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peace a thousand years. We have now disco-
vered the great secret, which none but the Saints
have understood (but was well understood by them
in all ages of the world), which is this, that man
is to dwell in the flesh, upon the earth, with the
Messiah, with the whole house of Israel, and with
all the Saints of the Most High, not only one
thousand years, but for ever and ever. There
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 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.

Having traced the great restoration of the earth
and its inhabitants, until we find them in the full
enjoyment of the promises made to their fathers ;
and having learned that a future state is not a
state of shadows and fables, but something tan-
gible, even a more enduring substance ; we shall
now take a view of the division of their land, and
the laying out of their city, even the holy city,
where the tabernacle of God and His sanctuary
shall be for evermore ; for of course this was the
city sought for by Abraham and others, who
found it not.

This view is given in the last chapter of Ezekiel,
where he divides the land, by lot, to the whole
twelve tribes; and lays off the city, and sanc-
tuary in the midst, with its twelve gates, three
on each side, the whole lying four-square. But
in his 47th chapter, we have a description of a
beautiful river, which will issue forth from the
eastern front of the temple, from under the
sanctuary and run eastward into the Dead Sea,


healing the waters, and causing a very great
multitude of fishes ; so that from Engedi and
Eneglaim, the fishers spread forth their nets ;
while the miry places shall not be healed, but
shall be given to salt. And on either side shall
grow all trees for meat, whose leaf shall not
fade, nor shall the fruit thereof be consumed ; it
shall bring forth new fruit according to its
months, because of the waters issuing from the
sanctuary; and their fruits shall be for meat,
and their leaves for medicine.

But to set forth more fully the building of the
city, and the materials of which it will be built,
we quote Isaiah liv. 11, to the end of the chapter ;
" thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not
comforted, behold I will lay thy stones with
fair colours, and lay thy foundations with
sapphires, And I will make thy windows of
agates, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy
borders of pleasant stones. And all thy children
shall be taught of the Lord ; and great shall be
the peace of thy children. In righteousness
shalt thou be established ; thou shalt be far from
oppression ; for thou shalt not fear : and from
terror ; for it shall not come near thee. Behold,
they shall surely gather together, but not by me :
whosoever shall gather together against thee
shall fall for thy sake. Behold, I have created
the smith, that bloweth the coals in the fire, and
that bringeth forth an instrument for his work ;
and I have created the waster to destroy. No
weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper ;


and every tongue that shall rise against thee in
judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the
heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their
righteousness is of me, saith the Lord."

From these verses we learn something of the
beauty of their city, and of the materials of which
it is composed. Their stones of fair colours, their
foundations of sapphires, their windows of agates,
their gates of carbuncles, and all their borders of
pleasant stones, are well calculated to beautify
the place of His sanctuary, and to make the place
of His feet glorious, as well as to give a lustre
and magnificence to the whole city, of which the
Gentiles, with all their boasted wealth and gran-
deur, can form but a faint idea; and then to
mark, in the same description, the knowledge, as
well as the peace and security, of all the inhabi-
tants; while they who gather together against
them to battle are sure to fall for their sake:
surely this is the heritage of the servants of the
Lord ; surely this is a delightful city, and well
worth a pilgrimage like Abraham's.

But in order to form a still more striking idea
of the prosperity, wealth, beauty, and magnifi-
cence of the cities of Ziou and Jerusalem, we
will quote Isaiah Ix. ; " Arise, shine ; for thy
light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen
upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall
cover the earth, and gross darkness the people :
but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory
shall be seen upon thee And the Gentiles shall
come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of
thy rising. Lift up thine eyes round about, and


gee ; all they gather themselves together, they
come to thee ; thy sons shall come from far, and
thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side. Then
thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart
shall fear, and be enlarged ; because the abun-
dance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the
forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee. The
multitude of camels shall cover thee, the drome-
daries of Midian and Ephah ; all they from Sheba
shall come : they shall bring gold and incense ;
and they shall show forth the praises of the
Lord. All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered
together unto thee, the rams of Nebaioth shall
minister unto thee ; they shall come up with
acceptance on mine altar, and I will glorify the
house of my glory. Who are these that fly as
a cloud, and as the doves to their windows ?
Surely the isles shall wait for me, and the ships
of Tarshish first, to bring thy sons from far, their
silver and their gold with them, unto the name
of the Lord thy God, and to the Holy One of
Israel, because he has glorified thee. And the
sons of strangers shall build up thy walls, and
their kings shall minister unto thee ; for in my
wrath I smote thee, but in my favour have I
had mercy on thee. Therefore thy gates shall
be open continually ; they shall not be shut day
nor night ; that men may bring unto thee the
forces of the Gentiles, and that their kings may
be brought. For the nation and kingdom that
will not serve thee shall perish ; yea, those
nations shall be utterly wasted. The glory of


Lebanon, shall come unto thee, the fir-tree, the
pine-tree, and the box together, to beautify the
place of my sanctuary; and I will make the
place of my feet glorious. The sons also of
them that afflicted thee shall come bending unto
thee ; and all they that despised thee shall bow
themselves down at the soles of thy feet, and
they shall call thee, The city of the Lord, the
Zion of the Holy One of Israel.

