If you don’t understand what Zion is in its entirety then you can’t understand the Lord’s latter day plan for the house of Israel (aka his covenant keeping disciples). I hope to help answer through the spirit the following questions:
What is Zion?
Will there be more than one Zion?
Was Zion ever achieved in the past?
Where will the location of Zion be?
When will Zion be a reality?
What is Zion?
Zion is essentially where the people of God dwell, the pure in heart. Where they labor to serve each other and their God. Ultimately, after the earth is transformed it will be the place where Christ and the father dwell.
In the latter-days the Lord will again establish a Zion and it will act as a place of refuge for the righteous to help the Lord fulfill the things that must be done prior to Christ’s millennial reign.
But, don’t take my word for it. Let’s get our understanding through scripture, pondering, and prayer. I will go through a list of verses to help explain to Zion.
10 Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion: for, lo, I come, and I will dwell in the midst of thee, saith the Lord.
11 And many nations shall be joined to the Lord in that day, and shall be my people: and I will dwell in the midst of thee, and thou shalt know that the Lord of hosts hath sent me unto thee.
So reading this first verse we are to understand many nations or people from many nations will join Zion in the latter days and Christ will dwell in the midst of her. Is Christ dwelling figurative of the holy spirit dwelling there or literal as in his actual personage? Scripture seems to suggest the 1st and then the latter.
Isaiah 14: 31-32
31 Howl, O gate; cry, O city; thou, whole Palestina [The World], art dissolved: for there shall come from the north a smoke, and none shall be alone in his appointed times.
32 What shall one then answer the messengers of the nation? That the Lord hath founded Zion, and the poor of his people shall trust in it.
A smoke from the north referred to here may be referring to the return of the lost 10 tribes but I’m not exactly sure. I have another video that goes over that topic
Dissolving Palestina or the wicked influential nations of the world and establishing his kingdom.
I feel as if the translation of this verse should have read plural as “messengers of the nations”instead of nation. This makes more sense to me.
What shall one then answer the messengers of the nations? “That Zion is now founded by the Lord. All those who seek to follow the Savior come and join her.
“And the poor of his people shall trust in it.”
I don’t believe the poor in this phrase doesn’t necessarily mean financial status, although many will probably poor refugees of persecution when Zion is being established. If you’re not on the 4th beasts kingdoms side in the latter-days it will seek to break you and Zion will be your only place of refuge at that time.
This line could be referring to the poor in spirit meaning those without enmity towards God.
3 For the Lord shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the Lord; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.
In other words where the redeemed people of the Lord gather he will also redeem the land upon which they stand. The land will be changed to support his people that gather therein. Whether this is by labor and technology or by divine intervention I don’t think matters, just know it will be done.
16 When the Lord shall build up Zion, he shall appear in his glory
The building up and establishment of Zion will happen prior to the Lord’s second coming, so you can know that once Zion is established the Lord’s coming is not far behind.
11 Therefore the redeemed of the Lord shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.
The redeemed of the lord returning to Zion is the Lord’s covenant keeping repentant people who are adopted into the family of Abraham. The house of Israel.
Ancient Israel was scattered, both the 10 tribes by the Assyrians and the Jews by the Romans. When people repent and accept the commandments of God and covenant with him they are redeemed and gathered back to Zion.
In a world where every nation is corrupt and evil, Zion will be a breath of fresh air and relief to those who chose to be righteous. It will be the cause of great joy and hope to the Lord’s people
Isaiah 29: 7-8
7 And the multitude of all the nations that fight against Ariel, even all that fight against her and her munition, and that distress her, shall be as a dream of a night vision.
8 It shall even be as when an hungry man dreameth, and, behold, he eateth; but he awaketh, and his soul is empty: or as when a thirsty man dreameth, and, behold, he drinketh; but he awaketh, and, behold, he is faint, and his soul hath appetite: so shall the multitude of all the nations be, that fight against mount Zion.
All the nations that fight against Zion will stand a snowball’s chance in hell at defeating her. Nothing will compare with the might and strength of the Lord that will protect Zion in the latter-days.
Will there be more than one Zion?
From my study of the scriptures it appears in the latter-days there will be two zion-like locations.
I believe the reason for two zion locations gives a lot of symbolism to the past.
In one aspect it is symbolic of how Israel was split into two kingdoms with Rehaboam ruling Judah, the southern kingdom, and Jeraboam ruling the other 10 tribes, the northern kingdom.
