There will be a day when Zion is built under the leadership of Christ. It will be self-sustaining and bring healing to those who dwell there. The world will be at peace and there will be no more poverty or suffering. Here’s what the Revelation says:
1 AND I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
3 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.
4 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.
5 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.
7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
(New Testament | Revelation 21)
23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.
24 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.
25 And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.
26 And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it.
27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
(New Testament | Revelation 21)
1 AND he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.
2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
(New Testament | Revelation 22)
Notice that in verse 24 the Revelation says that “the nations of them which are saved” shall bring honor to the city of God. This means to me that there will be nations that survive through all of the wars and chaos, economic crumbling, earthquakes and famine.
How is it possible to survive when so much tribulation is coming all at once? I believe it will be the miraculous hand of God, not just protecting but leading us into preparations that will secure our survival. With cutting edge technology and old fashioned know how we can create inter-dependence that will provide all of our needs when Babylon falls.
In my humble opinion we must come away from the cities of Babylon and create a new way of living that doesn’t rely on the infrastructure of the world. If we plan carefully, we may end up creating a new infrastructure that will survive long after Babylon falls. However, in verse 4 above it is imperative that we “come out” of Babylon if we don’t want to “receive of her plagues.” Just as in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah we have to leave and never look back. If we plan carefully we can make a place for many to come or to use our community as a model for others.
There may be a day when inter-dependent relationships between families are forced upon us through natural disasters, economic crisis, collapse of the government, corruption and crime. Those of us who take a pro-active attitude will see the wisdom in developing an interdependent lifestyle that will protect and unite us long before the need arises.
We don’t have to be “driven” from our homes before making the conscious choice to experiment to find a better and more satisfying way of life. Career and community is one in the same when choosing an inter-dependent lifestyle that exists to eradicate poverty and inequality for its members. Providing food and shelter by the “sweat of our brow” can be a far more fulfilling method than by “cash, check or credit card.”
America was founded on the hope of creating the plan for “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” To restore our faith in America we must gather and unite as humanitarians who will not tolerate poverty and inequality. No more can we continue to be a self-satisfying, self-focused people creating the mounting problems of poverty that require endless social programs. We must reach for the next level up from free enterprise to create a lifestyle based upon interdependence and cooperation.
Ghandi stated that “Poverty is the cruelest form of violence.”
He is pointing out that one man’s poverty is a result of the inactivity of another. Allowing poverty to continue is a conscious choice we all make every day.
…”and the Lord called His people Zion for they were of one heart and one mind (united) and dwelt in righteousness (where all men are free and cooperative) and there were no poor among them (they were humanitarians!)” (Moses 7:18)
3DCommunities seek to eliminate poverty through the planning of a community model where rich and poor work side by side to reach beyond the American dream of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, to life, equality and joyful cooperation until their is no distinction between them.
4 And they came to a land, yea, even a very beautiful and pleasant land, a land of pure water.
5 And they pitched their tents, and began to till the ground, and began to build buildings; yea, they were industrious, and did labor exceedingly.
6 And the people were desirous that Alma should be their king, for he was beloved by his people.
7 But he said unto them: Behold, it is not expedient that we should have a king; for thus saith the Lord: Ye shall not esteem one flesh above another, or one man shall not think himself above another; therefore I say unto you it is not expedient that ye should have a king.
(Book of Mormon | Mosiah 23)
In America we have been taught every day of our lives that we must take care of ourselves, reach for the brass ring and beat out “the other guy.” We are shown by example that we must harden our hearts towards the needs of others, because there are too many to worry about. We are offered countless ways to remain preoccupied so that the cries of the suffering grow dimmer and dimmer. We may even be able to deceive ourselves to believe that the world is naturally getting better without our help.
We must change to a higher goal to believe that true success in our careers and our lives is measured by the contribution our lives have made towards eliminating the suffering of others. We must learn to provide for not only our own needs or the needs of our loved ones but for all of God’s children.
We must reject the notion that independence brings happiness. We must realize that the only true path to happiness is inter-dependence and joyful cooperation. We must break free from the materialistic chains of debt that render us powerless. We must reprogram our minds and prepare our hearts to be responsible for those around us. If we are to be a people prepared for the Zion prophesied in scripture, we must learn to live together in harmony devoted to the well-being of our neighbor.
37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
Happiness comes through fulfillment. Fulfillment comes from having a purpose to fulfill. Therefore happiness comes through finding your purpose and then spending your life’s energy fulfilling that purpose. The American Dream is a lie whenever it teaches that true happiness is possible while others around you suffer. A heart seared and hardened by overwhelming global poverty and suffering is incapable of true happiness, knowing that selfishness never brought anyone true happiness. Only when we choose to care about strangers, to rise above our own needs and make plans to rescue others in need can our hearts beat with true happiness. No matter who you are, there is always someone in more need than you. Look around and ask for eyes to see what God sees. Your heart will change .
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