In the previous chapters, I highlighted how the events surrounding the Exodus of Egypt would serve as a blueprint for the latter-days. I also noted that just as Pharaoh hardened his heart against the Lord and sought to destroy His people when their backs were to the sea, so will it be with the wicked among the Gentile nations. But before this, America will be cleansed and the stout horn will be ejected. Those that will not repent and become pure through the blood of the Lamb, and serve the true and living God, will be destroyed.
For behold, this is a land which is choice above all other lands; wherefore he that doth possess it shall serve God or shall be swept off; for it is the everlasting decree of God.[i]
We have also seen from previous accounts, that once the wicked have been cleansed from America, the Remnant of Jacob will be in a position to build the New Jerusalem. We shall see that John’s revelation follows in a similar vein. With this in mind, let us consider the message of the seventh angel of the seventh seal.
And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire: And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth.[ii]
The description of this last angel varied significantly from that of all others. This angel was clothed in a cloud, with a rainbow upon his head. The interesting attire of this angel is, in itself, a symbol. The rainbow in the cloud is a symbol of a pre-Abrahamic covenant regarding Zion and the latter-days. Lets review the terms of this covenant.
And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the covenant which I have established between me and thee; for all flesh that shall be upon the earth.
And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant, which I made unto thy father Enoch; that, when men should keep all my commandments, Zion should again come on the earth, the city of Enoch which I have caught up unto myself.
And this is mine everlasting covenant, that when thy posterity shall embrace the truth, and look upward, then shall Zion look downward, and all the heavens shall shake with gladness, and the earth shall tremble with joy; And the general assembly of the church of the firstborn shall come down out of heaven, and possess the earth, and shall have place until the end come. And this is mine everlasting covenant, which I made with thy father Enoch.[iii]
What a marvelous covenant! In the day that men remember once again the covenants of the Lord, to keep them, Zion will be reestablished among them. We have been given further information regarding this covenant in the Pearl of Great Price:
And the Lord said unto Enoch: As I live, even so will I come in the last days, in the days of wickedness and vengeance, to fulfill the oath which I have made unto you concerning the children of Noah; and the day shall come that the earth shall rest, but before that day the heavens shall be darkened, and a veil of darkness shall cover the earth; and the heavens shall shake, and also the earth; and great tribulations shall be among the children of men, but my people will I preserve;
And righteousness will I send down out of heaven; and truth will I send forth out of the earth, to bear testimony of mine Only Begotten; his resurrection from the dead; yea, and also the resurrection of all men; and righteousness and truth will I cause to sweep the earth as with a flood, to gather out mine elect from the four quarters of the earth, unto a place which I shall prepare, an Holy City, that my people may gird up their loins, and be looking forth for the time of my coming; for there shall be my tabernacle, and it shall be called Zion, a New Jerusalem. And the Lord said unto Enoch: Then shalt thou and all thy city meet them there, and we will receive them into our bosom, and they shall see us; and we will fall upon their necks, and they shall fall upon our necks, and we will kiss each other;[iv]
Given the terms and timing of this covenant, the angel’s symbolic clothing is not coincidental. It is the sign that Zion shall be restored once the destroyer has finished his work. We learn that not only will the Remnant of Jacob build the New Jerusalem in America, but that a portion of this city will consist of the city of Enoch, which will come down from heaven. When Enoch’s city returns to earth, God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ will dwell amongst the righteous in Zion. John not only saw this symbolic angel, but the angel himself showed him the holy city.
And there came unto me one of the seven angels…and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife. And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed 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 three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates.[v]
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.[vi]
From John’s account we understand that Zion is not just a location, but also a condition. In Zion, there will be no more sorrow, heartache, pain, or suffering. The people of Zion will not judge one another, nor be prideful. In Zion, the people will be of one heart and one mind. There will be no poor in Zion, as all will be joint recipients in all that the Father has. What a difference from the world we now know!
There is no contradiction between John’s account and the other accounts we have studied regarding the New Jerusalem. Both will happen – the City of Enoch will descend from heaven and join the New Jerusalem upon the ground, becoming one great city. Given that the Lord will be present at the time the City of Enoch descends upon America, this event will not happen until after the Second Coming.