Several scriptures state in the latter-days when the Lord restores the house of Israel back together these two kingdoms will be united. My lecture about the lost 10 tribes talks about this restoration.
Also I believe that the majority of us who are not of Israeli descent are gentiles. Gentiles that accept the gospel of Christ and covenant with him are adopted into the house of Israel (Abraham’s family).
Paul taught this to the Galatians when he said
27 For as many of you as have been abaptized into Christ have put on Christ.
I believe gentiles are specifically adopted into the tribe of Joseph (Ephraim & Manasseh). Joseph was established in Egypt outside the holy land. Yes, he was sold by his brethren but the Lord used this circumstance as a means to exalt Joseph above his brethren as a means of preserving the his brethren and having them reconciled to him.
Likewise in the latter-days I believe Zion will be established in the north american continent and will function as a means of helping to preserve Israel in the latter-days and will function as a means of restoring the gospel to the Jews.
Two zion-like locations. Both far from each other.
Below are scriptures that help show there will be two spiritual centers that God will establish in the latter days. One will be in Zion the other in Jerusalem.
32 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord hath said, and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call
Notice from this verse it appears that there will be two Zion like locations. “Mount Zion” and “Jerusalem” both will act as places of protection for the righteous.
2 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.
3 And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
4 And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
Notice again in this verse there appears to be two zion-like locations. The law going forth out of Zion and the word from Jerusalem.
We read often in the scriptures about the kingdom of God. Often I think people mistake the kingdom of God to be figurative of the spread of the christian religion throughout the world, but that is only the kingdom in its infancy.
The Kingdom of God will literally have a government just like any other kingdom. This is why Isaiah said in Isaiah 9:6 that the government would rest upon Christ’s shoulder. Isaiah wasn’t referring to Christ establishing his government when he was born into this world. He was referring to his return at his millennial reign.
This is why nebuchadnezzar had the dream of a stone cut out of the mountain without hands. “Without hands” shows it was not done by man, but by divine intervention. The stone would grow until it filled the whole earth and at that time the kingdom of God would come about.
Notice again from this verse it talks about judging among the nations and people turning their weapons into tools for labor. In other words peaceful righteous people who are not seeking power over their brethren will come to build up Zion.
21 To declare the name of the Lord in Zion, and his praise in Jerusalem;
Again it appears like two locations from this scripture
Isaiah 4: 3-6
3 And it shall come to pass, that he that is left in Zion, and he that remaineth in Jerusalem, shall be called holy, even every one that is written among the living in Jerusalem:
4 When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning.
5 And the Lord will create upon every dwelling place of mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night: for upon all the glory shall be a defence.
6 And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the daytime from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from storm and from rain.
Again two locations mentioned . A cloud and a smoke by day and a shining flaming fire by night refers back to when Moses and the children of Israel were led out of the land of Egypt. During their 40 years exodus there was a cloud that would reside by the tabernacle by day and a fire at night. When this cloud moved it let Israel know to get moving.
The lord will use these signs as symbolism to help us recall to our memory how his hand has preserved his children in the past.
Perhaps Isaiah is speaking figuratively here when referring to the smoke by day and a shining flaming by night but it may be literal. Somehow this cloud of smoke by day and flame of fire by night will work as a defence for the assemblies of Zion
4 And said unto him, Run, speak to this young man, saying, Jerusalem shall be inhabited as towns without walls for the multitude of men and cattle therein:
5 For I, saith the Lord, will be unto her a wall of fire round about, and will be the glory in the midst of her.
6 Ho, ho, come forth, and flee from the land of the north, saith the Lord: for I have spread you abroad as the four winds of the heaven, saith the Lord.
7 Deliver thyself, O Zion, that dwellest with the daughter of Babylon
Notice in these verses what Zachariah is saying. Jerusalem being inhabited as towns without walls is referring to the great amount of people that will settle in the holy land. You won’t be able to easily build a wall around them.
A wall of fire is referring to how the Lord will protect this place from its enemies.
Fleeing from the land of the north is probably referring to the return of the lost 10 tribes. They left heading north and several verses talking about the north returning these inhabitants to Israel. If you haven’t read my post or see my presentation on the lost ten tribes, I suggest you do. It relates to this topic and will give you greater understanding on how this plays out.
