given to the Saints of the Most High from the Ancient of Days; the time came that the Saint possessed the Kingdom. This not only makes us ministers here, but in eternity." (D.H.C. 3:389.)

 

Daniel and John each saw the opposition the little horn made against the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This opposition will continue until the grand council is held at Adam-ondi-Ahman. This "little horn" (Dan. 7:20-22; Rev. 13) is making a renewed and determined effort today to destroy the Church. The Lord has decreed otherwise and while its power will last until Michael comes and the Son of Man receives his rightful place, this great power will endure. It must, however, fall, and according to the scriptures its end will come rather suddenly. (D. & C. 29:21; 1 Nephi 13:1-9; Rev. Chapters 17-18.)

(Joseph Fielding Smith, Church History and Modern Revelation, 4 vols. [Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1946-1949], 4: 44.)

 

The little horn mentioned by John in Revelations and by Daniel is what persecutes the saints.  The saints will continue to be persecuted by the little horn until Adam-Ondi-Ahman.  Keep in mind the rest of the beasts lose their dominion but continue for a while.  These beasts can not persecute the Saints, but still exist.  Later we will learn when their destruction comes.

 

So what happens at Adam-Ondi-Ahman that is so powerful that the saints can not be persecuted anymore?  If the saints can not be persecuted, does this mean Satan is bound when it comes to the saints?  Does it mean they can no longer be tempted? 

 

What do the apostles and prophets have to say about this?

 

We begin by exploring who Adam is.

 

(Doctrine and Covenants 27:11.)

11 And also with Michael, or Adam, the father of all, the prince of all, the ancient of days;

 

(Daniel 7:9-10)

9 I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool; his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire.

 

10 A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him; thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him; the judgment was set, and the books were opened.

 

 

(JST Genesis 6:11.)

11 And the days of Adam, after he had begotten Seth, were eight hundred years. And he begat many sons and daughters. And all the days that Adam lived, were nine hundred and thirty years; and he died.

 

"Commencing with Adam, who was the first man, who is spoken of in Daniel as being the 'Ancient of Days,' or in other words, the first and oldest of all, the great, grand progenitor of whom it is said in another place he is Michael, because he was the first and father of all, not only by progeny, but the first to hold the spiritual blessings, to whom was made known the plan of ordinances for the salvation of his posterity unto the end, and to whom Christ was first revealed, and through whom Christ has been revealed from heaven, and will continue to be revealed from henceforth. Adam holds the keys of the dispensation of the fulness of times; i.e. the dispensation of all the times that have been and will be revealed through him from the beginning to Christ, and from Christ to the end of all the dispensations that are to be revealed."—Joseph Smith, the Prophet (History of the Church 4:207-8.)(Joseph Fielding Smith, Church History and Modern Revelation, 4 vols. [Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1946-1949], 3: 52 - 53.)

 

  1. He is Michael, Adam, Father of all, the prince, the ancient of days.
  2. He sits on a throne of fiery flame with wheels like a burning fire.
  3. His garment is white as snow.
  4. His hair is like pure wool.
  5. A fiery stream issues from before him
  6. Thousands upon thousands stand before him to be judged as the books are opened.
  7. First to hold spiritual blessings
  8. Learned the ordinances pertaining to salvation
  9. Holds the keys of the dispensation of the fullness of times.
  10. He will reveal the dispensations of all times that have existed or will exist.

 

Let’s go back in time to about 3106 BC when Adam or the Ancient of days was still on the earth and called a solemn assembly for his posterity who were then living at the age of nine hundred and twenty-seven years old.

 

At this meeting Christ appeared and Adam prophesied what would happen to his posterity to the end of the earth.

 

 

(Doctrine and Covenants 107:53-57.)

53 Three years previous to the death of Adam, he called Seth, Enos, Cainan, Mahalaleel, Jared, Enoch, and Methuselah, who were all high priests, with the residue of his posterity who were righteous, into the valley of Adam-ondi-Ahman, and there bestowed upon them his last blessing.

 

54 And the Lord appeared unto them, and they rose up and blessed Adam, and called him Michael, the prince, the archangel.

 

55 And the Lord administered comfort unto Adam, and said unto him: I have set thee to be at the head; a multitude of nations shall come of thee, and thou art a prince over them forever.

 

56 And Adam stood up in the midst of the congregation; and, notwithstanding he was bowed down with age, being full of the Holy Ghost, predicted whatsoever should befall his posterity unto the latest generation.

 

57 These things were all written in the book of Enoch, and are to be testified of in due time.

 

Then the Prophet speaks of a vision to him: "I saw Adam in the valley of Adam-ondi-Ahman. He called together his children and blessed them with a patriarchal blessing. The Lord appeared in their midst, and he (Adam) blessed them all, and foretold what should befall them to the latest generation." (Teachings, p. 158.)

(Mark E. Petersen, Adam: Who Is He? [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1976], 11 - 12.)

 

This event was of major importance to the world. It was so important that our Savior appeared. 

 

Another event quite like this one will occur again, very similar to that one.  Adam will call his children together once more and Christ will appear.

 

What follows are many quotes that pertain to where Adam-Ondi-Ahman is and what will happen there.  From each quote we learn some important items.  I have listed those items gleaned from each quote at the end of the quote.

 

Where is this place?

 

 “Spring Hill is named by the Lord Adam-ondi-Ahman, because, said he, it is the place where Adam shall come to visit his people, or the Ancient of Days shall sit, as spoken of by Daniel the prophet.”(Doctrine and Covenants 116:1.)

