God’s Divine Decree to Preserve Noah’s Children
After the righteous had been caught up and preserved in Zion, and the flood had taken away the residue of the wicked, the human race began anew, with the descendants of Noah populating the earth. Normally, depending on the number of children in a given generation, and the circumstances prevailing in each line of descendants, certain family lines will become extinct, while others will continue, as time goes on.
However, with the advent of the flood, all the family lines of Adam and Eve, that were not preserved in Zion, became extinct, except the descendants of those of Noah and his wife and the descendants of his three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth and their wives.
Enoch, having been foreshown the destruction of the children of Adam in the flood, was so distraught over this horrendous destruction that he pleaded with the Lord and obtained a promise from him that such a thing would never happen again, that the Lord “would stay the floods,” and “call upon the children of Noah.” And then, in connection with this promise, the Lord went further: “He sent forth an unalterable decree, that a remnant of [Noah’s] seed should always be found among all nations, while the earth should stand.”
And it came to pass that Enoch looked upon the earth; and he heard a voice from the bowels thereof, saying: Wo, wo is me, the mother of men; I am pained, I am weary, because of the wickedness of my children. When shall I rest, and be cleansed from the filthiness which is gone forth out of me? When will my Creator sanctify me, that I may rest, and righteousness for a season abide upon my face?
And when Enoch heard the earth mourn, he wept, and cried unto the Lord, saying: O Lord, wilt thou not have compassion upon the earth? Wilt thou not bless the children of Noah?
And it came to pass that Enoch continued his cry unto the Lord, saying: I ask thee, O Lord, in the name of thine Only Begotten, even Jesus Christ, that thou wilt have mercy upon Noah and his seed, that the earth might never more be covered by the floods.
And the Lord could not withhold; and he covenanted with Enoch, and sware unto him with an oath, that he would stay the floods; that he would call upon the children of Noah;
And he sent forth an unalterable decree, that a remnant of his seed should always be found among all nations, while the earth should stand;
And the Lord said: Blessed is he through whose seed Messiah shall come; for he saith—I am Messiah, the King of Zion, the Rock of Heaven, which is broad as eternity; whoso cometh in at the gate and climbeth up by me shall never fall; wherefore, blessed are they of whom I have spoken, for they shall come forth with songs of everlasting joy. (Moses 7:48-53)
This decree, or oath, seems confusing. If the words “all nations” are understood to refer to only the descendants of Noah, we wouldn’t speak of a remnant of them, as something apart that could be found among them. It just doesn’t make sense.
However, it does make sense, when it is realized that the inhabitants of Zion, the city of Enoch and their descendants, are to return with Christ at his second coming, because, upon their return, having grown to become nations by now, their numbers will cover the earth. From that time on, the righteous descendants of Adam, whose ancestors were translated with Enoch, and thus are not descendants of Noah, will populate the earth, so long as it shall stand.
Therefore, the decree of God, his unalterable oath, that the descendants of Noah “should always be found among all nations, while the earth should stand,” declares in effect that he intends to preserve a remnant of them from extinction, that the family line of Enoch, through Noah, which is the entire population of the earth at present, would not be entirely wasted at his coming, that some of them (a remnant) would make it through the unveiling of his glory, and consequently remain to be united, caught up to join in with the returning nations of Zion. Those nations of Zion are the descendants of Adam, who were caught up to the Holy City of Enoch, anciently, and who shall return with Christ to dwell on the earth, during the thousand years of peace. This, then, is in fulfillment of the oath that the Lord made to Enoch, as he explained:
And it came to pass that Enoch cried unto the Lord, saying: When the Son of Man cometh in the flesh, shall the earth rest? I pray thee, show me these things.
And the Lord said unto Enoch: Look, and he looked and beheld the Son of Man lifted up on the cross, after the manner of men;
And he heard a loud voice; and the heavens were veiled; and all the creations of God mourned; and the earth groaned; and the rocks were rent; and the saints arose, and were crowned at the right hand of the Son of Man, with crowns of glory;
And as many of the spirits as were in prison came forth, and stood on the right hand of God; and the remainder were reserved in chains of darkness until the judgment of the great day.
And again Enoch wept and cried unto the Lord, saying: When shall the earth rest?