Verse 7 is an invitation to us. Babylon is a reference to the world, its vanity, its corruption, its lunacy, its focus on material things, things of no lasting value. To deliver ourselves is to become free of the unclean mentality that is our current environment.
To follow the savior, when we rid ourselves of this kind of thinking we make ourselves ready to accept the laws of God, his will, and will have the fortitude needed to help establish his kingdom in the latter-days.
14 Turn, O backsliding children, saith the Lord; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion:
I will have to teach a separate lecture to explain why I believe the 144 thousand that John refers to in Revelations are an elite group of people that the Lord will use to gather the people from out of the world and bring them safely to Zion.
This is what I believe this scripture is referring to. The lord will use servants, whether they be angels, translated beings, mortals or all of the above. They will have a special mission of going throughout the world and gathering the righteous to Zion.
They will have no respect for the borders of the corrupt evil nations of the world. Wherever there are righteous people in the world, God will send messengers who release them from their bonds and will bring them safely to Zion.
Zion will function as a city of refuge just like the parable of the wheat and the tares. The Lord will seek out and find those whose hearts yearn to be in Zion, he will bring them there, just how the parable said he would gather in the wheat from the field and then when the wheat is gathered in the rest of the world is all tares. Ready to be burned.
Has Zion Existed Before?
Zion is the ideal the Lord wants his people to achieve so then has it been achieved before during the earth’s existence?
A place where society flourished, no corruption, the righteous were free from persecution. Where Christ himself could visit?
Before you say no, I want to draw your attention to a couple odd scriptures that seem to suggest that Zion has existed before and will return to earth.
I realize this may be hard to accept but I just want you to consider what the following scriptures say and see if there is any other way you can understand it.
Genesis is a rather small book to cover some thousands of years. Being such an ancient date is probably the reason we have a very brief record of things that took place. But, Genesis does mention a man named Enoch and it says some odd and unique things about him.
18 And Jared lived an hundred sixty and two years, and he begat Enoch.
21 And Enoch lived sixty and five years and begat Methusela
Why is this lineage worth noting? Well…. Enoch Begat Methusela, Methusela begat Lamech, and Lamech begat Noah.
So Enoch is the great grandfather of Noah. We can gather from other scriptures that this family held very firm to their covenants to the Lord. This is probably the reason Noah was born through this lineage because he would restart the human family.
Now let’s read something odd in verse 24
And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.
99.99% of us leave this world through death, but for some there has been an alternative way of leaving this world.
We read in the bible 2nd Kings chapter 2 about Elijah being taken by a chariot and a whirlwind into heaven, and his mantle falling to his successor Elisha. This wasn’t just an accident tornado this was a planned event when you read the record. Elisha was with him and bore witness to it.
In the Apocrypha in the book of 2nd Esdras we read about the Lord speaking with Ezra letting him know that he is going to take him with him. The lord tells Ezra to finish up whatever is needed before he leaves.
Ezra tells the Lord that due to Babylonian captivity many of their records have been lost and asks that he might restore these. Read the Lord’s instructions to Ezra below in 2nd Esdras 14:23-24
23 He answered me and said, “Go and gather the people, and tell them not to seek you for forty days. 24 But prepare for yourself many writing tablets, and take with you Sarea, Dabria, Selemia, Ethanus, and Asiel—these five, who are trained to write rapidly
The rest says that Lord gave Ezra a cup that he drank which filled him with supernatural wisdom. He was able to speak for 40 days and 40 nights and the scribes recorded everything that he spoke.
At the end of the 40 days and nights the scribes had 94 books written.
Note the Jews believe this happened and it is why Ezra is referred to as the father of Judaism. Shortly after this Ezra is taken by the Lord. Esdras 14: 1-10 mentions this.
1 On the third day, while I was sitting under an oak, suddenly a voice came out of a bush opposite me and said, “Ezra, Ezra!” 2 And I answered, “Here I am, Lord,” and I rose to my feet. 3 Then he said to me, “I revealed myself in a bush and spoke to Moses when my people were in bondage in Egypt; 4 and I sent him and led[a] my people out of Egypt; and I led him up on Mount Sinai, where I kept him with me many days. 5 I told him many wondrous things, and showed him the secrets of the times and declared to him[b] the end of the times. Then I commanded him, saying, 6 ‘These words you shall publish openly, and these you shall keep secret.’ 7 And now I say to you: 8 Lay up in your heart the signs that I have shown you, the dreams that you have seen, and the interpretations that you have heard; 9 for you shall be taken up from among humankind, and henceforth you shall live with my Son and with those who are like you, until the times are ended.
