The tenth Article of Faith states, “We believe in the literal gathering of Israel and in the restoration of the Ten Tribes; that Zion (the New Jerusalem) will be built upon the American continent; that Christ will reign personally upon the earth; and, that the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisiacal glory.” The Mormon Church holds a Postmillennial view. This means that they believe there will be an age of peace and prosperity on the earth, after which the coming of Christ will occur at the end of the millennium. Premillennialism is the belief that Christ will reign before the millennium. The Millennial system fails for a number of reasons that contradict Bible history. For the sake of length, this article will address the first part of the tenth Article of Faith and will be continued in the next issue.
Context is imperative when examining the land promise and Israel. Millennialists contend that Canaan was unconditionally promised to the descendants of Abraham. They claim that since the promise was never completely fulfilled, Abraham must be raised from the dead and the Jews must be restored to their land so the Abrahamic covenant can be fulfilled. However, the Bible describes the land as already having been given to them and that the Lord’s promise was fulfilled a long time ago.