T H E     M I L L E N N I U M
A Perspective of the Everlasting Covenant
Part IX

What Are You Doing For the Next 1000 Years?

one LDS conception by Don R. Hender

A Heavenly Manifestation

     It just isn't or doesn't seem fair. Some are born in poverty with little or no opportunities in life. Some have limiting handicaps which prevent any fully functional life. Some are born at the wrong time and in the wrong part of the world. Some die off too young for any real chance and others who do live, live in abusive and impossible living conditions. Some never have heard of Christ or of the great Gospel Plan of Happiness. So just where is the fairness in life's probationary state? Where is the equal opportunity or the concept that all men are created equal in all this? Are the greater blessings which God has to offer lost to countless millions and truely only available for a chosen elite relatively few because of such as these countless prohibitive circumstances? How does a child who dies an infant due to a famine in 2000 BC China ever have an opportunity to participate in the great Plan of Happiness and become as God Is? Life just IS NOT fair in OH SO MANY WAYS!!

I have experienced a couple of 'doctrinal' hints concerning this matter. Some years ago while teaching at Ricks College in Idaho, President and Prophet Spencer W. Kimball spoke to us at one of our Devotionals. As was the case in most of the LDS church colleges the girls far out numbered the boys and the balance in numbers just did not work out. President Kimbal addressed this inequity of matching numbers by giving a prophet's promise to our young sisters. He told them not to settle for a marriage to a non LDS or unworthy male who could not take them to the temple to be married and sealed and to receive the highest blessings of heaven. He told them to live worthy in life and that by no means would they lose any of those blessings of exaltation which the gospel had to offer even if they happened to die a spinster. Some comfort I suppose, but whereelse could such a prophet's promise be fulfilled but in the days of the 1,000 years of the Millennium?

I have also heard it taught as doctrine that those parents who loose an infant or younger children in this life, if they liver worthily, they will and are promised to have the fulfilling opportunity to finish raising those children of theirs in the Millennium. I've also heard and understood that there will be births and marriages performed and families growing and developing throughout the Millennium, just as they are now, but of course upon the higher life style and blessings of life without the tempter being loose to distract them.

From this I am left to expect and understand that while the Millennium is life on a higher level, a Terrestrial level, it will be still counted as being a part of this probationary era. And the fulness of the blessing of heaven will be made available throughout and during the great Millennial reign. Just couldn't a 1,000 year life span be used to 'makeup' for any of life's prior injustices or one's inability to have the opportunity to obtain those blessings of heaven? It is my testimony that such is so.

All too often in my view we teach the Plan of Salvation as going from death to the resurrection and straight via Final Judgement into one of the three Kingdoms of Glory or Outer Darknes without hardly ever including the time frame and possibilities of the 1,000 year Millennium. Why is the Gospel being taught to the spirits in the Spirit World by such as my father, Great Grandpa Hender? And why do we do the all those baptisms, sealings and celestial marriages for our dead ancestors? And why are we told that in the Millennium the Lord's temples will be in operation around the clock performing all such necessary ordinances of salvation for all who ever have lived upon this earth if indeed some how some way during the Millennial process all those who have passed on do not and will not receive of the greater blessings of heaven according to their acceptance and living according to the principles of the gospel after their death?

Some teach that repentance in the spirit would is not possible. How can this be. Certainly we are busy doing a lot of useless busy work in our temples if that is the case. A member of our ward whom I highly respect, and who had lost three of his young sons in an automobil accident, once related to me and my companion home teacher that in a dream as I recall, he witnessed the course of the resurrection taking place in the Millennial era. He said it came in 'waves' as of the waves of the sea. Some would come in one wave and so be greeted by those already here with great expectation and joy. And so on wave after wave as the resurrection did continue and others also came forth and did become a part of the Millenial reign and era. Certainly partly due to the fact that such appearances would be reliant and dependant upon the time element of processing the ordinance work for them here in the temples as the Millenium would continue to progress.

I have had my own little dream testimony relative to the Millennium. We often hear what other 'Traditional Christians' refer to as the 'rapture', that is the resurrection and being caught up to heaven when the Millennium does come. I have desired to live on into the Millennium and to be 'twinkled' rather than to spend any time with my body in the grave. Whether this will be I do not know. But my dream was that I was still living when the consuming fires of the wrath of God came upon the earth for the cleasing of it of the wicked. In my dream during this process I was indeed 'caught up' into heaven rising up and out away from the holocaust below. It was a most marvelous experience and feeling of rising and changing from one state to another. And when I had arrived above I remember in by dream beholding my wife, the most beautiful and glorious creature I had ever seen.

So it is for these and other reasons I now like to teach our Father in Heaven's Plan of Happiness including the 1000 year Millennium. And I do consider it to be part and particle of this earthly probation, a very nice extention of it which answers and resolves all possiblities of seeming unfairness in God's Great Plan of Exaltation, Redemption, Salvation and Happiness. This is not to belittle the importance of 'this day being that day we have to prepare to meet God.' Heaven forbid! We all need to take upon ourselves that responsibilty as soon as we can and not to procrastinate the day of our repentance. For indeed that same spirit which we have and deal with here and now, has that same enfluence upon us in the life to come. Thus we need to proceed as soon as possible and the more the advantage to us if we do so! And for sure we need to be living and preparing ourselves that we may and might be a part of the 1,000 year life with our Savior, under his reign so we can have that most positive of answers to that question. What are we going to be doing over the next 1,000 years? It is real. It is near upon us. And we need be ready and prepared that we are not lost from it.

  • A Doctrinally Solid Basic Plan of Salvation Article
    by Elder Robert D. Hales

  • There are many perspectives of the Everlasting Covenant ~ The Promises of God to His children:

  • Title & Forward

  • Everlasting Covenants - Content

  • Preface & Introduction

  • Part I: Eternal Perspective

  • Part II: Blessings of the Fathers Perspective

  • Part IIIa: Perspective of the Covenant of Noah

  • Part IIIb: Perspective of the Covenant's 1st Shoe

  • Part IVa: Abrahamic Covenant Perspective

  • Part IVb: Perspective of Covenant Renewings

  • Part V: God's Marriage Perspective

  • Part VI: Perspective of the Deliverer

  • Part VIIa: Fulfillment Via Ephraim Perspective

  • Part VIIb: Universal Israel Perspective

  • Part VIIIa: Perspective of the Second Coming

  • Part VIIIb: Perspective of the Covenant's 2nd Shoe

  • Part IX: Perspective of the Millennium

  • Part X: Perspective of the Final Judgment

  • Part XI: Perspective of the Portals of Time

  • Part XII: Summary of the Everlasting Covenant

  • 'King of Kings'

    'Lord of Lords'

    Christ will rule and reign a thousand years and be our 'Beloved King' even 'King David.' And Satan will be bound a thousand years and the earth will rest while the work is done that every living soul from Adam until the last has the work done for them to benefit from the atonement, that men who have lived and died without the gospel may be able to be judged according to men in the flesh and have the blessings of through Christ if they come unto him, receive his gospel, take his name upon them and live the laws and commandments of God.

    rev. 5 October 2016