 

11.      Adam-Ondi-Ahman is at Spring Hill, Missouri.

12.      Adam comes to this hill

 

Speaking of Adam-ondi-Ahman, Elder Orson Pratt said: "The valley of Adam-ondi-Ahman, according to the view and belief of the Latter-day Saints, was located on the western hemisphere of our globe. (I would here say, that as the greater portion of this congregation are Latter-day Saints, the proofs and evidence which I shall bring forth, in relation to the matters before me, will be selected from those books which are believed by them, which may not be particular evidence to strangers, but to the Latter-day Saints they will be undisputed evidence.) Adam-ondi-Ahman, the Valley of God, where Adam dwelt, was located about fifty miles north of Jackson County, in the State of Missouri. The Lord has revealed to us that Adam dwelt there towards the latter period of his probation. Whether he had lived in that region of country from the earliest period of his (mortal) existence on the earth, we know not. He might have lived thousands of miles distant, in his earlier days." (J. of D. Vol. 16:48.)

 

13.      It is known as the Valley of God

14.      Adam dwelt there at the latter period of his life.

15.      It is about fifty miles north of Jackson County, Missouri

 

What will happen at this place?

 

The Prophet said further on this point: "Daniel in his seventh chapter speaks of the Ancient of Days; he means the oldest man, our Father Adam, Michael, he will call his children together and hold a council with them to prepare them for the coming of the Son of Man. He (Adam) is the father of the human family, and presides over the spirits of all men, and all that have had the keys must stand before him in this grand council. This may take place before some of us leave this stage of action. The Son of Man stands before him, and there is given him glory and dominion. Adam delivers up his stewardship to Christ, that which was delivered to him as holding the keys of the universe, but retains his standing as the head of the human family." (Teachings, p. 157.)

 

When the great gathering at Adam-ondi-Ahman takes place those who have held keys on earth will make accounting of their stewardships, Christ will take back the keys, and then the millennial era shall be ushered in, an era in which the rightful King of the kingdom shall reign personally upon the earth. Finally, there shall be a day when the salvation of man shall be completed, a day in which the keys shall be returned to the Father. Or, as Paul expresses it, "Then cometh the end, when he [Christ] shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power." (1 Cor. 15:24; Mormon Doctrine, pp. 377-379.)

(Bruce R. McConkie, Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, 3 vols. [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1965-1973], 1: 116.)

 

16.      Adam is the Ancient of Days spoken of in Daniel

17.      Adam will hold a council to prepare for the coming of the Son of Man

18.      Adam presides over the spirits of man

19.      Anyone who had keys will stand before Adam and give an accounting

20.  The Son of Man stands before Adam and he gets glory and dominion

21.  Adam delivers up his stewardship to Christ

22.  Christ takes back the keys

23.  The Millennium begins

24.  Christ reigns personally upon the earth

25.  Christ delivers up the kingdom to Heavenly Father at a later date after he has put down all rule, authority and power.

 

He will sit in council at this same place just prior to the great and dreadful day of the Lord; those of all ages who have served under his direction in the ministry will give an accounting of their stewardships; and the Son of Man will come and receive from Adam and all others a final accounting. (D. & C. 116; Dan. 7:9-14, 21-22, 26-27.)

(Bruce R. McConkie, Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, 3 vols. [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1965-1973], 3: 424.)

 

26.   Adam-Ondi-Ahman happens just prior to the great and dreadful day of the Lord.

 

Adam-ondi-Ahman was not just a small spot resting on the brow of the hill, but this name has reference to the surrounding territory. One can obtain a beautiful view from this ancient altar overlooking the valley through which courses Grand River. It was in this valley where Adam called together the faithful of his posterity three years before his death and blessed them. (D. & C. 107:53.) It will be in this same valley where the Ancient of Days shall sit at the grand gathering of the worthies who have held keys of the dispensations, and where Adam will make his report, likewise all others who have been given keys, and our Savior shall be crowned King of kings and take his place as the rightful ruler of the earth.

(Joseph Fielding Smith, Church History and Modern Revelation, 4 vols. [Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1946-1949], 3: 118.)

 

27.  Our Savior is crowned King of kings and takes his place as the ruler of the earth.

 

He said the building of Zion should be held as our greatest object. He predicted wars, and when they come people will have to flee to Zion if they seek peace. Troubles, wars, pestilence, one after another, will continue until the Ancient of Days shall come. He saw men hunting the lives of their own sons, brother murdering brother, mothers and daughters at enmity. Armies were arrayed against armies, and there shall be blood, desolation, war and fire. Satan will rage, and then, he adds: "I know not how soon these things will take place; but with a view of them, shall I cry peace? No! I will lift up my voice and testify of them. How long you will have good crops, and the famine be kept off, I do not know; when the fig tree leaves, know then that the summer is nigh at hand." (D.H.C. 3:290-301.)

(Joseph Fielding Smith, Church History and Modern Revelation, 4 vols. [Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1946-1949], 4: 45

 

28.  Troubles, wars, pestilence will continue until then

 

The earth is now groaning under corruption, oppression, tyranny and bloodshed; and God is coming out of his hiding place, as he said he would do, to vex the nations of the earth." Daniel saw this day, when thrones were cast down; the Ancient of Days came and the great conference of the righteous was held and the Son of Man was crowned as King of kings. The kingdom was given to the saints and their rightful King ruled over them.

(Joseph Fielding Smith, Church History and Modern Revelation, 4 vols. [Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1946-1949], 4: 128.)