Notice that as the Lord talks to Ezra about this he also mentions Moses. I believe it is possible that Moses never died but was taken this same way. Moses was an old man, 120 years to be exact.
There as several verses in the bible stating Moses died.
But the account in Deuteronomy 34 says Moses went up to Mount Nebo to communicate with the Lord and then he died there. Read Deuteronomy 34:5-6
5 ¶ So Moses the servant of the Lord died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the Lord.
6 And he buried him in a valley in the land of Moab, over against Beth-peor: but no man knoweth of his sepulchre unto this day.
“He buried him” refers to God burying Moses. But Moses who was the leader of millions of Israelites none of which could find his grave. Perhaps, Moses was taken by the Lord also to be with him.
There is also another odd verse in the book of Jude concerning Moses’s body.
9 Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.
Apparently when Moses was getting ready to go there was some kind of dispute between the devil and Michael concerning his body. Was this dispute about Moses being taken to live with God or left to die on the earth?
What does Ecclesiasticus Say about Enoch?
To give further evidence of Enoch’s being taken by God let’s read the following from the Book of Ecclesiasticus 44:16
Enoch pleased the Lord, and was translated, being an example of repentance to all generations.
But upon the earth was no man created like Enoch; for he was taken from the earth.
And if you need a more canonical book to prove my point let’s look at the new testament
By Faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
We think of the word translated as taking something from one language and putting into another. However, in this instance the word is used as taking a mortal body that God had made Adam and reconfiguring it in a way that it doesn’t die, but becomes eternal.
What Did Enoch Do That Was Great To Warrant This Reward?
Let’s go back to the book of Ecclesiasticus 44:17-18
17 Noah was found perfect and righteous; in the time of wrath he was taken in exchange for the world; therefore was he left as a remnant unto the earth, when the flood came.
18 An everlasting covenant was made with him, that all flesh should perish no more by the flood.
What is this telling us? Remember in the previous verse 16 we just read about Enoch being taken to live with God, but now we are reading about Noah being taken??
Wait? What?… Where is Noah being taken from? From his family. From Enoch, Methusaleh, and Lamech. In exchange for the world. In other words to perpetuate a righteous human family upon the earth.
In other words… Enoch was not the only one taken. The righteous that were with Enoch were taken as well, but Noah who was a righteous great grandson of Enoch was left behind to replenish the earth.
Poor Noah, no wonder he afterwards built a vineyard and got drunk. I mean wouldn’t it be depressing to see all your righteous family and friends taken away but you’re left behind. Then none of the wicked inhabitants of the earth listen to you so they get to drown in the flood.
Life must have been a little lonely for him at times.
Last apocryphal book I’ll use to support this claim is from the apocryphal book of Jasher. It is proven not to be the book of Jasher referenced in the old testament. Maybe they called it that for marketing purposes. I don’t know why they called it that.
It is better called Sefer Hayashar “book of the upright one” since it is not claimed by jews or chrisitans to be the lost book of Jasher quoted about in the old testament.
This isn’t part of the original apocryphal books from records of the earlier Catholic church. In fact, the earliest version of this book was published in Hebrew in 1625 A.D. said to have been taken from a record found in the Roman city of Hispalis.
Having read this book I can tell you it is easy to see there are chapters full of spurious material. Some of it is downright ridiculous. For that reason I don’t ever like to quote from the book of Jasher (sefer Hayashar).
I wish I had another source. However, I don’t discredit everything written in this book. In fact, a lot of it follows genesis word for word very closely. When reading this book and trying to listen to the spirit I got the feeling that this book is like what Hollywood calls based on a true story.
You know when Hollywood makes a film they say is based on a true story and they add a lot of dialogue and some events that never took place but the overall broad story has some truth. That is how I feel about the book of Sefer Hayashar.
Whoever wrote the original version of this book I believe had access to scriptures we do not and wrote a book that is somewhat broadly true.
Jasher Chapter 3 gives 38 verses that speak about Enoch. I don’t know how credible it is but I think there is something to this because there is a pattern with Zion that I’ll point after.
