History, 1838–1856, volume B-1 [1 September 1834–2 November 1838]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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“And I saw an other angel flying in the midst of heaven, having <July ’s Epistle continued.> the everlasting gospel to preach to them that dwell on the earth. And to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, saying with a loud voice, fear God and give glory to him for the hour of his judgment is come: worship him that made heaven, and Earth, and the Sea, and the fountains of waters.
Now observe, this [HC 3:51] angel delivers the everlasting Gospel to man on earth, and that too when the hour of the judgments of God had come on the generation, in the which, the Lord should set his hand the second time, as Stated above.
Now we have learned that this deliverer must be clothed with the power of all the other dispensations, or it could not be called the fulness of times: For this is what it means, that all things shall be revealed, both in heaven and on earth; For the Lord said, there was nothing secret that should not be revealed, or hid that should not come abroad, and be proclaimed upon the house top; and this may with propriety be called the fulness of times.
The authority connected with the ordinances, renders the time very desirable to the man of God, and renders him happy, amidst all his trials, and afflictions. To such an one through the grace of God, we are indebted for this dispensation, as given by the angel of the Lord. But to what tribe of Israel was it to be delivered? We answer to Ephraim, because to him were the greater blessings given. For the Lord said to his father Joseph: “A seer shall the Lord raise up of the fruit of my loins, and he shall be a choice seer unto the fruit of my loins; Yea, he truly said; Thus saith the Lord, a choice seer will I raise up, out of the fruit of thy loins, and he shall be esteemed highly; and unto him will I give commandment, that he shall do a work for the fruit of thy loins, his brethren, which shall be of great worth unto them, even to the bringing of them to the knowledge of the covenants, which I have made with their fathers. And I will give unto him a commandment that he shall do none other work, save the work which I shall command him; and I will make him great in mine eyes, for he shall do my work, and he shall be great like unto Moses; and out of weakness he shall be made strong, in that day when my work shall commence among all people, unto the restoring of the house of Israel, saith the Lord.”
And thus prophecied Joseph, saying,— “behold, that seer will the Lord bless, and they that seek to destroy him shall be confounded. Behold I am sure of the fulfilment of this promise, and his name shall be called after me; and it shall be after the name of his father; and he shall be like unto me, for the thing which the Lord shall bring forth by his hand by the power of the Father, shall bring my people unto salvation.”
Thus prophecied Joseph, “I am sure of this thing, even as I am sure of the promise of Moses.” 2d Book of Nephi 2d Chapter.
And again, Jesus says, as recorded in the Book of Mormon, 526 page, 2d Edition. “Behold my servant shall deal very prudently; he shall be exalted, and shall be esteemed, and be very high. As many as were astonished at thee; so shall he sprinkle [p. 810]
“And I saw an other angel flying in the midst of heaven, having July ’s Epistle continued. the everlasting gospel to preach to them that dwell on the earth. And to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, saying with a loud voice, fear God and give glory to him for the hour of his judgment is come: worship him that made heaven, and Earth, and the Sea, and the fountains of waters.
Now observe, this [HC 3:51] angel delivers the everlasting Gospel to man on earth, and that too when the hour of the judgments of God had come on the generation, in the which, the Lord should set his hand the second time, as Stated above.
Now we have learned that this deliverer must be clothed with the power of all the other dispensations, or it could not be called the fulness of times: For this is what it means, that all things shall be revealed, both in heaven and on earth; For the Lord said, there was nothing secret that should not be revealed, or hid that should not come abroad, and be proclaimed upon the house top; and this may with propriety be called the fulness of times.
The authority connected with the ordinances, renders the time very desirable to the man of God, and renders him happy, amidst all his trials, and afflictions. To such an one through the grace of God, we are indebted for this dispensation, as given by the angel of the Lord. But to what tribe of Israel was it to be delivered? We answer to Ephraim, because to him were the greater blessings given. For the Lord said to his father Joseph: “A seer shall the Lord raise up of the fruit of my loins, and he shall be a choice seer unto the fruit of my loins; Yea, he truly said; Thus saith the Lord, a choice seer will I raise up, out of the fruit of thy loins, and he shall be esteemed highly; and unto him will I give commandment, that he shall do a work for the fruit of thy loins, his brethren, which shall be of great worth unto them, even to the bringing of them to the knowledge of the covenants, which I have made with their fathers. And I will give unto him a commandment that he shall do none other work, save the work which I shall command him; and I will make him great in mine eyes, for he shall do my work, and he shall be great like unto Moses; and out of weakness he shall be made strong, in that day when my work shall commence among all people, unto the restoring of the house of Israel, saith the Lord.”
And thus prophecied Joseph, saying,— “behold, that seer will the Lord bless, and they that seek to destroy him shall be confounded. Behold I am sure of the fulfilment of this promise, and his name shall be called after me; and it shall be after the name of his father; and he shall be like unto me, for the thing which the Lord shall bring forth by his hand by the power of the Father, shall bring my people unto salvation.”
Thus prophecied Joseph, “I am sure of this thing, even as I am sure of the promise of Moses.” 2d Book of Nephi 2d Chapter.
And again, Jesus says, as recorded in the Book of Mormon, 526 page, 2d Edition. “Behold my servant shall deal very prudently; he shall be exalted, and shall be esteemed, and be very high. As many as were astonished at thee; so shall he sprinkle [p. 810]
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