Aug 3, 2018
People Under the Earth
There are several passages in the scriptures, if taken literally, would indicate that there are people living under the earth. Here are several:
“And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither UNDER THE EARTH, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.” Rev 5:3
Here it is taking about all the places where “man” lives. One of hem is “under the earth.”
Then we have this:
“that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and UNDER THE EARTH.” Phil 2:10 NIV
Apparently there are people under the earth who can bow to the name of Jesus.
This idea is also found in LDS scriptures:
“And this shall be the sound of his trump, saying to all people, both in heaven and in earth, and that are UNDER THE EARTH–for every ear shall hear it, and every knee shall bow, and every tongue shall confess, while they hear the sound of the trump, saying: Fear God, and give glory to him who sitteth upon the throne, forever and ever; for the hour of his judgment is come.” D&C 88:104
Again, we have references to people under the earth.
Who do you think they are?
If we accept the wording of the scriptures there is no getting around the meaning presented that there are people under the earth. Some think this refers to the dead in the spirit world or even hell, as it has been a natural inclination to see heaven as up and hell as down.
On the other hand in speaking of Zion the scripture tells us of the day that “The Lord hath gathered all things in one. The Lord hath brought down Zion from above. The Lord hath brought up ZION FROM BENEATH.” D&C 84:100
The prediction is that Zion shall descend to the surface of the earth, but what is the Zion that comes from beneath the surface?
Was Isaiah talking about Zion in the “lower parts of the earth” when he said:
“Sing, O ye heavens; for the LORD hath done it: shout, ye LOWER PARTS OF THE EARTH: break forth into singing, ye mountains, O forest, and every tree therein: for the LORD hath redeemed Jacob, and glorified himself in Israel.” Isa 44:23
And perhaps Zion from beneath bears a witness of God:
“And behold, all things have their likeness, and all things are created and made to bear record of me, both things which are temporal, and things which are spiritual; things which are in the heavens above, and things which are on the earth, and things which are IN THE EARTH, AND THINGS WHICH ARE UNDER THE EARTH, BOTH ABOVE AND BENEATH: all things bear record of me.” Moses 6:63
That which is in the earth is a great mystery that Christ will reveal when he comes:
“Yea, verily I say unto you, in that day when the Lord shall come, he shall reveal all things– Things most precious, things that are above, and things that are beneath, THINGS THAT ARE IN THE EARTH, and upon the earth, and in heaven.” D&C 101:32 & 34
Indeed we are supposed to “Teach ye diligently and my grace shall attend you, that you may be instructed more perfectly in theory, in principle, in doctrine, in the law of the gospel, in all things that pertain unto the kingdom of God, that are expedient for you to understand; Of things both in heaven and IN THE EARTH, AND UNDER THE EARTH;” D&C 88:78-79
Looks like the church is ignoring the command to teach about what is under the earth.
The scriptures indicate that a remnant of the ten tribes may be under the earth for it is written:
“And they who are in the north countries shall come in remembrance before the Lord; and their prophets shall hear his voice, and shall not longer stay themselves; and they shall smite the rocks, and the ice shall flow down at their presence. And an highway shall be cast up in the midst of the great deep.” D&C 133:26-27
This tells us that they are under a layer of rock and above this rock is ice. They will somehow “smite” the layer of rock followed by the ice and make a great highway through the ocean to return.
Indeed the book of Esdras tells us that the ten tribes went to new land faraway that required a miracle for them to enter and that they shall someday return.
“Those are the ten tribes, which were carried away prisoners out of their own land in the time of Osea the king, whom Salmanasar the king of Assyria led away captive, and he carried them over the waters, and so came they into another land. But they took this counsel among themselves, that they would leave the multitude of the heathen, and go forth into a further country, where never mankind dwelt, That they might there keep their statutes, which they never kept in their own land. And they entered into Euphrates by the narrow places of the river. For the most High then shewed signs for them, and held still the flood, till they were passed over. For through that country there was a great way to go, namely, of a year and a half: and the same region is called Arsareth. Then dwelt they there until the latter time; and now when they shall begin to come, The Highest shall stay the springs of the stream again, that they may go through: therefore sawest thou the multitude with peace. But those that be left behind of thy people are they that are found within my borders. Esdras 13:40-48
Joseph Smith is quoted several times as saying they are hidden in the north:
“I asked where the nine and a half tribes of Israel were. “Well,” said he, “you remember the old caldron or potash kettle you used to boil maple sap in for sugar, don’t you?” I said yes. “Well,” said he, “they are in the north pole in a concave just the shape of that kettle. And John the Revelator is with them, preparing them for their return.”
Benjamin F. Johnson, My Life’s Review, pg 93
“I have heard Joseph say that ‘John was among the Ten Tribes beyond the North Pole.”
Oliver B. Huntington Journal, January 13th, 1881
Ezra Booth reported Joseph as saying this at the first conference of the church, ”The condition of the ten tribes of Israel since their captivity… has never been satisfactorily ascertained. But these visionaries have discovered their place of residence to be contiguous to the north pole; separated from the rest of the world by impassable mountains of ice and snow.”
One may or may not accept the Ten Tribes or any physical humans live under the earth but if one literally believes all the scriptures it is difficult to dismiss the idea.
One thing I can guarantee is that there are indeed many mysteries below the surface of the earth and someday they will be revealed.
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