Chapter Twenty-Five: What Will Happen after Christ Comes?

There's only one way to appreciate the coming changes. Take a ride into the future! So keep your hands and feet inside at all times and hold on tight. We're boarding the Millennial Train! What's the Millennial Train? It's a ride that takes you into the thousand-year period following the Second Coming. Picture yourself riding on a train, taking an awesome tour of the most incredible country you've ever seen. Along the way you'll make several stops to check out the scenery. The stops will be quick, but you'll get a glimpse of some great things. There's a lot to learn and look forward to. Ready? Here we go!

Stop No. 1—Millennial Quick Facts: When Christ comes again in his glory, it will be the beginning of a time we know as the Millennium. The Millennium will last a thousand years. It will be a time of joy and excitement (D&C 29:11).

Stop No. 2—Twinklage: There won't be any death as we know it after Christ comes. As discussed earlier, people will live until they're a hundred years old. Then they'll be changed in moment to a resurrected being. It'll be great! No waiting around in the spirit world. Just blink your eyes and go from death to a resurrected being (D&C 43:32; Isaiah 65:20). A twinklage is a resurrected person, though you won't find that word in the scriptures. (I made it up.)

Stop No. 3—Tri-city: Three major cities will be on the earth during the Millennium. Other cities will be here on earth, but the three main places will be the capital cities of the Lord: Jerusalem in the Middle East, the New Jerusalem in Missouri, and the City of Enoch, which will come down from heaven to the earth. From these three cities the Lord will govern the world.

Stop No. 4—The Millennial Zoo: The Millennial Zoo will be a great place to go because there won't be any bars or cages. You'll get to walk right up to a lion and pet him. Gorillas will roam free, and you'll get to pet them too. They'll even like it! Animals won't be mean to each other, and we won't be mean to them. Dogs and cats will live together in peace, and hunters will have to take up a new sport. All animals will be as they were in the Garden of Eden (D&C 101:26; Orson Pratt, in Journal of Discourses, 20:18).

Stop No. 5—Missionary Madness: Missionary work will be highly successful. There will be many good people living on the earth ready to accept the gospel, so missionaries will be needed until every person has been baptized and accepted the truth. I wonder what the mission will be called? Maybe the City of Enoch Mission or the Millennial Mission. The monthly baptisms will be incredible (Smith, Answers to Gospel Questions, 1:108, 110-11).

Stop No. 6—Life as Usual: Many things will be normal during the Millennium. People will get married and have children. They'll plant crops and harvest crops. Businesses will grow, new cities will be built, and people will be educated. Everyone will learn the same "pure" language so that no one will be confused (McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, 496-97; Zephaniah 3:9).

Stop No. 7—No More Wishing: Whatever you ask for during the Millennium, you'll get! (D&C 101:27). Can you imagine getting everything you ever wanted? Cars, planes, vacations, money will all be ours! Yes! (Sorry, I got a little carried away.) Actually, during the Millennium people will be so righteous that they won't ask for unrighteous things. However, everything good will be given to them. We often have a tendency to pray for things we shouldn't, but during the Millennium we'll pray for the right things.

Stop No. 8—An Awesome Hymn: During the Millennium we'll sing a new hymn. Its lyrics are found in Doctrine and Covenants 84:99-102. It's a song of praise to God for all the great things he has done for us. It's about the binding of Satan and the presence of God in the midst of his people. Turn to your scriptures and read all of the words of this great millennial hymn.

Stop No. 9—Temple Work: During this thousand-year period, temple work will go forward like never before. Temples will be everywhere. I'll bet that temples will be open twenty-four hours a day— except for Sunday and Monday evenings, of course. Can you imagine doing baptisms for the dead all day and night for a thousand years? It'll be cool. Heavenly beings will even assist with this great undertaking (Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, 2:252).

Stop No. 10—A Time Like No Other: Elder Orson Pratt said, "What a happy earth this creation will be, when this purifying process shall come, and the earth be filled with the knowledge of God as the waters cover the great deep! What a change! Travel, then, from one end of the earth to another, you can find no wicked man, no drunken man, no man to blaspheme the name of the Great Creator, no one to lay hold on his neighbor's goods, and steal them, no one to commit whoredoms" (in Journal of Discourses, 21:325).

I hope your ride on the Millennial Train has been a good one. I also hope that you've had a chance to reflect on how great God is. All this will be made possible because of him, for he is the train's engineer. So when the time comes to board for real, I hope you'll be ready for an exciting ride. It'll be a ride you'll never forget!

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