And Enoch beheld the Son of Man ascend up unto the Father; and he called unto the Lord, saying: Wilt thou not come again upon the earth? Forasmuch as thou art God, and I know thee, and thou hast sworn unto me, and commanded me that I should ask in the name of thine Only Begotten; thou hast made me, and given unto me a right to thy throne, and not of myself, but through thine own grace; wherefore, I ask thee if thou wilt not come again on the earth.
And the Lord said unto Enoch: As I live, even so will I come in the last days, in the days of wickedness and vengeance, to fulfil the oath which I have made unto you concerning the children of Noah;
And the day shall come that the earth shall rest, but before that day the heavens shall be darkened, and a veil of darkness shall cover the earth; and the heavens shall shake, and also the earth; and great tribulations shall be among the children of men, but my people will I preserve;
And righteousness will I send down out of heaven; and truth will I send forth out of the earth, to bear testimony of mine Only Begotten; his resurrection from the dead; yea, and also the resurrection of all men; and righteousness and truth will I cause to sweep the earth as with a flood, to gather out mine elect from the four quarters of the earth, unto a place which I shall prepare, an Holy City, that my people may gird up their loins, and be looking forth for the time of my coming; for there shall be my tabernacle, and it shall be called Zion, a New Jerusalem.
And the Lord said unto Enoch: Then shalt thou and all thy city meet them there, and we will receive them into our bosom, and they shall see us; and we will fall upon their necks, and they shall fall upon our necks, and we will kiss each other;
And there shall be mine abode, and it shall be Zion, which shall come forth out of all the creations which I have made; and for the space of a thousand years the earth shall rest.
And it came to pass that Enoch saw the day of the coming of the Son of Man, in the last days, to dwell on the earth in righteousness for the space of a thousand years;
But before that day he saw great tribulations among the wicked; and he also saw the sea, that it was troubled, and men’s hearts failing them, looking forth with fear for the judgments of the Almighty God, which should come upon the wicked.
And the Lord showed Enoch all things, even unto the end of the world; and he saw the day of the righteous, the hour of their redemption, and received a fulness of joy; (Moses 7:54-67)
What a precious and important promise for the descendants of Noah to understand and trust in! As the heavens have been darkened, and a veil of darkness has covered the earth for centuries, the good news is that the heavens have been shaken, pouring down righteousness, and the earth has also been shaken, sending forth truth, bearing testimony of the Only Begotten Son of God, his resurrection from the dead and the resurrection of all men, which fills the souls of the elect with unspeakable joy and that peace, which passes all understanding, descends upon them.
Today, in this day of wickedness and vengeance, the elect of God, those who hear his voice, are being gathered out of spiritual Babylon, which is spiritual wickedness. As God is causing righteousness and truth to sweep the earth, as with a flood, to preserve his elect from the judgments that are being poured out upon the wicked, they are working, striving and sacrificing, sustained by the power and grace of God, to prepare for the establishment of a Holy City, which he has promised to prepare for them, where they may gird up their loins and be looking forth for the time of his coming.
And thus it is that the scripture is being fulfilled wherein Isaiah asks:
Is it not yet a very little while, and Lebanon shall be turned into a fruitful field, and the fruitful field shall be esteemed as a forest?
And in that day shall the deaf hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity, and out of darkness.
The meek also shall increase their joy in the Lord, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.
For the terrible one is brought to nought, and the scorner is consumed, and all that watch for iniquity are cut off that make a man an offender for a word, and lay a snare for him that reproveth in the gate, and turn aside the just for a thing of nought.
Therefore thus saith the Lord, who redeemed Abraham, concerning the house of Jacob, Jacob shall not now be ashamed, neither shall his face now wax pale.
But when he seeth his children, the work of mine hands, in the midst of him, they shall sanctify my name, and sanctify the Holy One of Jacob, and shall fear the God of Israel.
They also that erred in spirit shall come to understanding, and they that murmured shall learn doctrine. (Isaiah 29:17-24)
Here, Isaiah, speaking for the Lord, says that a change is coming. There will be a time when the house of Israel (Jacob), the “work of [his] hands,” shall sanctify his name and fear him, because they will come to understand his work and will learn the true points of his doctrine, as the result of a sealed book, which shall come forth, enabling the spiritually deaf to hear and the spiritually blind to see insomuch that the humble followers of Christ shall increase their joy in the Lord, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.