"Whereas thou hast been forsaken and
hated, so that no man went through thee, I will
make thee an eternal excellency, a joy of many
generations. Thou shalt also suck the milk
of the Gentiles, and shall suck the breast of
kings; and thou shalt know that I the Lord
am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the Mighty
One of Jacob. For brass I will bring gold,
and for iron I will bring silver, and for wood
brass, and for stones iron : I will also make
thy officers peace, and thine exactors righteous-
ness. Violence shall no more be heard in thy
land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders ;
bu* thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy
gates Praise. The sun shall be no more thy light
by day ; neither for brightness shall the moon
give light unto thee : but the Lord shall be
unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy
glory. Thy sun shall no more go down ; neither
shall thy moon withdraw itself ; "for the Lord shall
be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy
mourning shall be ended. Thy people also shall
be all righteous : they shall inherit the land for


e ver, the branch of my planting, the work of my
hands, that I may be glorified. A little one shall
become a thousand, and a small one a strong
nation : I the Lord will hasten it in his time."

In this chapter we learn First, that there is
a city to be built in the last days, unto which,
not only Israel, but all the nations of the Gentiles,
are to flow; and the nation and kingdom that
will not serve that city shall perish and be
utterly wasted. Second, we learn that the name
of that city is Zion, the city of the Lord. Third,
we learn that it is called the place of His sanctuary,
and the place of His feet. Fourth, that the best of
timber, consisting of fir, pine, and boxwood, is to
be brought in great plenty, to beautify the place
of His sanctuary, and make the place of His feet
glorious. Fifth, the precious metals are to abound
in such plenty, that gold is to be in the room of
brass, silver in the room of iron, brass in the room
of wood, iron in the room of stones. Their officers
are to be peace-officers, and their exactors righte-
ous exactors ; violence is no more to be heard in
the land ; wasting nor destruction within their bor-
ders. Their walls are to be Salvation, and their
gates Praise : while the glory of God, in the midst
of the city, outshines the sun. The days of their
mourning are ended; their people are all righteous,
and are to inherit the land for ever, being the
branch of the Lord's planting, that He may be
glorified. A little one shall become a strong
nation, and the Lord will hasten it in his time.

The Psalmist David has told us, concerning


the time of the building of this city, in his 1 02nd
Psalm, from the 13th verse to the 22nd, "Thou
ihalt arise and have mercy upon Zion ; for the
time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come.
For thy servants take pleasure in her stones, and
favour the dust thereof. So the heathen shall
fear the name of the Lord, and all the kings of
the earth thy glory. When the Lord shall build
up Zion, he shall appear in his glory. He will
regard the prayer of the destitute, and not de-
spise their prayer. This shall be written for
the generation to come: and the people which
shall be created shall praise the Lord. For he
hath looked down from the height of his sanctu-
ary; from heaven did the Lord behold the
earth ; to hear the groaning of the prisoner ; to
loose those that are appointed to death; to
declare the name of the Lord in Zion, and
His praise in Jerusalem; when the people are
gathered together, and the kingdoms, to serve
ttye Lord."

From this Scripture we learn First, that there
is a set time to build up Zion, or the city of
which Isaiah speaks, namely, just before the
second coming of Christ; and that when this
city is built, the Lord will appear in his glory,
and not before. So from this we affirm, that if
such a city is never built, then the Lord will
never come. Second, we learn that the people
and kingdoms are to be gathered together, to
serve the Lord, both in Zion and Jerusalem : and
third, that this Psalm was written expressly for


the generation to come, and the people which
shall be created shall praise the Lord, when they
read it and see it fulfilled.

