There are two great world-changing events that show up all throughout the scriptures. The first event was the promise of the scattering of the house of Israel, which was fulfilled as a result of Israel’s rejection of their God. This theme runs all through the Old Testament. It was used as a punishment for Israel, because they no longer wanted their Lord’s protection. But it was also the means to fulfill the oath made to Abraham that through his seed all the nations of the earth would be blessed. The promise was that his descendents would be gathered back into the covenant relationship at some point in the future. The second event was known as the latter-day gathering, or just the gathering of Israel.
The gathering at first
8 Wherefore the decree hath gone forth from the Father that they shall be gathered in unto one place upon the face of this land, to prepare their hearts and be prepared in all things against the day when tribulation and desolation are sent forth upon the wicked.
Today we no longer gather in one body. The prophets have told us to gather in our local areas. The promise of the verse that gathering will prepare our hearts and help us be prepared in all things against the time when “tribulation and desolation are sent forth upon the wicked” still holds true. The only difference is that now we gather in congregations of saints in countries all around the world. Zion has gone from being just one location to being wherever there are congregations of the Lord’s covenant people.