History, 1838–1856, volume A-1 [23 December 1805–30 August 1834]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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of translation, which the Lord had appointed, unto us,  we came to the twenty ninth of the fifth chapter of  John, which was given unto us as follows:— speaking  of the resurrection of the dead, concerning those who shall  hear the voice of the Son of man.— and shall come  forth; they who have done good in the resurrection of the  just, and they who have done evil in the resurrection  of the unjust. Now this caused us to marvel, for it  was given unto us of the Spirit: and while we med itated upon these things, the Lord touched the eyes of  our understandings, and they were opened, and the  glory of the Lord shone round about; and we beheld  the glory of the Son, on the right hand of the Father,  and received of his fullness; and saw the holy angels  and they who are sanctified before his throne, worship ing God and the Lamb, who worship him forever  and ever. And now, after the many testimonies  which have been given of him, this is the testimony,  last of all, which we give of him, that he lives; for  we saw him, even on the right hand of God; and  we heard the voice bearing record that he is the only  begotten of the Father; and that by him, and through  him, and of him, the worlds are and were created;  and the inhabitants thereof are begotten sons and  daughters unto God. And this we saw also and  bear record, that an angel of God, who was in  authority in the presence of God, who rebelled again st the only begotten Son— whom the Father loved, and  who was in the bosom of the Father— and was thrust  down from the presence of God and the Son, and  was called Perdition; for the heavens wept over him ; he was Lucifer, a son of the morning; and we  beheld and lo, he is fallen! is fallen! even a son  of the morning. And while we were yet in the  Spirit, the Lord us that we should write  the vision: for we beheld satan, that old serpent,  even the devil, who rebelled against God, and  sought to take the kingdom of our God, and  his Christ, wherefore he maketh war with the saints [p. 185]
of translation, which the Lord had appointed, unto us, we came to the twenty ninth of the fifth chapter of John, which was given unto us as follows:— speaking of the resurrection of the dead, concerning those who shall hear the voice of the Son of man.— and shall come forth; they who have done good in the resurrection of the just, and they who have done evil in the resurrection of the unjust. Now this caused us to marvel, for it was given unto us of the Spirit: and while we meditated upon these things, the Lord touched the eyes of our understandings, and they were opened, and the glory of the Lord shone round about; and we beheld the glory of the Son, on the right hand of the Father, and received of his fullness; and saw the holy angels and they who are sanctified before his throne, worshiping God and the Lamb, who worship him forever and ever. And now, after the many testimonies which have been given of him, this is the testimony, last of all, which we give of him, that he lives; for we saw him, even on the right hand of God; and we heard the voice bearing record that he is the only begotten of the Father; and that by him, and through him, and of him, the worlds are and were created; and the inhabitants thereof are begotten sons and daughters unto God. And this we saw also and bear record, that an angel of God, who was in authority in the presence of God, who rebelled against the only begotten Son— whom the Father loved, and who was in the bosom of the Father— and was thrust down from the presence of God and the Son, and was called Perdition; for the heavens wept over him; he was Lucifer, a son of the morning; and we beheld and lo, he is fallen! is fallen! even a son of the morning. And while we were yet in the Spirit, the Lord us that we should write the vision: for we beheld satan, that old serpent, even the devil, who rebelled against God, and sought to take the kingdom of our God, and his Christ, wherefore he maketh war with the saints [p. 185]
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