10 Facts about Zion, the Endowment and the Gathering,

Contained within the prophecy of Zenos and related scripture

(Study in conjunction with The Parable of the Olive Tree)

1.      The Gentile Church that has the 'Fullness of the Gospel' will "sin against it and reject it."   The 'Fullness' of the gospel is specifically the Book of Mormon, as defined in DC 42:5a  And again, the elders, priests, and teachers of this church shall teach the) principles of my gospel which are in the Bible and the Book of Mormon, in which is the fullness of the gospel;  This rejection of the fullness of the Gospel is referred in all 3 books of scripture as the end of  the 'Times of the Gentiles' or 'The Fullness of  Times.' (3 Nephi 7:28-37)

2.      Before Zion is established, a sign to the remnant on this land (Lamanites) will be their coming to a true knowledge of their being a covenant people and Christ.  When this begins to happen, it will be a sign to them and us and God has already started his plan to bring the Jews back to knowledge of Him. (3 Nephi 9:86-101)

3.      The Gospel as recorded by the lost tribes (foremost Manasseh with the Book of Mormon) will go to the Jews (in some degree)

4.      1 Nephi 3:18 And after the house of Israel should be scattered, they should be gathered together again;

5.      The ultimate "Endowment' does not happen until a) a city is built and b) Christ is in our midst (3 Nephi 10)

6.      The Endowed priesthood will 'nourish the vineyard' (preach the gospel) one last time, but be specifically sent out to the lost covenant tribe in this land (America) and then to all the tribes of Israel, that they may be gathered home to the land of their inheritance. (3 Nephi 10)

7.      Christ will be 'in the midst' of us when the true Endowment takes place. (3 Nephi 10)

8.      The evil & good will be in the world together for a time, with the evil being removed proportional to the good gaining strength.

9.      The purpose of Zion is for the gathering of the covenant people, prophesied by Moses (Deut 30), that when they should turn back towards the truth (Christ) and keep the commandments, they would be re-gathered from wherever they had been scattered (four quarters of the earth).

10.   The gathering of Israel is supported and prophesied extensively in the bible.  This is not something unique to the Book of Mormon or Joseph Smith.  People from every nation will be gathered into Zion.