 

29.    The kingdom is given to the saints

30.    Christ rules over the saints.

 

Orson Pratt commented further on the Prophet's statement:

 

We are told by this Prophet that the Ancient of days is the most ancient personage that ever had an existence in days here on the earth. And who was he? Why, of course, old father Adam, he was the most ancient man that lived in days that we have any knowledge of. He comes, then, as a great judge, to assemble this innumerable host of which Daniel speaks. He comes in flaming fire. The glory and blessing and greatness of this personage it would be impossible even for a man as great as Daniel to fully describe. He comes as a man inspired from the eternal throne of Jehovah himself. He comes to set in order the councils of the Priesthood pertaining to all dispensations, to arrange the Priesthood and the councils of the Saints of all former dispensations in one grand family and household.

 

 What is all this for? Why all this arrangement? Why all this organization? Why all this judgment and the opening of the books? It is to prepare the way for another august personage whom Daniel saw coming with the clouds of heaven, namely the Son of Man, and these clouds of heaven brought the Son of Man near before the Ancient of days. And when the Son of Man came to the Ancient of days, behold a kingdom was given to the Son of Man, and greatness and glory, that all people, nations and languages should serve him, and his kingdom should be an everlasting kingdom, a kingdom that should never be done away.(Gerald N. Lund, The Coming of the Lord [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1971], 167.)

 

31.    Adam comes as a judge

32.    Adam comes in a flaming fire of glory as Daniel testifies

33.    He comes from the eternal throne of Jehovah

34.    Adam sets in order the Priesthood pertaining to all dispensations

35.    The books are opened and a we are judged

36.    All these events occur to prepare for Christ’s coming in the clouds

37.    The clouds bring Adam before Christ

38.    Christ receives the kingdom

 

President Joseph Fielding Smith vividly described what would take place at this council:

 

Not many years hence there shall be another gathering of high priests and righteous souls in this same valley of Adam-ondi-Ahman. At this gathering Adam, the Ancient of Days, will again be present. At this time the vision which Daniel saw will be enacted. The Ancient of Days will sit. There will stand before him those who have held the keys of all dispensations, who shall render up their stewardships to the first Patriarch of the race, who holds the keys of salvation. This shall be a day of judgment and preparation ....

 

 

It was in the night vision that all this was shown to Daniel, and he saw the Son of Man come to the grand council, as he did to the first grand council in the valley of Adam-ondi-Ahman, and there he received the keys from Adam ....

 

This council in the valley of Adam-ondi-Ahman is to be of the greatest importance to this world. At that time there will be a transfer of authority from the usurper and impostor, Lucifer, to the rightful King, Jesus Christ. Judgment will be set and all who have held keys will make their reports and deliver their stewardships, as they shall be required. Adam will direct this judgment, and then he will make his report, as the one holding the keys for this earth, to his Superior Officer, Jesus Christ. Our Lord will then assume the reins of government; directions will be given to the Priesthood there assembled. This grand council of priesthood will be composed, not only of those who are faithful who now dwell on this eartit, but also of the prophets and apostles of old, who have had directing authority. Others may also be there, but if so they will be there by appointment, for this is to be an official council called to attend to the most momentous matters concerning the destiny of this earth. 57

 

Orson Pratt also spoke of this great meeting in the most glowing terms:

 

 ... All the various quorums and councils of the Priesthood in every dispensation that has transpired since the days of Adam until the present time will find their places, according to the callings, gifts, blessings, ordinations and keys of Priesthood which the Lord Almighty has conferred upon them in their several generations. This, then, will be one of the grandest meetings that has ever transpired upon the face of our globe. What manner of person ought you and I, my brethren and sisters, and all the people of God in the latter days to be, that we may be counted worthy to participate in the august assemblies that are to come from the eternal worlds, whose bodies have burst the tomb and come forth immortalized and eternal in their nature?(Gerald N. Lund, The Coming of the Lord [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1971], 169.)

 

39.    This council is of the greatest importance to the world

40.    Authority is transferred from Lucifer to Christ

41.    Adam will direct his judgment

42.    Directions will be given to the Priesthood

43.    The council will be composed of priesthood from both sides of the veil

44.    The most momentous matters of the destiny of the earth are discussed

45.    The vision of Daniel will be enacted
 
46.    This is a great day of judgment and preparation
 
47.  Resurrected beings will be in attendance

 

The Lord will come to Adam-ondi-Ahman to receive a report from all those who have held the keys of his kingdom on earth, and to take back from the Ancient of Days the keys and powers needed to reign personally on earth during the Millennial Era.

 

 Then shall come the great and dreadful day, the day of vengeance and burning, the day when all nations shall be gathered at Armageddon, the day of "the battle of that great day of God Almighty," the day when the vineyard shall be burned and every corruptible thing consumed, the day when peace and prosperity shall prevail for a thousand years.(Bruce R. McConkie, Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, 3 vols. [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1965-1973], 3: 55.)

