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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover: and also, in connection with this, read 1st. Corinthians 12th. Chapter. By the foregoing testimonies, or through the glass of the foregoing testimonies, we may look at the christian world and see the apostacy there has been from the Apostolic platform; and who can look at this and not exclaim, in the language of Isaiah, “the earth is defiled under the inhabitants thereof, because they have transgressed the laws, changed the , and broken the everlasting covenant.”
The plain fact is this, the power of God begins to fall upon the nations, and the light of the latter day glory begins to break forth through the dark atmosphere of sectarian wickedness, and their iniquity rolls up into view, and the nations of the are like the waves of the sea, casting up mire and dirt, or, all in commotion; and they hastily are preparing to act the part allotted them, when the Lord rebukes the nations; when he shall rule them with a rod of iron, and break them in pieces like a potter’s vessel. The Lord declared to his servants, some eighteen months since, that he was then withdrawing his spirit from the earth; and we can see that such is the fact, for not only the churches are dwindling away, but there are no conversions, or, but very few. And this is not all, the governments of the earth are thrown into confusion & division; and destruction, to the eye of the spiritual beholder, seems to be written by the finger of God an invisible hand, in large Capitals, upon ever almost every thing we behold.
And now what remains to be done, under circumstances like these? I will proceed to tell you what the Lord requires of all people, high and low, rich and poor, male and female, ministers and people, [p. 260]
In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover: and also, in connection with this, read 1st. Corinthians 12th. Chapter. By the foregoing testimonies, or through the glass of the foregoing testimonies, we may look at the christian world and see the apostacy there has been from the Apostolic platform; and who can look at this and not exclaim, in the language of Isaiah, “the earth is defiled under the inhabitants thereof, because they have transgressed the laws, changed the , and broken the everlasting covenant.”
The plain fact is this, the power of God begins to fall upon the nations, and the light of the latter day glory begins to break forth through the dark atmosphere of sectarian wickedness, and their iniquity rolls up into view, and the nations of the are like the waves of the sea, casting up mire and dirt, or, all in commotion; and they hastily are preparing to act the part allotted them, when the Lord rebukes the nations; when he shall rule them with a rod of iron, and break them in pieces like a potter’s vessel. The Lord declared to his servants, some eighteen months since, that he was then withdrawing his spirit from the earth; and we can see that such is the fact, for not only the churches are dwindling away, but there are no conversions, or, but very few. And this is not all, the governments of the earth are thrown into confusion & division; and destruction, to the eye of the spiritual beholder, seems to be written by the finger of an invisible hand, in large Capitals, upon almost every thing we behold.
And now what remains to be done, under circumstances like these? I will proceed to tell you what the Lord requires of all people, high and low, rich and poor, male and female, ministers and people, [p. 260]
Page 260