Letter from Gladden Bishop, 26 September 1843

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and while I shall lay before you my views of the work of the Lord in the last days; as I have gathered them form [from] the scriptures. Then let me say that by comparing Johns Revelations chapter XI. 2. 3d. and 4th verses, with Zachriahs prophecy, chap IV. 2nd. 3d and also the 11. 12. 13. and 14th verses, I understand that two prophits being annointed or ordained of God, are to arise in the last days, who are to be witnesses in all things. concerning the dispensation of the Fulness of times, and through whom also the church of latter day saints are to receive their light; which I gather from Zech Chap IV 2nd and 3d. verses. By the Golden candlestick I understand the church, and by the Bowl the Despensation and by the two olive trees on either side of the candlestick, the two prophets, and also by the two pipes attaching the trees to the Bowl and supplying the Bowl with oil from the trees; I understand that these two prophets are the means or source of light to the church. Again following this order of things another character is to appear, who has different appellations applied to him in the scriptures; as the Branch, Zech III. 8. and VI. 12, The shepherd the stone of Israel, Gen. XLIX. 24. David the prince Ezek. XXXIV. 24. The Lord our Righteousness Gen XXIII. 6 The Rod of the Lord’s strength, psa CX. 2. The Deliverer Rom. XI. 26. a Savior etc, etc. Isaih XIX. 20. Now as this character is verily, and repeatedly called the Lord, I understand him to be the third person of the presidency in Heaven in his tabernacle on the earth. for if he is truly the Lord, he cannot be either the Father or the Son, as they have taken their tabernacles. I also understand that the two annointed ones or prophets, are to precede this character, and thus prepare the way before him, see and compare, Zech Chap IV. 14 verse with Rev XI. 4th verse 1 in Zech he is called the Lord of the whole earth, and in Rev. the God of the earth; and in each quotation the Witnesses stand before him.
In Zech Chap III. I understand the manner of his comming forth into Zion: set by receiving a remission of his sins, through those who stood before him, see the 4th verse, Secondly, his receiving the priesthood, and his charge, 5th to 7th verse: thirdly his opposition by the one at his right hand; who was to be his adversary. See the 1st verse. [p. [2]]
and while I shall lay before you my views of the work of the Lord in the last days; as I have gathered them form [from] the scriptures. Then let me say that by comparing Johns Revelations chapter XI. 2. 3d. and 4th verses, with Zachriahs prophecy, chap IV. 2nd. 3d and also the 11. 12. 13. and 14th verses, I understand that two prophits being annointed or ordained of God, are to arise in the last days, who are to be witnesses in all things. concerning the dispensation of the Fulness of times, and through whom also the church of latter day saints are to receive their light; which I gather from Zech Chap IV 2nd and 3d. verses. By the Golden candlestick I understand the church, and by the Bowl the Despensation and by the two olive trees on either side of the candlestick, the two prophets, and also by the two pipes attaching the trees to the Bowl and supplying the Bowl with oil from the trees; I understand that these two prophets are the means or source of light to the church. Again following this order of things another character is to appear, who has different appellations applied to him in the scriptures; as the Branch, Zech III. 8. and VI. 12, The shepherd the stone of Israel, Gen. XLIX. 24. David the prince Ezek. XXXIV. 24. The Lord our Righteousness Gen XXIII. 6 The Rod of the Lord’s strength, psa CX. 2. The Deliverer Rom. XI. 26. a Savior etc, etc. Isaih XIX. 20. Now as this character is verily, and repeatedly called the Lord, I understand him to be the third person of the presidency in Heaven in his tabernacle on the earth. for if he is truly the Lord, he cannot be either the Father or the Son, as they have taken their tabernacles. I also understand that the two annointed ones or prophets, are to precede this character, and thus prepare the way before him, see and compare, Zech Chap IV. 14 verse with Rev XI. 4th verse 1 in Zech he is called the Lord of the whole earth, and in Rev. the God of the earth; and in each quotation the Witnesses stand before him.
In Zech Chap III. I understand the manner of his comming forth into Zion: set by receiving a remission of his sins, through those who stood before him, see the 4th verse, Secondly, his receiving the priesthood, and his charge, 5th to 7th verse: thirdly his opposition by the one at his right hand; who was to be his adversary. See the 1st verse. [p. [2]]
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