Many prophets have been shown magnificent visions of the history of the world, including Adam, Moses, Abraham, Isaiah, Nephi, the brother of Jared, John, the Revelator, and Joseph Smith. But today we’re talking about the allencompassing vision seen by the Prophet Enos standing atop Mount Simeon. The heavens suddenly open to Enoch as he speaks with the Lord facetoface. The Lord then reveals to him Envision the world for the space of many generations. Enoch has taken on a wild journey and sees Adam and Eve and their fall, followed by all the generations up to the time of Christ.
Then he witnesses Christ’s Ministry, his atoning sacrifice, and how the Earth groaned and mourned at Christ’s death.
Enos observes the apostasy and subsequent restoration of the gospel and is finally shown the last days when God sends his restored gospel and gathers his elect, followed by the great and marvelous second coming of Christ. Now this kind of vision is called panoptic, meaning to see all and all dispensation heads, along with many other prophets, have been shown such panoptic visions of the world. However, Enoch also observes Satan standing menacingly with a massive chain in his hand that veils the entire Earth with darkness. And Satan and his Angels laugh at the wickedness of the world as he seeks to bind, destroy, and drag us down. At the end of his vision, Enoch notices God weeping and marvels that the Creator of the entire universe is crying and sincerely asks, Why do you weep?
The Lord answers, Behold, thy brethren are the workmanship of mine hands, and I gave them knowledge, agency, and also a commandment that they should love one another. But behold, they are without affection Wherefore the heavens weep. This realization hits in it, and he also begins to weep bitterly over his brethren. But the Lord lovingly tells Enos to lift up his heart and look. And then, to Enoch’s amazement, he sees Christ healing the world and his soul rejoices how remarkable that God our heavenly Father weeps over me and you.
He weeps because he loves each and every single one of us, his children. He does all he can to save us without taking away our agency. This, in reality is the tender, merciful Father in heaven we worship. He loves us now, profits through the ages, including those today, have also wept for us. They’re the Watchmen on the tower that see coming dangers and warn us of them.
But if we reject their words, they weep for us, their beloved brothers and sisters, because of the consequences they know will follow. On the other hand, when we’re obedient to God’s Commandments, he’s happy. His prophets rejoice and we are filled with joy. In another powerful part of Enoch’s vision, he sees his people not in their current wicked state, but as the righteous people of God they’ll eventually become. In verse 18, the Lord calls his people Zion because they were of one heart and one mind, dwelt in righteousness and had no poor among them.
So in striving to be one, does that mean everyone is supposed to look the same, act the same and be the same? Of course not. Now think of a large Orchestra. One person may be playing the cello, another a bass drum or a trombone or a harp or a Piccolo. And on and on.
But each instrument is uniquely different. However, no matter how different they are, when they unify and come together they create an amazing harmonious sound. As they follow the conductor. Precisely their unity becomes a harmony of many in one perfect sound. Though each is different together they are of one heart and one mind.
So if a harmonious life is our main goal, we can do that by first, loving God with all our heart, mind, mind, mind and strength. And second, loving one another as God loves us.
Imagine a world where those two goals are truly first in everyone’s heart and mind.
Now back to the city of Enoch. These wicked and stubborn people were refusing to change at first. The reality is it took Enos nearly 365 years of teaching and serving them before they were all converted and became a Zion society. So we probably shouldn’t give up loving or preaching or pursuing our righteous endeavors after a couple of months or 364 years. Because eventually Enoch and all his people did dwell in righteousness and they walked with God.
Then the great city of Enoch was translated. Taken right up into heaven. Where it remains until the day it returns to Earth once more. These visions show a glorious future for those who stay strong. So let’s keep going.
Having a perfect brightness of hope and the love of God and of all men until we reach eternal life. Next time we’ll learn about the importance of following the Prophet. Even if it seems like he’s building an Ark in the middle of nowhere.
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