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The Promised Kingdom of God

is a narration of the restoration of the Lord's Church to the earth in the latter-days. Read it here at no cost to you.

"Come, my brethren, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters; and he that hath no money, come buy and eat; yea, come buy wine and milk without money and without price." 2 Nephi 9:50
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  Chapter 1: Foretelling the Kingdom
Chapter 2: The First Vision
Chapter 3: The Book of Mormon
Chapter 4: Restoration of the Priesthood
Chapter 5: Building Temples
Chapter 6: The Godhead
Chapter 7: The Word of Wisdom
Chapter 8: The Pre-Existence
Chapter 9: Eternal Marriage


The House of the Lord


The building of temples to the Lord has been a practice of all times by the Lords people. When the Lord was here on earth He called it His House (Luke 19:46.) and His Fathers house, (John 2:16.) and it is clearly manifest that the Lord intended to build temples in the latter-day before His return to earth. The Lord promised that “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.” (Isaiah 2:2, Micah 4:1)

            The Lord has shown in times past by marvelous display, acceptance of His House on earth. This is recorded of the Tabernacle before the Temple was built in Jerusalem: And Moses took the tabernacle, and pitched it without the camp, afar off from the camp, and called it the Tabernacle of the congregation. And it came to pass, that every one which sought the Lord went out unto the tabernacle of the congregation, which was without the camp. And it came to pass, when Moses went out unto the tabernacle, that all the people rose up, and stood every man at his tent door, and looked after Moses, until he was gone into the tabernacle. And it came to pass, as Moses entered into the tabernacle, the cloudy pillar descended, and stood at the door of the tabernacle, and the Lord talked with Moses. And all the people saw the cloudy pillar stand at the tabernacle door: and all the people rose up and worshipped, every man in his tent door. And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle. (Exodus 33:7-11)

            The Lord promised Solomon that if the people would build a temple for their God, and “walk in My statutes” He would dwell among Israel: “And the word of the Lord came to Solomon, saying, concerning this house which thou art in building, if thou wilt walk in My statutes, and execute My judgments, and keep all My commandments to walk in them; then will I perform My word with thee, which I spake unto David thy father: And I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will not forsake My people Israel. (1 Kings 6:11 - 13)

As the Temple in Solomon’s day was completed it is recorded of the display of acceptance of this House of the Lord:

“And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the holy place, that the cloud filled the house of the Lord, so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud: for the glory of the Lord had filled the house of the Lord.” (1 Kings 8:10-11.)

In fulfillment of the prophecies of Isaiah and Micah, the latter-day Saints on July 23, 1833 broke ground for the first of many temples to be erected in the latter days. In Kirtland Ohio this first temple was constructed a House of the Lord for God to appear and instruct His people, following the pattern of ancient Israel.

            The temple was completed and dedicated on March 27, 1836 and this marvelous manifestation took place.

“Brother George A. Smith arose and began to prophesy, when a noise was heard like the sound of a rushing mighty wind, which filled the Temple, and all the congregation simultaneously arose, being moved upon by an invisible power; many began to speak in tongues and prophesy; others saw glorious visions; and I beheld the Temple was filled with angels, which fact I declared to the congregation. The people of the neighborhood came running together (hearing an unusual sound within, and seeing a bright light like a pillar of fire resting upon the Temple), and were astonished at what was taking place. This continued until the meeting closed at eleven p. m.” (DHC 2: 428.)


            One week after the temple was dedicated, the Lord appeared along with Elijah, and others in His earthly house to instruct and return keys of the priesthood to the earth, (D&C 110) fulfilling His word: “Behold, I will send My messenger, and he shall prepare the way before Me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to His temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, He shall come, saith the Lord of hosts.” (Malachi 3:1.)

            The Lord informed us that the restored Gospel was that “messenger of the covenant” spoken of  “And even so I have sent mine everlasting covenant into the world, to be a light to the world, and to be a standard for my people, and for the Gentiles to seek to it, and to be a messenger before My face to prepare the way before Me.” (Doctrine and Covenants 45:9.)


Coming of Elijah


 “…I will give you a quotation from one of the prophets, who had his eye fixed on the restoration of the priesthood, the glories to be revealed in the last days, and in an especial manner this most glorious of all subjects belonging to the everlasting gospel, namely, the baptism for the dead; for Malachi says, last chapter, verses 5th and 6th: Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.” (Doctrine and Covenants 128:17)


            Jesus spoke of giving the “keys of the kingdom of heaven,” which would have the power to bind or loose on earth and in heaven, to Peter, James and John. (Matthew 16:19) Six days after this declaration, Jesus took Peter, James, and John to a high mountain and “there appeared unto them Moses and Elias (or Elijah) talking with him.” (Matthew 17:1 - 5)

            This visit of Moses and Elijah at Jesus’ day must have been to fulfill an important purpose, would it not be reasonable that these individuals would be necessary to come again to fill the same mission in the latter-day?