 

47.    Armageddon will come after Adam-Ondi-Ahman

48.    The vineyard will be burned after Adam-Ondi-Ahman

 

President Joseph Fielding Smith observed: "This gathering of the children of Adam, where the thousands, and the tens of thousands are assembled in the judgment, will be one of the greatest events this troubled earth has ever seen. At this conference, or council, all who have held keys of dispensations will render a report of their stewardship. . . . We do not know how long a time this gathering will be in session, or how many sessions will be held at this grand council. It is sufficient to know that it is a gathering of the Priesthood of God from the beginning of this earth down to the present, in which reports will be made and all who have been given dispensations (talents) will declare their keys and ministry and make report of their stewardship according to the parable [the parable of the talents; Matthew 25]. Judgment will be rendered unto them for this is a gathering of the righteous. . . . It is not to be the judgment of the wicked. . . . This will precede the great day of destruction of the wicked and will be the preparation for the Millennial Reign." Elder Bruce R. McConkie has likewise written: "Every prophet, apostle, president, bishop, elder, or church officer of whatever degree—all who have held keys shall stand before him who holds all of the keys. They will then be called upon to give an account of their stewardships and to report how and in what manner they have used their priesthood and their keys for the salvation of men within the sphere of their appointments. . . . There will be a great hierarchy of judges in that great day, of whom Adam, under Christ, will be the chief of all. Those judges will judge the righteous ones under their jurisdiction, but Christ himself, he alone, will judge the wicked." fn

(Leon R. Hartshorn, Dennis A. Wright, and Craig J. Ostler, eds., The Doctrine and Covenants, a Book of Answers: The 25th Annual Sidney B. Sperry Symposium [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1996], 210.)

 

49.    Thousands and tens of thousands will attend

50.    The greatest event the world has ever seen

51.    We do not know how long it will last or how many sessions

52.    Reporting of stewardship likened unto parable of the talents

53.    This is a gathering of the righteous

54.    It is not the judgment of the wicked

55.    Every priesthood leader will give an account of their stewardship

56.    There will be a hierarchy of judges with Adam as the chief under Christ

57.    The judges judge only their jurisdiction

58.    Only Christ judges the wicked

 

THE ANCIENT OF DAYS. Daniel speaks of Adam as the Ancient of Days. In this dispensation the Ancient of Days will sit in the valley of Adam-ondi-Ahman; and the judgment will be set; Christ will come; and the kingdom will be turned over to Christ; and he will be sustained in his calling as King of Kings and Lord of Lords

(Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, 3 vols., edited by Bruce R. McConkie [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1954-1956], 1: 106.)

 

59.  Christ is sustained as King of kings, Lord of lords.

 

THE LAST DAYS.—In speaking with the Prophet Joseph once on this subject, he traced it from the first down to the last, until he got to the Ancient of Days. He wished me to write something for him on this subject, but I found it a very difficult thing to do. He had to correct me several times. We are told that the "judgment shall sit and the books be opened." He spoke of the various dispensations and of those holding the keys thereof, and said there would then be a general giving up or "accounting for." I wrote that each one holding the keys of the several dispensations would deliver them up to his predecessor, from one to another, until the whole kingdom should be delivered up to the Father and then God would be "all in all." Said he, "That is not right." I wrote it again, and again he said it was not right. It is very difficult to find language suitable to convey the meaning of spiritual things. The idea was that they should deliver up or give an account of their administrations, in their several dispensations, but that they would all retain their several positions and priesthood. The Bible and Doctrine and Covenants speak about certain books which should be opened; and another book would be opened, called the Book of Life, and out of the things written in these books would men be judged at the last day.—JD, 18:329-330, December 31, 1876.

(John Taylor, The Gospel Kingdom: Selections from the Writings and Discourses of John Taylor, selected, arranged, and edited, with an introduction by G. Homer Durham [Salt Lake City: Improvement Era, 1941], 357.)

 

60.  The Book of Life will be opened along with other books and we are judged.

 

I prophesy, that that man who tarries after he has an opportunity of going, will be afflicted by the devil. Wars are at hand; we must not delay; but are not required to sacrifice. We ought to have the building up of Zion as our greatest object. When wars come, we shall have to flee to Zion. The cry is to make haste. The last revelation says, Ye shall not have time to have gone over the earth, until these things come. It will come as did the cholera, war, fires, and earthquakes; one pestilence after another, until the Ancient of Days comes, then judgment will be given to the Saints.

(Joseph Smith, History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 7 vols., introduction and notes by B. H. Roberts [Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1932-1951], 3: 390 - 391.)

 

61.    When wars come, we are to flee to Zion or we will be afflicted by the devil.

62.    The elders will not have time to go over all the earth before these things happen

 

COMING OF CHRIST AT ADAM-ONDI-AHMAN. Daniel speaks of the coming of Christ, and that day is near at hand. There will be a great gathering in the Valley of Adam-ondi-Ahman; there will be a great council held. The Ancient of Days, who is Adam, will sit. The judgment-not the final judgment-will be held, where the righteous who have held keys will make their reports and deliver up their keys and ministry. Christ will come, and Adam will make his report. At this council Christ will be received and acknowledged as the rightful ruler of the earth. Satan will be replaced. Following this event every government in the world, including the United States, will have to become part of the government of God. Then righteous rule will be established. The earth will be cleansed; the wicked will be destroyed; and the reign of peace will be ushered in.

 

Now we are looking forward to that time. We are hoping for it; we are praying for it. The righteous will rejoice when he comes, because then peace will come to the earth, righteousness to the people, and that same spirit of peace and joy and happiness which prevailed upon this continent for 200 years among the Nephites shall again be established among the people and eventually shall become universal, and Christ shall reign as Lord of lords and King of kings for 1,000 years. We are looking forward to that time.

(Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, 3 vols., edited by Bruce R. McConkie [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1954-1956], 3: 13.)

 

63.    This is not the final judgment

64.    After this every government of the world will have to become part of the government of God.

65.    Then righteous rule is established, the earth cleansed, wicked destroyed and peace established

 

ESTABLISHING THE KINGDOM: THE GREAT COUNCIL AT ADAM-ONDI-AHMAN.—A great council will then be held to adjust the affairs of the world, from the commencement, over which Father Adam will preside as head and representative of the human family.. . . .