According to Jasher Chapter 3 Enoch was a righteous man who was fed up with the wickedness of the world that he secluded his-self and family from the bulk of society. He was called by the Lord to go and declare repentance and teach people the commandments of God.
He had tremendous success. He founded a city and people from all nations came flocking to live in his city, and be under its banner. In fact, this city becomes more like a nation.
The people live in righteousness and as time passes Enoch lets the people know he is going to go to be with the Lord. Lots of the inhabitants refuse to leave him.
It is said in this account that around 800 thousand people went with Enoch. Below are the last few verses.
And when the kings returned they caused a census to be taken, in order to know the number of remaining men that went with Enoch; and it was upon the seventh day that Enoch ascended into heaven in a whirlwind, with horses and chariots of fire.
And on the eighth day all the kings that had been with Enoch sent to bring back the number of men that were with Enoch, in that place from which he ascended into heaven.
And all those kings went to the place and they found the earth there filled with snow, and upon the snow were large stones of snow, and one said to the other, Come, let us break through the snow and see, perhaps the men that remained with Enoch are dead, and are now under the stones of snow, and they searched but could not find him, for he had ascended into heaven.
Ancient Day Zion and Modern Day Zion
Like I said I don’t like quoting from the book of Jasher but why do I give this record in chapter 3 some legitimacy?
Because what happened shortly after Enoch and his people left???? The flood came. There wasn’t any more righteousness upon the earth. With Enoch and his people’s departure the world was ready to reset. Noah the great grandson was left behind to restart the world.
What will happen with Zion in the latter-days? The same type of pattern repeats itself only this time with fire. The righteous will be gathered into Zion and Jerusalem, they will flock under her banner, that the root of Jesse will establish.
The wheat is taken in. The tares are left to burn.
Where will the location of Zion be?
You remember earlier we went over several verses that point to the fact that there will be refuge for the righteous in both Jerusalem and Zion. We know where Jerusalem is and so it begs the question. Where is the location of Zion?
I believe the location for Zion will be the U.S. of A. Why the US? Well we know that the prophecies state there will be two kingdoms united together. The U.S. and Israel are close allies. In fact, the U.S. played a big role in the establishment of Israel as a nation.
The U.S. was the founding of the constitution and great sacrifices were made to bring about freedom for us and the rest of the world. I believe the lord still wishes to honor those who sacrificed so much in the past. I believe the north american continent is a promised land that serves a vital function for the Lord in the latter-days.
However, the scripture that I point to that gives much evidence to this assumption of Zion being located in the U.S. is in the prophecy of Ezra’s Eagle.
I will soon be doing a presentation on that prophecy as I believe it is the greatest prophecy EVER for us at this time. Because it speaks exactly to the time period we are living in.
Ezra’s eagle is believed to relate to the united states of america in the latter days.
This prophecy speaks of a nation represented by a 3 headed eagle. Over time this eagle asserts more and more global governance and becomes more evil. The nation has much internal strife among its citizens.
At the end of the prophecy a lion comes out of nowhere and rebukes this evil eagle and saves the country.
2nd Esdras 12: 17-18 says the following:
The way I interpret this is the U.S. has great strivings meaning civil unrest, civil war just beginning to erupt. The great superpower of the free world starts morphing into a nation that persecutes freedom. Freedom loving people of the U.S. are in danger and just when it looks like they’ve lost a Lion (representing another kingdom, the kingdom of God) comes out of nowhere and rebukes the eagle and saves the country from utter ruin.
The country is then restored again to its beginning. Its beginning meaning the principles that are the same as or similar to the constitution that made it great in the first place. The country will be restored back to its roots. How will this be done?
The root of Jesse and the 10 tribes will establish an ensign for the nations of the seek after. It will be compatible with the principles of the constitution. The country will welcome these people and the restoration they bring to restore sound government.
When will Zion be a reality?
I believe the lord works miracles according to our faith. When a great number of the people of this country are willing to do whatever is necessary to restore the freedoms and do the will of God, then will the lord be able to work miracles for them.
When our faith is sufficient for a miracle the Lord will queue in the 10 tribes to return to the house of Israel and make her whole. They will return to their homeland in Israel but before they do they will make their first stop in the U.S.A to establish Zion.
Hope you enjoyed this. My other videos of the Lost 10 tribes, John the Beloved, and Ezra’s Eagle give further insight into understanding the establishment of Zion in the latter-days.
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