One truth I consistently forget is that the latter-day tribulations are much, much more than a descent into chaos and war. I have a tendency to look at those approaching times and think about food storage, economic chaos, foreign invasion, no utilities and bands of hungry people. What I should be thinking about is that the earth is being changed into a Millennial state, and we are being changed with it.
The earth is presently in a Telestial state. We are all familiar with the trials and heartache of the Telestial state. During the millennium, Zion and eventually everyone and everything upon the earth will be Terrestrial. In that glorious state, our bodies will not be subject to pain, hunger, disease or aging. All of nature will produce without coercion to bless the sons and daughters of Adam. There will be no government but Jesus Christ, and peace will rule for 1000 years. This is the Millennial-Terrestial state.
All change is painful. There is a birthing process of change that cannot be avoided. The greatest change will be ruled by the fact that nothing Telestial can remain on the earth by the time the Millennial-Terrestrial day has begun. This includes people, buildings, literature, traditions, infrastructure, religion, landscape and everything else. If it is not Terrestrial, or if it is not capable of making the change into Terrestrial – it must be destroyed. Or, perhaps better stated, it will not survive the change, and will no longer exist. Even a Telestial philosophy, mindset or idea must perish. This means that wherever the idea persists, it must be altered or the holder of the idea cannot enter the Terrestrial day.
We know that the earth will “abide the day” of this transition and will become the new home of Zion, and the Terrestrial state will cover her face. We are also informed that the earth will become the new Celestial Kingdom after the millennium. (D&C 88:17-19, 25-26)
This means that everything Telestial must be wiped off of her face. No trace or evidence of it can remain. Even the hills that were thrown up in the Telestial day must be leveled, and the valleys that fell must be raised. Everything man has built that does not exactly conform to the Terrestrial inspiration must be wiped away. Every philosophy, every religion, every principle, government, or thinking that is not equal to the Terrestrial standard must be consumed by fire.
Our only hope of “abiding the day” is not in our food storage and other physical hedges against the tide of change. It is only in our ability to use the Gospel and priesthood ordinances to change by Christ’s Grace into the Terrestrial state prior to the earth doing it. We will discuss how to do this fully in subsequent UnBlogs.
If you can lay hold upon this concept, it will literally save your life and ease your transition into the Millennial day. (D&C 88:82-85) If someone is already Terrestrial, having laid aside everything Telestial of your own free will, by your inspired discipleship, allowing Christ to make the changes in your heart, mind, and home, then when the birthing process of the Millennium begins, we will not be subject to the necessary cleansing of the earth as “she” changes. We will still feel the ground shake, and watch the trauma of so much cleansing around us, but we will not fear, and we will not be moved, but will stand in holy places. Those places will be made holy by our presence – because we, ourselves are holy. The Holy Spirit will guide us (D&C 45:56-59), and we will be a source of strength and peace to those around us as the changes occur.
If we are capable of making this change, but just choose not to, then in my opinion, the tribulations will be a great shaking and awakening of our souls. Those who awaken after the shaking begins will experience the fear and horror of those times, but in the end they will join the Terrestrial evolution and come to Zion. This is not to say that all of them will physically survive. Some will be in the clouds of heaven coming with Christ, not physically upon the earth in Zion. There will be a large mortality rate among this group who decides to change after the testimony of earthquakes, floods and fires begin. (D&C 88:89-91) But, happy day, happy day, all is well.
Those who cannot change, whose hearts are set so much upon the things of the world that they cannot evolve into the purity of the Terrestrial world, these will ultimately not evolve, and must be wiped off before the Earth can achieve its Millennial glory.
This is the reason for the tribulations – not to punish us, not to wreak vengeance – it is to cleanse the earth so that Christ can come and make His abode in Zion. If we are to remain on the earth, then we must change in synch with the earth, so that when “she” is glorified, we will be glorified with her and be welcome in the Millennial day.
Next on the UnBlog – Making the Change Voluntarily
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