 

Then they will assemble to regulate all these affairs, and all that held keys of authority to administer will then represent their earthly course. And, as this authority has been handed down from one to another in different ages, and in different dispensations, a full reckoning will have to be made by all. All who have held the keys of priesthood will then have to give an account to those from whom they received them. Those that were in the heavens have been assisting those that were upon the earth; but then, they will unite together in a general council to give an account of their stewardships, and as in the various ages men have received their power to administer from those who had previously held the keys thereof, there will be a general account.

 

Those under the authorities of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have to give an account of their transactions to those who direct them in the priesthood; hence the elders give an account to presidents of conferences; and presidents of conferences to presidents of nations. Those presidents and the seventies give an account to the twelve apostles; the twelve to the First Presidency; and they to Joseph, from whom they, and the twelve, received their priesthood. This will include the arrangements of the last dispensation. Joseph delivers his authority to Peter, who held the keys before him, and delivered them to him; and Peter to Moses and Elias, who endowed him with this authority on the Mount; and they to those from whom they received them. And thus the world's affairs will be regulated and put right, the restitution of all things be accomplished, and the kingdom of God be ushered in. The earth will be delivered from under the curse, resume its paradisiacal glory, and all things pertaining to its restoration be fulfilled.(John Taylor, The Gospel Kingdom: Selections from the Writings and Discourses of John Taylor, selected, arranged, and edited, with an introduction by G. Homer Durham [Salt Lake City: Improvement Era, 1941], 216 - 217.)

 

There again our father Adam, whose hair is white like the pure wool, will sit enthroned in dignity as the Ancient of Days, the great Patriarch, the mighty Prince; while again thousands of thousands stand before him, and ten thousand times ten thousand minister to him; there he will hail all his children, who died in the faith of the Messiah; while Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Job, and Daniel with all the prophets and apostles, and all the saints of God of all ages, hail each other in the flesh. Jesus the great Messiah will stand in the midst, and, to crown the whole, will gird himself, and administer bread and wine to the whole multitude, and he himself will partake of the same with them on the earth, all being clothed in fine linen, clean and white. This is the marriage supper of the Lamb. Blessed are they who partake thereof

(Parley P. Pratt, A Voice of Warning [New York City: Eastern States Mission [189-?], 100.)

 

66.    Adam’s hair is compared to white wool

67.    Christ will crown us by administering the sacrament to us as he partakes of it also

68.    We are clothed in white linen

69.  This is the supper of the lamb!

 

What is the significance of the name Adam-Ondi-Ahman?

 

(Doctrine and Covenants 78:20.)

20 Wherefore, do the things which I have commanded you, saith your Redeemer, even the Son Ahman, who prepareth all things before he taketh you;

 

Concerning the meaning of Adam-ondi-Ahman, Elder Orson Pratt explained that "'Ahman' signifies God. The whole term means Valley of God, where Adam dwelt. It is in the original language spoken by Adam, as revealed to the Prophet Joseph" (in Journal of Discourses, 18:343). President Alvin R. Dyer suggested a slightly different interpretation. Because the keys of salvation were given through Adam, "we can understand the true meaning of the term 'Adam-ondi-Ahman'; or simply: from 'Ahman,' who is the Lord—'ondi,' meaning through Adam unto mankind" (in Conference Report, Oct. 1968, 109).

(Richard O. Cowan, Answers to Your Questions About the Doctrine and Covenants [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1996], 134.)

 

We also learn from the closing verse of this revelation that Jesus Christ is also called Son Ahman. (See D. & C. 95:17.) Therefore his name is connected with the name of the place where Adam dwelt. For that reason Elder Orson Pratt gives it the interpretation of "The Valley of God."

(Joseph Fielding Smith, Church History and Modern Revelation, 4 vols. [Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1946-1949], 2: 78.)

 

 

To summarize:

 

Christ appeared to the old world first then to the new world.  In the latter days he will appear to the new world first and then the old world.

 

Modern day prophets have said his second coming is comprised of several events or appearances.  One of those appearances and of great significance is his appearance at Adam-Ondi-Ahman.  This appearance happens before he appears at the Mount of Olives.

 

This appearance is in similitude of an earlier appearance when Adam gathered his posterity at the valley of Adam-Ondi-Ahman which is located in Missouri.

 

This meeting is the wedding feast and is an invitation only event.

 

When Christ appears again at Adam-Ondi-Ahman, it will happen before the Millennium.  Christ is crowned King of kings and the Millennium begins.

 

Adam’s appearance destroys the little horn that has persecuted the Saints but does not destroy the remaining beasts spoken of in Daniel.  This stops the persecution of the Saints.

 

The books are opened and the Saints are judged.  The saints are made rulers in Christ’s kingdom.

 

This is the coming of the Bridegroom to the wedding.  The supper has begun and we dine with Christ by partaking of the sacrament with him.  This is the feast spoken of in the parable of the ten virgins.  However, the New Jerusalem is yet to be built and joined with the City of Enoch or Church of the first born from above.

 

We do not know how long the feast will last or how many meetings will occur during this time.

 

This brings us to a point where we can explore the big question.  When does this occur?  How does this event fit in with where we are now, the gathering of the lost tribes, the appearance of Christ at the Mount of Olives?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter five

The Two Great Wars

 

There are two major destructions coming, one where the little horn is destroyed and the whore is bound in bundles freeing the saints, and the other when the remaining beasts are destroyed and Christ subdues all enemies under his feet.

