Friday, May 6, 2016

Restoration of the Earth – Part II

Continuing with the previous article in which one of our readers asked about the restoration of the Earth to a solid form before the Second Coming of the Lord. Before answering that directly, we have written about what took place to the Earth, and continue here: 
When Samuel the Lamanite says that mountains will become valleys and valleys “shall become mountains, whose height is great” (Helaman 14:23), this was no idle comment, or figure of speech. In Nephi’s vision almost 600 years earlier, he saw the same thing, and described “mountains tumbling into pieces; and I saw the plains of the earth, that they were broken up; and I saw many cities that they were sunk; and I saw many that they were burned with fire; and I saw many that did tumble to the earth, because of the quaking thereof” (1 Nephi 12:4).
    In Chapter 13 “Was There a Flood,” of our book Scientific Fallacies & Other Myths, which is what prompted the question of the reader, we have written: “In addition, this subterranean ridge created pressure against the hydroplate as the water stream began to decrease in pressure. When the plates collided with each other they buckled. The portions that buckled upward became “mountain chains,” and those that buckled downward became “valleys.” Thus, the mountain chains are parallel to the oceanic ridges from where they slid away. Obviously, such action would have “thrown” or deposited flood sediments on the continents and continental margins where they are primarily found today, and not on the new ocean floor” (emphasis added).
    The point is, that mountains can shoot upward or collapse depending on the Lord’s will in the matter without the long periods of time scientists claim it takes. After all, “the brother of Jared said unto the mountain Zerin, Remove -- and it was removed. And if he had not had faith it would not have moved; wherefore thou workest after men that have faith” (Ether 12:30).
    One of the greatest lies that certain unethical scientists have fostered on mankind is that the Earth took billions of years to form and develop and that mountains and other features take millions of years to develop. God, who formed the universe, has the power to do whatever he chooses with the form and shape of any heavenly body, including this Earth and all that is within and on it. He shaped it, formed it, organized it in a time frame far shorter than millions of years, and divided it “in the days of Peleg” (Genesis 10:25).
Consequently, it would seem then that Isaiah is telling us that all these mountains and valleys that now exist, after the oceans return to their original place and the Atlantic Ocean is removed, will more or less become smooth or level. Other things, of course, will happen, the Earth will first of all be returned to its condition at the time of Adam and Even, i.e., into its former purity and Edenic state, and that the portion of the Earth taken away in the City of Enoch will be returned and reunited, and after that it will be renewed into a celestial body so that Christ and those with celestial bodies can dwell upon it.
    There are those who claim that the prophet Isaiah did not mean that the earth will be flat and featureless and uninteresting with every mountain and hill made low. Personally, I am not certain, though I can see where huge mountains “whose height is great” may disappear, for they might not fit into the use of the celestialized earth and what will be done here—on the other hand, having driven through the “everlasting mountains” of New York recently, I was intrigued by the beauty of those hills (they are not mountains) and can easily be traversed.
Those in the east are seldom fully aware of the true height of the Rocky Mountains here in the west and how high and sharply cut they are and how valueless they are as a land use.
They are beautiful, as are the Andes in South America, the Alps in Europe and the Himalayas in Asia, but take up a lot of land for no apparent reason other than view.
    Now we need to keep in mind that in the days of the crucifixion:
1. The rocks which are upon the face of this earth, which are both above the earth and beneath, which ye know at this time are solid, or the more part of it is one solid mass, shall be broken up—therefore, up until that time the rocks were basically one solid form;
2. Yea, they shall be rent in twain, and shall ever after be found in seams and in cracks, and in broken fragments upon the face of the whole earth, yea, both above the earth and beneath—therefore, up until that time, the rocks and the solid areas of the Earth had no seams or cracks, or broken fragments anywhere on the face of the Earth;
3. And behold, there shall be great tempests, and there shall be many mountains laid low, like unto a valley—evidently, these mountains were not of great height, perhaps the low rolling hills we see in the eastern United States;
4. And there shall be many places which are now called valleys which shall become mountains, whose height is great—evidently, tectonic plate reversals were seen at this time, pushing up valleys into very high mountains, such as those in the Western Hemisphere now known as the Andes Mountains, “whose height is great,” and the tallest mountains in the Americas.
