Christie asked a few questions about the millennium which I thought you all might enjoy considering.
Christie wrote, “As I’ve been pondering Zion and life during the millennium, a question has come to mind. Will children who are born to translated parents living in Zion be born in a translated state, or is it something they must attain? If there is no death during the millennium, it seems they will be born in a translated state. Is that correct?”
Christie, I haven’t read an authoritative statement answering this question. But, there are a few quotes that give us a clue. I discussed this in “The Triumph of Zion” if you have that book.
I’ll give you my understanding on these things, and if anyone would like, I’ll give the references later. That way, I don’t have to look them up right now. OK, I admit, that’s lazy, but I was just cleaning the garage in preparation for winter, and that’s the story I’m going to stick with right now.
Translation is a state that gives someone certain priesthood powers and abilities in preparation for the millennium. It includes power over their own death. The “Millennial State” will be a type of translation, but with certain limitations. Millennial people will live “until the age of a tree” and then be resurrected. They will never be “translated” in the sense that Enoch and his city are presently. Their children will “grow up without sin” until they are resurrected. Because of this, there is no death in the classic sense.
Translated people have no age-related expiration date, but will be resurrected after their mission is completed. Translated people (apparently) are not able to have children, but “Millennial State” people will be able to have children. Their children will apparently be born into the “Millennial State”, so they will eventually be changed when they assume “tree-age”.
Christie also asked, “At the end of the millennium when Satan is released for a season, will there be any people in a mortal condition at that point, or will it simply be a battle of the translated and resurrected righteous against those spirits who followed Satan pre-mortally?”
Christie, by the end of the millennium everyone will be “Millennial”, translated or resurrected. In the classic sense of mortals growing old and dying of disease or old age, then no, there will be no mortals by then.
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