 

We have already studied the destruction of the little horn in the quotes above.  Let’s look for further examples.

 

(Doctrine and Covenants 86:2-3.)

 Verily, thus saith the Lord unto you my servants, concerning the parable of the wheat and of the tares:

 

2 Behold, verily I say, the field was the world, and the apostles were the sowers of the seed;

 

3 And after they have fallen asleep the great persecutor of the church, the apostate, the whore, even Babylon, that maketh all nations to drink of her cup, in whose hearts the enemy, even Satan, sitteth to reign—behold he soweth the tares; wherefore, the tares choke the wheat and drive the church into the wilderness.

 

This persecutor of the Church is not only known as the horn, but as the apostate, the whore, and Babylon and he is Satan.

 

Not only does the parable of the wedding apply, but also the parable of the wheat and the tares.

 

The Lord saw Adam-Ondi-Ahman as such a significant event that he gave us many parables and visions to help us understand it.

 

This is what Daniel saw.

 

(JST Daniel 7:8-9.)

8 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.

 

9 I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool; his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire.

 

Horns usually represent power, or in this case, as Daniel tells us, a king.  A little horn would be power that was new or only had a short time in power.  Using this analogy, these horns represent how Satan is exercising his power. 

Out of all the horns shown in Daniels vision, the one who is persecuting the saints is the little horn.  This is the one that is destroyed when Adam comes to Adam-Ondi-Ahman.  The other horns are not destroyed at this time.

 

(JST Daniel 8:9-15.)

9 And out of one of them came forth a little horn, which waxed exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land.

 

10 And it waxed great, even to the host of heaven; and it cast down some of the host and of the stars to the ground, and stamped upon them.

 

11 Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down.

 

12 And a host was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression, and it cast down the truth to the ground; and it practiced, and prospered.

 

13 Then I heard one saint speaking, and another saint said unto that certain saint which spake, How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden underfoot?

 

14 And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.

 

15 And it came to pass, when I, even I Daniel, had seen the vision, and sought for the meaning, then, behold, there stood before me as the appearance of a man.

 

Stars are representative of the Saints and hosts most likely represent all of God’s spirit children.  Adam has been appointed as our prince (D&C 78:16) (I will insert this here because it will open up more of what John the Revelator saw in JST Revelation 1:5.)

 

Continuing:

Daniel asks for the meaning and this is what he is told about the little horn.

 

(JST Daniel 8:23-25.)

 

23 And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up.

 

24 And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power; and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practice, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people.

 

25 And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many; he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.

 

When he stands up against Michael or Adam, he is broken without hand.

 

(Daniel 7:11-12)

11 I beheld them, because of the voice of the great words which the horn spake; I beheld even till the beast was slain, and his body destroyed, and given to the burning flame.

 

12 As concerning the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away; yet their lives were prolonged for a season and time.

 

The horn and beast are destroyed, given to the burning flame.  However the rest of the beasts are not destroyed.

 

This is also very important to understand.  Just because Satan is bound in bundles and ready to be burned and the saints are no longer persecuted, does not mean he has no power over his own.  He still has power over many kingdoms of the earth.  That is why he still delivers up his armies to Armageddon.

 

The parable of the wheat and the tares teaches us about Christ’s coming.

 

(Doctrine and Covenants 31:4.)

4 You shall declare the things which have been revealed to my servant, Joseph Smith, Jun. You shall begin to preach from this time forth, yea, to reap in the field which is white already to be burned.

 

(Doctrine and Covenants 38.)

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

 

(Doctrine and Covenants 64:23-24.)

23 Behold, now it is called today until the coming of the Son of Man, and verily it is a day of sacrifice, and a day for the tithing of my people; for he that is tithed shall not be burned at his coming.

 

24 For after today cometh the burning—this is speaking after the manner of the Lord—for verily I say, tomorrow all the proud and they that do wickedly shall be as stubble; and I will burn them up, for I am the Lord of Hosts; and I will not spare any that remain in Babylon

 

(Doctrine and Covenants 86:7.)

7 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.

 

(Doctrine and Covenants 101:65-70.)

65 Therefore, I must gather together my people, according to the parable of the wheat and the tares, that the wheat may be secured in the garners to possess eternal life, and be crowned with celestial glory, when I shall come in the kingdom of my Father to reward every man according as his work shall be;

 

66 While the tares shall be bound in bundles, and their bands made strong, that they may be burned with unquenchable fire.

 

67 Therefore, a commandment I give unto all the churches, that they shall continue to gather together unto the places which I have appointed.

 

68 Nevertheless, as I have said unto you in a former commandment, let not your gathering be in haste, nor by flight; but let all things be prepared before you.

 

69 And in order that all things be prepared before you, observe the commandment which I have given concerning these things—

 

70 Which saith, or teacheth, to purchase all the lands with money, which can be purchased for money, in the region round about the land which I have appointed to be the land of Zion, for the beginning of the gathering of my saints;

 

Once again the Lord uses the parable of the wheat and the tares to describe what happens before he comes to Adam-Ondi-Ahman.  This parable is describing what happens to the Lord’s church as the wheat is gathered together in the garners to possess eternal life.

 

The tares are bound in bundles that they may be burned.  All of this taught by the Lord as he commands Joseph Smith to purchase lands in Missouri for the gathering of the Saints.

 

Where do we place this great event of the tares being bound into bundles, “that they may be burned” or as you will read, “is ready to be burned”?

 

(Doctrine and Covenants 88:93-95.)

