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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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manifest by their works in due time. I have always expected that Zion would suffer some affliction, from what I could learn from the which have been given. But I would remind you of a certain clause in one, which says, that after much tribulation cometh the blessing. By this, and also others, and also one received of late, I know that Zion, in the own due time of the Lord [HC 1:453] will be redeemed; but how many will be the days of her purification, tribulation and affliction, the Lord has kept hid from my eyes; and when I enquire concerning this subject, the voice of the Lord is, Be still, and know that I am God! All those who suffer for my name shall reign with me, and he that layeth down his life for my sake, shall find it again. Now there are two things of which I am ignorant, and the Lord will not shew them me; perhaps for a wise purpose in himself; I mean in some respects; and they are these, why God hath suffered so great calamity to come upon Zion; and what the great moving cause of this great affliction is: And again, by what means he will return her back to her , with songs of everlasting joy upon her head. These two things, brethren, are in part kept back, that they are not plainly shewn unto me; but there are some things that are manifest plainly manifest, that which have incurred the the displeasure of the Almighty.
When I contemplate upon all things that have been manifested, I am sensible that I ought not to murmur, and do not murmur only in this, that those who are innocent are compelled to suffer for the imagination iniquities of the guilty; and I cannot account for this, only on this wise, that the saying of the Savior has not been strictly observed; If thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out and cast it from thee; or if thy right arm offend thee, cut if off and cast it from thee. Now the fact is, if any of the members of our body are disordered, the rest of our body will be effected with them, and then all is brought into bondage together. And yet, notwithstanding all this, it is with diffi [p. 393]
manifest by their works in due time. I have always expected that Zion would suffer some affliction, from what I could learn from the which have been given. But I would remind you of a certain clause in one, which says, that after much tribulation cometh the blessing. By this, and also others, and also one received of late, I know that Zion, in the own due time of the Lord [HC 1:453] will be redeemed; but how many will be the days of her purification, tribulation and affliction, the Lord has kept hid from my eyes; and when I enquire concerning this subject, the voice of the Lord is, Be still, and know that I am God! All those who suffer for my name shall reign with me, and he that layeth down his life for my sake, shall find it again. Now there are two things of which I am ignorant, and the Lord will not shew them me; perhaps for a wise purpose in himself; I mean in some respects; and they are these, why God hath suffered so great calamity to come upon Zion; and what the great moving cause of this great affliction is: And again, by what means he will return her back to her , with songs of everlasting joy upon her head. These two things, brethren, are in part kept back, that they are not plainly shewn unto me; but there are some things that are plainly manifest, which have incurred the displeasure of the Almighty.
When I contemplate upon all things that have been manifested, I am sensible that I ought not to murmur, and do not murmur only in this, that those who are innocent are compelled to suffer for the iniquities of the guilty; and I cannot account for this, only on this wise, that the saying of the Savior has not been strictly observed; If thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out and cast it from thee; or if thy right arm offend thee, cut if off and cast it from thee. Now the fact is, if any of the members of our body are disordered, the rest of our body will be effected with them, and then all is brought into bondage together. And yet, notwithstanding all this, it is with [p. 393]
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