Sidney Rigdon, Appeal to the American People, 1840, Second Edition

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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whom I will gather to the land that I gave to their fathers; and here also is the field of your labors By a strict observance of the movements of the Jews, and by a careful examination of their faith relative to their expected Messiah, the setting up of the kingdom of God among them, and the overthrow of the present kingdoms and governments of the gentiles, will serve to open the eyes of many of the uncircumcised, when faithfully laid before them, that the great day of the Lord come not upon them as a thief. Take, therefore, proper credentials from my people, your brethren; and also from the of your , with the seal of authority thereon, and go ye forth to the cities which have been shown unto you, and declare these words unto Judah, and say, ‘Blow ye the trumpet in the land: cry, gather together; and say, assemble yourselves, and let us go into the defenced cities. Let the standard be reared towards Zion, retire! stay not; for I will bring evil from the north and a great destruction. The lion is come up from his thicket and the destroyer of the gentiles is on his way, he is gone forth from his place to make thy land desolate, and thy cities shall be laid waste without an inhabitant.’—(See Jer. iv., 5, 6and 7.)—‘Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned, for she hath received of the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.’—(See Isa. xl., 2.)—Let your warning voice be heard among the gentiles as you pass; and call ye upon them in my name for aid, and for assistance. With you, it mattereth not whether it be little or much; but to me it belongeth, to show favor unto him who showeth favor unto you. Murmur not, therefore, neither be ye sorrowful, that the people are slow to hear your petition; but do as has been told you, and all things shall work together for your good, if you are humble and keep my commandments; for it must needs be that all men be left without excuse, that a righteous retribution may be awarded to all.”
Many other things were both shown and told me in the vision, which will be made public at the proper time and places. The vision continued open for a number of hours, that I did not close my eyes in sleep. Elder was appointed by the conference, in April last, to accompany me on this mission. We are, therefore, associated together in this all-important work. We have left our friends and our all behind, and took not the first dollar from home with us to expend on our way, neither two coats. In this situation, we left our homes in the State of , on the 15th day of April last, to perform a journey of many thousand miles, both by sea and land, and among Mahometans, Greeks and Arabians, Jews and Christians. We have, by the grace of God, come as far as this city, , on our journey; having labored faithfully in every city between this and the ; and are now ready to preach in this city, if a place can be procured for that purpose.
We have put down the price of this little work to twelve-and-a-half cents per copy—a fraction above the actual cost by the thousand copies. Our object, principally, is, to leave a copy at the dwellings and shops of ladies and gentlemen for their examination; and if they should feel disposed to patronize this mission, after being made acquainted with its nature and extent, they can have the opportunity of doing so to any amount which their circumstances may allow, or their consciences dictate, at the time the publishers call again, a day or two hence. But should they not wish to purchase the book, at the price above named, or patronize our mission at all, they will please deliver the copy, unsoiled and unbroken, when called upon for it. But we believe that the majority of professing christians feel a deep anxiety for the fulfillment of the prophecies in the restoration of the Jews to the land of their fathers. We do think that [t]he heart of every gentleman and lady that has the fear of God before [p. iv]
whom I will gather to the land that I gave to their fathers; and here also is the field of your labors By a strict observance of the movements of the Jews, and by a careful examination of their faith relative to their expected Messiah, the setting up of the kingdom of God among them, and the overthrow of the present kingdoms and governments of the gentiles, will serve to open the eyes of many of the uncircumcised, when faithfully laid before them, that the great day of the Lord come not upon them as a thief. Take, therefore, proper credentials from my people, your brethren; and also from the of your , with the seal of authority thereon, and go ye forth to the cities which have been shown unto you, and declare these words unto Judah, and say, ‘Blow ye the trumpet in the land: cry, gather together; and say, assemble yourselves, and let us go into the defenced cities. Let the standard be reared towards Zion, retire! stay not; for I will bring evil from the north and a great destruction. The lion is come up from his thicket and the destroyer of the gentiles is on his way, he is gone forth from his place to make thy land desolate, and thy cities shall be laid waste without an inhabitant.’—(See Jer. iv., 5, 6and 7.)—‘Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned, for she hath received of the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.’—(See Isa. xl., 2.)—Let your warning voice be heard among the gentiles as you pass; and call ye upon them in my name for aid, and for assistance. With you, it mattereth not whether it be little or much; but to me it belongeth, to show favor unto him who showeth favor unto you. Murmur not, therefore, neither be ye sorrowful, that the people are slow to hear your petition; but do as has been told you, and all things shall work together for your good, if you are humble and keep my commandments; for it must needs be that all men be left without excuse, that a righteous retribution may be awarded to all.”
Many other things were both shown and told me in the vision, which will be made public at the proper time and places. The vision continued open for a number of hours, that I did not close my eyes in sleep. Elder was appointed by the conference, in April last, to accompany me on this mission. We are, therefore, associated together in this all-important work. We have left our friends and our all behind, and took not the first dollar from home with us to expend on our way, neither two coats. In this situation, we left our homes in the State of , on the 15th day of April last, to perform a journey of many thousand miles, both by sea and land, and among Mahometans, Greeks and Arabians, Jews and Christians. We have, by the grace of God, come as far as this city, , on our journey; having labored faithfully in every city between this and the ; and are now ready to preach in this city, if a place can be procured for that purpose.
We have put down the price of this little work to twelve-and-a-half cents per copy—a fraction above the actual cost by the thousand copies. Our object, principally, is, to leave a copy at the dwellings and shops of ladies and gentlemen for their examination; and if they should feel disposed to patronize this mission, after being made acquainted with its nature and extent, they can have the opportunity of doing so to any amount which their circumstances may allow, or their consciences dictate, at the time the publishers call again, a day or two hence. But should they not wish to purchase the book, at the price above named, or patronize our mission at all, they will please deliver the copy, unsoiled and unbroken, when called upon for it. But we believe that the majority of professing christians feel a deep anxiety for the fulfillment of the prophecies in the restoration of the Jews to the land of their fathers. We do think that the heart of every gentleman and lady that has the fear of God before [p. iv]
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