            The keys they held are the directing powers of the priesthood, to authorize when were and who can perform the ordinances of the gospel. Malachi prophesied that these keys would also be restored before the return of our Lord to the earth: “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.” (Malachi 4:5 - 6)

“Edersheim in his work, The Temple, says: ‘To this day, in every Jewish home, at a certain part of the Paschal service [i.e, when they drink the 'third cup']-the door is opened to admit Elijah the prophet as forerunner of the Messiah, while appropriate passages are at the same time read which foretell the destruction of all heathen nations. It is a remarkable coincidence that, in instituting his own Supper, the Lord Jesus connected the symbol, not of judgment, but of his dying love, with his 'third cup.'

“It was, I am informed, on the third day of April, 1836, that the Jews, in their homes at the Paschal feast, opened their doors for Elijah to enter. On that very day Elijah did enter-not in the home of the Jews to partake of the Passover with them-but he appeared in the house of the Lord, erected to his name and received by the Lord in Kirtland, and there bestowed his keys to bring to pass the very things for which these Jews, assembled in their homes, were seeking.”

(Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, 2: 100.)


            The fulfillment of this prophecy by Malachi took place in the Kirtland Temple and is recorded as follows:

“We saw the Lord standing upon the breastwork of the pulpit, before us; and under His feet was a paved work of pure gold, in color like amber. His eyes were as a flame of fire; the hair of His head was white like the pure snow; His countenance shone above the brightness of the sun; and His voice was as the sound of the rushing of great waters, even the voice of Jehovah, saying: I am the first and the last; I am He who liveth, I am He who was slain; I am your advocate with the Father. Behold, your sins are forgiven you; you are clean before Me; therefore, lift up your heads and rejoice. Let the hearts of your brethren rejoice, and let the hearts of all my people rejoice, who have, with their might, built this house to My name. For behold, I have accepted this house, and My name shall be here; and I will manifest Myself to my people in mercy in this house. Yea, I will appear unto My servants, and speak unto them with Mine own voice, if My people will keep My commandments, and do not pollute this holy house. Yea the hearts of thousands and tens of thousands shall greatly rejoice in consequence of the blessings which shall be poured out, and the endowment with which My servants have been endowed in this house. And the fame of this house shall spread to foreign lands; and this is the beginning of the blessing which shall be poured out upon the heads of My people.  Even so.  Amen.

“After this vision closed, the heavens were again opened unto us; and Moses appeared before us, and committed unto us the keys of the gathering of Israel from the four parts of the earth, and the leading of the ten tribes from the land of the north.

“After this, Elias appeared, and committed the dispensation of the gospel of Abraham, saying that in us and our seed all generations after us should be blessed.

“After this vision had closed, another great and glorious vision burst upon us; for Elijah the prophet, who was taken to heaven without tasting death, stood before us, and said: Behold, the time has fully come, which was spoken of by the mouth of Malachi—testifying that he [Elijah] should be sent, before the great and dreadful day of the Lord come— To turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the children to the fathers, lest the whole earth be smitten with a curse— Therefore, the keys of this dispensation are committed into your hands; and by this ye may know that the great and dreadful day of the Lord is near, even at the doors.” (D&C 110:2 - 16)

            Included in these keys are the keys of missionary work or the “keys of the gathering Israel” the keys for the perfecting of the saints, or the keys of the “gospel of Abraham” and the keys of the work for the dead or the sealing powers of heaven, which make possible the binding on earth and in heaven, including the work for those who have passed from this earth life.

            We have evidence that there were temples before the time of Moses, we have only a very brief history of Gods work among men up to that time but we know that Abraham had the temple ordinance. In figure 8 of facsimile number 2 from the Book of Abraham we read: “Contains writings that cannot be revealed unto the world; but is to be had in the Holy Temple of God.”

Baptism for the Dead


  “Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all?  why are they then baptized for the dead?” (1 Corinthians 15:29)


Jesus foretold of His future mission to the spirit world: “…for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear His voice.” (John 5:28)

Peter also wrote of Jesus, after being put to death, “…He went and preached unto the spirits in prison;” (1 Peter 3:19) He also wrote of the need and purpose of this preaching in the spirit world: “…for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.” (1 Peter 4:6)

Essential with this preaching in the spirit world would be baptism, for we see that baptism is vital for our salvation. In Jesus’ final instruction to His disciples, the Savior taught:  “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved…” (Mark 16:16)

The question is asked what of those who have departed this life without baptism?

From Paul’s letter to the Corinthians we see that the church was practicing baptism for the dead and the ordinance was not condemned by the Apostles, so must have been a universally practiced ceremony by the early Christian Church.

As Paul spoke to some who were of the Church that doubted the resurrection, he used several examples to convince them of the rebirth of the body and spirit after death.

Paul reasoned: “Now if Christ be preached that He rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain…For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.” (1 Corinthians 15:12-14, 16-19)

            Then Paul reasons “Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all?  why are they then baptized for the dead?” (vs. 29)

            This baptism for those who have departed this life is performed in the temples and is accompanied in the spirit world by preaching the gospel so they may benefit from the same hope as we can enjoy. It is made evident that the saints of their day had been practicing baptism for those who were deceased, and Paul then uses this as an example, questioning their contradiction of not believing in the resurrection yet performing baptism for the dead, which would be worthless if there was no resurrection, that being an important element of Christ’s atonement. The fall of Adam and Eve brought death into the world yet Paul declares: “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive” (vs. 22)