While those that choose to come to Zion will be blessed with peace and prosperity, the wicked among the Gentile nations of the earth will descend into war and chaos. We know that things will become particularly bad for the Jews. All the Gentile nations of the earth will gather themselves against them. This is illustrated in the following verse:
For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.[vii]
John foresaw the turmoil in Jerusalem and wrote with respect to what he saw. The following is an account of his vision:
And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.[viii]
From this passage we understand that the Temple in Jerusalem will be rebuilt before the Second Coming of the Lord. We also learn that Jerusalem will be besieged by Gentile nations for at least three and a half years. The angel continues:
And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days (three and a half years), clothed in sackcloth.
These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth. And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.
These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.[ix]
These are the two witnesses that we addressed in detail in the “Powerful Latter-day Leadership” chapter of this book. Like the first four angels of John’s vision, these two prophets likewise have power to exercise the plagues of Egypt in the defense of Israel. To aid in the accomplishment of this mission, they are entrusted with the sealing power. Like with all prophets of the Lord, these will be sustained by the hand of the Almighty God until their mission has been completed.
And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast [Satan] that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.
And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves. And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.[x]
After these have completed their mission, they are killed and ultimately resurrected in the eyes of all the nations. While the world rejoiced in their demise, their rejoicing is cut short by the resurrection of their foes. The vision of John continues:
And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven. The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly.
And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, the kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.[xi]
Shortly after these two are resurrected, the second woe is fulfilled via a significant earthquake in Jerusalem. Remember that the first woe was related to the Remnant of Jacob slaying the third part of mankind. Before the third woe is fulfilled, the seventh angel pronounces that all the nations of the world have become the kingdoms of God the Father and His Son – Jesus Christ. We can, therefore, assume that the third woe has to do with the Second Coming of the Messiah.
Prior to the Lord’s coming, the Jews will have suffered unspeakable things. If it were not for the ministration of these two witness, and “The Branch”, they might have fallen prey to their enemies long before. But now their suffering will end, for at the time of the third woe, Jesus Christ himself will come down from heaven and save the Jews from this epic battle of extinction. John records this thus:
And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; that ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.
And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.[xii]
The fulfilling of the third woe fills all the enemies of Israel with fear. The awesome sight of the Great Jehovah riding towards them upon a white stallion, with the Remnant of Jacob trailing behind, will be heart stopping. John states that the Messiah slays the host with the sword of His mouth. In other words, this powerful host is destroyed without hand, by the utterance of the mouth of the Lord. Zachariah provided additional information into how the Lord would cut down the enemies of Israel without hand in the following verses:
Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.[xiii] And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.[xiv]
Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the North, and half of it toward the south.[xv]
And this shall be the plague wherewith the Lord will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.[xvi]
And they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.[xvii]
And thus we see that the Lord Jesus Christ himself will save the Jews in the end. The Messiah that the Jews have long awaited,will at last descend from heaven in great power and glory to lay waste to their enemies. At that time, they will finally acknowledge that Jesus Christ is the very God of Israel. Then according to Isaiah shall the Jews sing together.
In that day shall this song be sung in the land of Judah; We have a strong city; salvation will God appoint for walls and bulwarks. Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may enter in.[xviii]
Once the Great God of Israel has saved His people from physical destruction, the restored gospel will at last be taught among the Jews, and the great millennial day will be ushered in.
Great are the prophecies of John! Great are the prophecies of Isaiah, Nephi, Christ, Moroni, and all the holy prophets who spoke concerning these latter-day events! The testimonies of all of these great men meld together in perfect unity. The Lord is about to do a great and marvelous work and a wonder in the eyes of all the nations of the earth – one without parallel. However, God has never done, nor will He ever do, anything save He first reveal His secret to His servants the prophets.[xix] Therefore search these things out diligently. Ponder upon them. Seek the Lord’s guidance regarding their meaning and prepare your self accordingly. The Lord of Lords, and King of Kings is coming!
[i] Ether 2:10
[ii] Revelations 10:1-2
[iii] JST Genesis 9:25; 21-23
[iv] Moses 7:60-63
[v] Revelations 21:9-13
[vi] Revelations 21:2-7
[vii] Zachariah 14:2
[viii] Revelations 11:1-2
[ix] Revelations 11:3-6
[x] Revelations 11:7-10
[xi] Revelations 11:15
[xii] Revelations 19:11-21
[xiii] Zechariah 12:2
[xiv] Zechariah 12:9
[xv] Zechariah 13:3-4
[xvi] Zechariah 14:12
[xvii] Zechariah 12:10
[xviii] Isaiah 26:1-2
[xix] Amos 3:7