93 And immediately there shall appear a great sign in heaven, and all people shall see it together.

 

94 And another angel shall sound his trump, saying: That great church, the mother of abominations, that made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, that persecuteth the saints of God, that shed their blood—she who sitteth upon many waters, and upon the islands of the sea—behold, she is the tares of the earth; she is bound in bundles; her bands are made strong, no man can loose them; therefore, she is ready to be burned. And he shall sound his trump both long and loud, and all nations shall hear it.

 

95 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;

 

The answer is, in between the great sign in heaven and the half hour of silence.  This coincides with the Ancient of Days calling a meeting at Adam-Ondi-Ahman causing the little horns persecution of the Saints to stop.  This coincides with Christ being crowned King of kings, beginning his one thousand year reign and the Millennium beginning.   

Now let’s compare this to John the Revelator’s vision.

 

(JST Revelation 6:12-17.)

 

12 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;

 

13 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.

 

14 And the heavens opened as a scroll is opened when it is rolled together; and every mountain, and island, was moved out of its place.

 

15 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 mountain;

 

16 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;

 

17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

 

Great destructions are occurring causing people all over the world to think Christ is coming and they try to hide from the wrath of the Lamb.  Heaven is opened and someone is coming sitting on a throne.  This is during the sixth seal before Christ takes over his reign. 

 

Could this be Adam or is it Christ?  The answer is not that significant because Adam precedes Christ only by a short moment.

 

John continues with what he saw in the sixth seal just before the Millennial dawn.

 

(JST Revelation 7:1-4.)

 

1 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.

 

2 And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God; and I heard him cry with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea,

 

3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.

 

4 And the number of them who were sealed, were an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.

 

After this destruction an angel who is Elias otherwise know as John, commands four angels to not hurt the earth or the sea until the servants of God are sealed in their foreheads.  Those sealed include the 144000 who are given a mission to bring all who will come unto Christ unto him. (see D&C 77)

 

After the 144000 are sealed he sees:

 

(JST Revelation 7:9-17.)

9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;

 

10 And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.

 

R11 And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshiped God,

 

12 Saying, Amen; Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honor, and power, and might, be unto our God forever and ever. Amen.

 

13 And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?

 

14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

 

15 Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple; and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.

 

16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.

 

17 For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters; and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

 

A large multitude is before Christ as he sits upon his throne.  The multitude has been cleansed by the blood of Christ and has been through many persecutions.  Christ has given them white robes.  He delivers them from their tribulations.

This occurs during the sixth seal according to Joseph Smith in D&C 77.  But we know by the words of the prophets and apostles before quoted, the seventh seal opens when Christ is crowned King of kings.  This crowning moment ushers in one half hour of silence which is the beginning of the Millennium.

 

Joel also saw the events leading up to Christ coming out of his chamber to meet the Bride.

 

(JST Joel 2:15-20.)        

15 Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly;

 

16 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.

 

17 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?

 

18 Then will the Lord be jealous for his land, and pity his people.

 

19 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;

 

20 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.

 

It appears the “northern army is against the Saints at this time and the Saints have called a solemn assembly, probably Adam-Ondi-Ahman.  Christ goes out of his chamber and drives this northern army to a desolate land, eastward.

 

(JST Revelation 18:1-9.)

 

1 And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.

 

2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.

 

3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.

 

4 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.

 

5 For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.

 

6 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.

 

7 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.

 

8 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.

 

9 And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning,

 

10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.

 

11 And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise anymore;

 

Babylon has fallen and destroyed in one hour.  Kings, which insinuates there are still kingdoms left, mourn her loss and are amazed.  This obviously is not talking about the destruction at the Mount of Olives.  It appears to be speaking about the destruction that takes place that delivers the saints from the little horn prior to the sign of the coming of the Son of Man.

 

We continue reading beginning at Revelation 19.

 

(JST Revelation 19:1-9.)

1 And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honor, and power, unto the Lord our God;

 

2 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 saints at her hand.

 

3 And again they said, Alleluia. And her smoke rose up forever and ever.

 

4 And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshiped God that sat on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia.

 

5 And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his saints, and ye that fear him, both small and great.

 

6 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.

 

7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to him; for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.

 

8 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.

 

9 And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are thy which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.

 

We learn several things

 

1.      Christ has judged the great whore

2.      He had avenged the blood of the Saints.

3.      The Lord now reigns

4.      The Marriage supper is come.

5.      The church is ready

6.      The Saints are righteous and are clean

 

Revelations 18 is describing the destruction before Adam-Ondi-Ahman.  The beginning of Chapter 19 describes Adam-Ondi-Ahman.  Then at the end of chapter 19 it describes the final judgment of Christ upon the wicked left in the world as he comes to the Mount of Olives after the ½ hour of silence during the seventh seal.

 

(JST Revelation 19:11-21.)

11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war;

 

12 His eyes as a flame of fire; and he had on his head many crowns; and a name written, that no man knew, but himself.

 

13 And he is clothed with a vesture dipped in blood; and his name is called The Word of God.

 

14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.

 

15 And out of his mouth proceedeth the word of God, and with it he will smite the nations; and he will rule them with the word of his mouth; and he treadeth the winepress in the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

 

16 And he hath on a vesture, and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

 

17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;

 

18 That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all who fight against the Lamb, both bond and free, both small and great.

 

19 And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.

 

20 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 worshiped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

 

21 And the remnant were slain with the word of him that sat upon the horse, which word proceeded out of his mouth; and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.