I will now call the attention of the reader to
the first paragraph of the sixth chapter of the
Record of Ether, contained in the Book of
Mormon. ' ' For he truly told them of all
things from the beginning of man; and how
that after the waters had receded from off the
face of this land (America), it became a choice
land above all other lands, a chosen land of the
Lord ; wherefore, the Lord would have that all
men should serve him who dwell upon the face
thereof, and that it was the place of the New
Jerusalem, which should come down out of
heaven, and the holy sanctuary of the Lord.
Behold, Ether saw the days of Christ, and he
spake concerning a New Jerusalem upon this
land ; and he spake also concerning the house of
Israel, and the Jerusalem from whence Lehi
should come. After it should be destroyed, it
should be built up again a holy city unto the
Lord ; wherefore, it could not be a New
Jerusalem, for it had been in a time of old ; but
it should be built up again, and become a holy
city of the Lord, and it should be built up unto
the house of Israel; and that a New Jerusalem
should be built up upon this land, unto the rem-
nant of the seed of Joseph, for which things
there has been a type ; for as Joseph brought
his father down into the land of Egypt, even so
he died there; wherefore, the Lord brought a


remnant of the seed of Joseph out of the land
of Jerusalem, that he might be merciful unto
the seed of Joseph, that [they should perish not,
even as he was merciful unto the father of Joseph,
that he should perish not ; wherefore, the rem-
nant of the house of Joseph shall be built up on
this land, and it shall be a land of their inheri-
tance ; and they shall build up a holy city unto
the Lord, like unto the Jerusalem of old ; and
they shall no more be confounded, until the end
come, when the earth shall pass away. And
there shall be a new heaven and a new earth,
and they shall be like unto the old, save the old
have passed away and all things have become
new. And then cometh the New Jerusalem ;
and blessed are they who dwell therein, for it is
they whose garments are white through the
blood of the Lamb ; and they are they who are
numbered among the remnant of the seed of
Joseph, who were the house of Israel. And
then also cometh the Jerusalem of old, and the
inhabitants thereof : blessed are they, for they
have been washed in the blood of the Lamb ;
and they are they who were scattered, and
gathered in from the four quarters of the earth,
and from the north countries, and are partakers
of the fulfilling of the covenant which God made
with their father Abraham. And when these
things come, bringeth to pass the Scripture
which saith, There are they who were first, who
shall be last ; and there are they who were last,
who shall be first."


From this prophecy we learn First, that
America ia a chosen land of the Lord, above
every other land. Second, that it is the place
of the New Jerusalem, which shall come down
from God, out of heaven, upon the earth, when
it is renewed. Third, that a New Jerusalem is
to be built in America, to the remnant of Joseph,
after a similar pattern, or like unto the old
Jerusalem in the land of Canaan ; and that the
old Jerusalem shall be rebuilt at the same time :
and, this being done, both cities will continue in
prosperity on the earth, until the great and last
change, when the heavens and the earth are to
be renewed. Fourth, we learn that when this
change takes place, the two cities, together with
the inhabitants thereof, are to be caught up
into heaven, and, being changed and made
new, the one comes down upon the American
land, and the other to its own place as formerly.
And, Fifth, we learn that the inhabitants of these
two cities are the same that gathered together
and first builded them. The remnant of Joseph,
and those gathered with them, inherit the New
Jerusalem. And the tribes of Israel, gathered
from the north countries, and from the four
quarters of the earth, inhabit the other ; and thus
all things being made new, we find those who
were once strangers and pilgrims on THE EARTH
in possession of that better country, and that
city, for which they sought.

We will now turn to John's Revelation, and
examine the city after it is made new, and


see if it is anything like the pattern which
it exhibited previous to its final change, Kev.
xxi, " And I saw a new heaven and a new earth :
for the first heaven and the first earth were
passed away ; and there was no more sea. 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 God shall wipe away all tears from
their eyes; and there shall be no more death,
neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be
any more pain : for the former things are passed
away. And he that sat upon the throne said,
Behold, I make all things new. And he said
unto me, Write, for these words are true and
faithful. And he said unto me, It is done. I
am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.
I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain
of the water of life freely. He that overcometh
shall inherit all things ; and I will be his God,
and he shall be my son. But the fearful, and
unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers,
and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters,
and all liars, shall have their part in the lake
which burneth with fire and brimstone : which is
the second death.

"And there came unto me one of the seven
angeis which had the seven vials full of the seven


last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come
hither, I will show thee the bride, the Lamb's
wife. And he carried me away in the spirit to
a great and high mountain, and showed 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 ; and
had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates,
and at the gates, twelve angels, and names
written thereon, which are the names of the
twelve tribes of the children of Israel. On the
east, three gates ; on the north, throe gates ; on
the south, three gates ; on the west, three gates.
And the wall of the city had twelve foundations,
and in them the names of the twelve apostles of
the Lamb. And he that talked with me had a
golden reed to measure the city, and the gates
thereof, and the wall thereof. And the city
lieth four-square, and the length is as large as
the breadth. And he measured the city with the
reed, twelve thousand furlongs ; the length and
the breadth and the height of it are equal. And
he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and
forty and four cubits, according to the measure
of a man, that is, of the angel. And the build-
ing of the wall of it was of jasper : and the city
was pure gold, like unto clear glass. And the
foundations of the wall of the city were garnished
with all manner of precious stones. The first
foundation was jasper ; the second, sapphire ; the
third, a chalchedony ; the fourth, an emerald ; the


