Saturday, October 23, 2010

Ether - Chapter 13

8 Wherefore, the remnant of the house of Joseph shall be built upon this land; and it shall be a land of their inheritance; 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.
Most of us in the Church, according to our Patriarchal Blessings, are the remnant of the house of Joseph spoken of.  We have been given the promised land for our inheritance.  The direct descendants of Lehi are also a remnant of Joseph.  I think that together we will build the New Jerusalem.  The thing I like best about this verse though is that we will not be confounded for the balance of the history of the world.  There will not be another great apostasy.  The Kingdom of God is here to stay.  Whether we each remain with it remains to be seen.  And I'm not talking about physical death, but spiritual death.  We each are free to remain in the Kingdom or reject it like the Jaredites did.  But unlike, in the time of the Jaredites, the Kingdom will remain.

   9 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.
  10 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 of the house of Israel.
These verses seem to make it plain that the New Jerusalem will not be built until the Millennium has arrived.  Which also seems to make it unlikely that we'll be called upon to walk back to Missouri.  Now, I could be wrong but that is how it looks to me.   

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