 

Now John sees Christ coming in a red robe on a white horse to judge and make war.  He calls all of the nations left in the world to another feast, a different type of feast than the one his Saints attended.  This is not to be a feast of the sacrament representing his flesh that those who are worthy can partake, but a feast of human flesh that those who are unworthy can partake.

 

The Saints are now with him, the New Jerusalem having been caught up to meet him along with the saints who were resurrected. 

 

He was already crowned at the wedding feast and wears the crown of King of kings and Lord of lords.  He comes in wrath to destroy.  He destroys the beast and kings that remain upon the earth.

 

We looked at Joel’s vision earlier.  He saw the northern army turned away from the saints in the sixth seal.  Now let’s take a look at what he wrote about his vision of the war in the seventh seal.

 

(JST Joel 3:1-2.)

1 For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem,

 

2 I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.

 

Joel sees the gathering of the armies of the nations to the valley of Jehoshaphat.  This is the time when all nations surround Jerusalem prior to our Lord coming to the Mount of Olives.  He rescues the remnant of Jews who are left after the destruction.

 

(JST Joel 3:9-21.)

 

9 Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up;

 

10 Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruning hooks into spears; let the weak say, I am strong.

 

11 Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather yourselves together round about; thither cause thy mighty ones to come down, O Lord.

 

12 Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat; for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about.

 

13 Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe; come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great.

 

14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision; for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision.

 

15 The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining.

 

16 The Lord also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake; but the Lord will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.

 

17 So shall ye know that I am the Lord your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain; then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her anymore.

 

18 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the mountains shall drop down new wine, and the hills shall flow with milk, and all the rivers of Judah shall flow with waters, and a fountain shall come forth of the house of the Lord, and shall water the valley of Shittim.

 

19 Egypt shall be a desolation, and Edom shall be a desolate wilderness, for the violence against the children of Judah, because they have shed innocent blood in their land.

 

20 But Judah shall dwell forever, and Jerusalem from generation to generation.

 

21 For I will cleanse their blood that I have not cleansed; for the Lord dwelleth in Zion.

 

The Lord invites all the nations of the earth to the war.  Once again the sun and moon are darkened and the stars do not shine.  The Lord roars out of Zion and Jerusalem, probably by the mouth of his servants.

 

Christ tells us he is dwelling in Zion already and that city is secure.  Now he is going to cleanse the blood of the people whom he has not yet cleansed, namely the remnant of Jews that are left at Jerusalem after he comes to the Mount of Olives.

 

 

In Revelations 14, we see the same pattern.

 

(JST Revelation 14:7-20.)

7 Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come; and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.

 

8 And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.

 

9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead or in his hand,

 

10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb;

 

11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up forever and ever; and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.

 

12 Here is the patience of the saints; here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

 

13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth; Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them.

 

14 And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle.

 

15 And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap; for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.

 

16 And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped.

 

17 And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle.

 

18 And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe.

 

19 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.

 

20 And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horses' bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.

 

An angel proclaims that Babylon has fallen!  A third angel warns not to follow the beast nor receive his mark.  This beast is still alive even though the whore, Babylon, the little horn, the other beast is fallen.

 

Christ comes in a cloud and he reaps the harvest of the earth because her grapes are fully ripe.  This is the winepress of the wrath of God where he destroys the remaining beast and kings who have surrounded Jerusalem.

 

To summarize.  once the gospel has been taken to the gentiles and they have rejected it, the times of the gentiles will be fulfilled.  Then it is time for the Lord to preach his own sermon by destruction.

 

This is the first great war which includes all of the natural disasters as spoken of in the Doctrine and Covenants, Bible and Book of Mormon.  This cleansing binds the whore or tares into bundles, ready to be burned and frees the saints from persecution.  These events happen in the sixth seal.

 

The second great war will happen when the remaining kingdoms of the earth gather their armies to Jerusalem and surround her.  Christ comes and destroys those armies and a great conversion of the remaining Jewish nation begins.  These events happen in the seventh seal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter six

The Most Important Event

 

Many plain and precious parts of the bible were destroyed by that great and abominable church as described in the Book of Mormon.  This contributed to the world’s understanding of the truth to be convoluted to the extent that misnomers were spread.  Sectarian beliefs centered on a major appearance of Christ at the Mount of Olives.  No other appearance, especially the one at Adam-Ondi-Ahman is discussed.  The world did not even know about Adam-Ondi-Ahman until the gospel was restored and it was revealed through Joseph Smith.

 

These sectarian beliefs have infiltrated the beliefs of the members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and led to many of the members being mislead.  Adam-Ondi-Ahman is widely misunderstood.  Not many understand that Isaiah, Ezekiel, Joel, Daniel, John and many others saw this event and prophesied of it profusely.

 

Only when we come to an understanding of the importance of this great event will we begin to understand what the Lord has in store for us.  Nor will we looking for the right signs of the times in order to understand where we stand in relationship to Christ’s return.

 

For the world, the most important event to come in our day is the coming of our Lord, the Bridegroom to be crowned King of kings, Lord of lords and begin his reign.  The day, when the books will be opened and we will be judged worthy to be cleansed by the blood of the Lamb as we partake of that most holy of sacraments with him at Adam-Ondi-Ahman.

 

For there we will be made equal with him and set up as kings and priests to the most High God, to rule and reign with him in his kingdom here on earth, never to be thrown down.

 

Living with Christ under the Celestial law in the New Jerusalem will be the beginning of our Celestial journey.  How great it will be.  I look forward to this day.  So should you.

 

Written by Robert Gravitt

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December 28, 2010