Christopher is talking about Glenn Beck today. So I need to add my two cents on this Monday.
Chad Daybell, born a year before me (1968) and pioneer of Spring Creek Books, is in the midst of an LDS eschatological series entitled Standing in Holy Places. I browsed through his second book in the series, The Celestial City (2008).
From the heartland of the West, Chad reports to you that in the American recession, the government will offer financial rebates to its citizens; but you must accept an imbedded microchip. Unfortunately, the American government collapses. Natural disasters and disease afflict the land. And the soldiers of the Coalition ravage the East and West Coasts, easily detecting and exterminating Americans because of their computer chips. It is a fulfillment of prophecy that Americans are killed. They are wicked. They dress immodestly and drink Budweiser.
The only obstacle that stood in the way of the Coalition was the hidden Saints, those who had refused the microchip when the American government offered it them, tucked away in the stronghold of the Mountain West.
In a pivotal hour, President Johnson, declares at Manti, where an LDS army had assembled:
These men who stand behind me are the next generation of valiant LDS men to defend our land. Many of us are descendants of faithful soldiers who served in World War I and World War II. We even have men among us today who served in the wars that followed. Now we are living through yet another war, known as World War III. Our prophet has asked these faithful men standing behind me to come forth during this devastating, difficult time to preserve the liberties of our land, and they are to be applauded for accepting the call.
Our United States government may no longer exist, but we are still the inhabitants of this great land. We will yet raise up a great nation, built upon the principles that our Founding Fathers established. The principles in the Constitution were divinely inspired, and if necessary, we will defend those ideals with our lives.
According to Brigham Young in the Journal of Discourses, the Prophet Joseph Smith said, “The time will come when the destiny of the nation will hang upon a single thread. At that critical juncture, this people will step forth and save it from threatened destruction.” In that regard, I propose that we call this group of soldiers the Manti Men, in honor of the Minutemen from the Revolutionary War. The last time our land was invaded, the Minutemen played a key role in defeating the British. Let’s make sure the Manti Men make a little history of their own (39-40).
The Elders of Israel were on the move. Twelve foot high electrical fences went up around every LDS temple in America. Enemies were killed or pushed back. And Elder Smith, speaking for the First Presidency, announces from Rexburg, Idaho about the 144,000 who would become the high priests and search for the pure in heart throughout the whole earth.
Then comes the major trek of wagons back to Missouri. To Independence. New Jerusalem is established according to D&C 57:1-3.
But there is still much work to be done before the Second Coming.
Stay tuned for Book Three: The Rise of Zion.
(And could this be a future episode on the Glenn Beck Show?)