fifth, sardonyx ; the sixth, sardius ; the seventh,
chrysolite ; the eighth, beryl ; the ninth, a topaz ;
the tenth, a chrysoprasus ; the eleventh, a jacinth ;
and twelfth, an amethyst. And the twelve gates
were twelve pearls ; every several gate was of one
pearl : and the street of the city was pure gold,
as it were transparent glass. And I saw no
temple therein : for the Lord God Almighty and
the Lamb are the temple of it. And the city
had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to
shine in it ; for the glory of God did lighten it,
and the Lamb is the light thereof. And the
nations of them which are saved shall walk in
the light of it; and the kings of the earth do
bring their glory and honour into it. And the
gates of it shall not be shut at all by day ; for
there shall be no night there. And they shall
bring the glory and honour of the nations into it.
And there shall in no wise enter into it anything
that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomi -
nation, or maketh a lie; but they which are
written in the Lamb's book of life" Also,
22nd chapter, he says, " And he showed me a
pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, pro-
ceeding out of the throne of God and of the
Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on
either side of the river, was there the tree of life,
which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded
her fruit every month : and the leaves of the tree
were for the healing of the nations. And there
shall be no more curse ; but the throne of God
and of the Lamb shall be in it ; and his servant*


shall serve him. And they shall see his face ;
aud his name shall be in their foreheads. And
there shall be no night there ; and they need no
candle, neither light of the sun ; for the Lord God
giveth them light : and they shall reign for ever
and ever. And he said unto me, These sayings
are faithful and true ; and the Lord God of the
holy prophets sent his angel to show unto His
servants the things which must shortly be done.
Behold, I come quickly : blessed is he that keep-
eth the sayings of the prophecy of this book."

From this beautiful description, we learn
First, that the new earth is not to be separated by
any sea ; consequently, what is now called the
Eastern and Western Continents will then be one
land. Secondly, we learn that the Lord will make
not only the heavens and earth, but all things, new,
(including, of course, the cities of Jerusalem and
Zion, where His tabernacle will have been for
more than a thousand years.) Thirdly, we learn
that the city will lie four-square, and have twelve
gates, with the names of the twelve tribes of
Israel inserted, one on each gate ; three gates on
the north, three on the south, three on the east,
and three on the west ; precisely after the same
manner in which it will exist temporally during
the thousand years, as described by Ezekiel.
Fourthly, we learn that it will be composed of
precious stones and gold, as the temporal city
also will be, as described by Isaiah. Fifthly, a
pure river of the water of life, clear as crystal,
will flow through this renewed city, proceeding


from the throne of God, just as living waters will
flow from the sanctuary in the temporal city, as
described by Ezekiel. Sixthly, the tree of life
will stand on either side of the river, even the
tree which will have once borne twelve manner
of fruits, and have yielded its fruit every month,
its leaves having been for the healing of the na-
tions. But now, when John sees it, the nations
have no need of healing, for there is no more
death, neither pain, nor sorrow, for the former
things have passed away, and all things are be-
come new ; consequently, he speaks in the past
tense, and says they were for the healing of the
nations ; of course, referring to the times when
they existed temporally, according to Ezekiel,
before their final change.

Now, of the things of which we have spoken,
this is the sum : Ezekiel and the other Prophets
have presented us with a view of the cities
of Zion and Jerusalem as they will exist
during the one thousand years of rest called the
Millennium; and John has given us a view of
the same cities, after their final change, when
they come down from God out of heaven, and
rest upon the new earth. But Ether has given
us a sketch of them as they are to exist, both in
their temporal and in their eternal state : and he
has told us plainly concerning their location,
first and last, namely, the New Jerusalem, in
America, inhabited by the remnant of Joseph,
and those gathered with them who have washed
their robes, and made them white, in the
blood of the Lamb : and the other Jerusalem, in


its former place, inhabited by the house of Israel
gathered from the north countries, and from all
countries where they were scattered, having
washed their robes, and made them white, in the
blood of the Lamb. And here is the end of the

I would only add, that the government of the
United States has been engaged, for upwards of
nine years, in gathering the remnant of Joseph
to the very place where they will finally build a
New Jerusalem, a city of Zion, with the assistance
of the Gentiles, who will gather them from all
the face of the land ; and this gathering is
clearly predicted in the Book of Mormon, and
other revelations, and the place before appointed,
and the time set for its fulfilment. And except
the Gentiles repent of all their abominations, and

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