John Whitmer, History, 1831–circa 1847

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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transacting the necessary business, Joseph the seer addressed  the congregation, and exhorted them to stand fast, looking  forward considering the end of their salvation. The solemnities  of eternity rested on thm the congregation, and having previou[s] ly received a revelation to go to , they desired to know  somewhat more concerning this matter. Therefor the Seer en quired of the Lord in the presence of the whole congregation,  and thus came the word of the Lord saying:
Thus saith the Lord God, even Jesus Christ the great I AM,  Alpha and Omega, the begining and the end. The same  which looked upon the wide expance of eternity, and all the  seraphic host of heaven, before the world was made; the same  which knoweth all things, for all things are present before  his mine eyes. I am the same which spake and the world was made,  and all things came by me: I am the same which have taken  the Zion of Enoch into mine own bosom, and verily I say,  even as many as have believed on my name, for I am Christ,  and in my own name by the virtue of the blood which I have  spilt, have I plead before the Father for them; But behold the  residue of the wicked have I kept in chains of darkness until  the Judgment of the great day, which shall come at the end  of the earth. and even so will I cause the wicked to be kept,  that will not hear my voice but harden their hearts, and wo,  wo, is th wo is their doom.
Behold, verily, verily I say unto you, that mine eyes are upon  you; I am in your midst and ye cannot see me, but the day  soon comeeth that ye shall see me and know that I am: for the  veil of darkness shall soon be rent, and he that is not purified  shall not abide the day: wherefore, gird up your loins and be  prepared. Behold the kingdom is yours and ye <enemy> shall not over come.
Verily I say unto you, ye are clean but not all; and there is  none else with whom I am well pleased, for all flesh is  corruptable before me, and the powers of darkness prevail [p. 6]
transacting the necessary business, Joseph the seer addressed the congregation, and exhorted them to stand fast, looking forward considering the end of their salvation. The solemnities of eternity rested on the congregation, and having previously received a revelation to go to , they desired to know somewhat more concerning this matter. Therefor the Seer enquired of the Lord in the presence of the whole congregation, and thus came the word of the Lord saying:
Thus saith the Lord God, even Jesus Christ the great I AM, Alpha and Omega, the begining and the end. The same which looked upon the wide expance of eternity, and all the seraphic host of heaven, before the world was made; the same which knoweth all things, for all things are present before mine eyes. I am the same which spake and the world was made, and all things came by me: I am the same which have taken the Zion of Enoch into mine own bosom, and verily I say, even as many as have believed on my name, for I am Christ, and in my own name by the virtue of the blood which I have spilt, have I plead before the Father for them; But behold the residue of the wicked have I kept in chains of darkness until the Judgment of the great day, which shall come at the end of the earth. and even so will I cause the wicked to be kept, that will not hear my voice but harden their hearts, and wo, wo, wo is their doom.
Behold, verily, verily I say unto you, that mine eyes are upon you; I am in your midst and ye cannot see me, but the day soon comeeth that ye shall see me and know that I am: for the veil of darkness shall soon be rent, and he that is not purified shall not abide the day: wherefore, gird up your loins and be prepared. Behold the kingdom is yours and enemy shall not overcome.
Verily I say unto you, ye are clean but not all; and there is none else with whom I am well pleased, for all flesh is corruptable before me, and the powers of darkness prevail [p. 6]
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