History, 1838–1856, volume D-1 [1 August 1842–1 July 1843]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​January 22​> I care not for man, I speak boldly, and faithfully, and with authority. How is it with the kingdom of God, where did the kingdom of God begin? Where there is no kingdom of God there is no salvation. What constitutes the kingdom of God? Where there is a prophet, a priest, or a righteous man, unto whom God gives his oracles, there is the kingdom of God; and where the oracles of God are not, <​there​> the kingdom of God is not. In these remarks I have no allusion to the kingdoms of the earth; we will keep the laws of the land, we do not speak against them, we never have; and we can hardly <​make​> mention <​of​> the State of , of our persecutions there &c; but what the cry goes forth that we are guilty of larceny, burglary, arson, treason, murder &c. &c., which is false; we speak of the kingdom of God on the earth, not the kingdoms of men. The plea of many in this day is, that we have no right to receive revelations, but if we do not get revelations, we do not have the oracles of God; and if they have not the oracles of God, they are not the people of God. But say you, what will become of the world or of the various professors of religion who do not believe in revelation and the oracles of God, as continued to his church in all ages of the world when he has a people on earth. I tell you, in the name of Jesus Christ, they will be damned, and when you get into the eternal world, you will find it will be so, they cannot escape the damnation of hell.
As touching the gospel and baptism that John preached; I would say that John came preaching the gospel for the remission of sins, he had his authority from God, and the oracles of God were with him, and the kingdom of God for a season seemed to rest with John alone. The Lord promised Zacharias that he should have a son, which was a descendant of Aaron, and the Lord promised that the priesthood should continue with Aaron, and his seed, throughout their generations. “Let no man take this honor upon himself, except he be called of God as was Aaron,” and Aaron received his call by revelation. An angel of God also appeared unto Zacharias while in the Temple, that he should have a son whose name should be John, and he should be filled with the Holy Ghost: Zacharias was a priest of God, and officiating in the Temple, and John was a priest after his father, and held the keys of the Aaronic Priesthood, and was called of God to preach the gospel of the kingdom of God, the Jews, as a nation having departed from the Law of God, and the gospel of the Lord prepared the way for transferring it to the gentiles. But, says one, the kingdom of God could not be set up in the days of John, for John said the kingdom was at hand; but I would ask if it could be any nearer to them than to be in the hands of John; the people need not wait for the days of Pentecost to find the kingdom of God, for John had it with him, and he came forth from the wilderness crying out “Repent ye for the kingdom of heaven is nigh at hand,” as much as to say, “Out here I have got the kingdom of God, and I am coming after you; I have got the kingdom of God, and you can get it, and I am coming after you, and if you don’t receive it you will be damned;” and the scriptures represent that all Jerusalem went <​+ There​> out unto John’s baptism. Here was a legal administrator, and those that were baptized were subjects for a king, and also the laws and oracles of God were there, therefore the kingdom of God was there, for no man could have better authority to administer than John, and our Savior submitted to that authority himself by being baptized by John, therefore the kingdom of God was set up on the earth even in the days of John. There is a difference between the kingdom of God, and the fruits [p. 5 [addenda]]
January 22 I care not for man, I speak boldly, and faithfully, and with authority. How is it with the kingdom of God, where did the kingdom of God begin? Where there is no kingdom of God there is no salvation. What constitutes the kingdom of God? Where there is a prophet, a priest, or a righteous man, unto whom God gives his oracles, there is the kingdom of God; and where the oracles of God are not, there the kingdom of God is not. In these remarks I have no allusion to the kingdoms of the earth; we will keep the laws of the land, we do not speak against them, we never have; and we can hardly make mention of the State of , of our persecutions there &c; but what the cry goes forth that we are guilty of larceny, burglary, arson, treason, murder &c. &c., which is false; we speak of the kingdom of God on the earth, not the kingdoms of men. The plea of many in this day is, that we have no right to receive revelations, but if we do not get revelations, we do not have the oracles of God; and if they have not the oracles of God, they are not the people of God. But say you, what will become of the world or of the various professors of religion who do not believe in revelation and the oracles of God, as continued to his church in all ages of the world when he has a people on earth. I tell you, in the name of Jesus Christ, they will be damned, and when you get into the eternal world, you will find it will be so, they cannot escape the damnation of hell.
As touching the gospel and baptism that John preached; I would say that John came preaching the gospel for the remission of sins, he had his authority from God, and the oracles of God were with him, and the kingdom of God for a season seemed to rest with John alone. The Lord promised Zacharias that he should have a son, which was a descendant of Aaron, and the Lord promised that the priesthood should continue with Aaron, and his seed, throughout their generations. “Let no man take this honor upon himself, except he be called of God as was Aaron,” and Aaron received his call by revelation. An angel of God also appeared unto Zacharias while in the Temple, that he should have a son whose name should be John, and he should be filled with the Holy Ghost: Zacharias was a priest of God, and officiating in the Temple, and John was a priest after his father, and held the keys of the Aaronic Priesthood, and was called of God to preach the gospel of the kingdom of God, the Jews, as a nation having departed from the Law of God, and the gospel of the Lord prepared the way for transferring it to the gentiles. But, says one, the kingdom of God could not be set up in the days of John, for John said the kingdom was at hand; but I would ask if it could be any nearer to them than to be in the hands of John; the people need not wait for the days of Pentecost to find the kingdom of God, for John had it with him, and he came forth from the wilderness crying out “Repent ye for the kingdom of heaven is nigh at hand,” as much as to say, “Out here I have got the kingdom of God, and I am coming after you; I have got the kingdom of God, and you can get it, and I am coming after you, and if you don’t receive it you will be damned;” and the scriptures represent that all Jerusalem went + There out unto John’s baptism. Here was a legal administrator, and those that were baptized were subjects for a king, and also the laws and oracles of God were there, therefore the kingdom of God was there, for no man could have better authority to administer than John, and our Savior submitted to that authority himself by being baptized by John, therefore the kingdom of God was set up on the earth even in the days of John. There is a difference between the kingdom of God, and the fruits [p. 5 [addenda]]
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