It is prophesied that in “that day” the wicked will kill the wicked, but they will fear Zion. I have often wondered why the wicked would fear Zion. At first I thought that it was because of the great power that those in Zion possessed that the wicked would fear them. But that did not sit well with me because that puts Zion above others, because they have the bigger gun or weapon of some sort. The Lord never works by compulsory means.
Then it dawned on me. The wicked fear Zion because Zion invites all to enter therein, but the wicked spirits (within the wicked) do not want to be cast out, so the spirits desire to never go near Zion, thus Zion is feared.
To heal someone, we are instructed to first cast out devils. The very act of casting out devils is part of the process of real healing. We are not familiar with such things because it isn’t common to us. However, to Christ, the spirits feared Him and requested to be put into the swines. We are not familiar with healing this way.
“9. And whoso shall ask it in my name in faith, they shall cast out devils; they shall heal the sick; they shall cause the blind to receive their sight, and the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak, and the lame to walk.”
Notice the order:
- Ask in my name in faith (this is something we don’t yet understand. We don’t know His name. Christ is only a title.)
- Cast out devils
- Heal the sick
- Blind to receive sight
- Deaf to hear
- Dumb to speak
- Lame to walk
We first cast out devils before any healing occurs. There are only two ways to sin: rebellion and traditions of your fathers. We are told that when the saints were cursed that they were cursed for 3-4 generations. Imagine trying to rid yourself of devils in your blood line for 3-4 generations. This can only be done with the priesthood. Devils do not want to be cast out. But all of the laws in ancient temples, as far back as Adam, points to the importance for us to cast out Satan. The more we study the word, the more we realize that it is more literal than symbolic.
In the garden we are told that the serpent has power to bruise your heal, but you have power to crush his head (Genesis). What good is that power unless you use it to be free of his power. Since the times of the old temples of Moses, we have had ordinances that confess all the sins of the children of Israel on the head of the goat and the goat is cast out or killed. These are all pointers at who the real enemy is. Our brothers and sisters are not the enemy. It is Lucifer, the accuser, who is the enemy. Those who don’t want to part with the spirits of their rebellion or their traditions won’t come up unto Zion.
I believe that we are all good people and have great worth. Each person has been given a heart or a mind and must find their counterpart. Zion is made up of normal people with real problems that look to the Lord for their solution. They learn how to wait upon the Lord. And when they do, the Lord can work mighty miracles.
Many believe that the marvelous work and wonder is under way. I don’t think so. The marvelous work is still about to come forth. People will flock by the droves. Miracles will return in fullness. We haven’t even scratched the surface. We haven’t because “we” haven’t. We haven’t penetrated the heavens and that is why we continue to fail at building Zion. Elder Maxwell said that we don’t want to leave our summer cottage in Babylon. When we begin to break through to the heavens, then will the marvelous work come forth among the children of men and the wicked will fear zion.
“67. And the glory of the Lord shall be there, and the terror of the Lord also shall be there, insomuch that the wicked will not come unto it, and it shall be called Zion.
68. And it shall come to pass among the wicked, that every man that will not take his sword against his neighbor must needs flee unto Zion for safety.
69. And there shall be gathered unto it out of every nation under heaven; and it shall be the only people that shall not be at war one with another.
70. And it shall be said among the wicked; Let us not go up to battle against Zion, for the inhabitants of Zion are terrible; wherefore we cannot stand.
71. And it shall come to pass that the righteous shall be gathered out fro among all nations, and shall come to Zion, singing with songs of everlasting joy.”
This scripture about Zion ought to give one hope! The gospel of Christ is “the good message.” It will be absolutely necessary for us to properly discern our heart and mind and make proper adjustments, and that will make it much easier for us to identify and assist others with their own hearts and minds.
The first great commandment is about your submission of your heart, mind and soul to God. That will naturally bring you back into the presence of Christ. Then can you love your neighbor as yourself by teaching them to make the same ascension that brought you into the presence of Christ.
Don’t confuse the outward service with skipping the first commandment and getting right to the second. Those who love the Lord naturally serve. The service is a bi-product of one who loves God. Service is not a way to prove yourself.
The service described in the second great commandment is not a service that just any man can perform. This service is for a special type of person. You cannot teach someone how to ascend if you have never made the ascension yourself, if you haven’t kept the first commandment and broken through to the heavens. Conversion means far more than never leaving the church and 100% home teaching statistics.
The great news (gospel) is that God has made it possible to do just that if we are willing to turn it over to Him. If we will unite by first being of one heart and one mind through the study of the word. Then we continue by believing in the same God, uniting our forces and talking of Christ, rejoicing in Christ, and preaching of Christ. The plan of salvation was meant for us to break through to the heavens and receive the blessings of salvation for ourselves and our families. That is how families are forever here in this life as well as the one to come. Then will the wicked fear Zion because we will be armed with the power of God, and not just authority.