Continued from “Entering the Holy Order (Part 2)”
It is also worth observing that entering the divine presence is a blessing belonging to the priesthood we hold, and it is a privilege that will amplify our blessings, add to our exaltation hereafter, and most probably gain us eternal blessings and divine advantages that will bless us forever.
18 Whatever principle of intelligence we attain unto in this life, it will rise with us in the resurrection.
19 And if a person gains more knowledge and intelligence in this life through his diligence and obedience than another, he will have so much the advantage in the world to come. (D&C 130:18-19.)
Even though entire cities have been ushered into the presence of Christ, and hundreds of years have passed where translation was the rule, rather than the exception within them, it is probably a true statement that relatively few people have, in the history of the world, obtained this grand outcome in their lives. But, it is also undeniable that God has placed upon our shoulders, the stewards of the latter-days, the requirement to build Zion before Christ will return in glory; and Zion will consist of literally hundreds of thousands of men and women who have seen God and entered His Holy Order. From their midst 144,000 missionaries will depart. We can only assume this missionary army will not be the entire citizenry of Zion, but a mere fraction of it.
None of us can look around with clear vision and not see the horror and depravity of our world, nor can we mistake the signs that define the times in which we live. Nobody can say with certainty when the end will come, but we can say with absolute certainty that there have never been greater signs than today, and that they will continue to escalate in gut-wrenching intensity until we humble ourselves, build Zion, and receive our Messiah.
(“Entering the Holy Order” was paraphrased from The Triumph of Zion, Pontius, pages 173-179)
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