Question Box: Will Jesus Rule from Jackson County, Missouri?

October 24, 2011

Question: Do Mormons believe that when Jesus returns, he will rule Earth from Jackson County, Missouri?

Prior to Christ’s Second Coming we know certain events will take place. Among the many signs of His coming, scriptures teach that prior to Christ’s return the 12 tribes of Israel and the saints of God will be gathered together both spiritually and physically (Jeremiah 23:3).  The city of Jerusalem will be rebuilt and the Lord will then bring again Zion, the New Jerusalem, down from heaven (Rev. 21:2, Rev. 3:12, Moses 7:60-64).

Latterday revelation revealed to Joseph Smith in 1832 teaches us that this Zion, the New Jerusalem, will be built upon the American continent. In Doctrine and Covenants 84:2-3 the Lord reveals: “Yea, the word of the Lord concerning his church, established in the last days for the restoration of his people, as he has spoken by the mouth of this prophets, and for the gathering of his saints to stand upon Mount Zion, which shall be the city of New Jerusalem.  Which city shall be built, beginning at the temple lot, which is appointed by the finger of the Lord, in the western boundaries of the State of Missouri….”  This is the region known as Jackson County.

Following Christ’s return, Jerusalem and Zion (the New Jerusalem) will exist as two great capitals where Christ’s people will live and where Christ will dwell and reign personally on the earth (Micah 4:2) in some sort of divine government (D&C 45:59, Dan. 7:13-14). Thus the scripture, “For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem” (Isaiah 2:3) will be fulfilled. While we do not know the details of how this divine government will work, we do know that Zion, the New Jerusalem, will be located in Missouri and will be a central place for the ruling and running of the Lord’s Kingdom during the Millennium.

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13 Responses to “Question Box: Will Jesus Rule from Jackson County, Missouri?”

  1. We also have Scriptures that indicate that the building of the New Jerusalem was postponed. Since the New Jerusalem will be known as Zion, and the pure of heart is the definition of Zion, then it doesn’t have to be Missouri. It could be Salt Lake City or Provo, UT, or (to use an out there example), Kansas. Then again, maybe it will be Missouri. The point is, its not a clear cut as the scripture quoted here seems to indicate.

  2. cindy

    How is it possible that Jackson will be the site of the New Jerusalem when it is to be built upon the site of the original garden of Eden according to LDS scripture?
    How could the Garden of Eden be in Missouri when the Pearl of Great Price declares it was in the vicinity of Assyria with the Euphrates and Hiddekel Rivers running through it?
    Gen. 2:8-15; And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.
    9 And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
    10 And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads.
    11 The name of the first is Pison: that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold;
    12 And the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone.
    13 And the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it that compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia.
    14 And the name of the third river is Hiddekel: that is it which goeth toward the east of Assyria. And the fourth river is Euphrates.
    15 And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.
    Moses 3:10-15;And I, the Lord God, caused a river to go out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads.
    11 And I, the Lord God, called the name of the first Pison, and it compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where I, the Lord God, created much gold;
    12 And the gold of that land was good, and there was bdellium and the onyx stone.
    13 And the name of the second river was called Gihon; the same that compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia.
    14 And the name of the third river was Hiddekel; that which goeth toward the east of Assyria. And the fourth river was the Euphrates.
    15 And I, the Lord God, took the man, and put him into the Garden of Eden, to dress it, and to keep it.
     D&C 116; Spring Hill is named by the Lord Adam-ondi-Ahman, because, said he, it is the place where Adam shall come to visit his people, or the Ancient of Days shall sit, as spoken of by Daniel the prophet.
    Doctrines of Salvation 3:74;GARDEN OF EDEN AND CITY ZION SAME PLACE. In accord with the revelations given to the Prophet Joseph Smith, we teach that the Garden of Eden was on the American continent located where the City Zion, or the New Jerusalem, will be built. When Adam and Eve were driven out of the Garden, they eventually dwelt at a place called Adam-ondi-Ahman, situated in what is now Daviess County, Missouri.  Three years before the death of Adam he called the righteous of his posterity at this place and blessed them, and it is at this place where Adam, or Michael, will sit as we read in the 7th chapter of Daniel.
    Mormon Doctrine, pg. 19, 303; “The early brethren of this dispensation taught that the Garden of Eden was located in what is known to us as the land of Zion, an area for which Jackson County, Missouri, is the center place…This glorious garden was located on the American continent “where the City Zion, or the New Jerusalem, will be built.” (Doctrines of Salvation, vol. 3, p. 74.)

  3. Bus Gillespie

    Hi Cindy,
    You assume the world and continents look like they do now.  What if it was Pangea?And then there is that verse:  And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads.
    Which doesn’t tell you how long that river might have been before it was parted.
    Somewhere I heard that the term Zion refers to the New Jerusalem in America and Jerusalem refers to the old city.  If you read the book of Isaiah with those ideas it gives you an interesting perspective.
          Another theory I’ve heard is that at the second coming the City of Enoch will be returned to the earth and will cover much of central N. America, taking in Jackson MO. 

  4. cindy

    Hi Bus,
    Maybe I do. But perhaps you assume that cities will look the way they do now.  What if the New Jerusalem is referring to the restoration of the entire earth where all believers live forever with God? 
    “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened , and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
    And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”

  5. Jack

    Rivers and other landmarks have frequently been named after old landmarks by migratory groups. An example would be the Jordan River in Utah which is named after the original in Palestine. They both serve the same function — they drain from a fresh water lake into a salt water lake with no exit.
    And so it could be that the writings of Moses reflect a cultural-centric view that was a product of “bringing home” the doctrine in a way that made it accessible to ancient Israel.
    But even so, geography has always been a fickle thing per se. More to be appreciated is the meaning that it may shed on scriptural events — however fickle.

  6. cindy

    I am guessing that both of our perspectives are far too small to comprehend the magnitude of the ruling power (or location) of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

  7. Suzy

    I can see the area of Park City or Sundance being a place where Jesus would return, but SLC? Really?  That place seriously depressed me when I visited there. The Lord is going to have to do some major landscaping and refurbishing to bring that place up to par. Blech! That place is seriously UGLY! 

  8. Trav

    Don’t forget the flood changed the face of the earth quit a bit I think

  9. George Murray

    Why is it that people always wanna to something to include themselves all the events of bible happen in The mid east, Southern europe, N africa, Sw Asia, Nothing on this continent, so get grip MO. is not the Zion Utah is not The New Jerusalem, and Joesph Smith is Not a prophet of the Most High God.

  10. Lonnie

    Umm, so, the second coming taking place in Kansas is “a far out there example” whereas the second coming in Missouri is reasonable? Jesus. So to speak.

  11. Peter

    “Prior to Christ’s Second Coming, we know certain events will take place.”

    I understand you’ve come to believe this, but you can’t possibly “know” it-what is your evidence? Doesn’t an extraordinary claim require extraordinary evidence?

    This seems to me to be pure mythology, in my opinion.

  12. captain winky

    Do you really REALLY think that the second coming is going to happen? In freaking missouri

  13. susan van wagoner

    You people this has nothing to do with the Mormons. This is all about God people and always has been. It is about the Jews and the Israel. The garden of Eden has been found in Africa. The Mormons want to think it is all about then and it is nothing about them.