Jacob, who has been ashamed, as his descendants have become a hiss and a byword in the world, and whose face has turned pale for the terror poured out upon the wicked of his people, shall yet rejoice, as Israel shall be saved from the wickedness of spiritual Babylon, the whore of all the earth, in the same way that the Lord saved Abraham from the sacrificial knife of the wicked Egyptian/Chaldean priest. And the vision of all this that is to come to pass is contained in a book that is sealed.
…and in the book shall be a revelation from God, from the beginning of the world to the ending thereof.
Wherefore, because of the things which are sealed up, the things which are sealed shall not be delivered in the day of the wickedness and abominations of the people. Wherefore the book shall be kept from them.
But the book shall be delivered unto a man, and he shall deliver the words of the book, which are the words of those who have slumbered in the dust, and he shall deliver these words unto another;
But the words which are sealed he shall not deliver, neither shall he deliver the book. For the book shall be sealed by the power of God, and the revelation which was sealed shall be kept in the book until the own due time of the Lord, that they may come forth; for behold, they reveal all things from the foundation of the world unto the end thereof.
And the day cometh that the words of the book which were sealed shall be read upon the house tops; and they shall be read by the power of Christ; and all things shall be revealed unto the children of men which ever have been among the children of men, and which ever will be even unto the end of the earth.
Wherefore, at that day when the book shall be delivered unto the man of whom I have spoken, the book shall be hid from the eyes of the world, that the eyes of none shall behold it save it be that three witnesses shall behold it, by the power of God, besides him to whom the book shall be delivered; and they shall testify to the truth of the book and the things therein.
And there is none other which shall view it, save it be a few according to the will of God, to bear testimony of his word unto the children of men; for the Lord God hath said that the words of the faithful should speak as if it were from the dead.
Wherefore, the Lord God will proceed to bring forth the words of the book; and in the mouth of as many witnesses as seemeth him good will he establish his word; and wo be unto him that rejecteth the word of God!
But behold, it shall come to pass that the Lord God shall say unto him to whom he shall deliver the book: Take these words which are not sealed and deliver them to another, that he may show them unto the learned, saying: Read this, I pray thee. And the learned shall say: Bring hither the book, and I will read them.
And now, because of the glory of the world and to get gain will they say this, and not for the glory of God.
And the man shall say: I cannot bring the book, for it is sealed.
Then shall the learned say: I cannot read it.
Wherefore it shall come to pass, that the Lord God will deliver again the book and the words thereof to him that is not learned; and the man that is not learned shall say: I am not learned.
Then shall the Lord God say unto him: The learned shall not read them, for they have rejected them, and I am able to do mine own work; wherefore thou shalt read the words which I shall give unto thee.
Touch not the things which are sealed, for I will bring them forth in mine own due time; for I will show unto the children of men that I am able to do mine own work.
Wherefore, when thou hast read the words which I have commanded thee, and obtained the witnesses which I have promised unto thee, then shalt thou seal up the book again, and hide it up unto me, that I may preserve the words which thou hast not read, until I shall see fit in mine own wisdom to reveal all things unto the children of men.
For behold, I am God; and I am a God of miracles; and I will show unto the world that I am the same yesterday, today, and forever; and I work not among the children of men save it be according to their faith.
And again it shall come to pass that the Lord shall say unto him that shall read the words that shall be delivered him:
Forasmuch as this people draw near unto me with their mouth, and with their lips do honor me, but have removed their hearts far from me, and their fear towards me is taught by the precepts of men—
Therefore, I will proceed to do a marvelous work among this people, yea, a marvelous work and a wonder, for the wisdom of their wise and learned shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent shall be hid.
And wo unto them that seek deep to hide their counsel from the Lord! And their works are in the dark; and they say: Who seeth us, and who knoweth us? And they also say: Surely, your turning of things upside down shall be esteemed as the potter’s clay. But behold, I will show unto them, saith the Lord of Hosts, that I know all their works. For shall the work say of him that made it, he made me not? Or shall the thing framed say of him that framed it, he had no understanding? (2 Ne 27:7-27)
As the Psalmist said, “The Lord preserveth the strangers; he relieveth the fatherless and widow: but the way of the wicked he turneth upside down.” Yet, the hubris of the wicked, in these the latter days, is so great that they actually believe that their works, which are in the dark, will prevail in the end, as they did in the days of Noah, “…when once the longsuffering of God waited…, while the ark was a preparing.”