    Based upon the information listed in the previous post, that the Earth would be returned to its paradisiacal glory, or the condition it was in during Adam and Eve’s time, it would seem only logical that the Earth will be returned to that state that existed before the crucifixion, i.e., that the cracks and seams and broken rocks above and beneath the Earth would be returned to their solid form.
    In fact, we might even go further and suggest that all the water that was within the earth’s crust (see Scientific Fallacies & Other Myths). In that work it is stated:
    “According to the only authentic account of this flood we have in print, on the day the flood began, there was a “breaking up” of the fountains, which implies a release of the water, possibly through large fissures in the ground or sea floor, along with sea vents, cones and volcanoes. This breaking up of the great deep, was undoubtedly more catastrophic than almost anyone has imagined, and few people, no doubt, appreciate the extreme violence, enormity and intensive force and energy of the event. The hydroplates, a term used to explain the occurrence of earthquakes and other current geological activity; mountains and all other topography we see today on the earth’s surface, including the differentiated topography at the bottom of our oceans, suggests ancient eruption, such as the mid-ocean ridge—which is one of the world’s most spectacular geological features, nearly two miles high, extending 49,700 miles around the earth along the ocean floor in a single connection to form a global mid-oceanic ridge system that is part of every ocean, making it the longest mountain range in the world.
    “These ridges form along deep crustal faults that separate the ocean floors into approximately two equal halves, with transforming fault branches, or approximately perpendicular fracture zones branching off. The outlines of the mid-oceanic ridges generally parallel those of the continental coastlines on either side of the ridge, and a tensional graben, or rift valley, runs down nearly all the mid-oceanic ridge crests. Today, shallow earthquakes and abnormally high heat flows are associated with these ridges, with new oceanic crust being produced in the divergent plate-boundary environment of the ridge and is mostly basaltic rock, which is pushed away to the sides as more magma erupts and cools at the crest.
“According to the ancient Hebrew text, “all the fountains of the deep were broken up,” which has also been translated as “all the fountains of the great deep burst open, and the floodgates of the sky were opened,” obviously, forcing water to shoot forth from the cracks in the earth’s crust at supersonic speeds, due to the great amount of pressure underneath the crust. This flood, emanating from within the earth continued for 150 days, about five months, before “the fountains of the deep were stopped,” and the rains, which evidently began at the same time the fountains were broken up, were restrained, which means “held back” or “contained” or “curtailed” or “brought under control.” Evidently, that was all the water contained in the deep vents and beneath the ten- to twenty-mile thick crustal rock, because even today, pressure beneath this mid-oceanic volcano chain is active, spewing forth lava in eruptions or intrusions every day somewhere along the thousands of miles of ridgeline.”
    The point of all this is to suggest that perhaps in the restoration of the Earth to its paradiasical glory, i.e., the purity and Edenic condition at the time of Adam and Even, the Earth will be restored to that time before the great deep was broken up and all that water that burst forth would be returned to the subterranean levels. Perhaps, and this is strictly an assumption, that is how the Earth’s spontaneous condition of plants growing on their own, etc., takes place.
    All in all, it should be an interesting event to observe.


  1. My take Del is that the earth will be flat during the Millennium and there will not be any seas. The earth will be a sort of terrarium. The conditions of this Telestial type world will not exist there. There won't be any snow or rain storms. It will all be Terrestial. There won't be any death. The New Jerusalem will be located in the center of the land. The size of that city is eminence. It will measure according to the book of Revelation 40 miles long, wide, and high. The Terrestial order is much different then. We won't need to eat or breath. How would you exist at 40 miles high if that were the case? We will be able to fly as well as 3rd Nephi and Ezekiel were able to do. So the conditions will be all different then. The Andes won't need to be 20 miles high. They will melt as wax as it says in the scriptures. It's all beyond our understanding right now of course. Ira

  2. I've got to have an ocean to surf in...a lake to swim in....I want a hut on the edge of a lake you can live in the city :)

    1. There'll be a nice pool in the city to lounge around so no worries.

  3. I'm afraid it would be too crowded. I like a peaceful, quite, relaxing swim in a bustling current, a kayak ride down the white water, and a relaxing evening under the stars on the porch of the hut. I think I need a different planet...